How to Build A Non-Toxic First Aid Kit
We’ve all seen those pre-packed first aid kits that are filled with creams, lotions, and antiseptic drops. It’s comforting to know you have a well-stocked first-aid kit to ensure you’re prepared with quick fixes in case of minor emergencies, bumps, bruises, and illnesses.
But, often many conventional first aid solutions like ointments, wipes, and sanitizers aren’t the healthiest way to deal and heal from minor injuries. In fact, many of these common products contain questionable ingredients like triclosan and petroleum contaminants and can lead to unnecessary and undesired side effects.
Even two of the most common wound antiseptics around – hydrogen peroxide and/or alcohol – are best avoided according to many medical experts. These days, the medical community, actually, says these two wound solutions are probably a bad idea. Studies continue to indicate that hydrogen peroxide and alcohol are not only ineffective when it comes to aiding overall wound healing stages, but can also slow down the entire healing process. Turns out, alcohol and peroxide may actually kill healthy cells around open wounds. This is why medical bodies, like the Cleveland Clinic, advise to simply rinse your wound with good old soap and running water.
But what about all the other fun stuff? How do you soothe? Prevent infection? Calm an upset stomach or nerves – without exposing yourself to potential side effects or unnecessary chemicals?
A natural first aid kit can be a fun little project. Grab a small tackle box or upcycle one of your old food containers or large resealable bags and fill it with natural first aid solutions like therapeutic oils, healing creams, lotions and herbal potions that have multiple everyday uses.
It’s also a good idea to include some bandages, gauze, tweezers, and a small-sized flashlight for inspection.
Here are a few good places to start.
Non-toxic first aid kit essentials
Good for: Burns
- Mix five drops of lavender oil with one tablespoon of aloe vera and apply to the burn.
Good For: Wounds and burns
- Apply Manuka honey to a bandage and cover a thoroughly-cleaned, minor wound. Honey has antibacterial properties and a unique pH balance that promotes oxygen and healing compounds.
Good for: Anti-inflammatory, bruises, sprains, swelling, muscle spasms and arthritis.
- Rub or massage arnica salves, creams or gels into the affected area – do not use on an open wound or take internally.
Good for: Skin irritations, rashes, eczema, acne.
- Wash the skin with soap and water and apply calendula oil or salve directly to the affected area. Also, great for diaper rash in infants.
Neem & Geranium Oil, Citronella Oil
Good for: Insect repellent.
- Combine water with witch hazel and essential oils like geranium, rose, citronella, eucalyptus, cedar, mint, lemongrass, tea tree, or clove.
Homemade Bug Spray Ingredients
- 30 drops geranium essential oil
- 30 drops citronella essential oil
- 20 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol
- ½ cup witch hazel
- ½ cup water (or vinegar)
Good for: Digestive disruptions, nausea, vomiting.
- To make ginger tea, add one tablespoon fresh grated ginger to two cups of boiling water, one tablespoon honey and half of a lemon, juiced. Ginger chew candies are great to have on hand too (especially for car sickness).
Good for: Sleep aid, relaxant, antimicrobial for cuts, and burns.
- You can apply a few drops of lavender oil directly to wounds and burns to increase healing, and fight infections. Plus, lavender aromatherapy works well for relaxation. Place a few drops in a diffuser at bedtime.
Tea Tree Oil
Good for: Fungal infections on the skin, acne, yeast infections, lice.
- Use 1 1/2 tablespoons of tea tree oil to one cup of water to create a solution to rinse affected areas. Add a few drops to your regular shampoo to help prevent lice.
Good for: Inflammation from bug bites, windburn, poison ivy blisters.
- Apply topically as needed.
It’s no fun to have bites, cuts or bruises, but we hope this natural first aid kit list has inspired you to use non-toxic and safe solutions instead of reaching for questionable conventional remedies.
Obviously, your natural first-aid kit can help out in minor medical scenarios. But, please use common sense head to the hospital or call an ambulance in the case of serious injury of other life-threatening situations where a paramedic or ER doctor can provide the appropriate critical care treatment.