FIRST AID, THE NATURAL WAY

You may be cutting back on processed and refined foods in favour of whole foods and healthy habits, but what chemicals are you applying to your body through your daily medical products? Yes, you’ve detoxed your diet, but what about your other lifestyle choices?

Find out how to create an all-natural First Aid Kit at home that will minimise waste, and contribute to your families health and wellbeing.

Our modern world is filled with synthetic materials that place our immune system under enormous pressure, especially with our little ones. Most of us resort to the ‘traditional’, yet harmful remedies, without much thought into what is entering or applied to our bodies.

The average woman applies 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every day without knowing. Within seconds, these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, entering the bloodstream, that carry out through our bodies with no detoxification process in between.

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Leaves you feeling a little nauseous right?

Though there is no accurate percentage of chemicals that absorb into the bloodstream, the thought is still alarming. It’s time to have a look at what we can do to reduce the chemical stressors in our human system. For your long-term health and your family’s, why don’t you look at your skin from a different perspective? The next time you apply a product to your skin, pause and imagine those substances being absorbed and transferred throughout the body. Are you comfortable with this imagery? If not, then how about transitioning to all natural products, with ingredients you and your family can feel safe using.

In my experience, natural products are often the most effective means of fighting infections, allergies and injuries in the most holistic manner. Creating a natural first aid kit will help you save money, minimise the use of toxic products, reduce packaging and create very little wastage.

Let’s strip it back and go all natural shall we?

This list contains all of the necessities that are considered to be the bare bone essentials for a natural, minimalist first aid kit:

  1. Natural adhesive wound care is an all round must for the all-natural first aid kit.  Thankfully, we have a solution that is made from 100% organic bamboo fibre and natural ingredients, PATCH.

    PATCH strips are the perfect organic, hypoallergenic and biodegradable wound care alternative, added with extra goodness in the form of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil. Designed with mineral-based ingredients for all sensitive skin types and those who desire to remove harmful chemicals from their cabinet.

  2. Keeping it cool with WELEDA’S ALOE VERA COOLING GEL. This is my hidden gem in every First Aid Kit. Featuring cooling aloe vera plant extract and echinacea, that works at oxygenating the skin and drawing out any unwanted impurities. I lather this on any unexpected scalds, burns, blisters, inflammation, eczema and rashes that appear. The packaging is also perfect and compact, with a minimalist effect.

  3. When it comes to compression BANDAGES & SWABS, finding a natural alternative can be difficult. My advice? Make sure you always look for organic cotton (free from pesticides and herbicides) and organic bamboo fibre. These are the most ethical, environmentally sustainable options too.  Not to mention, are highly important to have on standby, especially for the little ones.

  4. Cannot go wrong with a bit of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. Once you get past the acquired taste, it works wonders for stomach upset, pain, or reducing sinus infections and head colds. One shot of this magical concoction and you’ll instantly feel better. MACROS Apple Cider Vinegar comes in a handy 500ml bottle, suitable and easy to store away.  If the taste is too strong to shot, you can dilute it in water, or turn it into a beautiful salad dressing.

  5. EPSOM SALT is the all-around alleviate of constipation, muscle soreness, and sore throats. When wintertime hits, I like to do a daily gargle to clear my throat and reduce inflammation. Bathing in Epsom salt is perfect for relieving stiffness and tight joints too, not to mention the beautiful taste of applying it to your food (but don’t go overboard).

  6. COCONUT OIL the ‘modern day miracle cure’. This is a must-have in every first aid kit. Coconut oil has gone from ‘wonder cooking ingredient’ to ‘perfect body applicant’ very quickly. Wanna know why? It’s naturally antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents are fantastic for fighting infection, rehydrating or healing wounds or scars.

  7. MANUKA HONEY the perfect remedy for sore throats and oncoming colds. One spoonful of this, or a drop in hot water and honey. I keep a small tube of 70+ Manuka in my first aid kit at home. Very useful for acid reflux, reducing stomach acid, acne, eczema, treating burns wounds and varying allergies. It is the ‘all-rounder’ product in the kit.

  8. Last but not least CITRONELLA- BASED INSECT REPELLANT is a no-brainer for fighting off the little suckers. Lucky for us most herbal repellents contain citronella oil already and are the most natural solution to insect repellant.

Creating an all-natural first aid kit doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these tips as a guideline for the most natural, eco-friendly DIY kit! 

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