This time of year, families are out hiking, camping and spending days at the beach. Having a well-stocked family first aid kit is imperative. However, you needn’t spend a fortune on items that have limited shelf lives. Instead, why not add some of nature’s wonderful antibiotics into the mix? As the makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, we truly believe that nature sometimes has the best answers to our problems. While natural remedies may not always be suitable for infants under 12 months, research shows they are well tolerated and often effective for older children and adults. Here are a few essentials for your kit.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil from Australia’s melaleuca tree is an excellent natural first aid for:
– Athlete’s foot / Ringworm (*but not recommended for Jock Itch, as it may sting a little!)
– Head lice
– Skin rashes
When buying, be sure to purchase 100% Tea Tree Oil, so you are not getting the watered-down stuff! Tea tree oil is generally safe and can be used topically by pregnant women. However, people with acne may encounter drying, itching, stinging, and redness. Families should avoid using tea tree oil along with lavender oil for young boys who have not yet reached puberty, as they may develop abnormal breast growth called gynecomastia, according to WebMD.
Raw honey is an ancient remedy for the treatment of:
– Infected wounds
– Sore throats
– Antiseptic for minor cuts
– Cold prevention
Keep in mind “raw honey” is not the same product you find in supermarkets. It is a thick, syrupy liquid that has not undergone heating and filtering processes that change the properties of the honey. This natural cure should be avoided by people who are allergic to bees or pollen, as well as infants under 1 year of age due to a risk of botulism poisoning. There are no concerns for older children and adult use.
You can use goldenseal powder to treat:
– Festering cuts
– Styes and pinkeye
– Urinary tract infections
– Stuffy noses
– Stomach upsets and ulcers
– Hay fever
You can buy this remedy in powder form to mix with a small amount of water. Most people keep the powder in a lip balm tin for their first aid kits. This remedy is not recommended for use on newborns, pregnant women, or breastfeeding mothers since little is known about the side effects and a risk of brain damage is suspected.
Not only does the relaxing lavender oil smell great, but it also works for the relief of:
– Skin irritations
– Headaches (just rub some on your temples!)
– Mosquito bites
– Sore muscles
Lavender oil should not be used in young boys who have not gone through puberty yet. You should also avoid this oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (since few studies have been done) and if you plan to undergo surgery (as it may slow down your central nervous system). Applying lavender to the skin may cause minor irritation in some people, so be sure to test it on a small area before liberal use.
BONUS Natural Antibiotic: UV Light
The sun’s natural UV light is a great germ-stopper. Of course, the ozone layer and atmosphere filters much of these rays, so they reach us in weakened form. That’s why we developed the handy SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer for home use. Our product uses concentrated natural UV light to kill up to 99.9% of the fungus, viruses, and bacteria living inside your shoes in just 45 minutes. Use daily for best results in preventing shoe odor, toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, plantar warts, diabetic foot infections, and other common foot maladies. Try this natural remedy risk-free for 30 days.