Make a Natural First Aid Kit with Herbs

Home remedy kits can be self-contained healing in a box. Here’s what you need to make your own.


| December/January 2007



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Photo by Susan Belsinger

When I was in seventh grade, I made a first-aid kit for a science project. It wasn’t very big, and it was rather basic, consisting mainly of adhesive bandages, first-aid cream, gauze, sticky white tape, scissors and iodine. Over the years, my idea of first aid has changed considerably. Some of the basic items still have a place in my kit today, but many of my remedies have changed with experience and with my continuing herbal education. I have learned to make poultices, salves, teas, tinctures and synergistic blends of herbs and essential oils. I also took an herbal apprentice class with Rosemary Gladstar, which was an amazing learning experience on the uses of medicinal herbs.

I used to keep my homemade herbal products in different parts of the house, depending on their uses, but I soon realized it would be much easier to find things when I needed them if they were stored together in one place. Once I had gathered the ingredients and supplies, I began searching for the perfect storage container. I considered art-supply boxes, tackle boxes, cosmetic boxes and sewing boxes, but finally settled on a heavy-duty, three-tiered plastic toolbox. I also have a smaller version of the kit containing my most essential items that I carry when I travel.

It is important that everything in your remedy kit be clearly labeled, and I find it helpful to include an instruction sheet on the proper use of each item.

My kit is extensive and contains many items, as I’ve found this is what works best for my family. Perhaps my kit will inspire you to create your own herbal remedy kit suitable for your family’s needs.

Basic Items

These are important items to have in any first-aid kit:

• Sterile, nonstick bandages, assorted sizes
• Adhesive bandages, such as Band-Aids, assorted sizes
• Scissors
• Thermometer
• Tweezers
• Magnifying glass
• Needles/safety pins, assorted sizes
• Matches
• Candles
• Hot water bottle
• Ice pack
• Alcohol swabs
• Toothpicks or natural floss

browneyebuttafly
3/29/2014 6:30:27 PM

Great article, however it is outdated. Is there anything you would change about this article since its been 7 years? Anything new you would add or anything you would remove?






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