written by: Niki Fears•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 5/26/2014
As you prepare for summer travel, be sure to add these essential natural items to your summer first aid kit. Home remedies can be just as, if not more effective than store-bought items.
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It is often easy to forget that among the fun and sun of summer days, there are also specific safety issues that we need to be aware of prepare for. Carrying a first aid kit in your car or tote bag when you travel is always a good idea. Following are some great natural and environmentally friendly items that every summer first aid kit should contain. In fact, you may have many of these items around your house already.
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Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is great for treating burns, including sunburns and helping the healing process. Gently apply the gel to the painful area and allow to dry.
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Believe it or not, meat tenderizer actually draws out the poisonous venom from insects and jellyfish. Make a paste by mixing approximately one part powder to four parts water and apply to the affected area. Rinse off after 15 to 20 minutes.
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Applied to insect bites, this natural oil helps to sooth the area. Lotion made of coconut oil combined with neem oil may prevent mosquito bites, as well.
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When traveling, keep bags of chamomile tea, peppermint tea, and ginger tea handy. The chamomile and ginger can help with diarrhea, which is often common when you travel. The chamomile and peppermint are great for treating indigestion and nausea. Additionally, chamomile is a natural way to relax and helps you to get a better night's sleep when you may be having a restless night in a strange place. The ginger also works well for curbing motion sickness and morning sickness for those who are pregnant. Tea bags, particularly black tea, can also be used to treat insect bites and abscess by drawing out the fluid and minimizing swelling.
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Tea Tree Oil
This natural antiseptic can help with cuts and scrapes, insect bites and reactions to plants, such as poison oak or poison ivy. Clean the area and apply the oil directly. You can also use tea tree oil to remove ticks. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and cover the tick until it loosens. Pull the tick off with tweezers and apply more oil to the bite as a disinfectant.
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Vinegar can help draw the pain and sting out of sunburn and jellyfish stings. (Note that vinegar SHOULD NOT be used to treat a sting that comes from a Man of War because it will make the injury worse.) Vinegar can also be useful for treating other stings such as wasp stings, as well.
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This natural astringent and antiseptic can help reduce swelling. Soak cotton balls in witch hazel and place them over puffy eyes or swollen bug bites. In addition, dab it on to refresh your skin, tighten pores and seal in moisture.
Adding these holistic additions to your first aid kit will help you be better prepared so you can relax and enjoy all the fun summer has to offer.