10 All-Natural First Aid Products

10 All-Natural First Aid ProductsIf you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that everything today is more chemical than anything else. You’ve probably even shopped around for natural first aid alternatives, finding that they cost a few bucks more and have just as many harmful chemicals. To save yourself some time (and worry), we’ve put together a go-to list of our favorite safe and natural first aid products.

1. Echinacea

Echinacea is a Native American medicinal herb that is quickly becoming one of the most popular and widely used natural remedies for immune support health in America. If you’re suffering from auto-immune disorders, chronic joint, muscle pain, hormonal disorders, urinary tract infections, slow healing wounds, common cold, ear infections, and athlete’s foot, echinacea can be your savior [1]. Echinacea can be used orally 3 times a day and up to 10 days for adults. Creams and ointments can be made and applied to slow-healing wounds as needed. If you’re taking it orally, do no take on an empty stomach, instead taken with a large glass of water or with meals. Consult your physician before administering to children under the age of 12 years old.

2. Goldenseal

Goldenseal is a notorious “all heal” herb in the medicinal world that can be used for many reasons. Goldenseal can be used as an antibiotic, as well as a powerful antibacterial and antiparasitic [2]. If you’re using this natural first aid product in powder form, it can be applied to open cuts as a natural first aid remedy, not just for humans but for your four-legged friends, too. Often Goldenseal is combined with Echinacea to prevent the common cold. You can find this all heal medicinal magic available in many forms such as liquid extracts, tablets/capsules, and glycerites (low alcohol extracts). 10 All-Natural First Aid ProductsFor adults using Goldenseal, capsules and tablets can be taken by mouth. If mixed with water or various other liquids, you can create many natural remedies for your first aid kits such as vaginal douches, skin washes, and mouthwash. Goldenseal is NOT recommended for children unless specifically instructed by your doctor to do so, in which case, you have to follow dosage given by your physician.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has a vast variety of everyday uses in the natural remedy world. It is also one of the most extensively researched and backed EO (essential oil) on the market today. Everything from acne, athletes foot, ringworm, lice, common cold, bad breath, bug repellent, DIY deodorant, disinfectant for minor cuts and abrasions, and DIY hand sanitizer (among many, many more things) can be cured or made from the use of this jack-of-all-trades essential oil [3]. The usage is determined based off of how you plan on using the tea tree oil.

4. Colodial Silver

Colodial Silver is one of the most well renowned natural first aid alternatives in the world. This powerful oil can fight and defend against practically any disease. Colodial Silver can be used as an antibacterial [4]. It’s especially beneficial when you’re unable to control a condition due to antibiotic-resistance. This natural remedy can be used to fight bacterial infections such as pink eye, ringworm, ear infections, staph infections, and prevent infection on a minor cut/abrasion. It can also treat thrush, burns, periodontitis, and other conditions. If you’re suffering from inflammation, pneumonia, or sinus infection, colodial silver can also be administered orally. The cause of use will determine the proper dosage for use.

5. Arnica

10 All-Natural First Aid ProductsAre you into treating pain homeopathically? Arnica comes from the perennial Arnica montaba, a yellow-orange flower that grows in the Siberian and European mountains. It is often referred to as “the mountain daisy.” Creams and ointments are often made from the flower to treat bruising, muscle soreness, joint pain, and swelling and inflammation. Don’t take arnica orally and don’t apply it to broken skin. The jury is still out on whether it helps the same, better, or worse than ibuprofen.

6. Ginger

All the natural first aid products for nausea, tummy issues, acid reflux, and morning sickness call for ginger. Ginger capsules also soothe digestive issues and food poisoning. Many mothers keep it in the car for the treatment of their kid’s motion sickness. To lengthen its freshness for days and even weeks, you can store it in your freezer. You can drink it in oil, tea, powder, juice, or in its raw state, providing vitamins A, E, B-complex, magnesium, beta-carotene, iron, and zinc. It works as an antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial [5]. Use it moderately for everything, from treating a cough and cold to treating nausea, without any side-effects.

7. Probiotics

Chances are you’ve heard this word mentioned a few times lately. Probiotics are used to treat and bring balance to your gut bacteria. Many popular scientists of the past have claimed that all diseases originate from the gut – for which reason, a healthy gut flora is mandatory [6]. Many people notice improvements in their skin or the health of their toddler as soon as they add probiotics to the diet. Pregnant mothers find adding probiotics to their diet benefits the health of their unborn baby, probably by reducing the number of ear infections and illnesses. Some amazing sources of probiotics include kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir.

8. Vitamin C

10 All-Natural First Aid ProductsVitamin C is helpful in the treatment of flu-related sicknesses [7]. Some of our favorite vitamin C rich foods include, papaya, lemons, oranges, guava, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple and kale. You can also keep vitamin C powder on hand, it’s easily mixed into food and drinks for adults and kids. Vitamin C is not stored in the body and it is water-soluble and must be replenished daily, either by supplements or diet.

9. Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract contains olive oil, which is also a major component of the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil contains oleuropein, which is responsible for most of olive oil’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting characteristics. The extracts contain large amounts of oleuropein, making the extracts valuable. Because the extract is concentrated, only small amounts are needed. Olive leaf extracts show promise in the prevention of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis.

10. Propolis

Propolis has been around for thousands of years. In the days of Hippocrates, propolis was used to treat open wounds, as well as internal ones. Europe used it to treat inflammation and WWII used it as a natural remedy to dress wounds sustained during battle. It has been used to treat tuberculosis, viruses (including the flu), colitis, and acne. It’s effective against harmful bacteria, especially the ugly one, staphylococcus. Propolis is an excellent natural first aid product as it has been used as an enhancement to the immune system, as well as a natural antibiotic, boosting your own germ-fighting defenses [8].

Louise and Richard Thomas  founders of Fresh Start

Louise and Richard Thomas founders of Fresh Start

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