Headed for the hills? Camping, day at the beach? Here are my suggestions for natural remedies, along with the basics (like band-aid and gauze), that you shouldn't be without.
- All Purpose Salve with soothing herbs such as calendula and comfrey, as well as vitamin E and vitamin A. Apply to any irritated skin. Try Herbal Ed’s salve available at most health food stores.
- Activated Charcoal absorbs toxins and will treat food poisoning. Take 6 caps at first sign of digestive upset or food poisoning. Take 3-4 capsules thereafter.
- Sting Stop is a homeopathic ointment for bug bites.
- Natural Insect Repellent means not having to cover yourself or your kids in DEET. More natural brands use essential oils to ward off pests.
- EmergenC treats dehydration, low blood sugar or heat stroke.
- Ginger Tea Bags is excellent for upset stomachs and nausea.
- Black Tea Bags make an excellent 'astringing' compress to any swelling, such as from a bee sting or swollen eyes from allergies.
- Oatmeal makes a simple, soothing compress for poison ivy or poison oak. Simply mix with water to make a thick paste and apply directly to affected skin.
- Rescue Remedy is a safe, non-narcotic homeopathic remedy (safe for children). Take 5 drops of this safe, non-narcotic homeopathic remedy under the tongue or in water in case of shock or any type of upset or stress. Also comes in a handy spray bottle.
Have a fun and safe holiday!
Brooke Kalanick, N.D., LAc is a naturopathic doctor and a graduate of Bastyr University, and the co-author of Ultimate You: A 4-Phase Total Body Makeover for Women Who Want Maximum Results. Visit her at betterbydrbrooke.com.