After becoming interested in nutrition and alternative health topics as a teenager, I gravitated toward using natural remedies and have done so for my entire life. Upon reflection, I realized that my domestic first aid kit, and daily routines, reflect this aspect of my lifestyle, and I thought it would be interesting to share which items have stood the test of time.
Herbs: Calendula, Cannabis and Chamomile
Calendula is a natural, highly effective antiseptic that doesn’t only clean with an anti-bacterial action, but also stimulates healing. Cannabis is a powerful natural medicine that has been strengthened via hybridization and now comes to us in a variety of forms. Both CBD and THC can be accessed via tinctures, salves and more, providing relief to a variety of ailments that are physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. Drops for insomnia and stress, and salves to reduce pain are being used increasingly as people discover the benefits. Chamomile tea is well-known for its calming effect and is used as a light tranquillizer to soothe the nervous system.
Aromatherapy Oils: Peppermint and Lavender
These two essential oils are … well, they’re essential to a first aid kit. Peppermint oil helps with headaches, back pain, colds and sinus, itching and insect bites; and can be used as an alternate to caffeine. Lavender oil helps with inflammation, bruising, shock, muscle pain, scarring, grief, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), insect bites, headaches and insomnia.
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Melatonin, 5-HTP, L-Theannine, D3, B12, Calcium and Magnesium
Melatonin, 5-HTP and L-Theannine help alleviate stress and insomnia. There is a world pandemic of Vitamin D3 deficiency to the point that even allopathic doctors are touting it; and deficiencies in Calcium and Magnesium are known to cause muscle issues such as cramping as well as sleeping issues such as insomnia.
Homeopathic Remedy: Arnica 1M or 10M
Arnica is a Homeopathic remedy for shock, trauma and bruising. To address a sudden shock, whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual in origin, a high potency dose is required. This needs to be ordered from a recognized apothecary that prepares homeopathic remedies and kept current, as it is used in an emergency. By definition, there is no forewarning that you are going to need it, so be prepared.
Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy
Rescue Remedy is a well-known blend of flower essences that stabilize the emotions and the energy system when feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the environment and life events.
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Black Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Turquoise and Lepidolite in Mica
Rose Quartz helps both emotionally and physiologically. It can be used to reduce blood pressure quickly, and it also helps with anxiety, depression and grief. Black Tourmaline can be used to correct bioelectricity, for grounding, and to protect against EMF’s. Combined with Rhodonite, Black Tourmaline can settle a panic attack, generalized anxiety and a case of nerves such as before a performance. Turquoise can be used to restore stability and balance when feeling “upset” and Lepidolite in Mica can be used to restore good humor, alleviate depression and reduce myalgia (muscle pain).
Temperature: Heat and Ice
Make sure you have a heating pad to provide warmth and ice packs in the freezer to provide cold. For muscle spasms cramps and pain, heat can be very, very soothing and relaxing, sometimes alleviating the condition, other times giving the body a chance to heal by calming some of the “noise.” Ice is indicated for pain caused by inflammation and to reduce swelling. You know “it’s right” when you apply the heat or cold and you immediately react with the thought: “Oh, that feels better!”
Mental Skills: Awareness and Intention
When it comes to first aid, the capacity to become centered, grounded and clear-headed in an emergency is key to getting the best possible outcome. Some people naturally “pull themselves together” in a crisis, but most do not. The surge of adrenalin that accompanies an emergency does not help one bit, nor does the Fight, Flight, Freeze Response which is inherent to our biology. Responding well in an emergency is a skill that can be learned and these are response skills that are well worth learning. One discipline that trains this “conscious control” in your self, is the Alexander Technique. First Aid courses will also, of necessity, include concrete tips and guidance. Training your awareness and honing your intention are excellent investments to make in yourself and your loved ones.
A first aid kit is put together on the basis of personal need. We each have our own tendencies for how we react to the stressors of life, and we need to keep our personal stash of supportive remedies on hand, to help us get back on track. What’s in your kit?
First Published on That Hacked Life