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What to Put in a Senior’s Holistic First Aid Kit

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

If you are a live-in Colorado Springs caregiver, then you might consider making a holistic first aid kit to keep in your senior loved one’s home. There are many items that you will want to add to the kit over time, but here are some ideas to get you started.

Activated Charcoal

One of the most useful items that you can put in the kit is activated charcoal that works by trapping toxins in its tiny pores. Taking 500 milligrams ahead of a meal helps to prevent gas. It can also help to stop the damage from accidental ingestion of poisons. In an emergency, it can be used to make water safe to drink.

Cayenne Powder

Colorado Springs, CO, home care professionals recommend putting some cayenne powder in the kit as it can be used to stop migraines, prevent blood from clotting when ingested, relieve joint pain and even help stop the pain from ulcers. When rubbed on a wound, it can stop bleeding rapidly. 

Chamomile

When a poultice of chamomile is made, it can be useful for relieving fever. That same poultice is also useful for stopping pinkeye. Additionally, drinking a cup of tea made with chamomile can ease and reduce instances of insomnia. Add it to your senior’s bath to help relax tired muscles, keeping him or her from being sore.

Peppermint Oil

Rub some peppermint oil on tight muscles and feel them relax. Have the senior breathe in some of the fumes to open sinuses. You can also use it to relieve the itch from poison ivy and other irritants. Put a few drops on your senior’s skin to stop bugs from biting when attending outside events.

Baking Soda

Combine a teaspoon of baking soda with some water to stop indigestion. Soak skin in it and watch splinters disappear. Make a paste and rub some on the armpits to stop odor problems. You can even put some in a bathtub full of water to stop the pain from a sunburn.

You will want to add to these essential items to create a holistic first aid kit. Consider other holistic options that benefit your loved one’s wellbeing with help from Home Care Assistance. We are the leading provider of stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s care Colorado Springs families depend on to help their loved ones age in place. Call (719) 822-1229 today or go online to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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