Super Charge your First Aid Kit with Herbal Add-Ons
It is important that each of us has access to a good first aid kit and that we know how to use it. Use a book such as Herbal First Aid and Health Care (by Kyle Christensen, DC, MH) or another good reference book as part of your first aid kit. Assemble your kit now, before you need it. Get a box or plastic tote and begin throwing things in. You will be surprised how much you can find around the house before you need to make a run to the store for supplies. Tailor the contents to fit your family's particular needs and lifestyle. Assemble them in a backpack or tool chest. Use our Herbal ADD-ONs to supplement your existing First Aid Kit. Our Herbal ADD - ONs will give you what a seasoned master herbalist wants to have on hand for first aid emergencies and healthcare issues.
Herbal ADD-On #1
1. CTR Ointment - used to assist with minor cuts, wounds, abrasions, bruises. For external use. Apply the ointment to minor wounds, burns (amazing), injuries, ulcer, sores, rashes, cuts, bruises, etc. Apply generously externally over injuries or wounds. Do not remove excess CTR ointment when re-applying, just keep adding the ointment to the injured area.
2. Colon Cleanse - An excellent formula that assists with elimination while building tone and strengthening the colon. For internal use. This stimulating formula is cleansing and strengthening to the entire gastrointestinal system. Stimulates healthy movement through the colon while disinfecting and soothing the colon to function better on its own. Use Colon Cleanse to insure a normal 2 - 3 bowel movements each day. Suggested Guidelines: Not recommended if pregnant or nursing. Discontinue use if abdominal cramps or diarrhea is present. Begin with 1 capsule during or following the evening meal. The following morning there should be an increase in bowel function. If no noticeable change occurs, increase dosage by one capsule each day until improved bowel function is achieved.
3. Colon Detox - Used to deeply cleanse the colon, to arrest diarrhea, and as a drawing poultice for stings and bites. Used internally, Colon Detox acts as a strong purifier and intestinal vacuum, helping to draw out old fecal matter from the walls of your colon and out of bowel pockets. Use internally for abdominal disturbances caused by unhealthy food and minor diarrhea. Use externally as a poultice. Suggested Guidelines: It is important to drink adequate amounts of liquids while taking this product. Oral drugs or herbs taken at the same time as Colon Detox may have diminished absorption. Not recommended if bowel obstruction or intestinal narrowing is a concern.
4. Digestion Aid Formula - These bitter and carminative herbs will increase the digestive juices thereby reducing gas, bloating and intestinal cramping. May be used before or after meals. For internal use.
5. Deep Heat Oil- Eases muscle soreness, soothes sprains, strains, and muscle pain. Reduces temporary inflammation. Massage directly into the body for warming & cooling relief. for sprains, strains and muscular pain. Also relieves minor earache (only use if eardrum is NOT ruptured). For external use. Avoid contact with eyes. Apply generously as a topical oil onto the skin. Massage on and immediately around the area of soreness and aching muscles.
6. Immune Boost -This formula works by boosting the number of immune cells and natural chemicals to help the body fight illness. A very powerful and potent herbal combination to be used at the first signs of any illness. For internal use.
7. Kidney/Bladder Formula - for urinary tract concerns, minor, temporary water retention or kidney and bladder concerns. For internal use.
8. Herbal Antiseptic Formula - to cleanse and disinfect minor wounds. Apply enough Herbal Anti-Septic on wound to completely coat injury and surrounding area. For external use.
9. Herbal Tooth Powder - Use for temporary inflammation of the gums or any other tooth and gum disorder or simply for normal tooth brushing. Can also assist in tightening loose teeth. Used to scrub teeth and gum with a toothbrush, cloth or finger.
10. Herbal Snuff Powder - Snuff a pinch through each nostril for cleansing, clearing and disinfecting sinuses. For sinus congestion or any chronic sinus problem. Saved many from sinus surgery. Snuff a small pinch of herbal snuff into each nostril, pinching shut opposite nostril. Inhale very deeply when taking in snuff. Hold snuff for 5 to 10 minutes before blowing to clear your nose.
11. Cayenne tincture - Used internally for the cold stage of minor fevers, debility in convalescence or old age, to support vein health and digestive problems. Used to stop minor bleeding and to increase circulation. Externally for sprains. Use with care and caution. Very hot.
