Many of us likely have some type of first aid kit. It might include bandages, gauze, and antiseptic creams. While this is a good thing to have on hand, what about incorporating a holistic approach to first aid?
Creating and using a holistic first aid kit is essential for any household. It helps you integrate holistic and herbal remedies when it is needed most. A holistic first aid kit can be simple or comprehensive.
Start with a basic kit that includes herbal preparations, herbs, essential oils, and homeopathic remedies.
Basic Items to Include in Your Holistic First Aid Kit
Homeopathic & Flower Remedy
Used for shock and physical trauma. This homeopathic remedy can be taken right after an injury to help with swelling as well as bruising (Petersen, 2017).
Urtica Urens 30c
This homeopathic remedy is a preparation from the herb nettle U. dioica. Taking this remedy aids sunburns, rashes, stings, and allergies any issue where there is burning or stinging pain (Petersen, 2017).
This amazing remedy is for shock, stress, anxiety, or panic. Rescue Remedy uses a blend of five BACH® flower remedies that promote emotional wellbeing by balancing emotions (Bach Original Flower Remedies, n.d.).
When there is serious injury or illness always call emergency services or a licensed healthcare provider immediately.
BACH Remedies website has a wonderful tool to find the right blend for your emotional health. https://www.bachremedies.com/en-us/remedy-chooser
Herbs & Preparations
Arnica Tincture, Gel, or Cream
Arnica Arnica montana tincture is a wonderful herbal preparation for sprains and strains. It can be used on sports injuries, tendinitis, strains, sprains, and bruises. It can be used along with the homeopathic remedy of Arnica 30c. Arnica tincture can be used in gel or cream application. Arnica should not be used on broken skin.
It is essential after an injury or sprain to use the RICE method:
Rest the injured part
Ice the area to help with swelling
Compress with a bandage to help swelling
Elevate the area to promote drainage away from the injury
(Murray & Pizzorno, 2012).
According to WebMD (n.d.), arnica gel was used twice a day for three weeks in one study, improving mobility, pain, and stiffness for those with osteoarthritis.
Urtica Urens Tincture
Nettle U. urens tincture should be used topically to help with rashes, sunburn, insect bites and stings, and scalds (Petersen, 2017).
Chamomile German Matricaria recutita
German Chamomile has many benefits. Use as a tea to relax the nerves, for eczema and digestive issues. It is also excellent for colic, teething, insomnia, colds & flu, and menstrual cramps (Tierra, 1998).
Peppermint Mentha piperita
Another versatile herb that can be used in teas and infusions and also combined with yarrow and chamomile. Drink peppermint tea to help ease headaches, indigestion, colds & flu, nerves, nausea, or vomiting (Petersen, 2017).
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Combine yarrow and chamomile and drink tea to aid with laryngitis. This herb is also helpful for colds & flu, fevers, earaches, and helping respiratory congestion. Yarrow leaves can also be chewed to help with the pain of a toothache and an infusion can be applied to cuts and wounds (Petersen, 2017).
Clove Syzygium aromaticum essential oil
A great essential oil to have in your kit, clove essential oil is an excellent painkiller and antiseptic (Davis, 1999). Clove can be used for a toothache by applying directly onto the tooth.
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia essential oil
One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender has many applications. In a first aid kit, this essential oil can be applied topically to minor burns, abrasions, and insect bites. For a headache, use three drops in warm water and drink (Petersen, 2017).
Great places to find items to stock your kit:
Apothecary Shoppe (All items for your kit are available here)
Mountain Rose Herbs (Herbs & essential oils)
Pharmaca (Homeopathics & herbal formulas)
Amazon (Homeopathics, herbal remedies & tinctures, Rescue Remedy, and essential oils)
Don’t want to put together your own holistic first aid kit?
No worries, my favorite ready-made holistic first aid kit can be found at the Apothecary Shoppe https://www.apothecary-shoppe.com/products/holistic-first-aid-kit. The holistic kit is reasonably priced, comes with instructions for how to use the items, and the herbal remedies are certified organic.
In Health & Wellness,
Tracie Lee Cleavelin
Bach Original Flower Remedies. (n.d.). The RESCUE® story. Retrieved from https://www.rescueremedy.com/en-us/rescue-story
Davis, P. (1999). Aromatherapy An A-Z. Essex, UK: C.W. Daniel.
Murray, M.T., & Pizzorno, J. (2012). The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Atria
Petersen, D. (2017). NAT 303: Holistic Pathology & Protocols (17th ed.). Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Tierra, M. (1998). The Way of Herbs. New York, NY: POCKET BOOKS.
WebMD. (n.d.). Arnica. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-721/arnica