One of my goals years ago was to put together an all natural first aid kit. Because I want to. And I can. And I've got babies to protect.
Years ago, while I attempted to sleep, I started panicking when I realized that if something happened to our brand new baby, we didn't even have a bandaid to our name. Literally. We didn't know how to do CPR on an infant. We had run out of peroxide, cold medicine, and essential oils. And now I was the worst Mom in the world because I was so unprepared.
And then, I couldn't sleep.
The next morning, I immediately I started putting together a stash of first aid tools to have on hand around the farm. Though the products have changed a bit over the years, there are a few staples that we rely on heavily.
Because if you're ever had farm kids… well… you know how often you need this stuff.
Essential oils. Back before I knew better, I spent a lot of time working with natural remedies for common first aid ailments that just didn't work. A decade into this journey, I've learned what's worth the investment because it works. I never go anyway (literally, anywhere) without my oils. They're in my car, my purse, my kitchen, my bedroom, my bathroom, all my kids' bedrooms, and in every backpack and bag I own. These are a few essentials that I always keep made up and on the ready. If you don't have time to make up roller balls, that's okay. Just use the oils diluted directly as needed.
- Insect Sting Blend: 15 drops Lavender, 15 drops Frankincense, 15 drops Tea Tree in a roller ball + fractionated coconut oil
- Breathe Blend: 20 drops Breathe oil, 15 drops Lemon oil, 10 drops Frankincense oil in a roller ball + fractionated coconut oil
- Digestion/Stomach Upset Blend: 45 drops Digestion oil in a roller ball + fractionated coconut oil
- Skin Blend: 15 drops Lavender, 15 drops Frankincense,
- Owie Blend: 15 drops Lavender, 15 drops Frankincense, 15 drops Tea Tree in a roller ball + fractionated coconut oil
- Fever Blend: 15 drops Peppermint oil, 15 drops Deep Blue oil, 15 drops Frankincense in roller ball + fractionated coconut oil
- Immunity Blend: 45 drops OnGuard oil in a roller ball+ fractionated coconut oil
Elderberry Syrup. When a cold starts to come on, elderberry syrup can prevent the worsening of the cold. It's worth taking a dose of each day, particularly during the winter months. Taking elderberry syrup can also decrease the recovery time. We make a batch each summer when the berries arrive.
- 4 cups fresh elderberries (or 2 cups dehydrated elderberries)
- 8 cups water
- 2 cups raw honey
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- Combine the elderberries and water together in a large pot. Simmer for 45 minutes. Let cool.
- Add in the honey, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir to combine.
- Bottle and store in the refrigerator.
Bandages, Gauze, and Tape.
Epsom Salt. For achy muscles, nothing beats soaking in a epsom salt bath. It soothes soreness, inflammation, and fatigue.
Echinacea Tincture. When a cold takes hold, it's good to have this tincture on hand. It is made by combining leaves, flowers, and roots of the echinacea plant with vodka in a glass jar and letting it infuse for a few months. The tincture should be stored where it is dark and away from sunlight. To administer, add a tablespoon of tincture into a warm cup of water with a teaspoon of honey and sip.
Ginger Drops. I keep these on hand at all times (even in my purse) for upset stomaches and nausea.
Breathe Drops. I keep these on hand at all times too for respiratory issues.
Now, because we're well stocked and well prepared, this mothering-worrying-stuff doesn't have to keep us awake at night quite as much.
Which is great news, because I want to sleep. And Amen.