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Starting Your Naturopathic First Aid Kit

By Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA
Oct 16, 2017
10:23 am

Despite your best attempts at living a healthy lifestyle, illness and injuries are inevitable. The good news is that there are some pretty fantastic and powerful solutions to your everyday first-aid needs. Of course in the case where you are not certain if the health issue is serious, it is always good to call your doctor or local hospital. My suggestion is that when you make your first aid kit, insert a laminated a card with the following information, on the inside of the lid: 

The phone number: 911

The phone number for poison control: (800) 222-1222

The phone number and address to the nearest emergency department

The phone number and address to the nearest urgent care

A list of any medication allergies that you have 

The name and number to your in-case-of-emergency contact (eg: family member or friend who does not live with you)

My favorite thing to use as a first aid kit is a caboodle. They are the perfect size for everything you’re going to need, and the little compartments are perfect for holding the different remedies, bandages, gauze and anything else that might come in handy. 

Now let’s get started!

Stocking the Caboodle

Homeopathic Remedies for Your Home First Aid Kit (30C potencies of each of these are fine)

  •     Arnica
  •     Hypericum
  •     Ledum
  •     Ruta
  •     Rhus tox
  •     Bryonia
  •     Symphytum
  •     Urtica
  •     Causticum
  •     Cantharis
  •     Apis
  •     Arsenicum Album
  •     Calendula
  •     Staphisagria
  •     Hamamelis
  •     Millefolium
  •     Belladonna
  •     Chamomilla
  •     Pulsatilla

 

Supplements

  •     Magnesium Citrate
  •     Vitamin C

 

Topical Solutions

  •     Traumeel Cream
  •     Arnica Cream/ Gel
  •     Cayenne Pepper Powder
  •     Cinnamon Powder
  •     Cornstarch
  •     Calendula salve
  •     Similasin Homeopathic Eye Drops
  •     Chamomilla Tea Bags
  •     Aloe Vera Gel
  •     Lavender Essential Oil
  •     Activated Charcoal Capsules
  •     Castor Oil (to make a pack, also get a cheese cloth and heating pad) (small bottle)

 

Miscellaneous

  •     Band-Aid (variety of sizes)
  •     Gauze
  •     Cheese cloth
  •     Gauze tape
  •     Ace bandage 
  •     Tweezers (in case of splinters)
  •     Small scissors
  •     …..and any other items that you may desire!

 

Naturopathic First Aid Kit Guide

Blunt Trauma/ Bruises

Bruises, aches and pains? Look no further, here are some great at-home solutions!

 

  •     Topical Creams/ solutions

o   Traumeel Cream: Apply liberally to surfaces of non-broken skin as needed.

o   Arnica Cream: Apply liberally to surfaces of non-broken skin as needed.

o   Ice immersion: Elevate the injury and apply ice for 10-20 minutes and then take the ice off. Do this up to 5 times per day.

  •     Homeopathic Remedies

o   Arnica: This is the go-to remedy if you have a bruise that is black, and blue, swollen and that feels sore, and aching.

o   Hypericum: Hypericum is the premier remedy for crushing nerve injuries (think: Slamming finger in car door), hypericum pains feel like electric-nerve pain that shoots upward.

o   Ledum: Ledum helps puncture wounds that are purple, puffy, and cold to the touch and better from cold applications, worse from warmth.

o   Ruta: Excellent for sprained ankles that feel weak. Try this if Arnica does not work. 

 

Strains and Sprains

If you or your loved one gets a sprain or strain injury with difficulty bearing weight, swelling, bruising, and soreness, below are some great solutions!

 

  •     Topical Creams/ solutions

o   Traumeel Cream: Apply liberally to surfaces of non-broken skin as needed.

o   Arnica Cream: Apply liberally to surfaces of non-broken skin as needed.

o   Ice immersion: Elevate the injury and apply ice for 10-20 minutes and then take the ice off. Do this up to 5 times per day.

