As promised, now I’m writing about the Family First Aid Kit I’ve put together! If you missed the other kits in this series, here are the links for ya,
This family kit is something I’ve really been wanting to do for a while, and I’m really happy I’ve finally done it. For way too long our family first aid kit has pretty much just been a box with a few bandaids, neosporin, tylenol, cotton balls, one ace bandage, one hot/cool pack, a thermometer, and burn gel. Not exactly a complete bag of tricks!
This list isn’t all encompassing by any means, there’s a lot more I would like add. But for us this is where we’re starting, and let me tell you, it feels SO GOOD (sorry to shout!) to be more prepared. You’ll notice a lot of essential oils listed down there. We like to keep things natural whenever possible, and we’ve found essential oils to be an incredibly powerful tool to help our family. In addition to that, I feel they are an excellent choice for emergency preparedness. These oils have an incredibly long shelf life (5-10+ years!) and a little goes a long way – you seriously only really need a drop or two in most cases. So you can gradually build a supply of natural medicine, much like the concept of food storage, for emergencies. For the purposes of this post I haven’t gone into how essential oils work or specifically how we use them, but if you want to know more about all of that, please feel free to email me!
Family First Aid Kit
Melaluca and Lavender Essential Oil – Have cleansing properties, so these are both great to clean and help mend cuts and burns.
Raw Honey – Do some searching on Manuka Honey and burns and you’ll get a lot of accounts of how amazing this is. It has some crazy strong healing properties. Luckily we’ve don’t have any first hand experience with it, but if we do I’ll be sure to share.
Homemade Healing Balm – This is kind of an all purpose ointment. We use it on cuts, burns, and even diaper rashes! See the recipe HERE.
Aloe – This was our go-to growing up. We always had tons some aloe growing in our backyard. It really helps with burns.
Cotton balls & q-tips
Under the Weather:
Immunity Essential Oil Blend – This is a great one for an immunity boost and fighting germs. We’ve had amazing results with it. This stuff is a killer immune system support!
Basil Essential Oil – This is supposed to be fantastic for ear discomfort and general pain relief. I don’t have personal experience with this one yet. When I do, I’ll be sure to write about it and share it with you! (update – Since writing this, I have used Basil on my daughter – it is AMAZING! Listen to me, every parent needs a bottle of this!)
Activated Charcoal – Taken internally this can help with stomach flu, food poisoning, or just an upset stomach.
Digestive Essential Oil Blend – This helps combat nausea/vomiting, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, heartburn and acid reflux. Got a GI issue? This is the go-to.
Peppermint Essential Oil – This can be used to calm an upset stomach/nausea, headaches, and cool temperatures. I’ve used just a tiny amount of this on the roof of my mouth and experienced instant relief from headaches, seriously.
Respiratory Essential Oil Blend – This can be used for any respiratory issues, such as difficulty breathing, snoring, and congestion.
Stethoscope – There was a time when my oldest was sick and coughing a lot. Of course this was while we were traveling. I was concerned she might be wheezing, which is never good. So I decided to take her to the walk-in clinic. Bad. Move. She’s a very shy and sensitive child and had meltdowns at our normal pediatrician’s office. She freaked out so horribly at the walk-in clinic that the doctor could not hear well enough (at all) when listening to her lungs and so she just blanketed us with an antibiotic. If I had just owned a simple stethoscope I could have at least checked myself before making the call on whether or not to go into the doctor.
Otoscope with specula – Basically the same story with ear infections. It’s nice to know if that little baby is tugging on their ears because they just found them, they’re teething, or they actually have an infection. Let’s make sure before carting them off to that den of illness, also known as the Pediatrician’s Office.
Thermometer – I like to have a few, because in the middle of the night checking on two kiddos with fevers, I tend to forget where I left it…
Skin irritations/Insect bites:
Lavender Essential Oil – Can be used to help with insect bites and skin irritation. I’ve used it for ant bites on my kids and it seems to help them a lot. I’ve heard it helps with wasp/bee stings too.
Calminine Lotion – Good for soothing skin irritation such as hives, rashes, or insect bites.
Vinegar and Baking Soda – My 3 year old got her first wasp sting a few months ago. My aunt happened to be there and said to use a mix of vinegar and baking soda on the sting. Instantly my screaming child became calm. No more pain. Amazing.
Activated Charcoal – I’ve read that sometimes they use this in hospitals for spider bites. When mixed with some water, this can be applied to spider bites to help draw out the venom. My daughter got bit recently and I put some activated charcoal on the bite and covered it with a bandaid. I didn’t know what type of spider it was, but the fang marks were large. I checked her for a fever several times in the night and she was fine. And in the morning the bite mark had not changed in size. To me this was a great sign. There is no way to tell if the charcoal did anything, but the fact that the mark didn’t grow was impressive to me.
Mechanical Injuries: (I totally love using this phrase ever since I got hooked on Dual Survival a few years ago…)
Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Soothing Blend Essential Oils – This is a powerful essential oil combo for ligament, tendon, and muscle tissue repair. These help sooth and relieve discomfort. I’ve been using these on some discomfort in my tendons I’ve been trying to heal, in combination with rest. And I’m having success with it.
Arnica Gel – Arnica is homeopathic and it’s used for muscle soreness and bruising. I like keeping it on hand because I bruise so easily.
Crutches – This one may not seem like something you should just have around, but trust me, you should just get a set from the drug store. Twice in our married life we’ve needed crutches and didn’t have any (because of our height difference we can’t use the same set…). It’s literally a pain to go searching for crutches after you need them…
Epsom Salts – Soaking sprained joints or sore muscles in an epsom salt bath is a great to help reduce pain and swelling and to promote healing.
Dental Medic Kit – Now, I’m not suggesting you go and perform root canals on your family. Please don’t try that! But if there is a natural disaster and you have a dental emergency, a kit like this one can be used to temporarily solve the issue and relieve pain until you can see a dentist. Some people have even used it on weekends when it would otherwise cost them a FORTUNE to be seen as an emergency weekend visit by their dentist.
Clove Essential Oil – This is a great natural analgesic and is well known for helping with tooth aches and teething babies.
WHAT DO YOU KEEP IN YOUR FAMILY FIRST AID KIT? I’D LOVE TO KNOW!
Medical Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a medical professional. I’m just a Mom sharing what works for my family. Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only. It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual, and is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice.
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