A delicious toast spread and a natural sweetness solution for everything from sauces to smoothies, honey is well recognised for its uses in the kitchen, but it should be in your first aid kit too! A versatile first aid item, honey can be used for burns, sore throats and to reduce swelling. To treat burns or reduce the swelling of a wound, apply a light coat directly on the affected area and use a soft cloth or gauze to keep it covered. Consuming a teaspoon twice a day is not only delicious, but can be used to ease a sore throat too. So keep some of that sweet healing honey at hand.
A bowl of oatmeal is a great breakfast for a Wellington winter’s morning. It’s also useful in your bath. An oatmeal bath can provide relief for skin irritation including sunburn, chicken pox, eczema and rashes. Put the oatmeal into a stocking or fine mesh bag, tie it up and place in a warm bath. For more localised relief, you can grind and mix into a paste and apply to spots and bites. Breakfast in the bathtub anyone?
Like chiropractic adjustments, a wooden ruler is useful for keeping your body in line. If you have a suspected break a wooden ruler provides a great temporary splint on your way to the hospital. Use some fabric, a scarf or belt to secure the injured limb to the ruler.
Half fill a snapback bag with dishwashing liquid and put it in the freezer to create an ice pack, useful for relieving pain, swelling and inflammation. Why not just use water you say? Dishwashing liquid will still flex when cold allowing it to wrap around joints easier than a block of ice. A bag of frozen peas can also be handy for this use, just make sure the bag isn’t open, or you will end up with another hazard on the floor. Ice packs are perfect for sprains, joint and neck pains and can provide on-hand relief before you come in for chiropractic care.
Plastic wrap’s super power is that it clings to itself and not much else. This comes in use for covering or wrapping a burn. Clean and cool the area with water, then wrap it up to protect from infection.
Used to prevent scurvy and gangrene on Captain Cook’s voyages, cabbage is also a great healing agent for more common injuries today. Cabbage leaves contain anti-inflammatory compounds and their juice contains antibacterial lactic acid. It is these qualities that make cabbage leaves a handy fridge remedy for receiving swelling and the pain that comes with it. Dip the leaves in hot water, allow them to cool a little and then wrap around the affected area.
A combination of five flower-based remedies, this homeopathic solution is excellent to have on hand when you need a quick rescue. For first aid beyond body wounds, this remedy provides relief from shock, stress and anxiety, helping one to relax, focus and have a sense of calmness. Be Well stocks Rescue Remedy made locally from our Homeopath in Miramar Wellington. Pop on in to get some for homeopathic relief at home.
Following first aid, most injuries or ailments require further care for long term relief and healing. This makes a phone an essential item for a home care kit. Appointments can be organised from the comfort of bed, you don't even need to remove those cabbage leaves and you can feel relief knowing that your long term care is sorted. If you are experiencing pain in your back, neck or joints it would be worth making a booking for chiropractic adjustments. Be Well offers a holistic approach to care to provide relief and bring your health to a level of wellness that can be maintained long-term. To make an appointment you can give us a call on 04 388 4512 or use our online Book Now booking system.