You never know when you’ll need it. A first aid kit. If you find yourself in need of some comfort
from minor ailments that don’t require professional medical attention, here are a few cheap, easy ways to turn everyday food items, into a natural first aid kit.
Get yourself a good-sized portable first aid kit bag. And yes, it can be empty. Remember you’re about to fill it up with all good, natural items.
Have you ever been travelling and been served up single-serving packets of honey as part of breakfast? If you can, grab a few extra and keep them for your first aid kit. Honey is an amazing product and not only just yummy to eat.
If you’re in a colder climate and experience windburn or chapped skin, spread some on your face and rinse off for a rich, moisturizing skin-soother. It’s also great for burns and sore throats. And for long-term trips, take a spoonful of locally made honey daily to assist with allergies.
2. Chamomile tea
Naturally calming, good for relaxing at night, and tasty – that much you already knew. But it’s also great to add to a bath for sunburn. Soaking a washcloth in chamomile tea and applying it to the skin is a good way to help with yeast or heat rashes; let it sit on the skin and dry well afterward. Make sure a few tea bags are in your first aid kit – the cheap kind will do just fine!
3. Garlic cloves
Yeah, it smells, and if you use it raw, it’s possible that nobody will want to sit next to you, but crushed or minced and applied to the skin, it fights athlete’s foot.
It stings a bit and those with sensitive skin should dilute with water, but you can use a paste for toothaches, infected scratches, and to help combat salmonella. And depending on where you are, it can be inexpensive.
Garlic can also be used to fight a wide-range of internal infections, from candida yeast infections in the stomach to your basic cold. Cutting off a chunk of it, putting it at the back of your throat and swallowing it whole may take some getting used to, but it can work a hell of a lot better than an antibiotic!
Ginger is essential for motion sickness and nausea. In a tea or even snacking on shaved ginger, it is useful for breaking up congestion and as an expectorant.
Ginger dishes and candies are popular in a lot of places, so while it may not be as cost-effective as true digestive medicines it’s also a good way to sample some local delicacies while staving off the more unpleasant intestinal effects of travel.
Loaded with potassium, bananas are good for athletic trips with lots of walking, running, or climbing. Hold on to the peel; a banana peel reduces itching and stings from insect bites, and you get a snack out of it too.
Use a bandage to hold a piece of the peel in place over the affected area for a while and it will reduce the inflammation and itch. And if you have a splinter but forgot your tweezers, secure a piece of peel to the splinter overnight with a bandage; the peel will draw the splinter up to the surface for easy removal.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a great herb for treating cuts, wounds and lacerations. Not only does cayenne pepper staunch the blood flow, but it also disinfects as it possesses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial capabilities.
7. Baking Soda
Put some in a little container and add it to your first aid kit. Baking soda can be used to deodorize your shoes, or you can make it into a paste with water to relieve itches (bug bites, heat rash), and to use on your face as a gentle exfoliant. Works as improv toothpaste too!
What’s in your first aid kit? Any food ideas to add to this list?