Early this week I wrote about 14 gluten free staple that you should have in your pantry and/or in your fridge. Continuing with the theme of health this week, we are back in the kitchen, and other parts of the home, exploring 9 household items that have first aid uses.
I try to treat any cuts or minor pains as naturally as I can. Although a really bad migraine drives me to the cabinet chest, as a simple cup of herbal tea will not help at that point. Beyond that, my first option is to look around my kitchen or call older family members and my friend Tasha, to find out how I can use items in my home when a situation calls for first aid use.
Below are 9 everyday household products that have first aid uses.
- Aloe Vera.
I have been using aloe vera ever since I was a teenager. Now, I just keep it as a plant in my kitchen because – well, every kitchen should have one. However, I don’t hesitate to break a piece off when needed. I’ve used aloe vera on cuts, it is really soothing, and doesn’t burn like alcohol does. I also occasionally use it on my face and hair, as I have extremely dry skin and aloe vera has great moisturizing properties.
- Baking Soda.
Every household has a bottle or box of baking soda in it. Most homes I’ve been in keep it in their refrigerator to keep moisture and bad smells at bay. I use baking soda for two reasons, well three if you count why I have one in my fridge. I get really bad hives when I eat gluten or take medication containing aspirin, so a quick baking soda paste normally helps with the itching when my allergy medication is taking too long to kick in. I also use baking soda on my toothbrush, I sprinkle some on my toothbrush and it helps fight against bad breath. It also has whitening properties. So that’s a bonus – who doesn’t want pearly white teeth?
- Epsom Salt.
While I am not a fan of taking baths – I’m always on the go, showers are faster – sometimes a bath is necessary when you have those really bad muscle pains or cramps. In anatomy class I learned that water follows salt, so any excess fluid in your tissues will be drawn out by the Epsom salt and allow for some relief to your muscles and tissues. This will also help if you suffer from hemorrhoids!!
PS: I learned this trick from my mom when she was alive, if you are suffering from diarrhea, and you have somewhere to be, half a glass of water and a teaspoon of salt will stop it in its tracks! Works every time 🙂
Everyone should have ginger in their home, whether fresh or powdered. I’m pretty sure I use ginger weekly for some reason or another. Did you know that ginger can help with headaches? Yes! Yes, it does! It is also good for nausea and upset tummies. Ladies, it is also good for menstrual cramps!! I also use it for cooking and for making homemade drinks. Delicious!
This is an easy one! I use honey for a number of reasons. I use it as a facial mask occasionally, when my dry skin needs a healthy dose of moisturizer. I also use it when I have a sore throat. I add a few drops of lemon juice on a teaspoon of honey and my sore throat usually starts to feel better in a few minutes.
Lemon has a number of uses. I listed one of the uses above under honey, where I use it as a soother for sore throats. A number of my friends use lemon to fade dark spots. Lemon can also be used to treat warts, varicose veins, heartburn, body odor and head lice.
I am a huge tea drinker! I will drink a cup of hot tea in degrees weather, and my favorite flavor is peppermint! This is a good thing, as peppermint is good for digestion, and having a leaky gut, this helps. Peppermint is also good for relaxing, I drink a cup before bed each night.
- Petroleum Jelly.
I have three tubs of Vaseline in my home. One in the bathroom, bedroom and living room. I used it mostly for my lips, they are forever chapped. I also suffer from eczema and dry skin, and if I don’t have my medication nearby, then I’ll apply some Vaseline on it, until I can get to my medication. I will attest however, that it is really good for chapped lips!
I am adding this here for us ladies, a small container of yogurt a day keeps the yeast infections at bay (yes, I just made up). I recommend the ones that have probiotics in them, those are really good for your gut.
There are many other household items that have first aid benefits that I haven’t listed here, but, I wanted to write this post to show that food and other house hold items can be used when needed in first aid situations.
Are there any items in the home that you use for first aid purposes?