All-Natural DIY First Aid Kit
The season that brings warm tidings and visions of sugarplums often brings sniffles, fever, and flu, too. Because I prefer to avoid prescriptions if possible, I keep a select few herbs, vitamins, and supplements around for these occasions. These are also my most common recommendations to patients to keep on hand, and to take regularly.
- Bentonite clay: Great for cuts, scrapes, burns, bug bites–you name it!
- Lavender essential oil : Also great on scrapes, cuts, burns.
- Frankincense essential oil : I use it as part of a beauty regimine at night, but it’s also great for just about any area that needs healing.
- Homeopathic Arnica pellets for bruising or pain.
- Homeopathic Staphysagria pellets for cuts.
- Activated charcoal: I use this every time I suspect I may have ingest extra toxins or heavy metals. Take at night, 2hrs away from any medications or supplements. This is not to be taken long-term as it absorbs nutrients and toxins!
- Peppermint essential oil–diluted with coconut oil and rubbed on the abdomen, to calm gas or bloating.
- Ginger tea: Ginger is great for calming nausea, indigestion or heartburn and it’s safe during pregnancy.
- Pre and probiotics : Taken daily to feed the good gut bacteria to keep you GI tract in-check.
Cold, Cough or Flu
- Elderberry syrup: This is ideal for use in kids since it’s so tasty for improving their immunity
- Neti pot: I love my Neti Pot. As soon as I feel a soar throat or feel a post nasal issue coming, I use this to clear out my nasal passages from all the bad offenders. It is very important to use filtered, clean water with this, I’ll also boil ours and then let it cool.
- Vitamin C: One of my favorite antioxidants that I increase anytime I feel under the weather. Start with 1000mgs twice daily or up to bowel tolerance.
- Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 is vital to immune health, especially during the cooler seasons since we aren’t getting as much sun outdoors.
- Eucalyptus: The oil can be rubbed on the feet or (diluted) on the chest. A face steam of eucalyptus leaves helps clear the lungs and sinuses, and on the go, a few drops of the essential oil rubbed on the hands and then inhaled helps congestion and cough. Has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
- Red Raspberry Leaf: my go-to for PMS symptoms. It tastes very similar to regular black tea and with a little stevia, tastes like sweet tea.
- Cramp Bark: to soothe even severe cramping that is associated with nausea, vomiting, and sweaty chills. The tea can be drank up to three times per day.