Womb Article NATURAL FIRST AID - Holistic remedies for everyday ailments


Holistic remedies for everyday ailments


Herbs 15K

The pharmaceutical industry, who research and develop all prescription medicines, is concerned with profit, with developing new cures, yes, but also with fighting to be the first to patent that cure and own the rights to it. The industry is driven by money alone, and political and public pressure only point them in certain directions. As an industry it is under 200 years old. The chemical drugs produced are tested on animals, even though most animals differ physiologically from humans to such an extent that the true effects of the drugs are not known until they are tested on human subjects.

Natural remedies, however, have been used since the dawn of time, and have been tried and tested over thousands of years, by trial and error. In this modern day, we are lucky to be able to draw on a wealth of folk knowledge from a huge number of cultures, and so have access to remedies for everything from the common cold to menstrual problems. Natural remedies can be used as a complement to allopathic medicine, in conjunction with chemical drugs and modern surgical treatments. Indeed, they can speed recovery from surgery, prevent infection and boost the immune system in ways that pharmaceutical preparations never do.

The key here is that natural remedies are holistic, treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit, while allopathic medicine treats the disease in isolation. Many modern drugs find their origin in nature eg. aspirin, morphine etc. However, the drug companies cash in by isolating the active ingredient found in the herb or root, and then making a synthetic version of it. However, by doing this, they produce chemical drugs which have side effects, while in nature the same remedy, taken as part of the whole plant, root, berry or seed, produces no side effects. Many potent natural remedies are totally ignored by modern medicine, because there is no profit in them.

Listed below are the components of a natural first aid kit, aimed at dealing with the minor ailments and accidents which occur from day to day. It can be used alongside the basic components of a household first aid kit - plasters, bandages and dressings, but will address illness and injury holistically rather than symptomatically.


Arnica is a natural shock absorber, and was a favourite herb of the early American settlers. In France it is know as the herbe des chutes, (chute meaning fall)as it is used for treating bumps and bruises. It is particularly useful if you have children. It provides releif from pain, reduces swelling and aids healing. The ointment can be rubbed into bruises, sprains and strains, and homeopathic arnica can be taken as a remedy for cuts and surgical wounds. The ointment should not be used on broken skin, however. A hot compress of Arnica can be applied to burns and boils, and its anti-inflammatory properties make it very soothing.

Arnica 10K
Bach Flowers 17K


Rescue remedy is a combination of Bach flower remedies used for treating shock due to trauma, illness, bad news, grief or surgery. The Bach Flower Remedies were developed by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930s. In the belief that all sickness is a product of negative states of mind, Dr Bach used the essences of certain wild plants to treat the underlying emotional reasons for illness. Rescue remedy is a mixture of 5 remedies, and cab also be used in times of stress, for example, before important interviews, going on stage or taking a driving test. It helps to relieve feelings of panic and restores natural balance to the body.



Usually used as an infusion, peppermint taken as a tea is useful in treating colds, as it raises internal temperature and encourages sweating. Its greatest value is as a digestive remedy, reducing vomiting and nausea, easing indigestion and diarrhoea and dispelling flatulence.

Peppermint 10K


Oil from the tea tree was one of many herbal remedies used by Australian Aborigines long before the first fleet landed in 1788. It is strongly antiseptic, non-toxic and non-irritant. It is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat directly on the skin. It is a natural, powerful germicide. It penetrates deeply into the tissues, dispersing pus and cleaning wounds. It helps damaged tissue to heal, and prevents or clears up infection. Since it has a mild, local anaesthetic action, it soothes pain at the same time.

Tea tree is a multi-purpose first aid remedy in a bottle. You can use it neat, or diluted, for cuts, bruises, minor burns and scalds. It is also handy for insect bites and stings. Added to shampoo, it remedies itchy scalps and gets rid of headlice. If you have smelly feet, bathing them in diluted tea tree oil alleviates the problem. As a neat oil, its anti-fungal properties combat athletes foot, and its antibacterial and pain releiving properties make it ideal for sore teeth and gums. As a rub it will also relieve muscular pains and strains. It is helpful for coldsores, relieves sunburn and helps prevent blisters. In conjunction with lavender oil it is a strong healing agent and can be used in sickrooms to prevent the spread of infection.

Tee tree 9K

Willow 14K


White willow bark contains salicylic acid, a natural painkiller. Used as a decoction or infusion, it will relieve headache, toothache, rheumatic or arthritic pain, period pains and muscular pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the swelling in wounds, damaged joints and pulled muscles, and it is particularly effective for back pain.



Comfrey is known as knitbone, and is nature's heal-all. No first aid kit should be without it. Comfrey ointment is used for messy scrapes, bruises, sprains and cuts. It reduces bruising quickly, and speeds the healing of sprains and fractures. The root is used as a decoction made into a compress for bruises, sprains and broken bones, and the leaves are used as an infusion, taken internally, to promote healing.

Comfrey 7K
St John's Wort 12K


St John's Wort is a natural anti-depressant, and the capsules can be taken in times of stress to help the individual to cope. It induces calm alertness, and also helps combat fatigue and weariness. It is particularly useful for the emotional effects of long term illness, or for the irritability caused by premenstrual syndrome.

Alys Einion a.einion@talk21.com
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