An Herbal First Aid Kit goes beyond the normal run of the mill first aid kit containing adhesive bandages and anti-biotic ointment. An Herbal First-Aid Kit for college students, young married couples, parents, grandparents and others on your gift list who often ask what to do for particular ailments, is a great gift idea for the upcoming Christmas season. These items can be placed in a small plastic tote, a tackle box, a back pack, a duffle bag, a cosmetic bag, a drawstring bag or whatever you have on hand. If you are giving this as a gift to someone who is not familiar with herbal remedies, make sure you include an instruction sheet listing each item and their possible uses.
Below are items that I keep in my Herbal First Aid Kit and are items that I have found to be just what we need when we are away from home:
Cayenne - powdered and tincture: stops bleeding, improves circulation, headaches and heart attack
Vitalerbs - capsules: vitamin and mineral supplement
Immucalm - capsules: allergies and allergic reactions, calms and strengthens the immune system, asthma
Plantain- ointment: bites, stings, draws toxins, reduces swelling
Complete Tissue & Bone - ointment: broken bones, sprains, scrapes, cuts, wounds, skin eruptions, pulled muscles, and blood clots, regenerates tissue
Rash Formula - ointment: soothing ointment for abrasions, eczema, dry skin, poison ivy & swelling
Black Ointment - ointment: drawing agent, tumors, warts
Comfrey - ointment: burns, wounds, cuts, bleeding
Cayenne Heat - ointment: sore muscles and joints, sprains
Sen Sei - ointment: headaches, sinus pressures, sore muscles, sore throats
Burn Paste - made with equal parts of wheat germ oil, honey and powdered comfrey - burns
Ginger - capsules: cardiovascular ailments, nausea, anti-inflammatory, gas, indigestion
Garlic Oil - oil: ear infections, infection, bacteria
X-Ceptic - tincture: antiseptic, infections, tooth infections
Anti-Spasmodic - tincture: charley horses, cramps, mouth sores, muscle spasms, sore throat
Lobelia - tincture: anti-spasmodic, emetic, relaxant, expectorant
Black walnut - tincture: fungus, parasitic infections, warts
Ear & Nerve Formula - tincture: ear infection, tinnitus, malfunctioning nerves
Glandular System Massage Oil - oil: cleansing and nourishing the glands, infected glands, and lymph organs
Echinacea - tincture: enhances the immune system, prevents and fights bacteria and viruses
Relax-Eze - tincture: nervous tension, insomnia, rebuilding nerves and lessens pain
Herbal Eyebright - tincture and eye cup: healing the eyes, pink eye
Infection Formula - capsules: kills infection, clears toxins from lymph and reduces inflammation
Lower Bowel Formula - capsules: bowel cleanser, constipation, rebuilding the bowel
Slippery Elm - powder or capsules: diarrhea, wounds, inflammation of the stomach & intestines
Castor Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil - nutrition, fomentations; include a large piece of cotton flannel for fomentations
Essential Oils - peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemon are a few good ones to have on hand
Mix and match these great herbal products to make a kit that fits your needs. I have found that transferring the formulas and ointments to smaller containers such as pill holders and small ointment containers (these can be found at health food stores or online), works wonderfully for an Herbal First-Aid Kit for the car. Also, make sure you label each container and compartment. I also include the basics that would be found in a traditional First-Aid Kit such as: bandages, gauze, tweezers, a small bottle of soap, a water bottle, elastic bandages, steri-strips or butterfly closures, disposable hot and cold packs, and scissors.
Having an Herbal First-Aid Kit in each of our vehicles and making sure I have these items on hand at home has given me peace of mind and ensures that I can heal my family in any situation, wherever I am.
Tonya Judd is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing and an Emotional Release practitioner.