Conventional First Aid Kits
Hopefully we all have a first aid kit of some kind in the cupboard. I did my First Aid refresher course with St John’s Ambulance recently so I am feeling all inspired again to make sure my kit has the right stuff in it. (Good course – here is the link – if you get the chance, do it!) Anyway, I decided to buy a complete new kit as my old one had things missing, and, quite frankly, was a bit of a mess. What does yours look like?
When I was on holiday recently, we went out for the day, when we arrived at our destination (an hour’s drive) I went to get my dog out of the car and looked for the dog lead. It was nowhere to be seen and then I remembered where I had left it, back at the apartment where we were staying. Not bright. I was not popular. Think……what can I use…….INSPIRATION – a large bandage from the first aid kit of the car. It was okay at first until she pulled a bit and the bandage stretched, and stretched, and I ended up with a 12 foot long lead and getting some very strange looks. I kept wrapping the excess around my hand until it looked like I had a nasty injury. Anyway I thought I deserved Brownie points for ingenuity, but my point is, this is what happens to First Aid kits, well to mine anyway. And here is another story….
During a visit to a large supermarket chain at the weekend, (I won’t mention which one), I was standing in the queue waiting for my turn when I noticed a member of staff running along the shop behind the tills and I was sure she was shouting ‘I need a First Aider‘, but my friend thought she was shouting ‘I need a Key Holder‘. Anyway a good 5 minutes later a woman passed us, holding her arm, she had her hand wrapped in a supermarket carrier bag, she was crying, and her hand was dripping with blood. No one was helping her, everyone just staredat her, so I went to see if I could help. Turns out that the member of staff was a cleaner who was indeed shouting for a First Aider, but the only First Aider was serving on the checkout, and the injured woman was still waiting. A young male member of staff then came over and looked totally flummoxed as to what to do, so I sent him off to get the First Aid kit. He returned after a few minutes with this tiny and tatty First Aid kit, which had nothing useful in it, but it did have one very large size dressing, and about six pairs of disposable gloves. I dressed her hand and she was okay after a while the bleeding stopped and she went off to the hospital for stitches. Take my advice don’t have an accident in a certain supermarket. Anyway back to my point – First Aid kits – make sure they are refilled and you have everything you should have in them. What is that I hear you ask?
- A leaflet giving general First Aid guidance.
- Individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes). (Some people are allergic to plasters so hypoallergenic maybe)
- Sterile eye pads.
- Individually wrapped triangular bandages.
- Safety pins.
- Large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings.
- Medium sizes sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings
- Disposable gloves (beware latex allergies)
The above is the advice from www.hse.gov.uk and is applicable to workplaces.
Aromatherapy First Aid Kits.
However, if you are at home obviously you can put in your First Aid kit whatever you find useful and being an Aromatherapist these are some things that I find invaluable in my personal First Aid kit. Always make sure the oils you buy are pure essential oils and not fragrant oils. I have added some links to pure oils further on. Keep them in a cool dark place. They keep for ages (but citrus oils can go off after six months or so).
Tea Tree – antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-fungal so this is a supreme oil. It can be applied undiluted – minor cuts and abrasions, put a few drops onto a cotton wool pad and dab gently on the area. I wouldn’t advise a cotton wool ball where the cotton wool might stick. A few drops of this oil in a foot bath for athletes foot, or in the bath. Use for acne and spots, just dab on gently. I have added a link here to an Neals Yard organic essential oil.
Lavender – antibiotic and antiseptic properties, plus it smells nice. Great for minor burns and sunburn. For small burns, eg to the hand, run the hand under cold water for five minutes first. Apply a drop of undiluted lavender oil on to the burn – repeat every few minutes. For larger areas and for mild sunburn you can mix up a spray with a hand sprayer, fill with cold water add 3 to 4 drops of lavender and shake, then spritz the area with a fine mist. Dab it directly onto insect stings and bites (if it’s a bee-sting, remove the sting first). It’s a lovely calming oil, so a drop on a pillow to aid sleep and induce calmness. A drop on the temples for headaches. Here is a link to Lavender Neals Yard organic essential oil.
Roman Chamomile – superb for children, soothing and calming, super to add a drop or two into a warm bath. A gentle clockwise massage on the tummy using a small amount of carrier oil (such as sweet almond) with a drop of this oil helps with tummy ache. 5 ml carrier 1 drop oil. Here is a link to NYR organic Roman Chamomile essential oil.
Eucalyptus – decongestant and antiseptic – immediately when we smell eucalyptus we think of cold and flu remedies – I like to add a couple of drops to a bowl of hot water and inhale when I have a cold, it soothes and clears the sinuses. Or put a few drops on your pillow, or on a hankerchief. Here is a link to NYR organic Eucalyptus essential oil. (Do people use hankerchiefs anymore? My dad always had some with his initials on.)
I have limited myself to 4 oils for the First Aid kit – I could go on! All of these oils can also be used in an oil burner of course. I have one of the oil burners that you plug in, but that is a bit expensive. Otherwise you can use the ones that have a night light candle and a drop of water in the top. Check out the range by NYR here. Use cool (not hot) water otherwise the oils will evaporate too quickly. The idea is that the candle gently heats the water and then you will get the benefit from the oil. I have recommended these essential oils as I use them myself and know them to be a good quality and pure essential oil.
Any questions? Suggestions? Just contact me I will be pleased to hear from you.
Thanks for reading,