Ever wondered about the importance of a first aid kit in your everyday life? From a small cut to a burn, sprain, bad headache, acid reflux or indigestion, a first aid kit is your first resort. Whenever we talk of first aid kits we think of chemically laced bandages and plasters, analgesics and antibiotic pills which serve as a quick fix for many health ailments.
But how about a natural first aid kit that is natural and can be easily assembled at home? Various easily available herbs and plants have medicinal benefits that can be used to treat common everyday ailments. Here’s your personal guide to assemble a natural first aid kit at home.
1. Aloe Vera
The humble aloe vera is known for its soothing and calming properties and is perfect for minor burns and scalds. Squeeze out the pulp from the florets and store in a small jar so you can easily dab it on the affected area. You can also buy commercially available gel from a health store or online. (Related Article: 4 Reasons To Get Your Aloe Vera Fix)
2. Arnica Gel
Store-bought all-natural arnica gel can be applied topically to treat small bruises and relieve painful joints, sprains and sore muscles. An anti-inflammatory, arnica flowers are effective in bringing down puffiness and swelling. Arnica tablets can also be taken internally to relieve headaches. Buy it here.
3. Ginger Capsules Or Candies
Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, ginger capsules or candies come handy for various things. They can quell motion sickness, nausea, sore throat and cold. Ginger is also an effective remedy for an upset stomach and can alleviate diarrhea. (Related Article: Ginger Paste Treatment For Joint & Muscle Pain)
4. Peppermint Oil
This essential oil is a great help in case of a headache. Peppermint oil improves the blood circulation to the brain, thus providing relief. It also works well for digestive problems. You can either make a tea with fresh mint leaves or apply two to three drops of the oil on your head and temples to relieve a headache.
6. Lavender Oil
This flowery herbal oil works for almost anything, from bug bites and burns to infections and headaches. Lavender oil also works well as an insect repellant with a carrier oil. (Related Article: 7 Recipes For Lavender Lovers)
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
It is best to have some apple cider vinegar handy at home as it can alleviate a sore throat. It works well to clear clogged sinuses and decrease the duration of cold. It also corrects a bad stomach and can help with headaches.
8. Witch Hazel
This astringent can be used to disinfect skin, relieve itching and used as an ointment for sore muscles.
These are some natural alternatives that can be incorporated in your first aid kit. But don’t forget to spare some space for other important items such as plain bandages, cotton, surgical tape, a pair of small scissors and tweezers.