Soothe that sprain, heal that scrape, settle that queasy tummy: herbal salves, creams, oils and medicines can easily be added to your first aid kit. Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, a naturopathic doctor and registered herbalist in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, shares his expert tips on what to include if you want to make a herbal first aid kit.
Zinc chamomile is used in a cream, the combination of anti-inflammatory zinc oxide and chamomile works to relieve and dry oozing, itching and weeping from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.
Arnica oil is a herbal oil that quickly works to reduce inflammation from bruises, sore muscles and sprains.
Apply this antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herb to minor scrapes, rashes, burns and cuts to relieve irritation and speed the healing process. Formulations include Calendula oil, salve or cream. Bonus: safe to use on cats and dogs!
For more information on Calendula check out our Calendula Vitamin E cream blog.
A willow bark tincture reduces pain from headaches and muscle and joint pain, as well as mild fevers from cold or flu.
Quell nausea from motion sickness, seasickness as well as stomachaches with ginger in tincture or capsule form.
Red raspberry leaf
Use red raspberry leaf tincture to treat diarrhea.
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Dab vinegar on a wasp sting to help relieve pain. For bee stings, apply a bit of ammonia.
Dab essential peppermint oil on your temples for headache relief.
Zinc Chamomile Cream
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Rich in phytonutrient compounds, olive oil is the centrepiece of a healthful Mediterranean diet, which has been conclusively correlated with a lower incidence of a remarkably broad range of diseases.
A low-growing, daisy-like annual native to Europe and Asia and known to medicine from classical antiquity, chamomile is commonly found in overgrown fields. Its name is derived from the Greek word that means "earth apple" on account of the scent of its fresh blossoms.
Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts may have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties in vitro.In an in vitro assay, the methanol extract of C. officinalis exhibited antibacterial activity and both the methanol and the ethanol extracts showed antifungal activities. Along with horsetails (Equisetum arvense), pot marigold is one of the few plants which is considered astringent despite not being high in tannins.