Herbal First Aid

*Please remember that when dealing with potentially serious injuries, first aid is a stop gap measure until adequate medical attention can be found! Follow up on any serious injuries with a qualified physician!*

Aloe — Break off an aloe leaf and scrape the gel to soothe minor burns, scalds, and sunburns. Aloe has tissue regenerative properties and will help heal all wounds.

Arnica — Arnica cream or oil can be used on bruises or sprains where the skin is not broken. Caution should be used with arnica, however, since it can be toxic in high doses.

Calendula Cream — Homemade or storebought, this is an antiseptic and antifungal. If you make it, try adding comfrey to the cream; it will help speed the healing process.

Clove Oil — Clove oil is an excellent antiseptic for cuts and is also useful for treating toothaches. It should be cut with a carrier oil when used on the skin since severe irritation can occur.

Compresses — Keep squares of gauze or cheesecloth on hand to make compresses. Use comfrey, witch hazel, or arnica for sprains; St. John's Wort for deep cuts; comfrey or witch hazel for burns.

Crystallized Ginger — Chew for motion sickness or morning sickness.

Eucalyptus Oil — This is a good inhalant for colds, coughs, and respiratory infections.

Rescue Remedy — This combination of the 5 of the Bach Flower Remedies is effective for shocks and emotional upsets, especially in children.

St. John's Wort Infused Oil — Excellent for minor burns and sunburn.

Slippery Elm — Slippery elm powder is used to make poultices for drawing out splinters and bringing boils to a head.

Tea Tree OilAntiseptic and antifungal. Useful for cleansing wounds.

Witch Hazel Extract — Use it to treat minor burns, sunburn, and insect bites. Apply to nasal passages to stop nosebleeds. Wash cuts with it to help cleanse them.

SOURCE: The Celtic Connection