The Natural First-Aid Kit –
Your First Defense!


Some Natural First Aid Kit Basics


Like many country people in

the ’50s, my mother relied on

her own natural first-aid

kit
– simple home remedies

passed-down for countering

the daily catastrophes

of seven harum-scarum kids.




That was over 50 years ago, but these basic therapies still work. They’re abundant and diverse, some of them so elemental you might not think of them at all!


Start your own natural health first-aid kit with a few household ingredients. It will help you deal with a surprising range of ordinary complaints, without resorting to drugs, expensive over-the-counter preparations, or unnecessary visits to the doctor.


HOUSEHOLDFOODHERBALAPPARATUS
Baking sodaBanana peelsCastor oilHot water bottle
MudBlack tea bagsAloe VeraEnema bag and hose
SaltBlackberries – wine, jam, etc. JewelweedHeating pad
VinegarOkraActivated CharcoalIce bag
Plain soapHoneyRosehip Vit. CPlastic wrap
IceOrange juiceCoca-ColaForceps
WaterWhite sugarSpirits of CamphorAdhesive Tape
Epsom SaltsGrape JuiceComfreyNeedle & Thread


*Bandages: If you’d like more natural bandages in your first-aid kit, you can cut strips out of old cotton sheets, or linen or cotton clothing, leaving the strips as long as possible. Make some half an inch wide, some an inch, and some 2 inches. Roll them up for storage, and put a rubber band around them. When you use them, fasten them in place either with safety pins or by tying a knot.


WHAT SHOULD THE NATURAL FIRST-AID KIT DO?


Every day, our families face things like constipation, minor burns, cuts, arthritis, hemorrhoids, sprains, injury recovery, eye problems, stomachache, and diarrhea, to mention just a few. Let’s start right there.


• Bee stings

      o When I’m out in the garden, and don’t want to go in the house, I          still use mud on a bee sting. At least two things are at work here:         (1) The mud seals out air, preventing it from hurting, and                 (2)there are natural antibiotics in good soil.

      o But if that doesn’t work as well as I’d like, I follow up later with          baking-soda paste from my first-aid kit. It never fails to surprise me          how the pain can stop in minutes.


• Minor burns

     o Aloe Vera - Keep a plant growing in a pot – break off a tip and        smear the juice on the burn.

     o Black tea bags or loose tea – spread grounds on burn after         steeping, or use expended teabags. Wrap with gauze.

     o Honey – spread on burn, and wrap.

     o Battery acid burns - baking soda flush or apply powder directly.


• Poison Ivy – People often laugh at this, but it can cause a lot of misery, including severe reactions in some. So it’s worth having counteragents in your first-aid kit.

     o Soap and water – wash thoroughly as soon as possible. Use very         plain soap, like Castile soap, or the plainest Ivory. This removes the         oil that causes the irritation.

Jewelweed for your First Aid Kit


o Jewelweed paste – This plant grows
wild in moist places in summer. It grew

abundantly around our shady rocked-

in spring
where we used to get

drinking water when I was a kid.






Jewelweed Leaves




Crush leaves and blossoms, and smear

on. Some people brew a tea, and pour

it into their bath water. Euell Gibbons

would freeze tea in an ice-cube tray,

available whenever needed. Also, some
have applied it as a preventative.





• Poison Ivy -- More health remedies


     o Baking soda paste

     o Aloe Vera

     o Banana peel

     o Oatmeal – Some swear by this: cook it normally, and when         just warm, spread it on affected areas. It hardens, and         produces relief.


• Wounds - Ever wonder how people survived infection in the ancient world with all those sword wounds?

     o They used molasses or honey to quickly heal and prevent         infection. The bacteria in the wound burn themselves out by trying         to multiply too fast. But today, they’ve found that plain white           sugar is even better, because it’s less nutritious. This works         wonderfully on bedsores, too. (It’s an old Southern remedy.)

     o Salt was also used on wounds. It’s excruciatingly painful, but it will         kill infection. It was the ancient world’s answer to gangrene.

     o Castor oil loves a wound. Using a pack over the wound can have         remarkable results. No pain, either. I would consider castor oil and         baking soda the two most important ingredients in the natural         first-aid kit. See Castor Oil and The Oil Pack with the Magic          Touch.


