There are several items that should always be carried in an emergency kit. Water, food, and clothing should be top of mind as you prepare. So should a simple first aid kit.
An effective first aid kit should have bandages, pain relievers, and a way to treat minor injuries that are sure to happen. You could purchase these things at the dollar store for little money, but having the knowledge to make simple first aid remedies at home will serve you well, even if you never have to evacuate with a 72-hour kit.
The three main treatment areas we will focus on are cleaning a wound (antiseptic), making sure the wound does not get infected (antibacterial), and treating rashes that may occur (anti-itch).
You’ll find that these herbal remedies are also good for chapped lips, dry skin, and soothing sunburn.
One of the most important things you can do for any wound is to clean it thoroughly. Witch hazel is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive. The leaves and bark are used to produce a strong anti-oxidant and astringent that can be used on sores, bruises, and swelling.
Medicinally, Witch Hazel extract is often applied as a compress to assist with minor injuries and bruises. Make simple witch hazel wipes by placing cotton rounds into a small plastic container with a tight lid, and pour witch hazel over them. When you need to clean a wound, just pull out a pre-moistened wipe.
Place 1/4 a cup of witch hazel into a jar with a tight lid.
Add 3-4 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil.
Add a few cotton rounds to the jar until they are just moistened. Go for a wet but not dripping consistency
You can increase the antiseptic power of the witch hazel by infusing it with calendula petals or rosemary leaves. Get directions to infuse witch hazel in this post from PreparednessMama.
- 8 ounces coconut oil (find it here)
- 1 tablespoon calendula flowers, packed tightly (find calendula flowers here)
- 1 tablespoon comfrey leaf (find comfrey leaf here)
- 1 T tablespoon arnica flowers, packed tightly (find arnica here)
- 1 tablespoon yarrow flowers (find yarrow here)
- 1 tablespoon plantain leaves (find plantain here)
- 1 tablespoon beeswax (find beeswax here)
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 Vitamin E gel caps
You can use a mixture of fresh or dried herbs for this recipe.
Measure out 4 ounces of coconut oil and place it in a double boiler on the stovetop. Using low heat, gently simmer the herbs for 5 minutes and then allow it to cool and steep for at least one hour.
After the herbs have steeped, separate the herbs and oil with a sieve and pour the infused coconut oil into a non-reactive bowl. Add the remaining coconut oil back to make the total volume of the oil 8 ounces again.
Warm the oil on the stove top and add the beeswax, stirring until it is completely melted. This should not simmer. Remove from heat, allow it to cool for a few minutes, and stir in the essential oils and Vitamin E oil.
Pour into a clean container with a lid, label, and store in a cool place.
Plantain is naturally healing and great for your skin. It is found in almost every yard, although most do not know what it is called, or how it can help then be prepared.
This basic homemade Plantain Anti-itch Salve from Our Happy Acres is just the thing you need to soothe itchy, dry skin. It is easy to make and great to have in your first aid kits. It is a terrific multipurpose salve, and we use it daily during the dry winter months too.
Where can you get supplies for these recipes? Check your local natural food store and buy local when possible. All of the dried herbs can be grown in your own garden,m or online you can purchase dried herbs at Amazon.
The addition of natural remedies makes antiseptic compresses, antibacterial ointment, and anti-itch salve, an easy choice. With just a few ingredients you can add these 3 herbal remedies for preparedness to your 72-hour kits. They will help you naturally be prepared for simple medical emergencies.
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