Creating a DIY Natural First Aid Kit
You might think that since my husband is a paramedic, we have an elaborate first aid kit with all sorts of tape, bandages, creams and supplies for treating all sorts of emergencies. While those items and more can certainly be found in the back of his ambulance, our first aid kit is far from elaborate. In fact, it’s pretty simple.
Over the years, we’ve been able to simplify and consolidate our first aid kit so it contains a few multi-purpose natural remedies. I also love that our first aid kit creates little waste (which can’t be said for kits you’ll find in stores).
If you’d like to make a similar kit, I suggest the following:
Yarrow – This pretty little herb is a styptic, which means it has properties that promote clotting to stop bleeding. I keep yarrow flower in a small bottle and shake it onto cuts, then apply pressure with a bandage of some kind. The bleeding stops very quickly. I also infuse yarrow into ointment for the same effect. (find it here)
Antibiotic ointment – Many herbs offer powerful antibiotic properties (many are antiviral and antifungal as well). I keep a healing balm on hand that also acts as an antibiotic ointment. You’ll find the recipe below.
Homeopathic arnica – This is a great remedy to use in many first aid scenarios, including sprains, strains and exhaustion. Homeopathic arnica can even be used to help treat shock, which can happen with uncontrolled bleeding. It’s recommended to take some with any first aid incident. (find arnica here)
Aloe vera – This plant is great for soothing sunburns and other minor burns. I like to snip off a piece of my plant for burns but store-bought aloe vera gel is also very soothing and will keep longer in your first aid kit. (find aloe vera here)
Lavender essential oil – I first read about this remedy a few years ago and unfortunately have been able to test it many times since then. It works. After I get a burn, typically on my fingers while cooking, I quickly apply lavender essential oil, which helps relieve the pain. I then apply some of my healing balm, which has arnica, for pain relief. (find it here)
Frankincense essential oil – I love this essential oil for bites and stings! I’m allergic to mosquito bites and frankincense helps control the itching and swelling. It also quickly relieves the pain of a bee sting. (find it here)
Plantain weed – Plantain, one of the most wide-spread “weeds” in the world, is an herb that is used to soothe the skin and sore throats. It also provides great relief for bug bites and stings because its astringency creates a cooling effect. You might not always be able to find fresh plantain nearby, so I recommend keeping dried plantain leaves in your first aid kit. (See what it looks like here.) All instances I’ve read about using plantain leaf involve chewing on the leaf and applying it to the affected area. If you don’t want to chew it, I imagine you could squish it up a bit with your fingers and get it wet before applying it. (find it here)