bumps, scrapes, burns. . . . . .boo boo's~ healed the natural way!
(for serious wounds seek medical attention please!)
Rash- Mix oatmeal and water to create a poultice to ease the itch of eczema, poison ivy, or other common rashes. *key compound in oatmeal is avenanthramides, which calms inflamed, itchy skin. Also try baking soda- Mixed with water into a thick paste baking soda soothes itchy rashes rather quickly (great for softening eczema rash).
Nausea - Ginger has been proven a very effective defense against nausea and stomach upset, especially when used in its powdered form and mixed with hot tea or cold drinks. No ginger in the spice rack? Try ginger ale. If available, chew on cristalized ginger for relief. (ginger is safe during pregnancy!)
Insect stings- Take a fresh slice of onion and place it over the inflamed area.
soothe stings & itch~ dab on straight vinegar, or try lavendar EO.
*ant bites and bee stings are more acidic in nature. For these you want to neutralize the effect of the venom with a paste of baking soda and cold water.
Burns- aloe works well to soothe minor burns & sunburns. Apply gel to affected area. To cool down sunburned skin, dilute some white vinegar in a warm bath. Black tea bags, COOLED take out the burn.
Ear Ache- Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and make a comforting pillow of it for your aching ear and you will soon realize a soothing effect. Crush a garlic clove, wrap it in kitchen towel and squeeze the juice into aching ear. Soon you will be free of pain. A hair dryer works well to relieve pain fast~ hold away from ear about 12-15 inches and let the hot air blow onto ear.
Eye Infection- Make a solution of warm (not hot) distilled water with a touch of salt. Use clean cotton balls to dip into and wipe the eye from inside corner out. Discard cotton after each 'swipe'. Do this often to help clear up infection.
Tea bags also work well for soothing & healing. Black teas contain tannins very known for clearing eye infection. Green tea also works well, and chammomile works as a great soothing relief for swolen eyes. Lastly, an eyewash for infection~ take a handful of cilantro leaves and a little distilled water. Muddle well to release juices from the leaves. Strain into 1 cup of distilled water (should be a light green color). Use as eye wash.
Heal all, cool compress- Chamomile tea bag! A Chamomile tea bag, brewed and cooled, can help soothe minor burns and the pain of small cuts and scrapes when applied directly to the area.
Cuts & Wounds- *Apply pure honey directly to the open wound! Honey has been proven to act as a natural antibiotic and can keep the wound sterile by killing off many infectious bacteria.
*For a wound wash~ one part tea tree oil--a natural antiseptic--in 10 parts water.
Recipe for a First-Aid Spray
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
2 drops Cypress
8 oz. Distilled Water
Mix oils into ½ teaspoon of salt. Put the salt and 8 ounces of distilled water into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. This is a great first-aid spray.
Here's a great tutorial on how to properly make a butterfly bandage~
use when a wound has smooth edges. It brings the edges of skin together and thus speeds up the healing.
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mrssanterre gives this advice~ "I'm a big fan of a food poultice."
Bread Poultice you take homemade bread and soak it in a little water and oil (cooking) to draw infection from sores and cuts. Just apply it to the skin and hold it there with an ace bandage or tape. I usually put it on right before bed and keep it there until the morning. This is how any poulitce is used typically.
Bread and Milk Poultice mix bread and milk together to make a paste, useful for bringing boils and abscesses to a head.
Bran PoulticeMake a paste with hot water and bran; apply as hot as can be tolerated. Used for inflammations, strains, sprains, and bruises.
Potato PoulticeIs a traditional home remedy for inflammation. Applied to the skin, it is used to heal skin conditions such as . Helps to relieve arthritus and heals eczema.
Onion PoulticeSautee chopped onion in oil add 1-2 tablespoons of flour and wrap in cheese cloth. Apply to area. Excellent for drawing out impurities. High sulphur content makes it good for inflamed areas.
Theresa1073 give this great advice~
Homeopathic Arnica; a couple sugar pellets placed under the tongue to reduce swelling (found at Ada's); can't use arnica cream on open wounds!
Open wounds, burns or bee stings ~ Poultice of calendula flowers, comfrey leaf, & plantain leaf. Place a small amount of each herb in a hanky and put a rubber band around herbs to form a ball and to hold herbs in place. Steep herb ball in hot water for a minute or so to draw out the herbs healing properties. Cool a bit and place hanky on the abraision, burn, bee sting or whatever open wound. If done 2x daily this draws out the infection and speeds the bodies natural healing process.
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Essential Oils for Aid
Peppermint essential oil is the super oil, good for easing queasy stomachs during long car or boat rides, indigestion, vomiting, fever, gas, headaches or abdominal cramps. Peppermint is also a great pick-me-up. Just add a drop or two in a bottle of water and experience sudden clarity. Also great topically for aching muscles.
Eucalyptus globules (therapeutic grade)inhaled or gargled with some water will take care of chest congestion or cough. A warm compress can be made with Eucalptus and warm water on a towel and applied to the chest, over the throat and upper back, if the congestion is bad.
Lavendar for headaches, put a drop of neat Lavender on the temples and the nape of the neck.
Tea Tree is a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal essential oil.
Clove Oil for toothache pain, Rub a small amount on bothersome tooth avoiding gums & tounge (it numbs them!)
# Puncture wounds should never be treated with Lavender, since it can cause the surface to heal, rather than letting the wound heal from the inside to the surface. In this case, Tea Tree essential oil, diluted, is the perfect blend to apply.
# Any sort of skin irritation that shows signs of perhaps becoming infected, whether they are mosquito bites, cuts or scrapes will benefit from Tea Tree's anti-microbial properties.
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