Living in the wilds of the Caribbean, I’m accustomed to various creatures wanting to snack on my delicate flesh.
Yep, I’ve been bitten by lots of things – mosquitos, ants, horseflies (oh man, those hurt), and fleas, to name a few.
No sharks yet happily (fingers crossed while I still have ’em!).
But last weekend something larger than your average pest got ahold of me when my friend’s dog decided I looked delicious.
It turns out that when I say: “Hello boy! How are you doing fuzzy features?”, what I’m actually saying in dog language is: “My thighs are soft and meaty, why don’t you have a taste?”
I was left with two angry bite marks, one of which broke the skin, and had to dip into my emergency first aid medical kit for some natural treatments.
It got me thinking – is my medicine cabinet well stocked enough? What should I have in there and what natural antibiotics/antiseptics are the best DIY treatments for cuts and scrapes?
So I’m giving you a virtual look inside my bag o’ tricks. Please feel free to leave a comment about your own natural medical must-haves and perhaps together we can build the perfect first-aid kit for when the zombie apocalypse happens and all the doctors get eaten first.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil has been the mainstay of my cosmetics routine for a while now. I dilute it down and use it as a topical toner for my face. It clears up all the grime that accumulates over the course of a busy day, takes off make-up beautifully and keeps my skin pretty clear.
It’s antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and antisocial (okay, not that last one. I just wanted to be sure you’re paying attention). Its uses are legendary and range from treating dandruff and cuts /burns to bladder infections and rheumatism.
Oil of Oregano
We’ve just started Dog on Oil of Oregano. Poor thing gets crippling allergies that make him breakout in crusty patches and intense itching. After a week on his new oregano oil regime, his skin is clearing up, the bounce is back in his step and his glossy fur is coming back.
I’m annoyed at myself for not thinking of it sooner since it’s been a big help to me in the past. I’ve used it for the flu, UTIs and dabbing on cuts. The oil is a very potent antibiotic and kills bacteria, parasites, fungus and yeast.
Herbal authority Steven Foster credits oregano as having been used successfully to treat indigestion, diarrhea, nervous tension, insect bites, toothache, earache, rheumatism, and coughs due to whopping cough and bronchitis (from NaturalNews.com)
This bad boy got used just the other night in my house. Hubs and I went out for dinner and I ordered a glass of red wine with my meal. Unfortunately it was cheap-ass wine and my snobbish liver Did Not Like.
Perhaps it was the tannin, perhaps it was expired. Whatever the reason, l I started feeling almost hungover – gassy, headachey, tired, nauseous.
I swallowed a few charcoal pills and, within an hour, started feeling better.
Why? Because charcoal is excellent at absorbing and neutralising toxins. It’s used primarily for treating accidental poison overdoses, excessive gas and indigestion. Just make sure you buy the proper stuff rather than chowing down on actual charcoal, from coals. That’s very much frowned upon here at TMBL.
Activated Charcoal is also apparently great for whitening your teeth. Weird.
And Wellness Mama uses it for spider bites (aka the only insect in this country that hasn’t bitten me…yet).
I love the white stuff so much that I’m surprised my family hasn’t staged an intervention.
We use baking soda for everything in our house – cleaning, bathing the dog, washing our hair, scouring dirty pans etc etc
When we’re not smearing it on our hair, or our pet, we occasionally drink it. Mixed up in half a glass of water with a tbsp of apple cider vinegar, this is a great remedy for heartburn and acid indigestion.
It’s also effective for insect bites, sunburn and deodourant.
Guys, look away now. We’re about to talk lady bits.
When Shark Week comes around, I like to beat the cramps by liberally slathering my abdomen with magnesium oil. The oil acts as a relaxant on muscles which is why it’s fantastic for cramps (of any muscle, not just that pesky uterus). Massaged into my belly, I’ve found it to be a great help in reducing the pain and inflammation of Aunty Flo.
Ok, the menfolk can rejoin the conversation because I’m moving onto the other miraculous uses of this amazing mineral. Magnesium is a known stress reliever and cure for insomnia. I gave a bottle to my acupuncturist who sleeps about as much as your average vampire ie not at all.
She loved it and said she noticed the difference almost immediately. While it didn’t help keep her asleep, it definitely helped her nod off.
If you want to make your own magnesium oil, the Health Extremist hasa very good tutorial.
Weigh in: What natural medical must-haves are in your first-aid kit? Do you use any of the above? What should I have put on my dog bites?
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