It camping season and time to enjoy the outdoors! Be prepared for minor bumbs, bruises, cuts and insect bites with an herbal first aid kit.
Store-bought kits usually include the basics – bandaids, alcohol wipes, maybe a bit of gauze. This is definitely a good start, but wouldn’t it be better to be prepared for almost all situations that may arise? An herbal first aid kit is a must-have for hiking, camping, and other adventures!
You can customize the herbal first aid kit to fit your family’s specific needs. Here are a few suggestions to include in your herbal first aid kit:
Calendula Antiseptic Salve
This is great for a wide variety of things, like cuts, scrapes, rashes burns, chapped lips, eczema, and more. It is an herbal-infused oil that can be bought or made at home (and often contains other herbs such as St. John’s wort, lavender, and comfrey). There are many easy recipes for herbal-infused oils and it is definitely a must-have in your first aid kit.
Sun protection is crucial, whether you are just out for a hike or are in for a long camping trip, and having a sun stick easily accessible is a good reminder. Instead of bulky sunscreens, throw a homemade or store-bought sun stick in your first aid kit to avoid getting burned.
Bugs can really put a damper on an enjoyable evening under the stars. Many store-bought bug sprays include toxic ingredients (DEET); skip the chemicals and make your own with essential oils that keep bugs away!
Anti-itch and Anti-sting Lotions
Let’s face it – even with all the bug spray in the world, someone always ends up getting bit. Having these lotions on hand in your kit can help relieve the itch from bug bites, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, painful stings, and more.
Clay can be used in a pinch to wash your face, brush your teeth, or soothe an itchy bite. It is a great addition to your first aid kit.
Aside from the salves and concoctions, carrying plain herbs in your first aid kit is a good idea to keep you prepared for anything. You can use them in a cloth to soothe irritations, or brew up a delicious tea while camping. Herbs to keep on hand include calendula, lavender, peppermint, Valerian root, and yarrow.