Herbal First Aid Kit
Emergency - Herbal First Aid Kit
Being an herbalist, I have a different looking first aid kit than some folks. I am sharing those items I like to have on hand for those of you who are learning to be herbalists, and know how to use them. These are the things I use most often. They certainly do not cover everything that you might need or want. Consider what your specific needs are and what you know how to use. Taking a first aid class is useful if you want to be prepared for accidents during an emergency. Even us physicians can use a reminder of what to do in emergencies as most of us don't treat acute emergency situations very often unless working in an emergency room. If you want to learn how to use first aid herbs, seek out herbalists in your area. Most localities have an herbalist around who can teach you how to use both prepared products as well as herbs growing outside your back door.
My first aid kit includes
- Organic goldenseal powder and Tincture as styptic, antimicrobial, general astringent. I realize this has become expensive if you don't grow your own. You can use a mix of geranium powder and oregon grape 50/50 to make something similar in quality and less expensive.
- Erigeron/cinnamon oil to stop internal bleeding
- Bach Rescue Remedy or other similar flower remedy or Devils Club tincture for stress and anxiety
- All purpose healing salve
- Mucilaginous herb such as marshmallow as a vulneray for healing of external or internal skin and mucous membranes.
- Capsaicin or cayenne salve/oil as a counter irritant as well as for continual pain or continual itching: Should only be used by folks who know how to use it.
- Trauma oil or similar product – St. John’s wort, Calendula, Ruta and Arnica for external use on bruised areas as well as tendonitis
- Bug repellent made from essential oils
- Eye wash (use sterile saline or in a pinch ad 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to each cup boiled (cooled) water.)
- Eye wash/drops to be added to sterile saline when needed for eye irritants or abrasions. These need to be sterile. (use sterile saline or in a pinch ad 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to each cup boiled (cooled) water.)
- Styptic powder- yarrow, and/or goldenseal
- Peppermint oil for itching
- Lavender oil as an antiinflammatory and antimicrobial oil as well as for its nervine effect when inhaled.
- Clay for an external drawing medium
- Charcoal for internal use in case of food poisoning, or other oral poisons that can be bound with charcoal.
- Calendula succus or super concentrated calendula tincture as a healing and antimicrobial spray on wounds of all kinds.
- Nervine of your choice: most nervines act as antispasmodics for muscle spasms, they lower blood pressure, they alleviate stress, anxiety and assist in getting and staying asleep.
- Echinacea Tincture for immune system support internally or on bites, stings and wounds externally.
- St John's wort oil for bruising, burns (only after area is no longer hot), hemorrhoids, inflammation, nerve pain such as sciatica or tooth pain and internally for inflammation.
- Hydrogen peroxide for puncture wounds and herpetic lesions. Do not use hydrogen peroxide on wounds other than puncture wounds.
- Epson salts for any infected wound that needs debris or pus drawn out of it.