Welcome to the

Naturopathic First Aid

online course

In this course, you will explore and learn how to build your own home first aid kit using natural alternatives. You will also learn when and how you use everything so you can be empowered to look after yourself and your family.

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Course Outline

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Your Own Natural Healthcare

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Conditions

What you can treat at home

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Your First Aid Kit Library

What is in your kit

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Your Kit

What does everything do?

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Specific Conditions

How to treat them and with what

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Bonus: Household herbs as medicine

Your Own Natural Healthcare

You may already have a first kit in your home with some plasters, bandages, painkillers and maybe some antiseptic cream. But there is a lot more that we could do with the power of natural remedies to help all sorts of common situations. This course will show you a whole library of remedies that you can use in your own home to help you and your family.

A Word of Caution

This course is intended to show you ways to use natural remedies in the home. It is by no means a replacement for western medicine. In medical emergencies or anytime you are unsure please consult your GP or call 111.

In the case of an emergency please call 111

When you are unsure please consult your general practitioner.

Please use these tools in this course to help and support common non-emergency household ailments.

Naturopathic First Aid Handbook

A handbook that you can print and put in your first aid kit for a quick reference

Conditions – what you can treat at home

PHYSICAL INJURY

Cuts and Scrapes

Muscle Aches and Soreness

Bumps and Bruises

Stings and Bites

Burns and Sunburn

SICKNESS / ILLNESS

Colds and flu

Vomiting and nausea

Headaches and migraines

Diarrhoea and constipation

EVERYTHING ELSE

Fainting

Acid reflux

Dental

Emotional support (panic, trauma)

Naturopathic First Aid Kit Library

Homemade

Homemade chest rub

Immune tonic

Essential Oils

Lavender 

Teatree

Eucalyptus

Manuka

Frankincense 

Citronella, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus (insect replellent)

Foods and Other

Manuka honey

Slippery Elm

Pysillium husks

Activated charcoal

Colloidal silver

Aloe Vera juice and/or gel

Epsom salt

Baking soda

Prunes

Fresh or Dried Herb (tea)

Chamomile

Ginger

Fennel

Topical creams and oils

Rosehip oil

Comfrey oil or cream

Vitamin E oil

Peppermint muscle rub

Clove oil

Homeopathic

Arnica cream

Rescue Remedy

Your Kit – What does everything do?

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are highly potent compounds extracted from a plant. The oil captures the plant’s scent or essence but also the medicinal properties. Essential oils are topical treatments as well as being highly effective through smell.

Fennel

Fennel is a herb, when it is dried you can use it as a tea or as a spice in cooking.

Psyillium Husks

Psyllium is a plant known for its mucilage properties. When taken with water is a bulking laxative. Be careful to drink plenty of water after taking in order to avoid your gut drying out.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a herb, when it is dried you can use it as a tea or soak in it as a bath.

Slippery Elm Powder

Slippery elm is a herb, when it is dried you can use it as a powder and add it to food or dissolve it in water.

Prunes

Prunes are a dried fruit. Because of the fructose content and fibre it can act as a laxative in large quantities.

Flaxseeds/Linseeds

Flaxseeds are also known as linseeds. They are a fibrous crop which when consumed can regulate bowel movements.

Herbal Muscle Rub – peppermint oil

Either a purchased herbal muscle rub or homemade with peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil in base cream can help improve blood flow to the area and increase the healing/recovery of the sore and tired muscle.

Mānuka Honey

Mānuka honey is a mono flora honey produced from the nectar of the Manuka tree. It is so valuable because of the medicinal properties of honey as well as the Manuka plant.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used as a topical treatment by making a paste and applying to the affected area.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a saturated fat from the coconut. It can be beneficial topical and as food mainly because of the composition of fatty acids in coconut oil.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera juice is very healing for the mucous membranes in the body including the skin and the gut. It can soothe the membranes and promote healing. You can also get Aloe Vera in a gel form to use as a topical treatment. You can also use the plant itself by using the gel or peel off some off the leave and cover wounds.

Homemade Immunity Tonic

A combination of juiced lemons, apple cider vinegar, grated ginger, grated turmeric, chopped garlic all blended together to make a potent tonic. Taking 1 shot of this a day as maintenance through winter or multiple times a day when sick.

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)

Epsom salts or Magnesium sulfate is for external use only by adding 1/2 cup to a bath to soak in for 15 minutes or less to release toxins from the body and help to reduce muscle tension.

Rescue Remedy

Rescue remedy is a homeopathic formula for times of major stress or trauma. It works to calm the nervous system and helps people cope.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is particles of silver in liquid. It is an antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial. It is mainly to be used topically and on surfaces to disinfect. You can spray this on your face and in your mouth in times when you are infectious however limiting your physical intake of silver is recommended.

