Matador Network has assembled a list of 14 natural items everyone should have on hand for first aid. Here are a few:
It helps support a healthy immune system, and has antibacterial and antibiotic properties. If you start to feel an illness coming on, dosing yourself with a tincture of echinacea is a good way to help you stay healthy.
Goldenseal is a powerful antibacterial, antibiotic, and antiparasitical potion. In powdered form, it can be applied to open cuts to help them from getting infected.
All-Heal, Self- Heal and Heal-All are all common names of a plant that can be used as an antibiotic, antiseptic, astringent.
Both ginger and peppermint can soothe stomach upsets with remarkable speed.
Used externally, it is wonderful for removing bruises, bringing down puffiness or swelling, and easing deep aches. Internally, it can be used to alleviate headaches and help your body recover from trauma.
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Source: Matador Network April 13, 2011
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
When you're in a pinch and need some symptom relief, nature has provided a wonderful assortment of herbs, spices and other plants that can soothe throbbing muscles, settle a queasy stomach, give your immune system a boost and much more.
I say "symptom relief" because supplements, teas and tinctures are generally only doing just that ... relieving symptoms as opposed to treating the underlying causes of the discomfort.
The best "remedy" is going to be an overall healthy lifestyle that focuses on a nutrient-dense diet, restriction of fructose to under 25 grams per day, exercise, toxin avoidance and stress relief, but, that said, natural remedies certainly can be useful and are typically far less expensive and toxic than their drug equivalent.
And generally speaking, opting for a well-established natural folk remedy over a drug is going to provide you with a far greater safety margin when you need to treat a symptom. Deaths associated with the use of dietary supplements or alternative medicine are extremely rare compared to the death toll from medical errors and prescription drugs.