Having an herbal first aid kit is a great way to provide home remedies for you and your family. In this article I'm going to list 5 herbs that are great for any herbal first aid kit. The best part is all of the these are easily obtainable either online or in your own herb garden.
This is an herb that I've talked about a lot in previous posts and for good reason it's good at what it does. You see it being used in burn creams, hand soap and in its natural gel form. If you want to get away from using conventional medicines and go herbal aloe is a great place to start. Its ability to treat burns is unmatched in herbal remedies. The gel just under the exterior leaf is what you're looking for here you can simply cut a piece of the leaf off and rub it on any minor burn, cut or scrape. It provides a cooling effect as well as works to speed up the healing process. I have one of these growing in my apartment and its great to have around. I plan to keep it around in my herbal first aid kit for a long time.
Comfrey has long been used as an herbal remedy to treat bruises, sprains, minor cuts and to help mend broken bones. It should be noted however that this herb should only be used externally as it can cause significant liver damage if ingested. Ointments, creams, and poultices can all be made with this great herb. It has anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving properties that make it great for use on the ailments previously listed. Use the dried leaves alone or in combination with other similar herbs to make a great ointment, cream or poultice for healing your aches and pains.
This herb has lots of different uses and will make a great addition to any herbal first aid kit. Its commonly used to treat colds, fevers and the flu, just crush up the leaves to make a good herbal tea when you're feeling a little ill. If you want to flavor it a little you might want to add some type of mint to the tea also which would also help to open the sinuses. In addition to being great for illnesses yarrow is also a great astringent (creates a tightening effect with tissues) which makes it very useful for healing cuts and to stop bleeding. I've read in the past where it can actually close the wound fast enough that dirt could still be trapped inside so be sure you clean the area first. All you need to do is grind up the leaves to make a poultice and apply it to the injured area.
Although commonly called a marigold don't get this herb confused with the common marigold you find in a garden. This herb works well used topically or as a tea as well again you can through in a couple different herbs to get the desired effect. Calendula has great anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which makes it very useful for applying on minor cuts and scrapes. It will help to keep the wound clean and free of infection which is great if you're in a survival situation.
If you like having this herb around for cooking you'll love having it in your herbal first aid kit. Use it in teas and directly on the skin as well. First off its great for the skin and hair in fact it's used in a lot of skin and hair care products. It also has a great ability to kill bacteria and heal skin due to it's antiseptic and antioxidant qualities. This makes rosemary great for applying it to minor wounds since it will both clean the area and heal it at the same time.
These are my 5 recommended herbs to include into your herbal first aid kit. Try them out for yourself and let us know what you think or if there are any other uses that I didn't cover feel free to share. Be sure to check back in for more articles coming soon and thanks for reading.