Activated Charcol

Activated charcol is a supplement which helps to pull toxins out of the body. Mostly in the digestive system when there is a pathogen present.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vitamin that is extremely powerful for nourishing and boosting the immune system. It comes in many forms whether its supplements as C with bioflavonoids, Buffered vitamin C or as a powder ascorbic acid. Ultimately the differences between them are how they are absorbed in the body.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is an essential oil extracted from the clove plant. It has topical analgesic properties so when applied to a toothache it can numb the pain.

Arnica Cream

Arnica cream is a homeopathic cream used topical on bumps and bruises to help bring out deep bruising and speed up healing.

Calendula Cream

Either buying a calendula cream or making it by mixing calendula oil into base cream can be used as a skin-healing when used topically.

Specific Conditions and How to Treat Them

A breakdown of all the conditions you could treat at home, what to use and how to use it.

PHYSICAL INJURY

SICKNESS / ILLNESS

EVERYTHING ELSE

Physical Injury – what to do

Key:     ⊕ How to use        × Caution

Cuts and Scrapes

DISINFECTANTS –

Colloidal Silver

  Spray onto and around wound multiple times a day.

Manuka honey – Antiseptic, promotes fast healing

⊕ Put a small amount onto the wound or onto a non-stick wound pad and place onto the wound with a bandage over the top.

Tea tree essential oil – Antiseptic, promotes fast healing

⊕ Either drop 2 or 3 drops onto the wound. If the wound is open and sensitive, rub drops around the wound and not straight on.

x Caution: It can sting an open would.

 

HEALING –

Comfrey – promotes fast healing, reduces the appearance of scarring

⊕ Depending on the type of comfrey you are using, place the solution (cream, oil) onto the wound regularly (3x/day).

 x Caution: Do not put on a wound that is still open or have stitches! It is so powerful it will heal skin together prematurely so if the wound has not fused together yet then do not use this.

Rosehip & vitamin E – Wound healing, reduces the appearance of scarring

 ⊕ Use a store-bought oil or balm with either of these in a high percentage or just buy one of these as the straight oil and rub into already healed wound three times per day.

Muscle aches and soreness

Epsom salt bath – Reduces muscle soreness and tension, relaxation for the nervous system

⊕ Place 1/2 cup of Epsom salts (Magnesium citrate) into a hot bath. Soak for no longer than 15 minutes and drink plenty of water before, during and after the bath to rehydrate.

x Caution: Make sure you get out of the bath before 15 minutes as toxins pull from the body and if you soak longer they can reabsorb into the body.

Peppermint or cayenne cream – Increases blood flow to muscle

⊕ Any herbal cream you buy with both of these ingredients or just one, massage the cream into the muscle 1-2 times per day.

x Caution: This can create a burning sensation on the skin as these creams are quietly powerful. Some burning and redness is normal, if burning becomes too much to bare then wash off with soap. Do not touch your eyes after use.

Bumps and Bruises

Arnica – brings bruising to the surface for fast healing

⊕ Rub arnica cream onto the affected area liberally 3-5 times per day and then reduce after 2 days to once daily.

x Caution: It will start to look more bruised if there is bruising to come out so don’t panic if it looks worse, it is a good thing.

Stings and Bites

x Caution: If you are allergic to bee stings or you start to develop swelling in other areas of your body, increased heart rate, shortness of breath or any other allergic symptoms please consult a health care practitioner immediately.

Honey – Soothes pain and itching, promotes fast healing

⊕ Place a glob of honey on the area and leave to absorb in.

Baking soda – Neutralise bee venom, reduce pain, redness, and swelling

⊕ Make a thick paste with baking soda and water and place onto the sting.

Other things which can be similar is toothpaste or apple cider vinegar.

Aloe Vera – Soothes pain and irritation

⊕ Place aloe vera gel directly onto the sting and around the area.

⊕ If you have an aloe plant, peel off some of the light green inner parts of the plant and place it on the sting like a plaster.

Calendula cream – Soothing pain and irritation

⊕ Place cream on the affected area.

⊕ You can also make a small soak using 1 cup of boiling water and a tablespoon of dried herb and let sit with a lid on for 15 minutes, then adding enough cold/warm water to make a small bath to soak to the affected area in for 10-20 minutes.

Lavender essential oil – Soothes itching, redness & pain, promotes fast healing.

⊕ Drop a few drops of the essential oil onto the sting.

⊕ If too sensitive rub a few drops on the skin around the sting.

x Caution: It can sting a little. Wash off if too painful. Avoid touching eyes after applying.

