Sunday, March 11, 2012

Herbs for First Aid

Break off an aloe leaf and scrape the gel to soothe minor burns, scalds, and sunburns. Aloe has tissue regenerative properties and will help heal all wounds.

Arnica cream or oil can be used on bruises or sprains where the skin is not broken. Homeopathic arnica tablets are used to treat shock in much the same way as Rescue Remedy.

Calendula Cream
Homemade or storebought, this is antispetic and antifungal. If you make it, try adding comfrey to the cream; it will help speed the healing process.

Clove Oil
Clove oil is a good antispetic for cuts; it is also useful for treating toothaches.

Keep squares of gauze or cheesecloth on hand to make compresses. Use comfrey, witch hazel, or arnica for sprains; St. John's Wort for deep cuts; comfrey or witch hazel for burns.

Crystallized Ginger
Chew for motion sickness or the nausea associated with pregnancy.

Eucalyptus Oil
This is a good inhalant for colds, coughs, and respiratory infections.

Rescue Remedy
This combination of 5 of the Bach Flower Remedies is effective for shocks and emotional upsets, especially in children.

St. John's Wort Infused Oil
Excellent for minor burns and sunburn.

Slippery Elm
Slippery elm powder is used to make poultices for drawing splinters and bringing boils to a head.

Tea Tree Oil
Antispetic and antifungal. Useful for cleansing wounds.

WitchHazel Extract
Use it to treat minor burns, sunburn, and insect bites. Apply to nasal passages to stop nosebleeds. Wasg cuts with it to help cleanse them.

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