12. Lobelia tincture - Used internally as a general nerve and muscle relaxant or to induce vomiting. This herb and its alkaloids are strong. Excess causes nausea, vomiting, drowsiness. Not recommended if pregnant or for those patients with heart dysfunction.
13. Clove essential oil - assists topically with minor, temporary pain of the teeth or mouth sores. Clove oil is used historically for dental concerns.
14. Lavender essential oil - topical anti-bacterial, for insect bites. For indigestion, depression, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, tension headaches, migraine, and bronchial complaints
15. Yarrow tincture - Used to support the immune system.
Herbal ADD-On #2
- Lungs Plus Formula -Relieves Lung congestion, soothes coughs and eases breathing. This formula has been shown to dilate the bronchial passages and loosen mucus and phlegm so it can be expelled from the lungs. Used for minor respiratory concerns. For internal use. Suggested Guidelines: Not recommended if pregnant, nursing or if high blood pressure is a concern. Not intended for long term, sustained use.
- CTR Syrup - used internally to assist with any injury where tissue has been disrupted or damaged. Suggested Guidelines: If injury has occurred, consultation with a healthcare professional is advised.
- Liver-Gallbladder Formula -The herbs in this remedy are best known for their ability to stimulate, cleanse and protect the liver and gallbladder. Used for liver concerns and for digestive complaints. For internal use. Suggested Guidelines: Not recommended if pregnant or nursing or if chronic liver or kidney dysfunction is present. If poor liver or gallbladder is a concern, consultation with a healthcare professional is advised.
- Nerve Calm Formula - for minor nervous tension, irritation, anxiety, occasional insomnia or minor panic attacks. This formula is designed to relax and relieve tension and muscle spasm. For internal use. Suggested Guidelines: Not recommended if pregnant, nursing, or if currently taking prescription or over the counter medications. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional if condition persists or increases.
- Herbal Mouthwash - Used as a mouthwash for unpleasant breath, also for temporary inflammation of the gums, minor sores, or any other mouth or gum soreness. For internal use.
- Female Balance Formula - For hormone balancing in women, relieving P.M.S and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, bloating, anxiety, depression, vaginal dryness, abnormal or painful menses. For Internal use. Suggested Guidelines: Not recommended if pregnant or nursing. If menstrual or menopausal condition persists consult a healthcare professional.
- Peppermint essential oil - Reduces fevers, nausea and aids in respiratory function. It is used for flavoring, cools the body and is excellent for digestion. Rubbing into the temples can relieve minor headaches. Use for indigestion - one drop orally. Rub some under the nose to open and clear the lungs and sinuses.
- Tea Tree essential oil - For external use. An expectorant that also increases perspiration, and stimulates the immune system. Apply directly to warts and lice nits, but dilute in a carrier oil (jojoba or almond) for other uses. 1 part tea tree to 10 parts oil.
- Oregano infused oil - sublingually as an immune builder. For internal use. 2 to 3 drops under the tongue is the general recommendation. May also be used to rub on the soles of the feet. Oregano is also a powerful immune system builder.
- Slippery Elm bark powder - A sweet, mucilaginous herb with a fenugreek-like odor. It soothes and lubricates tissues, and draws out toxins. Used internally for gastric and digestive concerns. Make into a gruel by adding warm water (may also add cinnamon and honey).
- Castor oil - used topically as a fomentation to relieve and reduce pain, inflammation, growths and swellings. Saturate cloth with castor oil apply over area and keep warm with heat for 1 hour. Repeat 2 to 4 times daily. May reuse castor oil cloth. For external use only.
- Ginger capsules - used for motion sickness, dizziness, nausea, or indigestion Ginger can be taken to increase the circulation warming cold hands and feet. Crystalized Ginger can also be used.
- Plantain tincture - Externally for skin irritation, inflamed eyelids or for bites and stings. Used internally for temporary constipation and diarrhea.
- Fennel tincture -Used internally for indigestion, gas, bloating, colic and insufficient lactation. Use as a mouthwash or gargle for gum disease or sore throat.
Additional items to consider adding to your existing First Aid Kit, if they are not there already.
- Sea Salt - for mineral replacement in dehydration (Celtic Sea Salt, Redmond Real Salt). Mineral Replacement Drink (1/2 tsp sea salt, 3 TBS honey or sugar to 1 quart water - you may also add lemon or orange juice for flavor). Mix with water for a gargle or to clear sinuses ( 1 tsp to 1 TBS per cup of warm water - there is no set recipe).
