Welcome to the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their family-travel tips, challenges, and delights. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Children or no children, it is important to always have a first aid kit close by! You honestly never know when you might need something to treat sudden illness or an unexpected injury. (Are any injuries really expected? Ha!)
I have been putting together the final version of my natural first aid kit for several years. It morphed from a pretty typical drugstore kit to an incredibly holistic chest of treasures that I take everywhere with me. And believe you me, it has come in handy more than once.
Like the time Tiny got attacked by a dog while we were walking in the middle of nowhere.
Or the time I found myself in the middle of a patch of poison oak!
Had I not had my trusty natural first aid kit, I guarantee the outcome would have been very different for both of us!
So let’s take a peek inside my 100% cotton first aid bag shall we?
My Natural First Aid Kit
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Coconut Oil! This should come as no surprise since it is known to literally tackle most anything. You’d be surprise how convenient it becomes when you are camping. It actually came in very hand one day at the park when this sweet little toddler got her hand stuck between a handrail and another part of the play structure. A little coconut oil and it slid right out!
When it comes to my first aid kit, I only pack coconut oil that does not come in a glass jar like the brands typically I use and love! Yes, glass is better than plastic but not on the go! Too much risk of it breaking. Plus, when you are in a situation which requires fast action, a plastic bottle can be tossed about whereas a glass bottle cannot!
Arnica Gel – should you find yourself or a loved one with a bump, strain, or sprain, getting some arnica gel applied to the affected areas promptly may greatly reduce the chance of swelling and decrease the intensity of the injury or bruise.
Shepard's Purse Tincture – this powerful tincture has been used to stop post-partum hemmorhaging in it's tracks!
Arnica Echinacea Pellets – For bruises, sprains, swellings or other first aid needs, you simply dissolve pellets under the tongue for potential relief every hour during the initial phase of treatment. It contains arnica, belladonna, calendula, chamomile, comfrey, daisy, echinacea, monkshood, St. Johns’ wort, witch hazel, yarrow, and more. This is truly a “must-have” for me. I have had incredible success with it!
Activated Charcoal – These capsules from Nature’s Way are great to keep in your kit in the event of a sudden onset of food poisoning, intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc. You never know what your child might gobble up while out for a hike! (Oh wait – is that just my kid that does that?)
Tea Tree Oil – This is a multipurpose remedy to apply to cuts, rashes, mosquito bites, stings, sprains, and burns. It can also be dabbed onto pulse points as an insect repellent. Anti-fungal and antiviral, tea tree oil is thought to be one of the best non irritating antiseptic essential oils.
Lavender essential oil – It is basically known as an all-purpose remedy in the world of essential oils. Lavender has sedative, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It may be helpful for headaches, wounds, and burns. For most people, lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin.
Echinacea is essential for my first aid kit. It is known to be stimulating to the immune system, helping to fight off infection or cold. Because it may reduce inflammation, it is also useful for allergies and food poisoning. It can be taken internally and applied externally for infections, abscesses and bug, spider or snake bites but do your research on how to use it properly.
Clay – clay works wonders for me for drawing out infection and impurities. I would never leave home without it! I have been known to whip up a clay poultice in many a public location.
Homemade Pain Relief Salve – You can find the recipe in my eBook, Salve Made Simple, along with a bazillion more! I like to keep this one on hand as it really does the trick of easing pain and discomfort!
Rescue Remedy – I LOVE this product! It is known to minimize shock, panic, fear and trauma. It is made from five flowers – Star of Bethlehem for shock, Rock Rose for terror and panic, Cherry Plum for desperation, Impatiens for stress and Clematis for loss of consciousness and that “far away feeling.” According to the package insert, four drops are taken under the tongue or added to a glass of water and then sipped. If someone is unconscious, rub a few drops into the lips, behind the ears or on the pulse points of the wrist. It has a very calming effect and can be given not only to an injured person, but to the person administering care who needs to remain serene.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Its cheap, shelf stable, and a great wound cleaner when soap and water won’t cut it. You can find small 6 ounce bottles if you are short on space.
Natural Calm – you’d be surprised what a little magnesium can do! Constipated? Nauseated? Stressed? You need to carry this with you, especially with travel. Your system can definitely get out of whack if you know what I mean.
