How to Build a Safe and Effective First Aid Kit

How to Build a Safe and Effective First Aid Kit
Pre-packaged first aid kits are short on supplies and long on toxic chemicals in wound ointments, wipes and sanitizers, so we built a must-have natural kit

How to Build a Safe and Effective First Aid KitDo you have a first aid kit ready in case of emergency? Most pre-packaged kits are short on supplies and long on toxic chemicals in the wound ointments, wipes and sanitizers, so we built a must-have natural kit with our knowledge of the best set of supplies for medical treatment in a pinch.

This list includes the items we actually use in first aid scenarios. Nothing too crazy, but everything you'll need to treat most acute emergencies, including basic supplies like bandages and medical tape. And as a bonus for those of us who have very little DIY time, you can buy almost everything in local stores or online! We included links to most of them to show at least some available options, and make it easy peasy for you to gather your own supplies.

How to Build Your First Aid Kit

While we do prefer to depend on ourselves for minor medical scenarios, we wouldn't hesitate to head to the hospital or call an ambulance in life threatening situations where a paramedic or ER doctor could provide more in depth treatment.

In a zippered bag or latched box (think toolbox, tackle box, plastic storage box or other hard case), gather these supplies to fully stock your safe and effective first aid kit. Many of these items can be purchased in small packages which will make your kit more compact and portable. If you already have some of the items on hand, throw 'em in to make your job that much easier.

General Cleaning and Disinfection

Standard Medical Supplies

Superficial Wound Treatments

  • Earth Mama healing salve (use in place of petroleum-based antibiotic ointment for minor skin irritations, burns and injuries)
  • Witch hazel (astringent for insect bites, hemorrhoids, rashes from poison ivy or oak, localized inflammations)
  • Arnica gel and/or Arnica tabs (for bruises, swelling, pain relief, soft tissue injuries like sore muscles and sprains, headaches and tinnitus)
  • Cayenne powder (to stop bleeding of superficial wounds when used generously)
  • Puracyn (for wound cleaning, treatment and healing)
  • Colloidal silver (for minor cuts, scrapes, burns and abrasions to prevent infection; effective against antibiotic-resistant superbugs)
  • Drawing salve by Amish Origins (to draw out splinters, toxins from insect bites, and infection; great for bee stings, sores, and skin irritations)
  • Aloe vera gel (for burn treatment, minor irritations and skin injuries)

Acute Illness Treatments

What would you add to the list?

*NOTE: The information included in this guide is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice meant to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

  1. Do you or anyone know what the actual active ingredient is in the Drawing Out Salve? I’d be really sick with the eucalyptus, pine, camphor and wintergreen. I’m hoping perhaps the chickweed then I can use a chickweed teabag as a compress.

    Also, in my kit I have a bar of colloidal silver soap to clean wounds. Always best to buy latex free bandages and Ace bandages. I wasn’t always allergic then it happened. Best to keep it out.

  2. this is a great list, and I would love more details! what should I be avoiding in a standard first aid kit, and how do I use the items you list here? Some are new to me! Thanks so much for all the research you do and share!!

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