How to Make an All Natural First Aid Kit

How to Make an All Natural First Aid Kit
2 March 2023

How to Make an All Natural First Aid Kit

The cutting edge of healthcare in today’s world is something to be marvelled at, especially in recent years, thanks to dramatic technological developments like magnetic fields that relieve tobacco cravings or exoskeletal robots that interact with the brain to help paraplegic people move. 

With advancements in modern healthcare over time, it’s easy to forget where our understanding of where medicine started and that, in fact, there are numerous medicinal plants available still now that truly can alleviate ailments.

There are lots of reasons someone might choose to turn to an all-natural first aid kit over synthetic ones or reusable first aid items. It’s not uncommon for people to have adverse reactions to ingredients, and hypoallergenicity is not necessarily something that can be guaranteed. 

Find out how to clean and reuse reusable first aid equipment like scissors and how to properly dispose of soiled or out-of-date supplies.

But with sustainability at the forefront of the global mind, another reason to opt for plant extracts is because it helps to protect the planet from the production of harmful materials like plastic and from the emissions produced when unrecyclable synthetic waste goes to landfill. 

As a species, we still have a long way to go to protect and heal our planet, but every small action helps. If you’ve decided to turn to some natural remedies for your natural first aid kit, here are some suggestions backed by science.

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When to See the Doctor

It’s hard to know whether a natural remedy will actually ‘work’. Depending on the dose and application, your ailment and your physiological makeup, the effects could vary widely. That said, there are some tried and true natural extracts and materials that are known to have certain effects on the body. Knowing what these are might even mean you don’t need a natural first aid kit for camping or other outdoor activities, as you might be able to find some of them in the wild around you.

On a more serious note, it’s important to remember that natural remedies can’t replace a medical professional. You should always go to the doctor if you’re seriously injured or unwell, there’s a risk the injury or illness could get worse. Always see your doctor if 

  • Your injury is large and/or deep, there is an object embedded in it, it doesn’t stop bleeding, or there’s a broken bone.
  • Your injury is very painful.
  • You have a head injury or an injury to the face.
  • Your injury does not start to get better, it feels hot, swollen, or smells bad.
  • You feel unwell, and it doesn’t start to get better after a few days.
  • You are having difficulty breathing (call 999 immediately)

If you are worried about your symptoms or your health, and it isn’t an emergency, you can call your doctor or the 111 non-emergency number. Here’s when to use 111, the non-emergency number.

An alternative first aid kit with natural remedies is a fantastic way to reduce harmful materials being produced and put back into the environment. But sometimes man-made products are needed to help you get better. Items like sterile bandages, topical antiseptics, and medicated dressings are prescribed to ensure a wound does not become infected, for example, or help the body fight off an infection.

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Botanical Extracts that Heal the Body

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is also a known remedy for heartburn, thanks to a compound called aloin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A review of four studies on 371 participants on the effects of aloe vera on burns found that it was a successful treatment for first and second-degree burns. 

When taken orally, aloe vera can also be an effective treatment for Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and can be used as a laxative.

Aloe Vera plant

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of saturated fat, and about 50% of the MCT in coconut oil is lauric acid. It is thanks to this lauric acid that coconut oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

Coconut oil is also occlusive, meaning it can create an air and water-tight barrier on the skin. This is good for protecting some wounds from bacteria or moisture loss, while its antibacterial and antifungal properties help to keep infection at bay.

Coconut oil and other oils like butter should never be applied to buns, contrary to popular belief, as they can hold heat in and prevent the burn from cooling and damage from slowing down.

Coconut oil

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is very porous, and as such, it can trap chemicals. Because of this, activated charcoal is used to treat poison by ingestion. Activated charcoal is used by paramedics and medical professionals as an emergency anti-poison treatment in circumstances such as overdose. 

Adding activated charcoal to your first aid kit, it can be used as a diarrhea aid or a detoxifying supplement. 

Activated Charcoal

Arnica

This is usually found in gel form made from an extract of the arnica herb when used in first aid kits. Arnica contains active chemicals that reduce swelling and pain. Arnica can be dangerous when taken orally and needs to be properly diluted, but it is safe to use topically when used correctly.

In your natural first aid kit, arnica gel can be used to treat

  • Insect bites
  • Muscle pain
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Rashes caused by poison oak and ivy
Arnica

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Echinacea

Echinacea is a herbal remedy that comes from a purple flower and is one of the world's most widely used herbal remedies. Echinacea contains compounds that function as antioxidants, including flavonoids, rosmarinic acid, and cichoric acid, as well as alkamides that act as catalysts for the efficacy of the antioxidants.

Echinacea usually comes in tablet, tincture, or tea form and can be used to help recover from colds and flu more easily.

Echinacea

Chamomile

Chamomile flowers are dried and used in tea throughout the world. Chamomile extract is also used to create essential oil, and other preparations are also used in traditional medicine and have been for many years. The active compounds in Chamomile are terpenoids and flavonoids, which have been used to treat the following for centuries

  • Ulcers
  • Insomnia
  • Hayfever
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gastrointestinal ailments
  • Muscle spasms and cramps
Chamomile

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm has been used by Native Americans have used for centuries as a topical treatment. The plant contains mucilage which creates a slippery gel when mixed with water which is what gives the plant its name. Slippery elm also contains antioxidants and causes reflux stimulation of the nerves in the gastrointestinal tract, which causes an increase in mucus production.

Slippery elm is used topically by making a poultice from a coarse powder of the bark. It can be applied to soothe wounds, ulcers, skin irritation, and inflammation. Slippery elm can also be taken orally in tablet, tea, or lozenge form to treat coughs, sore throats, and heartburn. There is also evidence that slippery elm can help to enhance bowel movements.

Slippery Elm

Citronella Oil

Citronella is distilled from the Asian grass plant. Citronella is most commonly used as an insect repellant. Citronella oil is also used to treat the following.

  • As a topical agent for fungal infections
  • As a topical antiinflammatory agent to speed up wound healing
  • Aromatherapy to produce a calming or stimulating effect (though the effects per individual are complex, as determined in this study on the physical effects of inhaling fragrances.)
Citronella Oil

Comfrey

For many years, comfrey has been used to speed up the healing of wounds and broken bones. Comfrey is so well-known for its effectiveness that comfrey tablets were issued in WWII packs. Two compounds present in comfrey are responsible for its effects: allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Rosamarinic acid relieves pain and inflammation, while allantoin accelerates cellular mitosis, thus speeding up new tissue production.

Comfrey can be taken orally or applied topically directly to a wound. When applied directly, you should take care to ensure the wound is completely clean as the tissue growth acceleration can be quite dramatic.

Comfrey

Ginger

Ginger root has anti-inflammatory and immune system-fortifying properties due to its main active compound: gingerol. Gingerol is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Ginger can be taken in many different formats, either as a dried powder or the fresh root, which can be shredded and its flesh used or juiced.

Commonly ginger is taken in tea to ease the symptoms of a viral infection or a sore throat. It is also known to aid motion sickness and other types of nausea.

Ginger

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