Burns and Sunburn

Heat Burn – 

Manuka Honey – Anti-septic, soothes pain, promotes healing

⊕ Smear some honey over the burn.

Aloe Vera – Cools the burn, soothes the pain

⊕ A gel is the best form of aloe vera for burns, smear onto the area liberally.

Lavender essential oil -Speeds up healing

⊕ Drop 2 or 3 drops on the burn

Sunburn – 

Aloe Vera gel – rub onto the burned areas to cool the burn and soothe the pain

⊕ If you have an aloe plant, peel off some of the light green inner parts of the plant and place it on the sting like a plaster.

Coconut oil – Hydration, providing skin nutrients to promote healing

⊕ Rubbing coconut oil over the burn regularly will keep the area hydrated.

Note: Hydration is so important if you get a sunburn. Sunburn is often linked with dehydration, also, your body will use a lot of its water stores to deal with sunburn and it will keep needing a lot of water to heal. Adding a pinch of Celtic or Himalayan sea salt into your water will be beneficial to hydrate faster and replenish electrolytes.

Sickness/Illness – what to do

Key:     ⊕ How to use        × Caution          ! Prescription only

Colds and Flu

Homemade chest rub – Immune support, improves symptoms of the cold and flu

⊕ You can also buy a good quality herbal chest rub but if you want to make it yourself, get melted coconut oil or melted beeswax and add liquid oil (almond, avocado, jojoba) and use this as a base. Add peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and/or thyme essential oil, mix in and use this to rub on your chest in a hot shower or bath.

Inhalation with Eucalyptus essential oil – Clears congestion, supports immunity

⊕ Place a few drops of the essential oil in a big bowl of boiling water and place a towel over your head and the bowl to keep the steam in and concentrate the infused oil. Breathe this steam in for as long as you would like and do this as often as you would like.

x Caution: Do not ingest essential oils

Vitamin C – Improves immune function

⊕ Vitamin C comes in powders and tablets, whatever form you have in the house it is a good idea to take around 3000/mg per day when feeling ill. If you have the ascorbic acid power, add 1 tsp to water and drink.

Homemade immune tonic – Improves immune function, improves gut health, antimicrobial

⊕ For maintenance: Take 1 shot of this tonic in the morning.

⊕ When sick: Take 1 shot 5 times a day

x Caution: Ingredients are really potent, you can experience an uncomfortable stomach after taking. If this turns into pain or cramping discontinue use and ask a health care practitioner.

Colloidal silver – Antiseptic, disinfectant for surfaces

⊕ Spray a few sprays into your mouth and over your face as well as over surfaces in your house that you use often.

x Caution: Try not to ingest too much silver, using it topically and on a household, surfaces are more advised to avoid a silver build-up in the body.

Nausea and Vomiting

Himalayan salt and water – Replenish electrolytes, hydration

⊕ Add a pinch of Himalayan or Celtic salt into a bottle of water and drink.

x Caution: This can sometimes affect a sensitive stomach. Use this to rehydrate after vomiting – not to be used while in a vomiting episode.

Colloidal silver – Antiseptic, disinfectant for surfaces

⊕ Spray a few sprays into your mouth and over your face as well as over surfaces in your house that you use often.

x Caution: Try not to ingest too much silver, using it topically and on household surfaces are more advised to avoid a silver build-up in the body.

Ginger tea – Relieves nausea and settles digestive upset

⊕ Grate or finely chop fresh ginger and steep in boiling water for a few minutes with a cover on.

Fennel tea – Relieves nausea and settles digestive upset

⊕ Use dried or fresh fennel, steep in boiling water for a few minutes with a cover on.

Headaches and Migraines

Lavender, Rosemary, peppermint, Eucalyptus essential oil – Can ease the pain and the tension of a headache

⊕ Use any combination of these essential oils, either through an inhalation (putting a few drops in boiling water and inhaling the steam), or putting drops into a base oil and massaging into your head, face, and neck, or simply sniffing the oil.

! Willow bark or Feverfew – Works to relieve the pain of a headache.

⊕ If your medical herbalist has prescribed this – place 10 drops of one of these herbs into a small glass of water or straight into your mouth or as directed by your herbalist.

Diarrhoea and Constipation

DIARRHOEA – 

Lavender, Ginger, Frankincense, Peppermint, Oregano, chamomile essential oil –

⊕ Use any or a combination of these essential oils, either through an inhalation (putting a few drops in boiling water and inhaling the steam), or putting drops into a base oil and massaging into your head, face and neck, or simply sniffing the oil.

x Caution: Do not ingest essential oils.

