Natural first aid kits allow on-the-go moms to have peace of mind because they have essential remedies and tools on hand for common injuries. This post offers ideas for a practical and minimal first aid kit full of natural healing remedies so you are prepared for variety of medical needs.
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I have a wild toddler boy running around. Every time I turn, he has another bruise, bump, splinter, or bite.
It’s time for me to stop winging it and finally put together a natural first aid kit for my purse, which is something I’ve had on my to-do list for a while now.
I wanted a small bag that provides easy access to quick but powerful remedies for all sorts of little-people troubles.
I think having a first aid kit handy is a really smart move for parents and may even ward off evil spirits!
Honestly the idea to make this stems from an experience from my own childhood…
I vividly recall this one summer evening when a church friend and I were jumping over a bush in a parking lot. We had just spent a few hours in a service and had tons of pent up energy.
Our parents were right next to us. No one would have thought anything bad could happen from two kids innocently jumping over a small shrub.
Little did anyone know that shrub concealed a yellow jacket nest in the ground and our jumping wasn’t making them too happy. Within seconds we were swarmed.
Thankfully our parents acted quickly and got us to shelter away from the angry bugs, but not before we had a few painful stings on our extremities.
One of the church ladies grabbed some chewing tobacco from the car and made a paste with some water and put it on our stings. It’s a southern thing I guess, but that really did take the pain away.
While I am not recommending putting chewing tobacco in a DIY first aid kit, if you are ever in that situation, you can keep that one in mind. 😉
These ideas contain natural remedies because that is what I have found works the best and actually promotes healing.
Natural First Aid Kit
I grabbed this clear waterproof bag to hold my first aid kit so I can see where everything is and also take it to the beach, pool, or lake without worrying that everything will get wet.
1. Arnica Montana
I carry the homeopathic Arnica pellets in my natural first aid kit.
Arnica Montana helps to speed healing and relieve pain from injury. I have personally experienced the reduction in swelling after taking Arnica so I would rather give it even if the injury is minor.
Whenever my son takes a hard fall, I give him a dose of Arnicafor peace of mind. Homeopathy is made with sugar pellets which offer kids a little placebo effect as well. I also think they psychologically feel better faster after “medicine” was given.
I like to keep a handkerchief over bandages because it can be reused (win for the environment) and it is multipurpose. You can fold a handkerchief corner to corner and then use it as a temporary brace, sling, or as a pressure bandage.
3. Apis Mellifica
Apis mellifica is a homeopathic remedy made from bee venom. It is very helpful to relieve pain and swelling from bee stings so I keep this in my kit just in case.
Apis is the homeopathic remedy for anaphylactic shock and can give you some time while professional help is on the way. There are lots of testimonies of Apis alone being enough to reduce the severity of their anaphylactic reaction.
4. Calendula Salve
Calendula salve is a topical herbal remedy that is useful to have because it is antiseptic and also soothing. It helps promote healing in wounds and can also be used for diaper rash. Although I make my own at home, I absolutely LOVE this brand of salve because it is so effective at healing wounds.
Aconitum napellus is a homeopathic remedy that is really nice to have on hand during emergencies.
It can be used for any problem that has a sudden onset. When you think of aconite, think, “He was fine 5 minutes ago.”
Aconitum napellus can be used for both the parent or the child. Say your child falls from a very high point on the playground. You give him Arnica for his injury, but the experience has you crippled with fear and anxiety. This is a perfect opportunity to take aconite.
If it is wintertime and your children were well and outside playing but then come in from their play and suddenly have a fever or cold, you can give aconite for this.
I love this remedy for any natural first aid kit since it is so versatile.
6. Natural Bug Spray
It’s always a good idea to keep bug spray handing. I like making my own and putting it in small glass vials but if you aren’t a DIY type of person you can also grab some all natural DEET-free bug spray made with essential oils.
What I like about making my own spray is the recipe is also soothing to the skin.
Simple Homemade Bug Spray Recipe
2 parts witch hazel to almost half fill small spray bottle*
1 part jojoba oil to fill the remainder of small spray bottle* leaving room for the EOs
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil (omit for children under the age of 2)
20 drops cedarwood essential oil
*(I use a 4 ounce spray bottle which can be found here)
7. Activated Charcoal & Applesauce pouch
Heaven forbid your child drinks poison or start vomiting uncontrollably but if this does happen, you will be so happy you have some activated charcoal and applesauce on hand.
I have tons of activated charcoal at the house because I use it for my homemade tooth powder and at times in my skin care routine.
I decided to fill a few empty gelatin capsules with activated charcoal so I could add it to my natural first aid kit without a mess.
If I was ever concerned of poison, I would open the capsule in an applesauce packet and ask them to swallow as much as I could get down. Then of course call poison control but the activated charcoal will help to absorb the poison and give you some time before you get professional help!
You can also use activated charcoal on stings and wounds to draw out any venom or bacteria.
8. Hydrogen Peroxide
I also have a small spray bottle filled with hydrogen peroxide in my first aid kit.
If your child ever cuts themselves in a questionable area or with something rusty, it is nice to have some hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it.
Follow any wounds with the calendula salve and wrap with the handkerchief until you get home. Then clean it with gentle soap like Dr. Bronner’s and water and dress it with a clean band aid.
When I was putting together my DIY first aid kit, I tried to cover most of the important emergencies without going overboard.
I keep a very well stocked natural medicine cabinet at home, but I can’t keep all that stuff with me 24/7.
Life is meant to be lived without fear. If you are a naturally anxious person when it comes to your child, perhaps having something like this put together will provide you with some peace of mind.
If you can think of anything else that would be nice to add, please let me know in the comments!
Oh. One more…. one of those small packs that when you bend it is turns really cold (ice pack)?
That would be nice to have as well.
Perhaps natural sunscreen and headache remedy?
That’s a great idea!