Thursday, March 17, 2011

How to Make Your Own First Aid Products

Here's a guest post from author Bailey Harris. Bailey writes on many topics, including car insurance for on how to make first aid products. There's a few I'm going to try...especially since I just got stung by a bumble bee yesterday!!

Having a first aid kit around the house is a necessity. Your first aid kit should include items such
as bandages, gauze, tape, small scissors, and various pain relievers. Many of the pain relievers
can be made right in your own home using simple ingredients. By making your own first aid
products, you will save money and know exactly what you are putting on your skin.

Make Your Own Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

Making your own antibacterial hand sanitizer can help to stop the spreading of harmful germs.
You will need two thirds cup of isopropyl alcohol, one third cup of aloe vera gel, and 10 drops
of tea tree oil or lavender oil. Mix the isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel until it is well blended,
add the tea tree oil or lavender oil and mix well. Store your homemade hand sanitizer in a
squeezable, plastic container or spray bottle. This is gentle enough to use many times a day but
should be used sparingly--a little will go a long way.

How to Treat a Bug Bite

It can be hard to ignore those pesky bug bites. They itch, they burn, and they are just generally
uncomfortable. Luckily there are many home remedies that can provide relief. One way to soothe
the itching is to apply a dab of regular flavored toothpaste directly to the bite. You can also make
a paste using a Tums or Rolaids tablet. All you need to do is crush the tablet into pieces and add
enough water to form a paste. Then simply apply the paste directly to the bug bite. This will help
relieve that burning, itching feeling.

Treating a Sunburn or Minor Burn

There are many treatments for burns. This is a great one to try because it is very portable. All
that you need is 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and three to five drops of lavender essential oil. Mix
together well and apply to the area of the skin that has been burnt. Another great way to relieve
the burning sensation from sunburn is to add 1/2 cup oatmeal to a cool bath.

Healing Salve for Minor Cuts
This is a great salve that can be made ahead of time and kept in a first aid kit for up to one year.
You will need 1/4 cup chopped beeswax, 1 cup infused comfrey oil, and 20 drops of tree tea
oil. The first thing you will need to do is make the infused comfrey oil. To do this you will need
to put 2 ounces of dried comfrey leaves and 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil in the top part of a
double boiler. You will then need to cook over simmering water for one hour. Strain the comfrey
oil using a paper towel. Now you are ready to make the salve. In a small pan heat chopped
beeswax and infused comfrey oil over low heat, until beeswax has melted. Remove from heat
and add 20 drops of tea tree oil. While it is still warm, pour mixture into a new container, let it
cool, and then cover tightly.

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