Welcome to the first part of natural first aid home remedies. We will cover the use of essential oils herbs, common garden plants and kitchen cupboard ingredients which are all excellent for treating mild conditions that can happen any time in our everyday lives. Always remember that if your symptoms are persistent and or serious, seek qualified medical advice.
Bites and stings:
Use vinegar or lemon juice from a fresh lemon. Squeeze a few drops onto a cotton wool ball so that it is nicely saturated but not dripping and dab on the sting until you feel relief.
Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and a little water. Pack the paste onto the sting and leave it until the stinging stops. For multiple bee stings call an ambulance immediately.
Use tea tree oil or aloe vera straight from the plant or an aloe vera gel to provide relief from the itching.
Nettle Stings from Stinging Nettles:
Use burdock leaf crumpled and and white the crumpled leaf on the sting.
Lavender oil can also be used as can a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water.
Witch hazel is very soothing and effective to use on blisters.
Lavender oil can also be used and applied with a cotton wool ball.
Saltwater can be used. It is a very effective disinfectant, use 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water. Make sure it is completely dissolved and apply with a cotton wool ball.
Aloe Vera, once again, is extremely effective and can be applied as a gel or directly from the aloe plant, which is the most effective of the two.
Rescue remedy has also proved to be very effective.
Arnica cream or arnica tablets are excellent for speeding up the healing of bruises.
Simple cold packs provide instant relief. A bag of frozen peas will do just fine.
Witch hazel is also very good for bruises.
The vinegar com press can also be used by soaking the face cloth or a piece of muslin in vinegar and applying to the bruised area.
Hot cabbage leaves! I kid you not, steam a few Savoy cabbage leaves and apply to the bruised area. A bit smelly but works wonders!
These natural first aid remedies are a very effective, simple and easy way of treating these common ailments. Please look out for natural first aid remedies part two.
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