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10 Items to Include in a Senior’s Holistic First-Aid Kit

Minor injuries and illnesses can occur at any age. Sometimes holistic remedies can be quite effective at treating them and have the ability to relieve symptoms and boost the body’s healing process naturally. Sacramento senior care professionals suggest preparing seniors for minor ailments by building a holistic first aid kit with the following items.

1. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is useful in the event your loved one has food poisoning or gastrointestinal illnesses, which can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera leaves can be crushed and applied to your loved one’s blisters or burns.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has long been used for digestive upsets. Make a solution of 1 teaspoon of ACV plus 8 ounces of water and honey to taste. Your loved one can drink a glass every hour as needed.

4. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper powder is ideal for rapidly stopping bleeding. When taken internally, the spicy pepper can enhance your loved one’s blood circulation. 

5. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has a calming effect and is preferred by many seniors as a mild sleep aid. The dried flowers are made into a poultice on gauze to alleviate pink eye.

6. Comfrey

Comfrey is an essential ingredient that can be included in your loved one’s first-aid kit. Use it on its own or in combination with plantain and beeswax to make a natural anti-infective balm.

7. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil, when combined with hot water and then inhaled, serves as the perfect remedy for managing your loved one’s respiratory congestion. The dried herb can also be combined with essential oils and applied topically to the bottom of your loved one’s feet or chest to clear his or her nasal passageway.

8. Ginger

Ginger works wonders for nausea, gastric reflux, motion sickness, and other abdominal ailments. Make your loved one a tea with the chopped root or buy ginger capsules.

9. Peppermint

Peppermint leaves crushed and made into tea is another remedy you can use if your loved one has digestive upsets. Peppermint can also be combined with steamy water and inhaled to clear respiratory congestion.

10. Plantain

Plantain commonly grows in yards and is often mistaken for a weed. However, the herb possesses astringent, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antimicrobial properties. The leaves are ground and used fresh or dried in poultices for insect bites, minor wounds, and rashes. As a syrup or tincture, plantain can help your loved one relieve coughs and congestion.

To learn more about natural remedies to include in a holistic first-aid kit, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite and live-in care. Our dedicated caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, assist with bathing, and help with a variety of other household tasks. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Sacramento seniors can count on. For more information on our in-home care services, please call 916.706.0169 to schedule a complimentary consultation.