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First-Aid Kit: DIY

Now that school is back in session fall is almost here. That means fall sports, fall activities, and fall illnesses. We want you to be prepared for all of the busy activities you and your kids will be involved with this season.

We all worry about the kids getting sick when they return to school. With so many children from so many different homes and backgrounds there tends to be an influx of germs. How do we combat this? HAND WASHING. Lots of hand washing.  While we cannot control how often our kids wash at school, we can give them the tools to do what needs to be done. Teach them how to wash properly, and remind them how important it is to wash. Washing leads to less germs. Which means they have more time to play, run, and learn without getting sick. Try teaching them to sing their Abc’s while they wash. And wash with soap (about a dime-size) and warm water. It doesn’t have to be hot, just warm. Makes sure they understand to scrub the front, backs, between the fingers, and around the finger nails (including underneath the nails).

One way I have found to help keep germs at bay is to keep a first-aid/hand washing kit in the car with me. When I pick the kids up from school they put their backpacks in the back of the car and they use some hand-sanitizer to cleanse their hands from school.

I have also found it useful to keep a first-aid kit with me in the car. It is simple to keep in the back, and I will never worry that I need something.

The best part about keeping a kit like this with you in the car is you always have it with you. SO if your kids get hurt at soccer practice? Playing at the park? All you need to do is break out the kit and bandage them up.

First Aid Kit

Check out this simple DIY kit. You can even add more customized items if you know what types of things your kids might need for other health or injury issues. Many stores even sell ready-pack ice packs that do not need to be frozen and can be activated on site. These make perfect additions to any first-aid kit.

Now enjoy your season with a little more peace of mind.

Natural Healing Cuts and Scrapes

heal scrapesNatural healing cuts and scrapes is nothing new,  we are just rediscovering some old tried and trued solutions again.

Now that we our in the midst of rushing about getting ready for work and/or school; it is likely we may pick up a few scrapes or cuts. The widespread of antibiotics has given rise to strains of bacteria that is highly resistant to most conventional drugs. Here is a list of natural remedies to heal your ailments the all-natural way.

  • Apply a drop or two of lavender oil directly to the wound, always after it is cleaned
  • Cayenne pepper can be used on minor scrapes and scratches for quick relief, but never on open wounds. Cayenne contains capsaicin which helps speed healing and blocks pain messages to the brain. Wipe off when pain is lessened
  • To help kill bacteria and speed healing, sprinkle on granulated sugar. Smear petroleum jelly around outside of wound to help hold sugar in place. Apply 1-2 times daily
  • An aloe vera plant is a living first aid kit. Break off a leaf and squeeze gel directly on affected area. Aloe vera seals injury, relieves pain and provides quicker healing. Re-apply 3-4 times daily
  • Calendula ointment and/or 20 drops of calendula tincture and 20 drops of Hypericum tincture diluted in four ounces of water. Apply 2-3 times daily
  • Limes have been proven to have an antibiotic effect and call kill bacteria. In West Africa they are used to protect against cholera
  • St. Johns Wort has capabilities to help heal wounds
  • Chamomile has an overall soothing effect, relieves pain and prevents infection
  • Echinacea has been proven to help heal bacterial infections

Treat bruises with compresses soaked in cool water, spiked with lavender oil. This reduces swelling, controls bleeding under the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also a sage tea compress.

Always see a medical professional if the cut is very dirty, bleeding profusely, in a place where you want to avoid a permanent scar, large, open or needs stitches, or becoming infected with redness or pus.

To avoid any allergic reaction to any essential oil always test with a cotton swab on the inside of wrist or inner elbow.

HerbHere are a couple books I keep in my bookshelf for reference purposes:

  • The encyclopedia of healing foods by Michael Murray
  • Miracle cure: dramatic new scientific discoveries revealing the healing powers of herbs, vitamins and other natural remedies by Jean Carper

Most of all try to ease in to a new routine which includes school and all the other extra curricular activities your family enjoys.