Holistic Health Kit

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile, but the right time just never came up. Now that we are are packing up to go back to North Dakota I decided it was time to go ahead and share it with you. This is a list of the items that comprise the family wellness kit I keep in our camper. Since we are 40 miles from the nearest hospital, it’s important to stay as healthy as possible, but also to have a comprehensive stash of supplies in case first aid needs to be rendered in a hurry while arranging transportation into town to get to the doctor. This kit includes all the regular basics to deal with first aid emergencies along with several other natural and alternative extras that provide a holistic approach to health and first aid.

 

  1. First Aid Kit- The first thing in my holistic health kit is a a regular store bought first aid kit that contains an array of bandages, antibacterials and other things you would expect to find in a typical first aid kit.
  2. Tinctures- Herbs are great, but sometimes not practical to carry around in bulk. This is where tinctures come in. Tinctures are highly concentrated herbal extracts that are usually either taken by the dropperful under the tongue or mixed into water or juice by the drop. My kit includes homemade echinacea tincture which is great for sickness and infections and catnip tincture which can help with sleep and anxiety.
  3. Essential Oils- I am a huge fan of essential oils and I actually have an entire collection of several different oils, but the three most important ones that I include in my kit are tea tree oil, lavender and peppermint. These three oils are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of different applications.
  4. Charcoal Tablets- After a situation in which our dog somehow got into something that made him terribly sick to his stomach I decided that charcoal tablets were something I needed to add to my kit. Activated charcoal is used to neutralize toxins and can be helpful in poisoning cases as first aid until you can get to a hospital.
  5. Bach Rescue Remedy- Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy is a blend of flower essences to be used in cases of high stress, fright or shock. Flower remedies are a form of homeopathic medicine and many people swear by Rescue Remedy for tough situations.
  6. Herbs- I love herbs, I grow a lot of herbs, but when I’m away from my main residence in Kentucky I can’t really take a whole lot of herbs with me. However, there are a few that I don’t like to be without. The most important of these is ginger root. It’s kind of a panacea in our family. We use it for any number of colds, flus and stomach issues to name a few. I also keep a little bit of echinacea on hand to use in poultices.

 

So, this is the list of items in my wellness kit. What would you use in yours or what do you use if you already have one? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

About chelsea

Chelsea is mama to 4 year old Will and partner to her oilfield man and best friend of 16 years, Jacob. She splits her time between the family’s camper in the North Dakota Oil Patch and a small urban homestead in Kentucky. Chelsea writes about the family’s camper adventures at www.talesofanoilfieldgypsy.blogspot.com. She is a batik artist and loves teaching others about the art of batik at www.beautyofbatik.com. She can also be found working on her other sites www.chelseaniehaus.com and www.urbanagricultureinfo.com. In her moments of spare time she enjoys knitting, sewing and gardening.

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