What Are Your Needs?
How to Make a First Aid Kit
1. Get a First Aid Ready Reference
2. Boo Boo First Aid Salve
To make your own Healing Neosporin Salve:
3. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is one of my favorite versatile remedies! It's an astringent herb that is great for treating inflammation or swelling. If anyone gets poison ivy, sunburn, bug bites, cuts or scrapes, witch hazel can help. Some over-the-counter brands contain alcohol, so it may sting a little when applied, but it can promote more rapid healing and I can use it to stop any minor bleeding from small grazes and cuts.
4. Activated Charcoal
6. Bach Rescue Remedy
I always carry a bottle in my carry-on when I travel because I tend to feel anxious when I fly. But for first aid, you can place a few drops directly on a cut, burn or bruise for speedy healing.
8. Essential Oils
The most important oil to have in your first aid kit. It's antiviral, antibacterial, anti-itch and good for healing minor burns, scrapes, cuts, and bumps.
Australians consider Tea Tree oil to be “first aid in a bottle”. It's used to prevent and treat many types of infections. You can use it on rashes, scrapes, blisters, bruises.
Use peppermint for headaches, motion sickness, congestion, upset stomach, sunburn, and poison ivy and other itches.
For sore muscles, muscle spasms and relaxation (blend with lavender for the most relaxing bath around). I'm going to need this one after the kiddos are tucked in bed! 🙂
After you have chosen the essential oils you want to bring with you, don’t forget a carrier oil. Carrier oils allow you to dilute the pure essential oil so that it doesn’t burn or irritate your skin. Always dilute essential oils because they can cause different effects when applied directly to the skin.
9. Peroxide and Epsom Salt
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV Can Relieve Bug Bites
I'm going to need a powerful bug spray and ways to treat bug bites! Michigan's Upper Peninsula is paradise, but between the months of April and October a plague of blood-sucking insects descends and can ruin a perfectly beautiful summer day!
I wanted a bug spray minus the DEET (N,N-diethyl- meta-toluamide) used in most over-the-counter brands because it's been shown to harm the brain and nervous system function… Especially little ones are at risk! So, there are better options that have been shown to be just as, or even more effective, without the harsh side-effects. This is the one I'm using.
Also, Dr. David Williams reports in his Alternatives For the Health Conscious Individual, July 2017 newsletter, that the essential oil in catnip called nepetalactone is 10 times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.
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You can buy nepetalactone at most major health food stores, some pet stores, or online. Unfortunately, it is somewhat expensive.
12. Bentonite Clay
13. Other Tools & Essentials
Finally, I'll add more traditional first aid items to my natural first aid kit. These are going to be the various tools and accessories to wrap, cover wounds, and provide basic first aid while indoors or outdoors.
This includes items like:
- Safety pins
- Mouthpiece for CPR
Gauze, Bandages, Wraps & Wipes
- Ace bandages
- Alcohol wipes
Some other important items to include in the first aid kit are:
- Ice packs
- Non-latex gloves
- You may also want to consider an over-the-counter pain relief medication.
Put it All Together
Here are some options:
Large Plastic Storage Bag
First Aid Container
Spending time in remote places requires preperation. But, now I'm ready to have a fun, healthy, and safe trip! I hope this gave you some ideas to build your own first aid kit to meet your specific needs.