Build an Herbal First Aid Kit: Natural Remedies for Burns, Food Poisoning and Other Ailments

Treat common ailments at home with an herbal first aid kit packed with natural remedies.

| December 2011 Web

Natural Remedies by Melissa Corkhill cover

"Natural Remedies" offers advice for treating common conditions and illnesses at home using remedies provided by Mother Nature. In this book you'll discover how to treat complaints such as coughs, colds and sore throats, as well as suggestions for easing the strain of more permanent conditions such as eczema, arthritis and asthma.

Photo Courtesy Skyhorse Publishing

The following is an excerpt from "Natural Remedies: Self-Sufficiency" by Melissa Corkhill. The excerpt is from Chapter 1: Getting Started. 

It is a good idea to put together a pack of remedies that can be used for first aid at home. There are many natural treatments that can easily be administered to treat the body in times of shock and distress. As well as having a good selection of remedies at home to treat emergencies, it might be worthwhile enrolling on a first aid course where you can learn the basics of administering first aid, such as how to deal with broken limbs and resuscitation skills, before medical help arrives.When putting together your natural first aid kit, you will want to have items such as bandages and a small pair of scissors as well as medicines made from plants.

You may want to make up a smaller kit for taking out and about. A portable kit that fits easily in a backpack is a good idea for holidays, walks and days out. Items that I would recommend for your portable first aid kit are marked with an asterisk.

* = recommended for your portable first aid kit 

Bites and stings

Stings are fairly common and easily dealt with using natural remedies. If an allergic reaction occurs seek the advice of a doctor.

• Plantain can ease the pain and reduce swelling. Chew the leaf in your mouth and apply the masticated leaves as a poultice to the sting.

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