When it comes to simple first aid, many of us prefer natural, DIY home remedies to those from a pharmacy. Fortunately, there is a wealth of fast-acting remedies thought to effectively treat minor ailments.
Whether you’re a parent dealing a child’s scrape or bruise, you’re prone to accidents or you just want to be prepared, these all-natural remedies will be handy to have in your first aid kit.
Baking soda for bee stings
Baking soda is usually found at the back of your kitchen cupboard waiting to be used in a recipe or as a cleaning agent, but it can also treat bee stings. Simply pour some baking soda into the palm of your hand and add a little water to make a paste. Apply the mixture directly to the sting to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Basil for mosquito bites
Believe it or not, this common ingredient is also thought to relieve the itch of a mosquito bite. To relieve the itch and soothe the skin, gently rub some basil leaves on the area. Some studies also show that the oil from basil leaves can act as a form of insect repellent.
Aloe Vera for sunburn
A well-known remedy and commonly sold in supermarkets and pharmacies. However, many of these products are mixed with alcohol and artificial colours. For effective relief, all you need is an aloe plant. To treat sunburn, break off a piece of the plant and tear it open. Rub the gel directly on the sore area.
Thyme for cuts
A trick for cleaning minor cuts and scrapes is to use thyme. This herb is a staple in many homes, yet it is not known for its oil and healing properties. To use it, bring a cup of water to a boil and add one teaspoon of dried thyme leaves. Let the mixture steep until cool enough to apply to the skin.
Remember to clean the cut first and then apply the mixture with a clean cloth.