I am going to break this out into different groups of First Aid Products and Home Remedies. I am not a doctor or anyone in the medical field. I am a Mom, Wife, and Grandmother. I will start with a list and continue to add new products as they come available on the market. I am not an expert but I think we can all use some ideas to put in our 72 hour kits/bug out bags, etc. We will need different items for our homes, cars. etc. I will start with these:
Comprehensive First Aid Book: (The Boy Scouts have an awesome one)
Prescriptions: I have a TAG attached to MY 72 hour kit/bug out bag that states: Prescriptions, My Name & Phone Number, The Binder (The Grab and Go Binder I designed) and Pet Care (I also have a bag that contains food, water, etc. for my two dogs). I NEED this TAG to remind me to take these very important items if I need to leave my home in an emergency.
Pain Relief: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc. Remember to have Adult and Children’s applicable containers. Don’t forget Tylenol PM or some other similar sleeping aid.
Cold Remedies: Any cold or cough products your family might need or use.
Anti-Diarrhea Medicines: This is a MUST for all families and for sure 72 hour kits/bug out bags.
Bladder Infections: CranActin
Vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex and any other vitamin you are used to taking on a regular basis.
Splinter Tweezers-Paramedic Scissors-Magnifying Glass-Knife (or multi-tool knife)
Safety Pins-several different sizes
Blister Treatment-Insect Sting relief
Oval Eye Pads
Splints-all different sizes
N-95 Surgical Masks….Lots of them
Surgical Gloves Latex and Non-Latex….Lots of them
Body Bags or large garbage bags….Lots of them
Bandages: Gauze pads in various sizes, Bandaids, Women’s Maxi pads (good for bad cuts in an emergency). Wound Seal Pour Pack-topical powder-stops bleeding instantly according to the front of the box. I had never tried it but I heard about this product from an EMT Guest Speaker at one of my classes. Butterfly bandages, non stick sterile pads, medical adhesive tape-10 yard 1 inch width minimum, non-stick sterile pads and tape, elastic wrap,
Rubbing Alcohol and Peroxide
Antibiotic Creams/Ointments: Double or Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Neosporin, Hydrocortisone Cream
Redmond Clay Products: All of them…..they are awesome
Essential Oils: I am a firm believer in these. They were used in Biblical times. I am not an expert on them but I will tell you my favorites. Yes, we still need medical doctors and nurses, etc. I wanted to learn how to use these in case my family was put in a position that medical treatment was not available. I also wanted to learn a little about alternative medicines. Please research for yourself to see if this even appeals to you. Some essentials oils require coconut oil as a carrier to safely apply the essential oil. I never leave my home without some of my favorite essentials oils. I will tell you this, I have really bad Arthritis and I have never had a drug work as well as some of my more natural and less expensive essential oils. I do not use pain killers for my Arthritis, I use essential oils. Period. This might not work for you. I have learned to use certain oils for different ailments over the last 5 years. Please do your own research for you and your family. Here are some of my favorites:
Favorite Essential Oils: Breathe, On-Guard, Lavender, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Deep Blue….these are just a few of my favorite essential oils.
DoTerra Cough Drops: On-Guard Protecting Throat Drops
Vicks VapoRub: I don’t know if it’s an old wives tale but when I have a cough I put Vicks on the bottom of my feet and wear socks to bed. I think it stops a cough……I always have extra jars of Vicks Vaporub to give to a parent of a child or a friend with a cough…..
Neti-Pot: these must of course be used with sterile water and kept clean….I haven’t had a sinus infection for about 6-7 years since I discovered these. I drink lots of water as well….I have one in my travel bag at all times. I used to be on antibiotics every two weeks for over twenty years with chronic sinus infections. I cannot drink even one glass of soda or I get dehydrated and feel a sinus infection coming on ( I love the Pizza Factory Pepsi-dang!)….my Sister, Denise taught me this about soda. It dehydrates you….thanks Denise! I love love love my Neti Pot.
Please note you must do your own research when obtaining items for your own First Aid Kit and Home Remedies. Everyone needs to choose what is right for their own family. These are just ideas to think about. Please remember to check expiration dates and replace as needed.