Herbal First Aid and Remedies by June Kaminski, MSN
Herbs have been used for centuries to treat bruises, cuts and
other minor emergency first aid needs. Learn to use three common herbs, Aloe
Vera, Chamomile and Peppermint for household first aid and good health, the
This common houseplant should be in everyone's home as an instant "first aid"
plant. There are 75 different nutritional compounds naturally occurring in Aloe
Vera, which makes it a good choice when looking for aids to heal yourself and
one, Aloe provides dietary support for the digestive tract. It has a soothing
effect on the digestive tract lining and helps provide a healthy balance of
intestinal secretions. Aloe Vera contains natural anti-inflammatory and
anti-bacterial properties. It cools and numbs sensitive tissue, such as sore
gums and burned skin, and often literally stops the redness and pain.
It's a good idea to keep Aloe Vera as a houseplant, for quick first aid
treatment for burns, cuts, and stings. Just cut a small piece of the leaf and
gently squeeze the gel from the inner leaf onto the afflicted body area.
This amazing herb is a tiny white flower that naturally contains Tryptophan,
an amino acid known for its tranquilizing effects. Warm milk is the only other
natural source of Tryptophan. Have some chamomile tea before bed for a restful,
deep sleep. Chamomile is very soothing to the nerves and virtually harmless. For
years, European physicians have prescribed Chamomile tea for babies and children
with fevers, earaches and nightmares. A few drops of chamomile essential oil in
a bath will help restless children calm down and go to sleep.
uses for small babies and children include colds, stomach trouble, colitis,
gargling and externally for eczema and inflammation. It has been found to be one
of the best herbs for soothing a baby's upset stomach and colic and for inducing
sleep. It is also useful to relax women with PMS who are experiencing emotional
tension and gives relief from menstrual cramps. Chamomile has also been used to
give miraculous relief from cysts of all kinds.
Thia ia another versatile and harmless herb, one of the most common varieties
of mints. Peppermint settles upset stomachs and stimulates digestion, even with
colicky babies. This tiny purple flower with fragrant leaves, relaxes the
nervous system, relieves headaches, dispels tension and soothes menstrual
well, Peppermint has a strong anti-viral ingredient which is handy when treating
colds or flus. It is also useful for bowel problems, and even helps to alleviate
convulsions and spasms in children.
Instant First Aid!
Both chamomile and peppermint are very effective as herbal teas, thus can be
purchased inexpensively, brewed and served up quite readily. Or you can grow and
harvest your own! There's nothing more fragrant than bunches of peppermint
hanging around the house to dry!
Every household would be wise to keep these three herbs on hand at all times.
Virtually, every ailment that your family can routinely come down with can be
helped with one of these herbal staples. For a small amount of money you can
have instance peace of mind at hand, ready for action.
More Links to Explore!
The Aloe Vera Studies
Organization offers sound advice on sifting through the myriad of claims
about the use of Aloe Vera for health and beauty.
The Chamomile Times and Herbal
News offers a quick reference for our three featured herbs, plus many
Cacia Aromatherapy offers a delightful overview of the Peppermint plant
and its health benefits.
Herbal Home Remedies
presented by Garden Guides offers a nicely laid out reference guide to
Peppermint and other herbs.
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