Nature provides a wonderful assortment of herbs that can come to the rescue for minor cut and burns, bumps and bruises and ailments. The following is a list of the basics you should keep on hand to help build your Naturopathic First Aid Kit.
Aloe Vera Gel
You might even have this plant already growing in your home. From sunburns to minor kitchen burns or scalds you can simply express the gel from the leaf and lather it on to soothe your skin.
Goldenseal has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties and it can be taken orally to fight infections such as colds and flus. It can also be applied topically on scrapes, cuts and wounds to prevent infections.
Soap and water is the best way to clean a minor wound. However, if you are dealing with an especially nasty wound, an animal bite, etc., hydrogen peroxide is good for wound care.
Calendula, also known as marigold, has been used historically for skin irritations and to heal wounds. Calendula has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Apply it on cuts to prevent infection and it also helps cuts to heal faster and it minimizes scarring!
Also commonly known as Leopard’s Bane, Arnica is a very common Homeopathic remedy used for bumps and bruises. It is also effective for muscular sprains and strains.
A well known poison antidote, with uses that dates back to the 1500BC. It is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless and nontoxic that is used to reduce absorption of poisonous substances when ingested. Great to have on hand if you have small children who can accidentally ingest toxins or household chemicals. It can also be applied topically on poisonous bites until proper medical attention can be sought.
A wonderful culinary herb to kick up flavour of your dishes but it also helps to improve digestion, relieve nausea, heartburn, and soothe cough and colds! Have some of the fresh or dried root on hand for cooking or as an herbal decoction to help soothe your tummy.
Witch Hazel has amazing astringent properties which make it ideal for soothing stings and bites and clotting small scrapes and cuts. Soak a cotton ball with witch hazel and rub on bites, stings, and other itchy spots for soothing relief.
- Tweezers- to help remove debris from cuts
- Cotton Balls/Swabs – Use to apply oils and ointments.
- Water Bottle – Water is the best way to clean cuts.