Have you wondered how to create a first aid kit? Do you have a first aid kit handy?  Are you prepared if a minor accident happens? Would you like to know what to stock in an alternative medicine kit?

Some things to consider for your first aid kit. 

You’ll want to cover minor accidents and injuries.

keeping home and your cars. Make sure that you put it back in the same place after each use. Store in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

Here are basics for a really well-stocked first aid kit:

  •                absorbent compress dressings
  •                adhesive bandages  & cloth tape
  •                antibiotic  & hydrocortisone ointment & antiseptic  packets
  •                aspirin & ibprofuen & antihistamine tablets
  •                breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • instant cold compress cold & hot packs
  •                nonlatex gloves
  • space blanket
  •                Scissors & tweezers
  •         roller bandages
  • sterile guaze pads

Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)

  •                thermometer (preferably digital)
  • skin rash & antiseptic cream, such as hydrocortisone
  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • cough medicine
  • distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • eye wash & eye bath

Alternative first aid kits

The more I read and learn the more I try to use natural medicines and formulas if I can.  Here are some suggestions if you’re open to having a first aid kit with alternative meds.

I’m going to encourage you to do research or see a naturopath or someone who is an expert as they might have other suggestions.

And do your research with any essential oils? I always use a carrier oil, but with some, you have to. I also never recommend taking it orally. Check with a certified aromatherapist. Please please please do your research!

Echinacea has antibacterial and antibiotic properties. If you start to feel an illness coming on, echinacea can help

Goldenseal is a powerful antibacterial, antibiotic, and antiparasitic potion. As a powder, it can be applied to open cuts to help them from getting infected.

Self- Heal and Heal-All is all common names of a plant that can be used as an antibiotic, antiseptic, astringent.

  • An all around great thing to have on hand is Ginger soothe stomach upsets. IT helps protect against bacteria and fungi, liminates intestinal gas and relaxes and soothes your intestinal tract, while boosting your immune system. Can help with motion sickenss.

Arnica removes bruises, bringing down swelling, and easing deep aches, sprains.  Internally, it can be used to alleviate headaches and help your body recover from trauma. Do not apply arnica to broken skin.

What do you need to include in your first aid kit? What do you already have on hand? Where will you store it?

I would suggest still keeping a traditional first aid kit. After taking a course on plant medicine, I am more convinced that using “alternatives” in medicine is the way to go.

  • Probiotics for Diarrhea.  Probiotics can help handle diarrhea and can be found in a variety of forms.

Find yourself getting burned in the kitchen a lot? Aloe vera gel soothes the inflammation of sunburn and common kitchen burns.

• Calendula-comfrey salve for cuts and abrasions: has wound-healing properties & stimulates the growth of new tissue and helps heal wounds.

• Chamomile tea bags: Gentle enough for children, chamomile promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion, and, when applied topically, soothes skin irritations.

With summer coming up don’t forget Citronella-based insect repellant to ease stings and bites.

• Peppermint essential oil and tea bags: soothe an upset stomach, clear sinuses, and curbs itching from insect bites.

• Valerian tincture: relieves anxiety, insomnia, and tension; it’s also a mild pain reliever.


• Witch hazel extract: is useful for insect bites and skin irritations. It’s also an excellent base for diluting essential oils for a variety of simple, topical herbal first-aid remedies. 

Stop a cold or flu before it starts with Elderberry capsules or liquid extract. You can also easily make your own.

Like me and struggle with poison ivy? • Grindelia poison oak/ivy tincture or spray: also known as gumweed helps to relieve the pain and itching of plant rashes. It’s available as a tincture and also as a spray specifically for treating poison oak/poison ivy rashes.

Another great all-around is • Lavender essential oil: is helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds, and burns.

Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-viral, insect repellant, and anti-inflammatory

Finally, Bach’s Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic product that helps pets address stressful situations. I took this after the shock of a car accident.  I have started to make my own flower remedies and this is something I really enjoy.

What will you put in your alternative first aid kit? Where will you keep it? Do you want anything for your fur friends?

Take Action from the decluttering blog on how to create a first aid kit.
  • Create a first aid kit for your home. Pick one place to keep the kit.  Set up a calendar reminder to check for expirations in a year.
  • Create a first aid kit for your pets. Choose one place to stash the kit.  Put a reminder on your calendar to check for expirations in six months or a year.
  • Consider adding alternative items to your first aid kits.

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