Here come the summertime burns, cuts, bites and stings.
I recently gave a lecture on Herbal First Aid covering these topics and more. Here are the notes for everyone who couldn’t make it.
Activated charcoal– draws out and absorbs toxins. Open up capsules and mix contents with a small amount of water. Leave on bites for 15-30 minutes. Can also be taken internally for bites and gastrointestinal issues such as food poisoning.
Aloe– general skin soother and healer, especially for burns. Apply topically to irritated skin or burns as often as needed. I mix a few drops of lavender oil into my aloe when using it for burns.
Arnica– great for bruises, sprains, and pain from excess activity. Take arnica pellets orally and apply arnica gel, cream, or oil topically up to every 15 minutes for 2 hours, then up to 4 times a day.
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