Summer First Aid Kit

Summer First Aid Kit

by: Gretchen Schempp, Wellness Buyer

It’s the height of summer and you have probably already seen a sunburn, some bug bites and possibly a rash or two.  Not to mention some achy muscles and joints from all those hours in the garden or on your bike.

There are preventative things that can be done to avoid some of these complaints and then sometimes you just need something to ease the pain.

Sovereign Silver’s First Aid Gel

This is a topical homeopathic medicine formulated to promote healing and relief for blisters, burning, itching, burns, redness, skin eruptions from acne, eczema or infection, stiffness and pain from wounds, stings, cuts and scrapes.  I have had amazing results with this remedy when I’ve wandered into the dreaded wild parsnip.  I keep a bottle of this gel in my first aid kit at all times.  I find that it speeds up the healing time of cuts and takes the pain away very quickly.  This remedy is safe for even the youngest of adventurers.  Water based, odorless, non-greasy, no synthetic preservatives, sting free and safe.

Keys Redi-Care

Natural Healing Spray

This broad spectrum, multi-purpose product does it all!  For people or for pets, Redi Care is a natural insect repellent due to the ingredients neem and karanja oil.  This includes fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, gnats and ear mites.  It has been used for head lice, mites and ringworm as well.  Therapeutic and healing when it comes to sunburns, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, abrasions, minor cuts and insect bites.  And get this, a natural spray-on leave-in conditioner.  How’s that for your next camping trip?  Available in convenient 1 oz bottles.

Aura Cacia Soothing Lavender Stick

Lavender is just classic.  I use it for EVERYTHING.  Zits, bug bites, burns, cuts, soothing my skin and soothing my nerves.  Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier which promotes healing and prevents scarring, and  also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly.  Lavender is an indispensable oil and is a must-have for every home, in my opinion.

Lavender Hydrosol

(Veriditas or Evan Healy)

Hydrosols, also known as floral waters or plant waters, are co-created along with essential oils during steam distillation of freshly harvested plants.  They have no alcohol, preservatives or synthetic fragrances.  Lavender hydrosol promotes cell repair and hydrates the skin.  This makes it great for cooling a sunburn or just cooling off, period.  I’ve been told that  lavender hydrosol is good for diaper rash as well.   Hydrosols don’t smell as strong or the same as the essential oil that they are related to.  They are the  therapeutic waters that remain after the steam distillation process used to extract the essential oil from a plant.

Jason Tea Tree Soothing Gel

This soothing gel is a blend of  moisturizing aloe vera, cooling witch hazel, antiseptic tea tree oil, anti-inflammatory arnica and soothing marigold.  This is a popular after shave gel and another favorite for sunburns.  Cooling and pain relieving this gel smells fresh and has multiple uses.

Keys Solar Rx

Broad Spectrum Sunblock

Nano zinc oxide offers broad spectrum sun protection from UVA and UVB rays.  Ranked the most effective cosmetic sunscreen by Consumer Reports Magazine, Solar Rx is also rated safest sunscreen by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep Report.  This sunscreen is specifically for the face and neck and offers an SPF of 30, a rare and high protection for the face.  I like this sunscreen because it doesn’t appear white on my skin like many zinc sunscreens, and it moisturizes the skin and doesn’t cause breakouts.

JR Watkins

Pain Relieving Liniment Spray

Too long on your knees pulling weeds and your back is aching?  Spray some of this camphor, menthol and eucalyptus blend on and feel the pain melt away.  I like this application because it leaves no residue on your skin or your hands and because it gives quick relief from aches and pains.

Bentonite Clay Powder

A favorite among customers for poison ivy and poison oak.  Buy a little in our bulk section and mix up a paste, apply to affected area and let dry.  Rinse with cool water.