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It’s summertime, and I have a rambunctious two year old. A two year old who enjoys jumping, running, playing, falling, and at times getting herself into a few “owie” situations. We’ve been experiencing many little scrapes, bumps, bruises, and a little overexposure to the sun, but thankfully nothing serious! Being the natural mama I am, I like to have a quick access natural, DIY first-aid spray ready for these small injuries to reduce inflammation, clean the area, and calm the pain.
A spray is nice because it’s easy to get on the quickly (hello squirmy toddler), it covers a large area, and it isn’t greasy, Also, you don’t have to touch the area and introduce any more bacteria. I keep it in the refrigerator as it doesn’t have preservatives, and I can easily grab it when needed. It contains soothing ingredients such as witch hazel and chamomile, as well as anti-septic and anti-bacterial essential oils like tea tree and lavender.
The main ingredients in this spray are:
Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is a well known anti-inflammatory compound and astringent to help calm the skin, reduce inflammation, and clean the area.
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is an age old remedy to reduce inflammation and soothe burns, itch, and rashes.
Chamomile Tea or Hydrosol: Chamomile is an excellent compound to calm inflammation and reduce pain. You can either make a strong tea or purchase a hydrosol (which I love to have around!) Calendula would also be an excellent choice! Or use both.
Tea Tree Essential Oil: Tea tree is very well known for it’s anti-septic properties.
Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender essential oil is a well known essential oil used as an anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and cut, scrapes, bites, and burn remedy.
Vegetable Glycerin: This ingredient helps hold moisture in the skin as well as seal the mixture together.
Ingredients (2 oz glass bottle):
- 1/3 full of Witch Hazel (alcohol-free)
- 1/3 full of pure Aloe Vera juice
- 1/3 full of Chamomile tea or hydrosol or Calendula tea or hydrosol (or half and half)
- 6-9 drops Tea Tree essential oil*
- 6-9 drops Lavender essential oil*
- 15 drops Vegetable Glycerine
*As with any essential oil, educate yourself. Do your research on the company you have chosen; call them and ask questions, research their farms, distillation processes, GC/MS reports, organic practices, and other data. Essential oils are powerful and must be treated as such. Please, keep them in a locked cabinet far away from children. If you want to know what essential oils I use, please contact me.
Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz glass spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator for about a month. Shake and spray on minor cuts, scrapes, bites, rashes, and burns as needed.*
*For use on children ages two and older.
I far prefer using natural remedies to deal with at-home first-aid, because most of them have been used for thousands of years as such! Also, they are far more gentle, don’t contain harsh compounds or chemicals, and save money in the long run. I have a little boy now, so I’m sure I will be using these remedies for years to come, as people tell me those boys tend to get into trouble far more than girls do!
Remember, for serious injuries and infections, always seek proper medical attention.
What do you keep in your DIY first-aid kit?