Eight Helpful Herbs For Natural First Aid

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

Want to create your own simple, natural first aid kit for home and travel? These eight herbs are a great place to start.

1. Aloe vera: Provides soothing relief from minor burns, scrapes and other irritations. Cools and moisturizes.

2. Arnica: Helpful for sore, bruised or aching muscles. May promote healthy circulation and the body’s natural healing process.

3. Calendula: Can have a calming effect on muscle spasms and soreness, as well as minor skin irritations.

4. Elderberry: Also known as sambucus, this herb can be used topically to soothe minor burns and scrapes. Packed with vitamin C, elderberry is also a popular tea for calming sore throats and supporting the body’s normal immune function.

5. Citronella: Ward off pesky pests with a homemade repellent that contains diluted citronella essential oil.

6. Ginger: For minor motion sickness and tummy upset, ginger capsules or tea can be especially helpful.

7. Lavender: Tame minor headaches or occasional tension by breathing in the aroma of lavender essential oil.

8. Witch Hazel: Be sure to have witch hazel on hand, as it can function as a base for diluting essential oils. Its natural astringent properties also make it helpful for insect bites and irritations.

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