  •     Soaks

o   After 48 hours, if the swelling is gone, you may do an Epsom salt soak: Mix 1 cup of Epsom salt to a bucket or water or bath and soak for 20 minutes.

  •     Homeopathic Remedies

o   Arnica: This is the main remedy for an acute injury. Symptoms of arnica include swelling, bruising and soreness at the site of injury.

o   Rhus Tox: This remedy may be needed if Arnica does not work and your bruised or strained injury is accompanied by stiffness on first motion that is like a rusty hinge. If Rhus Tox is the right remedy you will feel worse on first motion but better on continued motion. Pain is usually better from hot applications/bathing.

o   Ruta: This is an excellent remedy for weak eyes, weak ankles, and injuries that bruise the bones.

o   Bryonia: Bryonia is one of the best remedies for sharp pain that feels like a needle or knife stabbing, and is worse from slight motion.

o   Hypericum: This is an amazing remedy for crushing injuries, for example if you shut your finger in a door. Hypericum pain is shooting electric pain that tends to extend upward as opposed to shooting downward.

o   Urtica: Urtica is the go-to remedy for pains that sting and burn, for example itchy hives that are itchy, sting, burn, and are worse from warmth.

o   Symphytum: This is your go-to remedy for black eyes, if Arnica does not work. Symphytum is great for healing injuries from blows or thrusts (eg: the blow of an elbow to the eye). Symphytum pains usually are prickling in nature. Symphytum is great for healing bruised bones.

 

Stings/ Bee stings/ Bug Bites

 

Let’s face it, getting stung by a bee, or bitten by ants or even stepping on something sharp can be a real pain. But here are some amazingly powerful at-home remedies!

 

  •     Topical Creams/ solutions

o   Traumeel Cream: Apply liberally to surfaces of non-broken skin as needed.

o   Arnica Cream: Apply liberally to surfaces of non-broken skin as needed.

o   Ice immersion: Elevate the injury and apply ice for 10-20 minutes and then take the ice off. Do this up to 5 times per day.

  •     Homeopathic Remedies:
  •     Ledum: Ledum is an amazing remedy for puncture wounds, spider bites and stings. The injury itself feels cold to the touch, it is worse with heat and better with cold.
  •     Apis: If your injury feels like a bee sting this is the remedy for you. Apis is great for injuries that are red, hot, swollen and painful. It may also be itchy. Apis injuries are warm to the touch and better from cold applications.
  •     Don’t forget arnica and hypericum if your sting/bite/ puncture wound has symptoms that match up with those remedies.

 

Burns

You don’t have to suffer for days to weeks from the sunburn you got at the beach last weekend. Try these powerful, safe and affordable solutions instead!

 

  •     Topical Solutions

o   Aloe Vera Gel: Apply generously to affected area.

o   Lavender essential: 2 drops to the affected area.

  •     Homeopathic Remedies

o   Urtica: Urtica is great for minor burns with no blistering. Urtica burns tend to be itching and burning in quality and are worse from cold applications.

o   Cantharis: Cantharis burns have blisters and the pain is burning in quality and is better from cold applications.

o   Arsenicum: This remedy is great for burning pains better with heat. People who need arsenicum are often restless, anxious and chilly.

o   Causticum: This remedy is amazing for second degree burns, as well as urinary tract infections that have a burning quality to them.

 

Cuts and Scrapes

Infections and scarring can be a thing of the past if you quickly address a minor injury with natural remedies.

 

  •     Topical Salves

o   Calendula Salve: Make sure this is applied only after the wound has started to heal, do not apply to open wounds as it may cause the outside to heal before the inside leaving a pocket that might form into a cyst.

  •     Natural Disinfectant Topical

o   Witch Hazel

o   Tea tree/ melaleuca: Kills MRSA, is antifungal and antiviral!

