Homemade First-Aid: 5 Home Remedies to Try this Summer

There’s nothing worse that digging through a collection of half-empty tubes and boxes of first aid products when you have some sort of wound or ailment. I have always been a little grossed out by medicine boxes.  They smell like a hospital, and frankly, I am not fond of the hospital de fluer scent. I mean, does anyone really have fond memories of being in a hospital? Anyway,  these are a 5 of my favorite natural remedies that I picked up over the years. They are effective, safe, natural, have virtually no chance of being recalled by a drug company and they smell pretty darn good.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains natural anti-fungal properties. It can be used to treat many skin ailments such as diaper rash, dry skin and sunburn. It is even said to expel and kill lice when massaged into the scalp. Coconut oil is in liquid form in warm temps, and solidifies in cold temps.  Damp skin absorbs oil much better than dry skin and won’t leave you feeling greasy.


Lemon has natural antiseptic qualities and is perfect for treating tummy troubles like constipation and nausea. It can even help bring down a fever, treat throat infections, and relieve tooth aches.  For kids, squeeze a quarter of a lemon in a glass of water. For adults, use a whole lemon.


An oatmeal bath is an effective method for soothing skin irritations like poison ivy, bug bites, chicken pox, and sunburn. You can buy pre-packaged bags of colloidal oatmeal at the store, or you can make your own by grinding 1 cup of oats (steel-cut, whole or instant) in a food processor. Grind up to a very fine powder and sprinkle in a bath of running water. Soak for 15-20 minutes and pat dry.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt baths have been used as a natural remedy for centuries as an effective way to relieve sore muscles, bumps and bruises. It is also great for helping to remove splinters, just make a compress by soaking a wash cloth in 1 cup of water mixed with 2 Tablespoons of salt and apply to affected area. ( You could also soak the splinter in a bowl of the Epsom salt solution).


Honey is nature’s Neosporin.  Raw Honey and Manuka Honey contain much higher levels of natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Spread a thin layer of honey on a Band-Aid and apply to minor cuts and scrapes. Honey is also great for soothing sore throats in children over 1-year-old.

Do you have any favorite home remedies?


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