Monday, October 04, 2004

Build an All-Natural First Aid Kit

Everyone suggests keeping a first-aid kit in your home to protect yourself and your family if the need arises. While there are many ready-to-use first-aid kits on the market, why not try building your own?

The following information will help you build your own natural first-aid kit:

The Essentials

Bandages: Both regular adhesive types and butterfly for deeper cuts, and also gauze
Scissors: Make sure you have a sharp pair
Tweezers: A sharp pair of medium-sized tweezers used only for your kit
Mirror: A small handheld will do

The Remedies:

Tea Tree Oil: One of the most versatile things you can include. Is known for it's antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal qualities. Use for infections, minor burns including sunburn, and sore throats. It is also great for congestion.

Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe is the main ingredient in many sunburn remedies. Also use it for skin problems and insect bites.

Arnica Cream or Ointment: Helps inflammation of the skin. Use for bruises and muscle pain.

Rescue Remedy: An all-purpose flower remedy.

Other Things to Include:

Charcoal: Nothing works better (or tastes worse!) to draw toxins out of the system. Used often in hospitals for alcohol poisoning.

Homeopathic First Aid Kit: Contains several homeopathic remedies and can be found online. Be sure to look for one with Nux Vomica, Belladonna and Chamomilla.

Iodine: Antiseptic for deep cuts.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Everyone loves the fizzing sound!

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