herbal home remedies

Below are suggestions for simple home remedies that you can use to apply holistic first aid in emergency situations with items that most have lying around the house.

The following items are essential to your holistic home first aid kit. Begin by gathering the items you already have around the house and continue to stock as you obtain more. A brief explanation is given with each item, however, most have a wide variety of uses and are completely safe to use on your entire family.

Holistic Remedies . . .

Name | Description

  • Tea Tree Oil: Using a diluted (15-20%) solution, this oil disinfects cuts, scrapes, fungal infections, ringworm, pustules, hot spots, burns, abscesses, infected ears or wounds, tick bites, and other conditions. External Use.

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract: Apply full strength only to pustules, ringworm and small areas when treating infections. Otherwise, always dilute before applying. Uses are similar to Tea Tree Oil above but can also be taken internally as an alternative to antibiotic drugs. Can also use for household disinfecting needs in body care products, ear and skin treatments, sinks, laundry, room sprays etc.

  • Lavender Oil: Can be applied full strength to dogs. Dilute for cats and small animals. Apply lavender to burns, to reduce swelling, redness, blistering and scarring. Disinfects cuts, scrapes and infections. Apply to bee stings or insect bites to draw out toxins when allergic reactions exist. Reduces itchy rashes and deters insects. External Use.

  • Organic Honey: Internally: Make small honey balls with added garlic and grapefruit seed extract as an alternative to prescribed antibiotics. Used to fight infections, treat fevers and flu like symptoms, provides nourishment to a sick or recovering animal, and expels parasites. External uses are immeasurable – use as liquid band-aid, face and hair mask treatments, conditioner, sweeteners for teas, etc. Reduces allergy symptoms when taken daily. Don’t give honey internally to infants under the age of 1.

  • Medicated Honey: Can treat just about any cut, scrape, burn or sore. Use as a liquid band-aid to seal the skin, protect from exposure to oxygen, eliminates the need for bandage changes and prevents healing skin from adhering to gauze or fabric. A natural topical antibiotic. Use instead of Neosporin. External Use.

  • Aloe Vera: Apply topically to burns, cuts, abrasions, hot spots, bites, infections, scar tissue, rashes, acne etc. Taken internally to relieve constipation, indigestion, parasites and other conditions. In humans, Aloe Vera applied topically will kill the Herpes virus if the STD is present. Add Vitamin E oil to soothe irritated and inflamed skin.

  • Salt Water Solution: Using 1 tsp per cup of warm water (up to 1 tbsp for large dogs). Administer 3 times spaced 10 minutes apart within 1 hour of ingestion to induce vomiting if accidental poisons were suspected. This solution can also be used to wash and disinfect open wounds.

  • Activated Charcoal: Absorbs toxins and poisons. Using the powder, make a thick gruel with water and give 1-3 tsp orally 3-6 times after vomiting was induced if suspected poisons were ingested. Can also use as a paste externally on bee stings, insect bites or animal attacks to draw out toxins or poisons. Follow above internal instructions for complete care.

  • Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy: This 5 flower essence is used to calm both human and animal in any emergency situation. Give 4 drops directly under tongue or rubbed into gums (some animals cringe at the taste). Can be diluted.

  • French Green Clay: Absorbs toxins with use of poultice or compress. Can make a thick paste and wrap around a broken bone as a temporary cast. Internally clay disinfects the intestinal tract, stops diarrhea attacks.

Dried Herbs . . .

Name | Description

  • Comfrey: apply externally as paste or strong tea to sooth sprains, strains and bone injuries. External Use.

  • Slippery Elm Bark: Soothes indigestion, stomach ailments and mucous membranes. Effective treatment for diarrhea.

  • Chamomile Tea: Drink to sooth nerves and relieve insomnia – can be added directly to pet’s drinking water or taken directly. Use full strength tea as an effective eyewash to sooth irritations and injuries.

  • Wheat Grass: Absorbs toxins internally and externally. Apply as a paste on bee stings, insect bites, snake bites, rusty nail injuries, etc. Make a gruel with water and ingest to absorb internal toxins. Provides many nutrients as an added bonus!

  • Yarrow: Effective styptic (stops bleeding)

  • Cayenne: Effective styptic (stops bleeding). Make a paste with water and apply to frostbite or areas affected by hypothermia. Induces sweating to effectively reduce fevers. Strengthens the heart.

  • Echinacea: Used internally to fight infections but can also be applied topically to treat snakebites.

  • Valerian: Helps a stressed animal or person relax. Induces sleep. Tea.

  • Arnica Oil: Use externally on bruises, bumps, sores, sprains and injured muscles. Rub into affected area(s).

  • Bee Propolis: Used internally to treat infection. External uses include treatment of insect bites, mites, scabies, hotspots, ringworm fungus, cuts and other wounds.

Miscellaneous Emergency Supplies . . .

Name | Description

It's always good to have a disaster plan in place:

  • Towel, warm blanket and/or heating pad
  • Scissors, Tweezers and other tools
  • Gauze, bandages, cotton, tape and q-tips
  • Thermometer
  • Pet stain and odor remover
  • Simple soap – use a vegetable castile or baby mild soap only
  • Spring water
  • Newspaper (can act as a splint if necessary)
  • Important phone numbers
  • Favorite toy for comfort