• External Infection on extremities

     o Hot water - We use this on infected finger cuts primarily. Run a tiny        stream of hot water over the infected area. After a moment, it will        actually sooth the cut. We find this especially effective before bed,        to keep a cut quiet all night. It heals faster than ordinary        disinfectants like wood alcohol, which create more dead skin for        bacteria to inhabit.

     o Banana peels – South Pacific Islanders made this an essential         ingredient in their first-aid kits, because, when crushed and placed         on the wound, they have an antibiotic action in healing.


• First-aid kit for sprains, minor injuries and arthritis (All six items    below are Edgar Cayce Remedies. For more, click on the link.)

     o Castor Oil

     o Egyptian oil

     o Alkathyme (or Glycothymoline) pack.

     o Hot salt packs – Kosher salt or plain sea salt is best. Heat salt (as         hot as you can stand comfortably) and wrap it in a towel over or         around the affected part. Cover with more towels or plastic wrap.         Keep it warm with a heating pad.

     o Salt saturated with vinegar – Similar to above, but first add         vinegar to the salt, enough to moisten but not liquefy it. Tip: If the         problem is a hand or foot, put on a large sock or glove and feed the         salt mixture down it -- economical and easy to handle.

     o Hot shower or bath. (Baths... Try 4 to 20 pounds of Epsom Salts)


• Fever and colds

     o Orange juice. This is also an Edgar Cayce remedy, and we have         personally had remarkable results in reducing fever. (Organic is         ideal, but we’ve used the regular stuff, too.)

     o Baking soda in water – 1 teaspoon to a cup. Take 1 cup every         hour during severe colds. This will help you feel much better, and if         taken when a cold is coming on, it can prevent it, especially if taken         with citrus fruits. (Do not mix with drugs – this confuses the body.)


• Overheating (Sick, but not passed-out)

     o Soak clothing, wet head, and/or use ice bag on head

     o Soak feet in cold water


• Heat Stroke (Person passes out)

     o Submerge person in ice water immediately (or coldest place        around) to prevent brain damage. If at a ball game, use the ice-cold        contents of someone’s cooler to soak clothing and bathe head till        ambulance arrives.

Curative Food for the First-Aid-Kit

• Diarrhea

     o Black tea

     o Blackberries – wine, jam – any        blackberry product

     o Boiled okra

     o Formula 208, an Edgar Cayce         remedy. This is the single most       effective cure for diarrhea that we       have ever found! It quickly stopped a       case of dysentery that plagued me,       once, for a year and a half!


• Constipation

     o Prunes or prune juice

     o Cooked spinach, or a small bowl of narrow-leaf dock,        growing wild in the spring

     o Drinking a lot of baking-soda water can work for some.

     o Eat lots of citrus fruits

     o Enema - Dissolve one teaspoon each of salt and baking soda in a         quart of lukewarm water, and employ the bag and hose purchased at         a drug store. It’s not very pleasant, but it doesn’t last long, and         can help to prevent things like the common cold and flu in the short         run, and serious maladies, such as colon cancer, in the long run.)         Don’t treat regular constipation as minor – this is a vital         ingredient for the natural first-aid kit!



BASIC CHEMISTRY FOR THE ORGANIC-MINDED

Despite the fact that many of us flunked chemistry, it’s a simple fact that most substances in the world divide crudely into the acid (sour) and the alkaline (salty). Oftentimes you can counteract the harmful effects of one kind with the opposite kind. (EXTERNALLY ONLY! None of these items are to be taken internally as counteragents! READ THE LABEL FOR EMERGENCY INTERNAL TREATMENTS.)


Knowing the basic nature of some common household items can be vital knowledge for the first-aid kit:

DANGEROUS SUBSTANCEPROPERTYCOUNTERAGENT
BATTERY ACIDACIDSALT, BAKING SODA (alkaline)
LYE DRAIN CLEANERALKALINEVINEGAR (acid)
MURIATIC ACID (products like CLR)ACIDSALT, BAKING SODA (alkaline)
CHLORINE BLEACHALKALINEVINEGAR (acid)


The information in our first-aid kit is intended only as a collection of simple natural remedies, to encourage thinking in the right direction: Conventional first aid is a vast area, and entire websites have been devoted to it. But if you want basic knowledge that doesn't blow you away with complexity, take a look at The Boy Scouts of America.


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