Summer Skin Rescue Kit
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SUMMER SKIN RESCUE KIT
Bumps, bruises, bites and burns…common side effects of summer living! Besides an endless supply of band-aids, there are a few essential items that any summer survival kit shouldn’t be without.
We’ve put together a few of the Emerson Medical Education Team’s favorite “first aid” items into a rescue kit “protocol”. In addition to the things we keep in our own medicine cabinets, we make sure we have things on hand in the car, beachbag, backpack or picnic basket — essentially anywhere we go!
There are many great first aid options available that don’t involve stinging antiseptics and harsh chemicals. We hope that you consider keeping these items on hand and giving natural essentials a try whenever the need arises. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in our protocol:
Arnica, the most popular homeopathic medicine, has developed a reputation for being one of the most important go-to first aid remedies — and for good reason! Arnica helps with bruising and also helps with the initial surprise of a minor injury. Helpful for temporary relief of minor pain it can be used both orally or topically. Dose the oral pellets 3-4 pellets under the tongue every 15-30 minutes for the first hour, then 2x/daily or as needed. Any topical can be applied to closed skin during the same time frame.)†
Deet-free and safe for both people and the environment, uses a blend of essential oils to help repel mosquitoes and other pesky insects, naturally.
Colloidal Silver Spray
Silver spray is a great (portable) non-stinging skin cleanser. Use it before applying an antimicrobial salve and bandage.
Tea Tree Ointment
Tea Tree oil and oregano oil ointment provides non-irritating, healing skin care. We like to apply it before bandaging.
Nothing soothes and heals itchy, dry skin better than calendula and lavender.
We like plantain when we want a drawing botanical that can provide a little temporary relief. Just apply a few drops and rub it in! This 1 oz option is easy to carry around in case you can’t find some plantain on the ground near you to make a poultice!
No summer rescue kit is complete without aloe vera! One of our favorite tricks is to freeze some aloe vera juice or gel in an ice cube tray. When sunburn strikes, wrap a cube in a soft t-shirt rag and tie off the end. Gently apply to the affected area. As the cold ice cools and soothes, it will also melt, leaving a nice aloe application on the skin. (And by the way, it’s also our favorite natural hair gel!)
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†Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.