Have you heard the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away? I don’t know how much truth there is to that but when your in bed with the flu or feeling under the weather sometimes an apple just won’t cut it. So I’ve made a list of some first aid essentials that are natural and should help to cure common health issues at home. Please Note: I am not a medical professional and what I’ve written about isn’t in full detail and is more of a shorter guide for these natural first aid healers. Like always it’s best to do your own research aswell before trying these out just to make sure that they are right for you personally.
ARNICA – Best Used For: Swelling, Bruises, Aches…Arnica is great for reducing inflammation and pain when applied to unbroken skin.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL – This is best used for help with fighting a number of different infections and good as an antiseptic for minor scrapes and cuts. Tea tree essential oil is well known for it’s antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. There are also quite a few everyday uses for Tea Tree Essential Oil aswell from reducing acne, being used as a hand sanitizer to natural deodorant and insect repellent, it can be useful in a variety of ways.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL – Best Used For: Anxiety, Minor Burns and Stings, Sleep and Irritable Mood…You’ve probably just heard about Lavender being used for calming and relaxing purposes but it actually has other benefits too. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and sedative properties. If you use it with a peppermint essential oil then it can also help to alleviate headaches and reduce muscle pain aswell.
ALOE VERA – Best Used For: Skin Irritations and Soothing Skin Burns…Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant that has anti-microbial properties aswell as being a powerful antioxidant.
PROPOLIS – Best Used For: Colds, Sore Throats, Cold Sores, Yeast Infections and Minor Burns…Propolis may be known to you as ‘bee glue.’ Red propolis contains the highest antioxidant activity and in general propolis has great antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL – This is definitely one to research for yourself as frequent activated charcoal intake has been known to absorb essential nutrients and minerals emptying their levels and raising risks for certain health problems. But used safely there has been some research done to show that activated charcoal may help to relive gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea and bloating.
RAVINTSARA – Best Used For: Flu and Viral Infection Prevention…This is taken from the Cinnamomum Camphora tree and has antiviral properties. It is a brilliant essential oil especially for use in the winter time when the pesky flu season is about.
GARLIC – Best Used For: Boosting Immune System…There are alot of things that can help to boost your immune system but garlic is a great one too. It’s got anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Consuming garlic in it’s raw form is the best way to eat it if it’s being used for it’s microbial properties.
As always I love to hear from you all, I would love to know if you have any other natural first aid essentials that you like to keep on hand in your cupboard, Or what are your top natural healers that you have tried and tested and love? Post your opinions in the comments below so everyone can check these out too. The ones I chose to write about are just a few of many natural healers out there but I tried to pick out a mixture of different ones that naturally heal a variety of different things but like I said there are many more natural healers out there…so enjoy discovering!