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1 Herbal first aid kit on Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:34 am

Please remember that when dealing with potentially serious injuries, first aid is a stop gap measure until adequate medical attention can be found! Follow up on any serious injuries with a qualified medical professional.

Here are just a few items that may be useful to make up a herbal first aid kit. Please feel free to add your suggestions here too!

Aloe

Break off an aloe leaf and scrape the gel to soothe minor burns, scalds, and sunburns. Aloe has tissue regenerative properties and will help heal all wounds.

Arnica

Arnica cream or oil can be used on bruises or sprains where the skin is not broken. Caution should be used with Arnica however since it can become toxic in high doses.

Calendula Cream

Homemade or storebought, this is antispetic and antifungal. If you make it, try adding comfrey to the cream; it will help speed the healing process.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is an excellent antispetic for cuts and is also useful for treating toothaches. It should be cut with a carrier oil when used on the skin since severe irritation can occur.

Compresses

Keep squares of gauze or cheesecloth on hand to make compresses. Use comfrey, witch hazel, or arnica for sprains; St. John's Wort for deep cuts; comfrey or witch hazel for burns.

Crystallized Ginger

Chew for motion sickness or morning sickness.

Eucalyptus Oil

This is a good inhalant for colds, coughs, and respiratory infections.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is an antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic, so it is excellent for use in mild acne, blisters, cuts, insect bites
and stings. Use on itchy skin, dry skin, and even sunburn. It also eases bruising , dry cough (rub onto chest or put on a handkerchief), and lifts PMT, it is a very calming scent and can be used to help insomnia.

Rescue Remedy

This combination of 5 of the Bach Flower Remedies is effective for shocks and emotional upsets, especially in children.

St. John's Wort Infused Oil

Excellent for minor burns and sunburn.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm powder is used to make poultices for drawing out splinters and bringing boils to a head.

Tea Tree Oil

Antiseptic and antifungal. Useful for cleansing wounds, dab on to spots or boils.

Witch Hazel Extract

Use it to treat minor burns, sunburn, and insect bites. Apply to nasal passages to stop nosebleeds. Wash cuts with it to help cleanse them. Use in a compress to relieve thrush or other fungal infections.

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2 very helpful on Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:00 am

I wrote all of this down and will later be going out to buy some stuff I dont have... I have 3 kids so it will all be very useful Smile

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3 Re: Herbal first aid kit on Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:48 pm

I would like to add a foot note if i may, that if you are seriously ill or have had a serious accident please ALWAYS consult a medical professional. Strains of the Influenza virus CAN KILL so please always consult a doctor if you have any symptoms.

ALWAYS DIAL FOR AN AMBULANCE IN AN EMERGENCY

If you are given a course of antibiotics by your general practitioner, you must finish the course of tablets, even when you are feeling better. By stopping halfway, you are merely creating Viruses that will be resistant to antibiotics.

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4 Re: Herbal first aid kit on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:46 pm

also, would like to add that looks like an awesome first aid kit! we have a "normal" one but i may be tempted to give this a go Smile

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5 Starting my first herb garden on Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:59 pm

hello star I have all my stuff on order for my first herb garden Smile my mothers b-day present to me haha the seeds that are coming are:
Echinacea, Angelica, Peppermint, Yarrow, German Chamomile, St. Johnswort, Burdock,Lemon Balm, Valerian, Cayenne, Astragalus (Chinese Milkvetch) Lemon Balm, Catnip, Rosemary,Fever Few, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Marigold, Lemon Bergamot,Anise.
Along with that there is a little green house to help grow them in the beginning then planters for later and Canadian sphagnum peat moss do I need anything else that you can think of? I would really love some pointers any advice you can offer or even if you know of a good book you would recommend Smile hope to hear from you soon

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6 Re: Herbal first aid kit on Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:13 pm

I cant wait to see what your next post is going to be... I'm thinking of going to a Reiki workshop too Smile

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