  •     Homeopathic remedies

o   Arnica: Great if the scrape is also bruised.

o   Hypericum: Scrapes in nerve rich areas like fingers, nose, toes, and ears that shoots upward.

o   Calendula: You can use topical calendula and also take it homeopathically if the cut has a jagged edge that feels raw and inflammed.

o   Staphysagria: Excellent remedy for clean cut injuries, like from a knife or even in an incision post surgery. The pain is located in the cut and feels like it’s stinging or cutting.

o   Ledum: The cut or scrape itself is cold and better with cold applications, worse from warmth.

 

Nose Bleeds/ Minor Bleeding

 

  •     Topical Solutions for the Skin:

o   Ice: Apply to slow the blood flow to the area and reduce the swelling.

o   Cinnamon: Dab the powder on the injury and apply pressure over a gauze until bleeding stops.

o   Cayenne pepper: This stings surprising less than black pepper (which is another option if you are fresh out of cayenne). Dab the powder on the injury and apply pressure over a gauze until bleeding stops.

o   Cornstarch: Cornstarch can be very drying and can help stop bleeding.

  •     Homeopathic Remedies
  •     Phosphorus: Bleeding without any real reason or bleeding that seems to take a long time to clot. Phosphorus blood is usually bright red. People who respond to phosphorus are typically fearful and anxious about their health and better with company.
  •     Hamamelis virginiana: Hamamelis injuries typically bleed dark and clotted blood. This remedy is particularly useful in profuse menstrual bleeding.
  •     Millefolium: If you have painless, bright red bleeding that is oozing from the edges of closed wounds, consider millefolium.

 

Irritated Eyes

There are some pretty amazing solutions for eye irritation out there. Try these ideas and tell us what you think!

 

  •     Similasin Homeopathic Eye Drops are the BEST. Go to your local natural health food store and read the indications for each of their options and select the one that sounds like a good fit for your symptoms. Typically you need to apply the drops several times throughout the day for maximum benefit.
  •     Chamomilla tea bags: Make a cup of chamomile tea, and then put the intact warm, wet tea bag over your closed eye. Lay on your back like you might if you were getting a facial with cucumbers over your eyes. Chamomilla can help reduce inflammation and heal conjunctivitis.

 

Diarrhea

Let’s face it, if you are suffering from diarrhea, you do not want to drive to the store to pick up medicine. Having these in your first-aid kit will save you a lot of suffering and get you feeling better in a jiffy!

 

  •     Supplements:

o   Activated Charcoal: Great for diarrhea, will turn your stool black. Typical dose is: 250 mg up to three times in a 6 hour window.

o   Probiotics: At least 40 billion per day that has 4+ different strains of bacteria.

  •     Diet: BRAT Diet: Bananas, rice, apples, toast
  •     Medications: Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate)
  •     Homeopathic Remedies

o   Arsenicum Album: Best if there is diarrhea and vomiting at the same time, people are often very chilly and anxious.

o   Nux Vomica: Diarrhea with extreme chill, sensitivity to noise, light and odors.

o   Veratrum Album: Diarrhea with profuse perspiration and chills, especially sweaty about the forehead.

 

Constipation

In addition to drinking lots of water and making sure you are getting in exercise and all of your trace minerals, you can combat constipation with some excellent at home remedies.

 

  •     Oral Solutions

o   Aloe Vera juice: Natural gentle laxative. Drink 1 cup of juice and wait an hour. If no movement, you may drink one cup per hour.

o   Magnesium Citrate: 400 mg in water, then wait 1 hour, if no movement, drink one cup per hour.

o   Vitamin C: 2500 mg with a large glass of water, then wait 1 hour, if no movement, take 2500 mg/hour.

  •     Topical Solutions

o   Castor Oil Packs: Saturate a cheesecloth with organic castor oil, apply it to a non bleeding tummy, cover with heat and let the castor oil do it’s magic. You may want to keep the pack on the tummy for at least 45 minutes. Gently massage in a clockwise rotation to encourage bowel activity.

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