Heading into the great outdoors for some summer fun? Pack along a different kind of first aid kit, filled with homeopathic remedies that can help soothe the whole family. We got advice from Peter Borregard, homeopath and lead practitioner at our Berkeley store, and Karin DiGiacomo, German Heilpraktiker at our south Boulder store, about what to pack.
Herb Pharm’s Calendula Succus: Dilute this herbal tincture and carry in a spray bottle to mist on wounds or sunburns to heal and soothe. Note: tinctures can lose their potency if overheated, so try and keep in a cool place.
Boericke & Tafel’s Califlora Calendula Gel: Often recommended by our practitioners for after-sun care, calendula gel can also be applied to cuts and wounds to offer fast relief.
Boiron’s Arnica: In pellets or in a cream, Arnica should be your first step after an injury to reduce bruising and swelling. Take it internally for severe pain, or just apply to sore muscles or bruises to speed healing.
Boericke & Tafel’s Ssssting Stop & Boiron’s Apis Mellifica: This combo is ideal for relieving the pain, itching and swelling of insect bites and stings. Apply Ssssting Stop for immediate relief, and take Apis 6C or 3OC, and Histiminum 6 or 30, internally, to help ease pain.
Boiron’s Belladonna: This one’s great to have around for heat stroke as well as headaches that can come from a severe sunburn. Note: Make sure you see a doctor for serious heat stroke symptoms.
Boiron’s Rhus Toxicodendron: This common remedy, made from poison ivy, can help modify the allergic reaction to both poison ivy and poison oak and “take the edge off” itching and inflammation.
Other first aid kit must-haves
Blairex Saline Wound Wash: When clean water and soap are hard to come by, “It’s great for clearing the wound out quickly,” says Peter.
All Terrain Bandages: Made with recycled PVC plastic and a water-based adhesive, these bandages are good for the environment and won’t irritate skin.
Herb Pharm Ed’s Salve: A combination of comfrey, St. John’s wort, calendula and other soothing herbs, this tiny tin offers pocket-sized relief for sunburns, blisters and wounds.
CharcoCaps: Take a few of these with you for fast relief for intestinal issues (from too many s’mores to unfiltered water).
Talk to a Pharmaca practitioner about other first-aid kit must-haves for your summer outings.