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What Should You Put in Your Senior’s Holistic First Aid Kit?

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

While many people are used to using modern drugs to soothe their aches and pains, others opt for more natural treatments. If you are a family caregiver, then consider building a holistic first aid kit. Nashville in-home care professionals recommend the following items to start.

Aloe Vera 

Many seniors may be familiar with using aloe vera to ease the pain from sunburns. However, it can be used in many other ways. It can be rubbed on any skin irritation to bring almost instant relief. Additionally, a drop on the tongue freshens breath. 

Arnica

Soothe sore muscles by rubbing some arnica cream on them. If the senior gets bit by an insect, the cream is also useful for soothing that irritation as well. When the sun or winter cold causes chapped lips, treat them with arnica cream.

Chamomile

A cup of chamomile tea not only tastes great, but it also helps to stop anxiety. Seniors who find it difficult to sleep often find that drinking a cup at night ensures a restful night’s sleep. Rubbing a little chamomile on an aching tooth often brings instant relief. 

Activated Charcoal

The thousands of tiny pores in activated charcoal makes it perfect for removing toxins from the body. It is also an excellent tooth whitening solution. Furthermore, it may help stop a hangover and relieve symptoms of nausea.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a wonderful seasoning, but it should also be found in a holistic first aid kit. Eating a little often helps to break up mucus caused by colds or the flu. Some seniors find that eating cayenne pepper helps to stop their allergies. It is also helpful in creating saliva in dry mouths. 

Comfrey

Comfrey makes an ideal poultice to help stop inflammation. Sipping a cup of comfrey tea may help prevent or relieve indigestion. 

Eucalyptus

Drinking some eucalyptus tea helps deliver more oxygen to the body when the senior has a cold or the flu. Eucalyptus cream can also be used to soften rough hands. 

Ginger

Put a little slice of ginger in a glass of water to stop nausea. Drink some ginger water or munch on a little ginger root during a trip to stop motion sickness. 

Peppermint

Many seniors have probably sucked on a piece of peppermint candy to stop throat tickles. Putting some peppermint oil behind the ears can help stop a headache. Restless leg syndrome can also be stopped with peppermint oil.

Learn more about natural home remedies to place in your loved one’s holistic first aid kit when you call Home Care Assistance at (615) 656-4999. Our reliable live-in and hourly home care in Nashville, TN, is designed to help seniors age in place with confidence while boosting their physical and mental wellbeing. Talk to a friendly Care Manager today to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.