My First Aid Kit

Podcast #48

My First Aid Kit

What are the must-haves in your natural first aid kit? Here are the things that we keep in ours.

Activated Charcoal

For acute use in food poisoning, intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Keep a bottle of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mother” on hand for digestive troubles, indigestion, food poisoning, sunburn, bug bites and more.

Aloe Vera 

Amazing for burns and blisters and super soothing to the skin.

Essential Oils

There are so many to have with you and this is just the short list. Lavender, patchouli, lemon, tea tree, lemongrass, Thieves/clove, frankincense, copaiba, oregano, purification, & peppermint. So many uses for each and this is just the basic must-haves that you can grab here.

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are another must have. Simple and easy to use. You can grab them here. These are just the basics to have on hand. Check out this podcast to learn all the awesomeness of homeopathy!

Epsom Salt

Good as a bath soak for sore muscles. Dissolved in water, it can also be a good soak to help remove splinters.

Everything Cream

This “everything cream” can be used on dry skin, cuts, bruises, rashes, and anything else healing ointment could be used on.

Thieves

Be sure to have on hand the Thieves Spray, Waterless Hand Purifier and of course the Thieves House Hold Cleaner.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Great for cleaning wounds, mouthwash, and as a stain remover just to name a few.

Witch Hazel

A must have on hand for use on cuts, scrapes, and in cosmetic uses. It makes a great skin toner and is good for the postpartum bottom too.

Baking Soda

A good remedy to keep on hand. For severe heartburn or urinary tract infections, 1/4 tsp can be taken internally to help alleviate quickly. It can also be made into a poultice and used on bites.

Coconut Oil

Great for just about everything. From skin salve to diaper creme, to makeup remover, to antifungal treatment, use coconut oil for everything.

Superglue or a Liquid Bandaids

On minor to moderate skin cuts (not puncture wounds) use superglue and butterfly bandages.

The Little Things

  • Strips of sterilized muslin cloth in plastic bags for wrapping wounds.
  • Cut off wool sleeves from old sweaters to cover bandages and hold ice packs
  • Assorted bandages, butterfly bandages, and gauze
  • Homemade ice pack- just freeze liquid dish soap or rubbing alcohol in a double-bagged, ziplock bag and use as an ice pack.

Do you use any natural remedies for illness or first aid? Share your tips below!

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

Podcast #17 Summertime Essentials

Podcast #17

Summertime Essentials

 

Summertime is here! Let’s talk about a few ways we can be prepared this summer.

 

Quick notes:

  • You can take essential oils in your carry on as long as they fit in the standard quart size baggie
  • It is safe for them to go through x-ray
  • Apply your oils before you get on the plane, train, or whatever. Make an essential oil mustache J
  • Have a travel emergency kit

 

Some quick and easy recipes that are nice to have on hand.

 

Cool Down Spray (great for cooling down and soothing the skin- put in the fridge for extra coolness):

+ 2 oz spray bottle

+ 2 Tbsp water

+ 2 Tbsp witch hazel

+ 4 drops lavender

+ 4 drops peppermint

 

Too Much Sun:

2 oz spray bottle

15 drops of lavender (can use melaleuca/tea tree or roman chamomile as a substitute)

Fractionated coconut oil to the top

 

When we are ready for a road trip grab:

  • Cedarwood: freshen up your hotel room & get rid of unwanted critters
  • Lavender: to help you sleep
  • Peppermint: to keep you awake
  • RC: keeps you from snoring
  • Digize: helps with any tummy issues- gas, bloating, or anything digestive
  • Frankincense: helps you focus
  • Purification: for any smelly situation
  • Thieves: keeps the germs away

 

Insect Repellent

If we are heading outdoors we want to keep the bugs at bay. Young Living’s Insect Repellent works better than other natural options without the chemical junk! Some oils that help for an annoyance-free outdoors are purification, citronella, coriander, thyme, lemongrass & peppermint.

Ways to use them:

  • Diffuse them around the BBQ
  • Apply them to the arms, legs or bottoms of the feet(or try a DIY insect spray)
  • Apply to your pets too!

 

The must-haves this summer and how to use them

Peppermint:

  • Great for a throbbing head
  • Keeps you from overheating
  • Helps you stay alert
  • Great for motion sickness
  • Keeps bugs at bay
  • Keeps breath fresh

 

Thieves:

  • Use to boost your immune system- apply under the nose
  • Great hand sanitizer (by it made or DIY)
  • Apply to feet daily for immune support
  • Use on a Kleenex or handkerchief

 

Lavender:

  • Great for after being in the sun
  • Helps us to stay calm
  • Sleep well
  • Great on bug bites (make an Itch stick: 5 drops lavender, 5 drops purification, 5 drops copaiba, carrier oil to the top)
  • Amazing on cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc
  • Works to stop bleeding

 

Lemon:

  • Freshen up your room
  • Cleans up anything on the go
  • Great for cleaning residue on your fruits and veggies
  • Takes off the sticky stuff
  • Promotes uplifting feelings
  • Adds flavor to your water
  • Great addition to smoothies

 

Panaway:

  • Great for aches, pains, and muscles
  • Apply to sore muscles
  • Neck tension on road trips
  • Relief for any muscle cramping or growing issues

Melaleuca (or Tea Tree):

  • Amazing skin oil
  • Mix with vinegar to help with musty/mildew smells in the camper
  • Add to a cotton ball and use for ear support
  • Apply below the eye for gooey eyes
  • Aids with bug bites
  • Zit zapper- apply neat
  • Shampoo booster to keep critters away
  • Great for stinky shoes

 

Patchouli:

  • A little less know but great all over first aid oil
  • Aids in keeping body temperature where it should be
  • Wonderful on cuts, scrapes & bites

 

Grab a bag today and fill it with your summertime must-haves. What will you put in your summer grab bag? Will you be prepared?

 

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!