- Soap - liquid anti-bacterial or castile soap - to clean wounds and skin.
- Honey - antiseptic to put on wounds, for insect bites, burns, sore throat (mix with cayenne), and fatigue.
- Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt - used to draw out toxins and radiation. Used 1 -2 cups per bath.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - for arthritis (internally - 1TBS mixed with 1 TBS raw honey in water twice daily) and to wash the skin. Use as a wash for vaginal yeast infections to relieve itching.
- Baking Soda - used to neutralize acids burns, for re-hydration, and insect bites.
- Miso - used nutritionally to ward off the effects of radiation. Made into a soup.
- Rubbing Alcohol or alcohol preps - used to clean around wounds.
- Potassium Iodide - Potassium Iodate - for thyroid protection against radiation. Also used to protect the thyroid from radiation is Black Walnut hull and seaweeds such as kelp, dulse and Irish moss.
- Witch Hazel - for hemorrhoids and as a cleansing wash and insect bites. A very good astringent solution.
- Water - Do not underestimate the value of good clean water. Much has been written about the curative powers of drinking plenty of water. For digestive complains, pain, inflammation, etc. You need not have gallons stored in your First Aid Kit, but know that water is an important tool.
- Tweezers - for removal of splinters or debris from skin or tissues.
- Scissors - to cut bandages, cloth, etc.
- Thermometer - for taking temperatures.
- Tongue Depressors - for finger splints.
- Tape - to adhere bandages.
- Snake Bite Kit - in addition to snake bites, use for spider or insect bites. A portable suction devise is good to have on hand.
- Cotton Applicator (Q-tips) - to apply herbs in small areas or to scrub and clean tissue.
- Splinter removers - more customized than general tweezers.
- Instant Ice Pack - for sprains, strains, contusions when a freezer and ice is not available. The I. in R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate)
- Epi-Pen - epinephrine injection, if there is a history of severe allergic reactions.
- Otoscope - this tool can be purchased inexpensively to view the ear canal.
- Stethoscope & Blood Pressure Cuff - to monitor blood pressure and to listen to the heart and the lungs.
- Nail Clippers - specialized tool for nails (ingrown toenails)
- Bulb Syringe - to forcefully rinse wounds, for small enemas, to extract mucus. Sterilize after every use.
- Hot Water Bottle/Enema/Douche.
- Dental Mirror - to view mouth and teeth.
- 16-36 each Band-Aids - 1/2" x 3", 3/4" x 4", knuckles
- Ace Bandages - 2", 3" and 6"
- Flannel - 11" x 14" - an old nightgown or shirt
- Gauze - many sizes of both pads and rolls
- Waterproof tape
- Vinyl examination gloves - one box - multiple sizes if necessary for your family.
- Feminine Napkins - Maxi-pads- for heavy bleeding (not just female concerns)
- Moleskin - for blisters or to protect skin from wear.
- SAM Splint - use for arms, legs, ankle or neck immobilization.
- Butterfly bandages and Super Glue for wound closure.
- Triangular bandages to make a sling or wrap.
- Bandaging strips - cut or tear an old clean sheet into 4" strips that can be used for gauze, to wrap or bind injuries.
Emergency and Other Items to Consider
1. Cell phone and re-charger that utilizes the accessory plug in your car dash
2. Emergency Contact List. phone numbers of all family, friends and contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional poison control center
3. Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
4. Candles and matches for cold climates
5. Sunscreen and lotion
6. Mylar emergency blanket
7. Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
8. Safety pins in assorted sizes
9. Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case &/or emergency dental kit
10. Aluminum finger splints
11. Water purifying - chlorine bleach and/or hand water filter
12. Copies of important family documents
13. Dust masks/mirco filter masks (95N)
15. Maps of the area
16. Bug Out Bag - 72 hour kit
17. Clear Plastic sheeting to cover windows (if they break in an earthquake) and Duct tape
19. Garbage bags
20. Writing paper/pencils/pens
22. Good multipurpose knife and Scissors
23. Siphon & hand pumps
24. Boy Scout Handbook
25. Work Gloves
27. Extra Reading Glasses
28. Repair tools
29. Wrenches/pliers to turn of water and gas to home
There are many OTC medications that you may want to include in your kit. The purpose of this list was to emphasize herbs and herbal preparations that can be used in first aid applications. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases, or replaces the services of a competent health care provider. This program has not been evaluate or approved by the FDA. By all means listen to your body and use common sense.