So you’ve started to re-examine modern medicine. Maybe you’ve read the WHO’s factsheet on antimicrobial resistance and how overuse of front line medications are threatening global public health. Maybe you are concerned about side effects of medication, even in traditionally used “safe” medicines like paracetamol, which has been linked to asthma and eczema in children. Perhaps you are questioning the ingredients in certain medications, like those pesky E-numbers or food colourings that are banned in some countries, but not others. Or maybe you want to build up your natural immunity and not turn to medication for every ache, pain and fever. Whatever your reasons, here are some essentials to include in your first aid kit.Natural First Aid Kit
Here are your absolute natural essentials for any first aid kit. These are suitable generally for anyone age two and above.
|Varied. Helios kits come in an 18 or 36 remedy pack with a handy booklet on uses and dosage. You can always ring Helios directly if in doubt.||Varies: please refer to the Helios booklet that comes with the kit|
|Powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal. Can be taken orally either in capsule form, in food, or in tea for infections, allergies, rheumatic flares, or joint or muscle pain. It can also be applied topically for bug bites and rashes.||Capsule: take 1-4 capsules daily (up to 2000mg).
Tea or Food: you can use fresh, ground or capsules. Simply add to tea or use as a condiment for food.
|Works wonders for upset stomach, bloating, vomiting or diarrhea.||All ailments: 250-500mg on an empty stomach.|
|Anti-bacterial which can be used either internally for sore throats, or topically for rashes, cuts, scrapes and burns. The best colloidal silver is nanosilver, which is 10ppm.||Internally: 1-2 sprays twice daily.
Externally: Spray as needed on affected area.
|Anti-bacterial which can be ingested or used topically. The great thing about honey is that it never spoils, so you can have a high quality jar for a very long time. Uses include sore throats, colds, coughs, and topically for cuts, burns, scrapes and insect bites. Can also be mixed with turmeric, lemon, blackseed oil, ginger, etc for added healing power.||Sore throat, colds, coughs: 1tbsp (adults) or 1tsp (children over age 1) as needed. Can be taken alone or in warm water.
Cuts, scrapes, burns and bites: apply topically to the area as needed.
|I talk about the benefits of black seed oil in this post. Can be taken alone or with raw honey as a tea. Suitable for adults and children, but should exercise caution if you are pregnant.||Adults: 1 tablespoon, 2-3 times daily.
Children: 1 teaspoon, 1-2 times daily.
|Resilient plant that is very easy to keep alive. Great for burns, cuts, scrapes. Can also be ingested to aid with constipation.||Topical: simply break off a bit and apply the fleshy inside directly to the skin.
Constipation: mix the inside flesh with water or juice and drink.
Modern First Aid Essentials
For added peace of mind and to know when a trip to the doctor might be warranted, I also suggest these additional tools:
|Monitoring Tool||Requires Immediate Medical Attention||Cause for Concern|
|A reading over 140/90 warrants a visit to A&E.||Anything between 120/80 and 140/90 should be monitored, especially when accompanied with other symptoms like difficulty breathing, feelings of anxiety, dizziness, or numbness or tingling anywhere in the body.|
|Infants < 3 months: 38C and above
Infants 3-6 months: 39C and above
All others: persistent vomiting, floppiness or unresponsiveness, fever with rash, sensitivity to light, or severe headache, or a fever that spikes quickly.
|Generally, it’s not necessary to bring down a fever as long as your child is otherwise well within themselves, as it’s your body’s way of fighting infection. However, if your child has a fever that is up to 40C for an hour, belladonna can be given. Persistent or recurring fevers should be investigated.|
|With or without other symptoms:
Infants & Children: readings <95
Adults: readings <90
For infants and children, it’s often necessary to measure their oxygen levels on their big toe instead of their fingertips to get an accurate reading.
|For children, a reading of 96-100 with other symptoms of laboured breathing, like wheezing, high pitched noises, chest “caving” or rapid breathing warrant a same day GP visit.
For adults, a reading between 90-95 and with other factors like recent surgery, bed rest, or numbness or tingling should be investigated.
|Abnormal results with other serious symptoms, like high fever or pain.||Any abnormal results should be followed up with a GP appointment, even if no other symptoms are present. The strips save you a trip to the GP if they are negative.|
Personally, although I do generally allow my body the opportunity to heal naturally, having the additional diagnostic tools helps me know if I’m on the right track with my treatment. If you are treating any illness at home and are not seeing improvement within a few days, it’s always a good idea to see your GP. For the most effective natural healing, it’s important to remain hydrated, rest, and try to match the remedy to the ailment. It’s also very important to give the natural remedies an opportunity to work and not give up and go straight for the paracetamol!
What are your go-to remedies? If there’s anything that you feel I’m missing and would like me to add, please comment below.