For a number of minor day-to-day injuries, there are effective natural treatments. While serious disease or illness must receive medical treatment from professionals, try using one of following options next time a family member needs some minor first aid.
Activated charcoal traps and absorbs toxins that might be causing problems in your gut, then expels it in the normal manner (down the toilet). Take in capsule form and drink lots of water. This remedy is helpful for gas, bloating and minor stomach upsets.
If you have an aloe vera plant in your home, snap off a piece of the plant and apply the juice to sunburn or rashes. It calms and soothes the skin.
Arnica is available as a cream you can rub onto skin. It’s great for muscle aches and bruises. Don’t use this on open cuts or scrapes though.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus is an amazing product that helps to relieve symptoms from colds, flu and sinus infections. Add a couple of drops to boiling water and inhale the steam (put a towel over your head). This oil is also effective for deterring flies and mosquitoes – a couple of drops in an oil burner will help keep pests away.
An excellent addition to your natural arsenal of remedies. Whether you use fresh, capsules or tea, ginger will help with stomach problems and motion sickness. Slice fresh ginger into boiling water and make tea with lemon and honey.
A New Zealand native, manuka oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Using a carrier (such as beeswax or coconut oil), apply to scratches, cuts, insect bites and stings, and athletes foot. It’s even been shown to kill the bacteria that cause acne!
If you are a traveller, you know how often stomach issues can occur. Using probiotics regularly can help prevent stomach issues both at home or while travelling. Probiotics may also assist with skin health too.
Keep this on hand as a natural antiseptic, and also as an anti-inflammatory. It also helps to regenerate new skin and help to speed up healing times.