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Published on August 30th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

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Make a Natural First Aid Kit

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Sometimes it’s best to visit the past for inspiration into the healing arts. Back then first aid was simple and used the gifts of Mother Nature. With changing seasons comes restocking and supplying the medicine cabinet. Forget purchasing a new first aid kit though; instead, make your own using natural items and supplies from around the house.

colorful chemical bottles

Colorful alcohol bottle

1. Alcohol and Witch Hazel

Alcohol is a great sanitizer for utensils and even your hands when no soap and water are available. Although ammonia is often the reported cure for de-activating jelly fish tentacles, alcohol actually works just as well but does not require dilution as ammonia does. Another antiseptic, Witch Hazel, provides similar qualities but additionally soothes wounds and is far more comforting than pure alcohol.

{cc photo courtesy of skycaptaintwo on Flickr}

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About the Author

Vivian Nelson Melle is a former educator and community counselor who decided to follow her dream of writing. She balances work to home school her daughter and enjoy crafting, photography, gardening, natural healing, cooking and anything that helps heal the earth and its inhabitants. She also writes for Green Living Ideas, Ecolocalizer, Mamita’s Creations and Phoenix Neighborhood Blogger. She is a writer for hire with a soft spot in her heart for non-profits and indie businesses.



  • Sarah

    I have been wanting to do this all year but was afraid how or where to start! thanks so much

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