25 Apr Introduction to natural first aid
Itchy bee stings, skin irritation, sore throats, bleeding, burns, sunburn, insomnia, bloating, gas, indigestion , minor scrapes… all of these common ailments can be treated with natural items that you have (or potentially should have) around the house!
Honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, cayenne pepper, baking soda, aloe vera, peppermint tea (or fresh mint) and chamomile tea are all great natural remedies for your minor first aid. How many of these do you already have at home?
The first rule to first aid is to have some things already on hand for when the occasion rises. When your in pain, or feeling very under the weather, low energy, or just generally unwell, going out to the shop to grab supplies is the last thing you want to do – you want relief now! Having remedies on hand is the key, and this is actually the reason we started Kesho Kits – to have a pre-made kit of natural remedies available to anyone, ready for when its needed as well as for prevention. You can read more about that here.
When choosing which medicine to take, we should be concerned with which is the safes and most effective, and preferrably this one also costs less.
The benefit of using natural medicine is that it doesn’t interfere with the body’s own immune responses like that of pharmaceuticals. And natural remedies have a strong history of treating many different ailments/illnesses – many of them have been used for centuries!
If you haven’t tried using natural medicine before, here is a great place to start.
9 natural household items and their healing qualities:
Take a teaspoon twice a day to relieve a sore throat. As a preventative – take daily with some crushed garlic to boost your immune system.
Manuka Honey contains multiple unique wound healing properties, & is gentle on the skin, so you can use it treat minor wounds, to clean the wound, protect from infection and to speed healing.
Ginger is loaded with bio-active compounds & nutrients that have powerful benefits for your body & brain.
Chew on a piece of ginger to alleviate nausea, morning sickness, and to prevent motion sickness (take ginger before you leave). It also helps to soothe the stomach after food poisoning or a digestive sickness. You can brew it up as a tea if you don’t want to chew it, just add fresh grated ginger to a cup/teapot, fill with boiling water and allow to steep for 10 mins.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Raw, organic, apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth.
Its very useful for anything digestive related (eg indigestion, food poisoning, bloating, gas), relieving heartburn, and helps detoxify the body – Take a teaspoon of ACV with a glass of water.
You may prefer it with warm water, and you can try adding honey and cinnamon for tough patients (mostly kids).
This really is a Miracle oil! Antiseptic, healing, soothing, hydrating.
Among its many uses are: soothing stings, bites, burns, rashes, and sunburn, healing small cuts, treating dandruff and cradle cap (eases the itching / flaking), moisturising dry or cracked skin/cracked lips, treating fungal infections.
For severe heartburn or urinary track infections, 1/4 tsp can be taken internally to help alleviate quickly. Also useful for relieving bee stings – after removing the sting and cleaning wound, apply a paste of baking soda and water to the wound.
Great to take internally as it supports healthy blood flow and circulation.
Another thing Cayenne Pepper can be used for is stopping bleeding immediately – simply apply directly to bleeding wound. For major wounds seek medical help.
If you dont already have an Aloe vera plant growing, then its time to get one! Not only do they look lovely, but they can be used for soothing many types of skin irritations, and promote healing – burns, blisters, rashes, sunburn, itchy/irritated skin, bites, cuts/scrapes.
Simply crack a piece of Aloe Vera open and apply the inner flesh directly to affected area.
Chamomile is a great tasting herb that calms, relaxes, and settles nerves – making it very useful in times of stress/anxiety, to promote sleep and to calm kids. It also helps to relieve indigestion, upset stomachs, menstrual cramps and colic in babies (a tincture is needed in this case).
Steep tea and enjoy!
You may also add brewed chamomile tea to the kid’s bath as it is great for the skin, soothes skin irritations and promotes relaxation.
Peppermint – Fresh leaves/teabags
Whether you have mint growing in the garden , or teabags in the cupboard, Peppermint is a highly effective digestive aid (bloating, gas, and constipation), and nausea remedy. It also helps to improve concentration.
Fresh mint tea – Pick around a dozen blemish free leaves, wash them and crush them up with your fingers or back of a spoon to release more of the beneficial oils.
If you’re suffering from a stuffy nose and scratchy throat, combine peppermint tea with lemon and honey for a soothing drink.
So there you have it – a variety of ailments that can be treated simply. While our first instinct can often be to automatically take medication to relieve pain/discomfort, there are often natural remedies that are a great option. Especially when they are already in your home!
our ‘basics first aid kit’
THIS KIT CONTAINS A BASE RANGE OF OUR PROVEN NATURALREMEDIES.
It is a perfect intro kit, and like all out kits, it comes with a friendly user guide so you can expand your knowledge and learn how to use these wonderful products in your everyday life.