17 Nov Rethinking Your Home First Aid Kit
One size doesn’t always fit all when it comes to your home first aid kit as you’re looking for items that meet your basic needs when you’re in a pinch.
You also don’t want to compromise your family’s health by using too many products that do not promote wellness. Finding the right tools and products with naturally-derived ingredients can be a challenge, but you’re up for it.
Consider finding your own container for the items you will choose for your revamped first aid kit. Compiling the first aid necessities into a tote or box that fits into your style can be a lot of fun.
Here are a few suggestions for those rethinking their home first aid kit.
#1 Find the Right Salve
Most kits contain some type of multi-purpose ointment for cuts, scrapes and rashes. A great substitute for some of the usual over-the-counter creams is our Honey Savior, a salve that can be used for a variety of needs. This rich, repairing salve is created with Echinacea GreenEnvyTM honey, royal jelly and propolis.
You won’t be disappointed with the results you reap from this addition to your kit. Whether it is a consistent issue with dry and cracking skin or a minor abrasion, Honey Savior offers relief with its superior blend of natural oils and waxes. Your skin receives a soothing mixture of the natural antiseptic found in propolis and the amino acids and vitamin B from the royal jelly.
This is an excellent salve for use as an on-the-spot treatment or a daily moisturizer. It can also be used as a lip balm, a relief for razor burn, or a salve for burns.
#2 Coconut Oil
One of the most recent trends in health and wellness is coconut oil. If you haven’t already added coconut oil to your first aid kid, it’s time to give it a special spot in the box.
Though it doesn’t provide all of the great benefits of Honey Savior, it can also be used as a more basic salve. Use it when you need something for a small knick or bug bite.
Another use for coconut oil, whether at home or on the go, is for the redness that occurs after too much sun exposure. It not only soothes the skin but also reduces your chances of extensive skin peeling. Coconut oil solidifies when not in use, but melts to the touch.
It is an excellent treatment for earaches caused by infection or swimmer’s ear. Even a small amount rubbed onto the gums can help ease the pain of a toothache.
# 3 Antiseptic Sprays and Compresses
Ready to replace that antiseptic spray but having a hard time letting go? Invest in a small spray bottle from your local dollar store and fill it with witch hazel. There are tons of ways to use this remedy in spray form.
It’s known for reducing redness, swelling and the appearance of bruises.
Compresses can also be made using rags or paper towels and soaking it in the witch hazel. These are ideal for bruised areas, sunburns and varicose veins. It not only helps reduce the appearance of abrasions, but it also alleviates much of the pain.
Witch hazel can also be used as an anti-itch spray. If you’re feeling up to the task, there is a great anti-itch recipe that is phenomenal when dealing with eczema, poison ivy or bug bites.
#4 Apple Cider Vinegar
Always keep some apple cider vinegar, also known as “the mother” of home remedies. This is a great item to have on hand when dealing with an upset stomach or indigestion.
If you don’t like the taste, try mixing it with orange or apple juice. It is also a good idea to drink with a straw so that it doesn’t damage the enamel on your teeth.
#5 The Basics
Don’t forget the basics that all first aid kits should include. You will need regular and butterfly bandages. Gauze pads and bandage rolls are vital to any kit.
Latex-free gloves are an addition usually not included in a basic kit. Keep tweezers and small scissors and alcohol wipes. Lastly, add a small measuring cup and a bottle or two of distilled water.