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The Natural First Aid Kit

The Natural First Aid Kit? Yes! As some of our readers know, I write about our homesteading at Never Free Farm, and produce many recipes for natural body and remedy products (Herbalism is a side passion of mine, and I went back to school this past year). Today I am going to share some of my favorite to have on hand, that you can make yourself, and also items to have in your kit on trips. And if you missed it, we recently published Natural Body Care, a full color book of natural body care. All our recipes are Top 8 allergen free as well. Our youngest son, Alistaire, has influenced a lot of change in our family over the recent years.

DIY Items To Create:

Bump & Bruise Essential Oil Rollerball – great for after trips, for speeding up healing.

Headache Rollerball – For helping relieve tension headaches.

Warming Oil – Great for relieving dry, achy skin in winter.

Immune Support Blend Ages 2 to 6 – Rollerball recipe for the “sick season”.

Immune Support Blend Ages 6 & Up – Rollerball recipe for the “sick season”.

There’s An Oil For That – A collection of essential oils to have on hand.

Peppermint & Tangerine Foot Soak – When your feet feel dead after a long dayhike, do this before bed!

Bugs Away Spray – Recipes for both young and older.

After Workout Spray – Smell a little less funky on your long drive home.

Think about what you carry in your first aid kit, in your backpack when you hike….do you carry bandages? Ointments? Pills? The first aid kit in many ways is for simple issues: pains, scratches, sun burn, upset stomachs, blisters. While many of us choose to carry more detailed items for severe bleeding, broken bones, allergic reactions, and more, there is also another side to the first aid kit: natural solutions to problems that can relieved or helped with items you might not think of normally.

  • Activated Charcoal Capsules (For best results, buy a brand that is made from coconuts) – It can be taken internally (consume your daily amount of water (over the day) while doing this, you don’t want to be dehydrated) if you experience food poisoning, or come down with a Norovirus or similar, while out. If you have a hiking partner who is showing signs of a virus, take 2 pills to ward it off. Make a paste of the contents of a pills worth with a small amount of coconut oil (which comes in packets, see below), apply to mosquito and spider bites, as well as encounters with poison ivy and oak. Activated charcoal WILL stain though, so be sure to cover with bandages. (PLEASE READ HERE IF YOU TAKE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION)
  • Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender oil is useful for relaxation and sleep. Apply a drop on pulse points (wrists, feet) before bed. Or a drop or two on your pillow/clothes. For most people, “neat” application is safe with Lavender, however with children, dilute it in a bit of coconut oil.
  • Melaleuca Essential Oil (Tea Tree Oil) – It is excellent for application on minor wounds and owies. Once cleaned and dried, apply. It can be mixed into coconut oil as a carrier as well. Keep out of eyes and membranes.
  • Coconut Oil Packets – Coconut oil is good for more than just eating. It is nearly-perfect for use on skin as well. Cracked lips? Dry skin? Good on feet as well.
  • Chamomile Tea Packets – A quaint old lady tea that can settle upset stomachs and help you sleep at night. Don’t brew it past 2 minutes, as it can get bitter. Sip and enjoy!


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These recipes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. They are not medical advice. This article contains mentions of using essential oils, do your research before using. If any of the products cause skin irritation, discontinue use immediately. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these recipes/methods and or suggestions. 

3 thoughts on “The Natural First Aid Kit

  1. You are right and I would have never thought about getting a virus. Reading about your use of Essential Oils really opened my mind to alot of differents things to add to a first aid kit. Thanks for your blog.

  2. I carry coconut oil packets, tea tree and lavender with this intent, too, and started making my own bug spray a few years ago. The After Workout Spray sounds interesting! 🙂

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