Having a first aid kit on hand can help to bandage up accidents quickly and efficiently. Keeping one in your home is a priority and having one to keep in the trunk of you car can come in handy, too. Believe me I know, working as an Occupation Nurse for a company with over 500 employees, a quick grab, of my trauma bag with everything in it, is very important and very timely. Plus, as far a supplies in my car, on occasion at a sporting event or just driving along, I have needed to use my kit.
Just to be clear -- these tips are for minor cuts and bruises. If someone has been injured, don't delay getting proper medical attention. For other common occurrences that aren't severe, you can keep your natural first aid kit on hand to use at a moment's notice.
- Soothe Burns
For those occasions you accidentally touch the edge of your baking sheet after you pull it out of the oven, resulting in a minor burn. Aloe vera gel is a great and natural solution to soothe burns of this type. You can also use calendula or an oil with St. John's wort, though aloe vera gel (the real stuff) is extremely easy to find and keep stashed for these purposes. You could even keep an aloe plant in your home, for decoration, like I do, for that purpose.
- Calm seasonal allergies
When that pollen gets in the air, you might feel pretty miserable. If you want to rely on something more natural, stinging nettle and echinacea can help you. Each of these calm seasonal allergies by reducing inflammatory symptoms so you can get through your day without sneezing up a storm.
- Quell the common cold
When a cold comes on, if you have lemons or limes around, you're halfway to feeling better. Mixing those with a raw organic honey, a touch of ground cayenne pepper, and a little warm water can do you better.
- Relieve a pounding headache
If you're tired of taking too many pain relievers to stop your head from aching, considering stocking up on essential oil instead. Specifically, lavender and peppermint are wonderful when diffused into your air space or even applied to your temples. Be sure to use a high-quality third-party test oil, so you're sure it's not full of yucky chemicals.
- Stop bug bites from itching
Bug bites from ants or mosquitoes are bothersome. They're hard to avoid in the spring and summer months. Fortunately, if you have that lavender essential oil around, you can apply apply it directly to the source and relieve that itching pronto.
- Fix tummy troubles
For anyone that's always had trouble stomaching over the counter medicines, try candied ginger or ginger extract when you feel a bit queasy or have an upset stomach. Ginger is naturally good at helping with digestion and is even safe for pregnant and nursing women.
When you go more natural with your wellness routines, you'll start feeling better overall. Keeping these natural essentials around give you a safer alternative to calming your ailments.
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⚱️Ginger can always be found in my kitchen. An incredibly versatile herb, ginger can
ease a headache, relieve menstrual pain, fight off a cold, reduce nausea and vomiting, aid digestion, and more.
⚱️On a chill day, a mug of hot ginger tea warms you quickly, while warding off minor respiratory infections.
⚱️The powerful anti-inflammatory eases aches and pains form arthritis or muscle overexertion.
⚱️It promotes cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol.
⚱️So, join me and stock your kitchen with ginger!
Fresh Ginger Root Tea Recipe
If you've got more time and a few inches of ginger root available, making ginger tea from fresh pieces of ginger is a vibrant option. For this, you'll need a few extra pieces of equipment: a sharp knife, a grater or zester, and a strainer.
Some people like to crush the ginger into a fine paste or juice and add it to hot water. This makes steeping time shorter but adds more prep time and increases total time and effort.
1 2-inch piece of ginger
2 cups water
lemon slices (optional)
Peel a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger. The amount of ginger you add will make the tea stronger or weaker, so experiment with different amounts to find the right balance for you.Bring 2 cups of hot water to boil.Either cut the ginger into very fine slices or grate the fresh ginger roughly. Set aside your ginger aside while the water finishes boiling.Once water has reached a rolling boil in the teapot, remove from heat and immediately add the ginger slices or ginger powder.Put the lid on the pot and let the ginger steep for 10 minutes.Strain the tea into a large mug and enjoy. Add the juice of a few lemon slices to make lemon ginger tea. Enjoy!
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