Summertime is a great opportunity to shake off the cobwebs of winter and get the family out into nature. Whether you pack everyone up in the trailer, or decide to rough it in a tent or a lean-to, there are some natural items you can bring with you to make your experience a lot more enjoyable and safe.
1.) Traumeel Ointment for minor burns, cuts, scrapes and bruises. This homeopathic gel or cream is great for decreasing inflammation and can be applied as frequently as necessary. As well, it is safe for children and babies, and is hypoallergenic.
2.) Tea Tree Oil has so many diverse uses but the most basic ones for camping are as a soother for insect bites and rashes, as an antiseptic for cuts and weeping bites, healer of skin infections and as an anti-fungal agent.
3.) Aloe Ointment is a must if you plan on catching some rays. Soothing a deep suntan after a day at the lake or the beach, or if you end up with a sunburn, is what aloe does best and it can help prevent excess peeling and damage to the skin from the sun's rays. It can also be applied to insect bites to soothe them.
4.) A Homeopathic first aid kit can be a great and easy solution to a variety of problems and the remedies within are generally safe for the whole family. It should include : Apis Mellifica (bug bites and allergic reactions), Arnica Montana (Bruises and inflammation), Arsenicum Album (traveller's diarreha), Cantharis (Sunburn and blisters), Ledum Palustre (Tick bites and puncture wounds), and Rhus Tox (Poison Ivy and hives).
5.) Hydrogen Peroxide is a great one for cleaning minor cuts and mild external infections. You can dilute food grade H202 further in order to brush your teeth or gargle with it to kill harmful oral bacteria. Finally, it can be used to wash fresh produce and added to dish water to clean camp dishes after a delicious meal around the campfire!
This article was written by Nakita Valerio, B.A, CSN, BMSA Technician. She has been working for Optimum Health Vitamins since 2007, during which she has gained a deep appreciation and understanding for the complexities of human nutrtition, and has spent hundreds of hours researching the topic. Her current position is online media assistant - a job she currently enjoys from Morocco!
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician.