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Have you packed your Natural First Aid Kit?

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This may look to you like a crusty bunch of old toiletries but these things, my friends, make up my beloved “Natural first aid kit”. I don’t go anywhere over night without it – not in an anxious something might happen to me kinda way but in a “it’s just so handy to have” way!

Your friends will also be extremely grateful, if you bring it along, when they’ve accidentally had a little too much sun, a nasty mozzie bite or three, sore achey muscles after carrying luggage or if they’ve knocked their shin on your tow bar quite badly when unpacking the car in the dark.

Arnica pills are a great homeopathic remedy for just after an injury, large or small, such as bruising, knocks & grazes.  Homeopathic Arnica helps the body have a speedy recovery and hopefully not so much of a bruise or wound to deal with later. On an emotional level Arnica pills/ drops can also help with the shock of an injury.

Aloe Vera Gel is wonderful on minor sun burn and other minor burns. It also may help to cool itchy, hot & irritated skin.
Put a small amount of aloe vera gel in your palm and add 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil, roughly 4 drops of rescue remedy – mix up with your finger in your palm and gently apply to minor sunburn. (Keep essential oils away from eyes and other sensitive areas.)

Rescue remedy Bach flower essences– most of you probably know this one and it is such a godsend! Rescue remedy is excellent to use in times of stress, anxiety, worry or simply when you feel a bit out of sorts. Like the arnica it can be used after an injury for shock. Rescue remedy is extremely safe and can be used in all ages and is also great for animals including the nervous family pet.

Tea tree cream is a great antiseptic – I use it on healing cuts, scratches, boils, sore inflamed skin, infected fingers and nails etc. It helps to kill off bad bugs and can also be drawing for things like splinters and ingrown hairs. It’s great on insect bites and can temporarily relieve the irritation. Tea tree cream is strong so use it sparingly and keep it away from sensitive areas like the eyes.

Fisocream is a muscle and joint pain cream. I use it for sore neck and shoulders (also great if you feel a headache coming on), back pain or if you’ve sprained something. For me, Fisiocream can also be relieving to rub on the lower abdomen for period cramps and pain (add a couple of drops of rescue remedy too).

Lavender essential oil is great in tiny amounts for minor sunburn (see recipe above with aloe vera and rescue remedy) If you’ve had a big and stressful day and need a little help winding down rub a little lavender oil on your fingers and smell it by taking some deep, gentle breaths in and out. Lavender is also antiseptic and great to dab on a pimple (not first aid information I know but in some cases can seem like an emergency!!)

All these things are readily available at most health food stores and many of them are even at the chemist. Use all of the products above as directed on their labels. :-)

So if you’re going camping this Easter, like me, pack your natural first aid kit along with your band aids, tweezers, alcohol wipes and bandages and you will be well prepared!

Love and healing
Carolyn xx

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs. 

How GOOD are YOU at Change?

Me? Well I am so so at it… I am moving house next week and it’s a really exciting and positive change. However, I am still feeling those little hunches of resistance, being a tad sentimental about the place I am leaving and packing procrastination has set in. Lucky I know all about Bottlebrush as an Australian bush flower essence.

Using Bottlebrush as a Bush Flower essence may actually help you adapt in times of change and make it feel a bit gentler, especially for those who need to be coaxed and soothed into it. You know who and what I’m talking about. Physically, Bottlebrush essence may also get sluggish bowels moving. Basically this essence may help us to let go in every sense of the word ;-), embracing change, going with the flow and just trusting life’s evolving, ongoing process.

Bottlebrush is such an unusual and striking Australian bush flower, but really all flowers from our beautiful country are pretty unique and quite captivating with their extraterrestrial looks. As nature gives us gentle clues about how something may be beneficial to us by the way it looks – this flower really does resemble a bottle-brush. We could even use our imagination and think that it could gently sweep through our bowels removing stuff we don’t need to hold onto anymore.

I always add Bottlebrush essence to a tonic for someone who is feeling sluggish and constipated especially when it’s stress related. And like I said it is especially great when undergoing life changes (big or small) like moving house, going up a grade at school, having a baby or just experiencing changes at work. This is a great essence for you if you’re someone who is a bit resistant to or feels a bit uneasy around change – even if it’s a good thing and something you want!!

Flower essences are a wonderful remedy that can have gentle and beneficial effects on both physical and emotional health. Flower essences are super safe to use and can be given to babies, grandmas, pregnant ladies and even the family dog. They are a wonderful tool that, when I was introduced to them, changed my life dramatically! But that’s another story. :)IMG_2911

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs.