Herbal First Aid Kit for Your 72-Hour Bag

Herbal First Aid Kits | Herbal Prepper Live | Prepper Broadcasting | Cat Ellis

Want to learn how to make an herbal first aid kit for your 72-hour bag? First aid kits are one of those basic prepper items, and you can usually make a better one than you can buy. Everyone needs them, but different kits work better in different situations.

Show Notes from Herbal Prepper Live, July 16, 2017

I did an episode of Herbal Prepper Live describing the changes I recently made to my first aid kit. Here is the list of everything from my show notes that belongs in the kit.

This kit is intended for a 72-hour bag, aka “bug out bag” or “Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD) Bag”. I have a bad habit of trying to take everything with me. At that point, a kit with so much stuff is not a first aid kit any more. It’s more akin to a mobile clinic on your back, leaving you no room for other necessary supplies.

By focusing on the “72-hour” aspect of the bag, and what the bag’s purpose is (get you from point A to point B, not to live out of forever), helped me pare down the size of my kit to something far more manageable.

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Supply List for Herbal First Aid Kit

Inventory and restock your kits every 6 months.

This is important. You want to make sure you are not running low on anything and that everything is in good order.

Things to consider when packing your kit

  • Will the container hold up to being tossed about or dropped?
  • Will it leak if dropped or banged around?
  • Where is this kit being stored? Are any of the contents heat-sensitive?

Contents  for this 72-hour kit

Below are all of the herbal and natural remedies I mentioned during the show. Not included are things like amounts of gauze, tape, alcohol wipes, etc.

  • General aches and pains-  carry a tincture of any of the following herbs as singles or blended
    • while willow or meadowsweet (leave out if allergic to aspirin)
    • California poppy
    • cramp bark
    • turmeric
    • licorice
    • lemon balm or rose petals (to encourage a sense of calm, as stress can make the sensation of pain worse)
  • Sprains
    • comfrey/arnica salve
    • comfrey/arnica in a large press & seal tea bag, apply wet and secure with vet wrap
  • Bug bites
    • plantain salve with tea tree & peppermint EOs
    • activated charcoal- plastic jar, use lid to mix with water, plastic spoon and secure with bandage
    • Plastic container and spoon to mix charcoal and water.
  • Wounds
    • abrasions and surface wounds- make a salve from:
      • comfrey
      • plantain
      • gotu kola
    • punctures- plain or infused honey honey with:
      • rose petal
      • calendula
      • st john’s wort
    • bleeding- styptic and antibacterial wound powder with:
      • yarrow powder
      • chaparral powder
      • echinacea powder
      • marshmallow root powder
  • Burns
    • aloe vera gel
    • plantain-infused vinegar
    • honey (plain or the infused honey described above)
  • Punctures
    • honey (plain or the infused honey described above)
    • wound powder (described above)
  • Skin irritation and rashes
    • jewel weed salve
    • bentonite clay
    • activated charcoal- plastic jar, use lid to mix with water, plastic spoon
  • Accidental poisoning
    • activated charcoal slurry, mix activated charcoal with water according to individual’s weight, administer in an opaque sports bottle with a straw (people sometimes recoil at the idea of drinking a black liquid)
  • Dehydration
    • ORSs
  • Nausea
    • make a tea with peppermint, lemon peel, cardamom, and candied ginger
    • Yogi Tea Stomach Ease bags
  • Diarrhea
    • tincture- bitters, any herb that contains berberine
    • tea
      • white oak bark
      • agrimony
      • peppermint
      • slippery elm or marshmallow
      • blackberry leaf
  • Corneal abrasions
    • black or green tea bag
  • Fungal infections
    • calendula lotion
    • green walnut hull tincture

To Learn More About Herbal First Aid

Check out my book, Prepper’s Natural Medicine, for everything you need to know in order to make and use an herbal first aid kit.

If you are ready to take your next step in learning how to use herbs for your healthcare, check out my Herbal Skills Intensive course (required course for my Herbal Certification Program). It’s an 8-week herbal boot camp that will have you ready to make herbal remedies with confidence.


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