I have never sat down and planned what to have on hand for our family first aid kit or what to take with us on vacation, but over the years, we have a few things that have become essential and have been life-savers in some pretty harry situations. Having some key things on hand and knowing how to use them can often keep small things from escalating into a trip to the doctor’s office or hospital.
Essentials of Any Home First Aid Kit
- Non-latex gloves
- Band-Aid’s all different sizes
- Gauze pads
- Safety Pins
Things we add in our family
- Since we have had issues with allergies in the past I keep Nettle tincture and Nettle tea on hand in case of allergic reactions.
- Essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oil are great to have on hand because they have antibacterial and antiviral properties.*
- Rosemary sinus oil-I love this because the essential oil is already in a carrier oil so you can apply directly to skin. Once my daughter put a band-aid on her toe and left it there for 4 days. We were leaving on vacation and I got so busy I didn’t notice. By the time we got on the cruise ship and took the band-aid off it was completely infected. I really thought I was going to have to take her to the ship’s doctor. The only thing I had on hand was the rosemary sinus oil so I began applying liberally and often. It was so much better the next morning I couldn’t believe it! It completely resolved the infection over the next 3 days and the skin was as good as new.
- Echinacea/Goldenseal tincture, Garlic Capsules and Goldenseal Capsules-This herbal combo is antiviral and antibacterial, so we can start taking them at the first sign of illness often before we even know whether it is a bacteria or virus. When you think about it, allopathic medicine has antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, but when it comes to treating viruses they are very limited because many anti-viral medications have such severe side-effects.
- St. John’s Wort Oil-I love this for burns, sunburns and other inflammatory skin conditions. Also traditionally used for nerve pain, brusing, and varicose veins. Where many people use Aloe Vera Gel, we often use St. John’s Wort Oil. Both would be great to have on hand, just make sure to get a really high quality organic aloe vera gel, or better yet, have a plant in your house that you use as needed.
- Ginger and White Willow Capsules-powerful anti-inflammatories in case of injury.
- All-Purpose Comfrey Salve-I think it is always great to have an all-purpose healing salve on hand. I sometimes add 1-2 drops essential oil if I want to boost the anti-bacterial properties.
- Extra-Strength super salve-has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. I used this on my son’s ringworm.
- Raw apple cider vinegar-this suggestion came from the Living Strong Wellness blog to use apple cider vinegar to clean a wound if you are on camping trip and it would also be great to have on hand in case of upset stomach.
What would you add to your Herbal First Aid Kit?
*Be careful about applying essential oils directly to the skin, rather put a few drops in a carrier liquid such as olive oil, coconut oil, or raw honey (which is also anti-bacterial).