Herbal DIY: First Aid in Your Kitchen

First Aid in your Kitchen

First Aid in Your Kitchen
First Aid in Your Kitchen

You probably already have stuff in your kitchen that can be used for first aid or remedial action. Below is my list but I suggest you add the items below to a shopping list if you don’t already have them.

Almond oil or quality coconut oil:

this is a light carrying oil that will help extracts of plants sink into the skin, or preserve them from the air.


a powerhouse of positive actions, apples can be used in so many ways [article on apples]

Bicarbonate of soda:

magic stuff that because of its negative PH can literally stop acid reactions in their tracks.

Black pepper:

People take black pepper by mouth for arthritis, asthma, upset stomach, bronchitis, bacterial infection, colic, depression, diarrhea, gas, headache, sex drive, menstrual pain, stuffy nose, sinus infection, dizziness, discolored skin (vitiligo), weight loss, and cancer.

Blackcurrant or blackberry jelly:

a fantastic way to preserve nature’s bounty for the winter and can help in cough mixtures and hot toddies.

Cayenne pepper:

Red pepper can increase the production of digestive fluid, help with enzyme production and provide extra protection to the stomach against infections. The capsaicin in red pepper may help to reduce high blood pressure and help prevent heart disease.


The hairy bits of a sweetcorn have herbal value. In addition to treating your hair well, and giving it natural shine, cornsilk is used to treat diabetes, and provide health care for kidney organs and hypertension.


not just to keep vampires away, this stuff has multiple uses in herbalism and nutrition.


quality honey does more than help the medicine go down, it can be used for some skin problems.

Hot water bottle:

the timely application of hot and cold is a powerful home remedy in itself.


for use in drinks and potions as an anti-bacteriacide

Mustard powder:

ever tried a mustard footbath when you have the chills – you should because it works a treat!


in addition to being a natural mood enhancer studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.


this common foodstuff offers a host of remedial actions


the skins contain aromatic oils and the vitamin C helps with many of the bodily functions.


raw potato can be used for gastrointestinal problems and externally as a poultice.


Salt has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Some salts also contain rare elements that are hard to find. Salt can reduce congestion, sanitize, and open the airways.


Spring water:

a pure source of water for your concoctions is a must

Vinegar: Vinegar can help kill pathogens and bacteria. Traditionally it has been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts, and ear infections. Apple cider vinegar is attributed with many remedial actions. Yogurt (live): this is known to help with rebuilding the intestinal flora.
Ice cubes:

the timely application of hot and cold is a powerful home remedy in itself.