Children or no children, it is important to always have a natural first aid kit close by! You honestly never know when you might need something to treat sudden illness or an unexpected injury. Especially nowadays in the covid-19 chaos. Some call it a bug-out kit or a survival kit, either way I find a kit of handy remedies is useful all the time – for everyday situations not just emergencies.
I have been putting together my own version of a natural first aid kit for several years as I do a lot of traveling. It morphed from a typical drugstore kit to an incredibly holistic chest of treasures that I take everywhere with me. And believe you me, it has come in handy more than once…
Want to see what’s in it?
Below are the essentials I carry with me. I hope this gives you ideas for creating your own.
My Must-Have All-Natural Survival Kit:
- Honey – Honey is naturally antiseptic. If you get a cut or scrape, slather some honey on it and you won’t believe how fast it heals. Ingested internally or externally honey can heal almost anything. Use it both ways (on the skin externally and in a food or cuisine treat) for a double punch, healing inside and out.
- Black Tea – alkaloids and tannins in black tea are powerful disinfectants and have high antimicrobial, antiviral, and germicidal properties. Drinking tea gives immediate relief for fatigue, stimulates the brain, and elevates mood. The antimicrobial and antiviral properties will work both internally and topically. So, in the case of splinters, slivers, cuts, and scrapes, wet a tea bag and apply it as a compress.
- Boo Boo Balm – an herbal balm for cuts, scrapes and general first aid. Also great for dry skin, skin irritations, bug bites, even frizzy, dry hair. I use Heart of the Forest Boo Boo Balm, a mix of gentle antiseptic and healing herbs (learn more here).
- Wildfire Muscle Reliever – for sore muscles and joints after a multitude of walking, a good hike that hurts the next day, backaches from traveling, etc. Tiger Balm or a hot/cold patch will work in its place.
- Headache Relief – I have a unique mix of essential oils that is useful for relieving headaches, eye tension, sinus pressure and stress instantly. It’s a mix of lavender, peppermint and pine essential oils that work to calm nerves, release tension, open up airways, relax the eyes, release sinus pressure and smell invigorating. you can buy it here. This will keep your day upbeat no matter what ails you – like waving a magic wand!
- Ginger Candies – for upset stomach, nausea, and indigestion due to traveling, stress or unagreeable foods. Also helps with nerves and anxiety. Plus, they taste great and freshen your breath!
- Tea Tree Essential Oil – This is a multipurpose remedy to apply to cuts, rashes, mosquito bites, stings, sprains, and burns. It can also be dabbed onto pulse points as an insect repellent. Anti-fungal and antiviral, tea tree oil is thought to be one of the best nonirritating antiseptic essential oils. It is also a disinfectant that can be used to clean surfaces and is an essential ingredient in hand sanitizers and sprays.
- Lavender Essential Oil – It is basically known as an all-purpose remedy in the world of essential oils. Lavender has sedative, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It may be helpful for headaches, wounds, and burns. Also has calming properties when there is stress or anxiety.
- Peppermint Essential Oil – a great remedy for sniffles, runny nose, congestion, allergies, headaches, and anxiety. Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. A deep breath of peppermint can ease tension, uplift the spirit, and increase energy.
- Altitude Adjuster – for traveling sickness. This concoction is made to help the body adjust to different environments with herbs targeting dizziness, short breath, and circulation. A few drops mixed into any drink can make a big difference in how your body feels. You want to enjoy your vacation not feel drained and lethargic. This remedy is made to help your lungs open up and take in oxygen, assists your body in circulation by opening the arteries and regulating the heart while also calming the stomach and digestion system. The cellular structure of these herbs allows your body to adjust and maintain balance. Whether you are at high altitude or low altitude you will be dancing the night away!
- Clove Mouthwash – a gentle and effective mouthwash made of clove essential oil and distilled spring water. Clove is great for sore teeth, gum irritations, canker sores and general hygiene. If you bite your tongue or develop a canker sore from too many sweets, dab a q-tip in clove oil and apply for antibiotic properties and a touch of pain relief. Also smells great so in a pinch you can use as a perfume.
- Activated Charcoal – activated charcoal is extremely useful in the event of a sudden onset of food poisoning, intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc. An essential for snake bites or spider bites while on your way to emergency care.
- Bandages, gauze, tape, and a hot/cold pack– of course! Just in case you need it. In a pinch, any clean piece of cloth such as a torn t-shirt can be wrapped around a bleeding wound but make sure it is clean. You can buy a hot/cold pack that snaps into action.
- Disinfectant – it is important to have sanitizer on hand especially when soap and water are not available. Click here to learn how to make an all-natural hand sanitizer gel and sanitizing spray that can be used on clothes and surfaces.
- Staying Hydrated – I like to keep a few packets of Emergen-C in my kit as well. They easily mix into water and help rehydrate in times of minor dehydration also giving you a boost of energy.
I hope these items I’ve mentioned give you ideas on what you may want in your own survival kit. To put it all together, find a nice cosmetic bag – or – use a fishing tackle box! Craft storage boxes or tackle boxes have lots of compartments to sort everything out. Just make sure it is something easy to pack into a bag or keep in the car for easy access.
Click to download an Inventory Checklist that you can keep in your all-natural survival kit.