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9 First-Aid Solutions for Your Home

Skip a trip to the drugstore. These tips will have you healing all kinds of minor injuries with natural products you probably already have at home.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
August 15, 2018
At home first aid

Save a trip to the drugstore. Find out which household essentials can help heal you and your family, at-home and naturally.

1. A Sweet Treatment

Honey has a long history of healing, dating back to at least Roman times. Modern-day medical experts agree that it’s effective as an antibacterial ointment that also provides a moist, protective barrier—perfect conditions for skin healing. Just dab a little on!

2. Spicy Solution

Keep cayenne nearby! Just a little cayenne powder alone or mixed with hot water can help stop bleeding fast.

3. Apply Green Ice

Parsley is a superhero when it comes to reducing inflammation. Combine it with ice to help reduce the swelling of a bruise or a black eye. The recipe for the remedy: In a blender, combine 1 cup fresh parsley with 2 tablespoons water. Freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray. When ready, wrap the cubes in a washcloth before holding them to a bruise for 15 to 20 minutes.

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4. Turn the Tide on Mosquito Bites

Rub liquid laundry detergent on the bite and let dry. The liquid soothes the skin, dries the bite to reduce irritation, and seals the area from outside irritants. Take some single-use packets on the go.

5. Soothe with Oil

Been stung by an insect? It’s lavender oil to the rescue! Rub a bit directly onto the sting to alleviate the pain. You can use the healing oil on scrapes, burns, and bug bites as well.

6. Calm with a Spray

In a spray bottle, mix equal parts cool water and apple cider vinegar. Mist over sunburned skin for natural soothing.

7. Grab Some Ginger

If you sustain a minor burn in the kitchen, reach for some ginger. Cut off the end and press the exposed area against your burn. Many say ginger works even better than a piece of aloe plant at soothing burns. Other foods that can help soothe: the inside of a banana peel, honey, or a piece of raw potato.

8. Make a Simple Hot Pack

Transform a towel into a heating pad! Wet a dish towel until it’s quite damp but not dripping. Heat it in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Using tongs, carefully remove the towel and seal it in a zip-top bag. Wrap the bag in another towel and enjoy a little heat therapy.

9. Sea Salt Soothing

You know how quickly minor cuts, scrapes, rashes, and blisters heal at the beach! It’s due to the healing power of saltwater. When you can’t take a trip to the beach but need fast healing, make a sea salt compress at home. Combine 1/8 cup ice water with ¼ cup sea salt—it’s that simple. Then apply the mixture to the affected area with a damp washcloth; wrap around and hold for up to an hour.

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