! Bilberry – Anti-inflammatory, High in tannins (drying affect)

⊕ If you have been prescribed this by a medical herbalist – add 10 drops in water or straight into your mouth.

Himalayan salt and water – Replenish electrolytes, hydration

⊕ Add a pinch of Himalayan or Celtic salt into a bottle of water and drink.

Activated charcoal – works to clear out the pathogen present in the gut

⊕ Take a store-bought activated charcoal supplement and use it as directed.

CONSTIPATION – 

Prunes – Fibre and high fructose pull water into the bowel

⊕ Eat a handful of prunes a few times in the day along with a lot of water.

! Senna – Herbal laxative

⊕ If you have been prescribed Senna by a medical herbalist use as directed.

Flaxseeds – Bulking fibre

⊕ Take 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds or linseeds and soak in cold water until a jelly form. Take as is or add to food like a smoothie.

Psyllium husks – bulking fibre

⊕ Add a teaspoon to water and drink or add to food. Make sure you drink at least 1.5 Litres of water after this as this will dry your digestion out unless you drink a lot of water and can add the problem.

Other conditions – what to do

Key:     ⊕ How to use        × Caution          ! Prescription only

Fainting

x Caution: Check for a medical alert bracelet in case they are diabetic or have another condition and in a medical emergency call 111.

Sugar – replenish low blood sugar levels

It is highly likely they have low blood pressure and/or low blood sugar.

⊕ Mix 2 teaspoons of sugar in water and ask the patient to drink this. You can equally use any food that is high in sugar and easily digestible such as candy, fruit juice, etc. but anything with a lot of fibre such as fruit will digest too slowly.

x Caution: Ensure the person is fully conscious and able to eat food, if there is a possibility that they could lose consciousness again do not give them anything to eat in case of choking.

Acid Reflux/GERD

*Note: If this is happening often, please consider consulting a Naturopath to get to the root cause of the issue. Prolonged GERD or acid reflux can have long term effects on the digestive system.

Fennel tea, Chamomile tea, Ginger tea – Soothes stomach and reduces reflux

⊕ Either fresh or dried herb add 1 teaspoon to a cup of boiling hot water and steep with a cover for 10-15 minutes and drink.

Slippery elm – Soothes mucous membranes in the gut

⊕  Dissolve 1 teaspoon of powder into water and drink.

Aloe Vera juice – Soothes mucous membranes in the gut

⊕ Drink a small glass Aloe Vera juice.

x Caution: This is only for the juice of aloe Vera. This is not appropriate for the gel or other forms of the plant.

Dental

Clove oil – Topical analgesic, antiseptic

⊕ Rub a small amount of clove oil on the affected area.

x Caution: Do not swallow clove oil

Emotional distress/Trauma

Rescue remedy – Supports the nervous system in a state of trauma

⊕ Depending on the form of rescue remedy you have, spray, pills, lollies or drops use as directed.

Bonus Section: Household herbs as medicine

Basil

Good for relieving headaches because it has antispasmodic properties. It will also help with nervous indigestion and stress-induced insomnia.

Cardamom

Good for clearing the lungs.

You can use it in a tea.

Chives

Very good for indigestion and to boost the respiratory system. Works similar to garlic but is less harsh, if you find you have a problem with garlic, try chives instead.

Cinnamon

Clears congestion, stimulates circulation and has strong antiseptic qualities.

Cloves

A natural analgesic (pain killer), extensively used for toothaches but it can also be used to relieve nausea.

Dill

Excellent for colic and indigestion.

You can use it as a tea.

Ginger

Widely used for nausea, congestion, sore throats, colds and flu.

You can use it grated or sliced in tea.

Rosemary

It can help clear congestion and digestive problems. It also has a cognitive enhancing quality so good to drink in a tea to improve concentration and clarity

Sage

A great liver tonic and helps with digestion after a meal of fatty or greasy food. It also has antiseptic properties so use it for colds, flu and sore throats.

Thyme

Good for coughs, colds, sore throats and giving the immune system a boost.

Tumeric

One of the absolute best spices for the immune system and has strong anti-tumor and antibiotic properties. It is a potent anti-inflammatory for your digestive tract and system inflammation through the body. You can also apply it topically in a paste or poultice for burns, cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

Naturopathic First Aid Handbook

A handbook that you can print and put in your first aid kit for a quick reference

Congratulations!

You have completed the online naturopathic first-aid kit course!

I really hope that you have learned some tools to help you treat simple household conditions. We have built up a library of different things that you may want to have in your kit that you can now use on yourself and your family members.

You have lifetime access to this course and so feel free to come and revisit the information any time you would like.

For any questions you may have please email me at hello@tessahogan.com

I wish you health and happiness.

Tessa x