A wide assortment of bandages (including butterfly bandages), gauze, cloth tape, and ace bandage type wraps.
Superglue – On minor to moderate skin cuts (not puncture wounds) you might consider using superglue and butterfly bandages. While I have not had to use it personally, it is known to be great in a pinch if a wound requires stitches and you cannot get treatment quickly.
Bulb syringe – this baby is good for way more than snot removal! I have sucked up all kinds of things with it. I’ll spare you all the details but trust me, it comes in really handy! I like this one in particular because it is good for noses and ears and all kinds of other places.
Tweezers – what a bulb syringe can’t suck out, a good pair of tweezers can pull out! I have used many tweezers in my lifetime but this brand is my absolute favorite!
Small scissors – seriously, you won’t believe how often I need these.
There are all kinds of other little goodies that I throw in on a whim, but the items listed above are the major ones.
Do you have a natural first aid kit? If so, what is in yours?
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon July 8 with all the carnival links.)
- Favorite Family Vacation Recipe: Staying at Home — The best family vacation Laurie Hollman at Parental Intelligence could ever recommend requires minimal packing, no hotels, unrushed travel, easy meals to everyone’s taste without a bill, no schedules, everyone’s favorite interests, and three generations playing together.
- Scared of toilets and other travel stories — Tat at Mum in search is an expert at flying with kids. She shares some of her tips and travel stories.
- Staycation Retreat for Busy Mamas — Lydia's Handmade Life gives Budget-friendly, eco-friendly staycation ideas for busy work-at-home moms.
- How We Leave It All Behind — At Life Breath Present, they don't take traditional vacations — they go on forest adventures. Here are some tips in planning for an adventure, if you don't just go spontaneously, as they have before. Plus, many pictures of their latest adventure!
- Traveling while pregnant: When to go & how to manage — Lauren at Hobo Mama discusses the pros and cons of traveling during the different trimesters of pregnancy, and how to make it as comfortable as possible.
- Our Week in Rome: Inspiration and Craft Ideas for Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers — If anyone in your family is interested in learning about Ancient Rome, if you enjoy crafts, of if you're a parent looking for a fun staycation idea, check out Erin Yuki's post for a Roman-themed week of crafts, food, and fun at And Now, for Something Completely Different.
- The Real Deal: A behind the scenes look at our “Western Adventure” — Often Facebook and blog posts make vacations look “picture perfect” to outsiders. If you only looked at the pictures, Susan's recent family vacation was no exception. In this post at Together Walking, she takes readers “behind the scenes” so they can see the normal challenges they faced and how they managed to enjoy their vacation in spite of them.
- Welcome to the Beach House! — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is in love with her family's new “beach house”!
- Road Trip to Niagara Falls — Erica at ChildOrganics writes about her first trip out of the country with just her and the kids.
- 5 Essential Things to Take on Vacation — Five things Nurtured Mamas should be packing in their suitcase for their next trip, in a guest post at Natural Parents Network.
- The Many Benefits of Camping with Friends — Do you want to go camping, but the very thought of it seems daunting? Make your life easier – and your kids happier – and go camping with friends! Dionna at Code Name: Mama discusses how much better camping can be when you join forces with others.
- My Natural First Aid Kit for Camping, Travel, and Everyday Use — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama gives us an insiders looks at her natural first aid kit for camping, travel, and everyday use. These natural remedies have saved her hide and those of others many times! You might be surprised what made her list of must-haves!
- Traveling Solo and Outnumbered — Alisha at Cinnamon and Sassafras shares lessons learned from a recent trip with two toddlers and no co-parent.
- Compromise and conviction on the road — Jessica of Crunchy-Chewy Mama shares the reality vs. the dream of travel and dishes on the compromises she makes or won't make while traveling.
- Camping Trauma — Jorje of Momma Jorje offers why she loves camping and why she and her family are a little gun shy about it, too.
- First in our Books — Writing fresh from her first family vacation, Laura from Pug in the Kitchen has realized that helping pack her parents' station wagon made for a smooth and pleasant trip that was more than she hoped for!