Anyone who has watched the news or seen the newspaper headlines will have heard about the tragic disasters that befell Nepal within the past few weeks. Nepal has suffered two remarkably powerful earthquakes: On April 25, Nepal endured a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, and then it was hit by another 7.3-magnitude earthquake on May 12.

In addition to those two monumental events, the news is always replete with many sad stories of natural disasters at home and abroad. And the fact of the matter is, we just never know when a natural disaster is going to strike our hometown. The storm season is upon us, and we need to be ready!

So, in the interest of being prepared to take care of our families, it is smart to prepare a natural first aid kit to have on hand in case of emergency.

If you’re unfamiliar with natural first aid kits, the first thing you should know is that each remedy is non-toxic and all natural. Therefore, adverse side effects are not a concern.

Here is a list of items that you can assemble for an effective natural first aid kit: activated charcoal capsules, aloe vera, arnica gel, bach rescue remedy, bentonite clay, calendula salve, colloidal silver, enessa rescue oil, Epsom salt, Essential Oils, first aid salve, manuka honey and
tallow balm. Each item is discussed more below.

Activated charcoal capsules (sometimes in the form of activated charcoal powder) are often used to help appease cases of mild food poisoning. Aloe vera helps to soothe sunburns and irritated skin. And arnica gel is an herb that’s generally used for bruises, aches and sprains.

Bach rescue remedy consists of a blend of five flower remedies that are used internally and topically, depending on the ailment, from stress to bruises to burns. Bentonite clay (which has different forms) can help treat bug bites, acne and small cuts.

Calendula salve is made from a healing, soothing herb, olive oil, non-GMO vitamin E and beeswax. It’s useful for helping to treat hives, eczema and rashes.

Colloidal silver is generally not taken internally, because as a natural antibiotic, it can kill the good gut flora. Colloidal silver is useful for helping to treat pinkeye. And enessa rescue oil is a mixture of anti-bacterial Essential Oils that are blended in jojoba oil. This helps to soothe and heal irritations to the skin.

Epsom salt is famously used for Epsom salt baths, which can be a helpful remedy for sore muscles. Epsom salt also works as a natural laxative. First aid salve can be used in place of ointments for small cuts and scrapes, as well as hives and rashes.

Manuka honey is made from bees pollinating a tree in New Zealand called the manuka tree. This honey can also be used in place of ointments like Neosporin and is useful for helping to reduce infection for small wounds and mild burns. Tallow balm can be used for those with skin conitions.  It can also be used as an effective skin moisturizer.

And last but not least are Essential Oils. Some of my favorites include OnGuard, which is amazing for optimizing and supporting the immune function. Oregano can be used as an antioxidant to help multiple body systems maintain their health natural, and TerraShield is great for protecting your body from pesky mosquitoes and other bothersome bugs. I also love Lavender oil because it’s great for an after sun spray, and it promotes a restful night’s sleep, as well as helps to keep you calm in stressful situations.

If you’d like to help your family’s preparation for any unfortunate events, you can assemble your own natural first aid kit:Call me directly to purchase our Every Oil Kit so that you can be prepared for just about any emergency!

Have a safe and healthy summer by taking the time to assemble your very own Natural First Aid Kit!