Can you really make an eco-friendly first aid kit? Of course. The team at Real Foods, Scotland’s largest independent retailer, is here to help you.
Even when it comes to your first aid supplies, you can be considerate about what you are sourcing.
You might prefer alternative, natural remedies to help with common ailments, but what about when you’ve nicked your finger by mistake or your child has grazed their knee? What about if you have toothache or aches and pains?
We can help.
Eco-friendly first aid: Cuts and grazes
If you add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to a base oil, you have a fantastic natural antiseptic to clean any cuts and grazes.
If you need to clean up wounds, why not opt for Simply Gentle’s organic certified cotton swabs, balls and pleats, which are better for the environment and support village smallholder farmers in Tanzania.
Kids will love the multi-coloured bamboo swabs of The Humble Co., which are responsibly made from recycled materials.
Meanwhile, little ones can enjoy the cute panda design of the coconut plasters.
Eco-friendly first aid: Ear ache
Do you ever suffer from blocked ears that cause ear ache? Then why not try using ear candles, which is a traditional remedy for removing excess wax. Alternatively, add a few drops of olive oil into your ear cavity, which will help reduce blockages by breaking up excess wax.
Eco-friendly first aid: Toothache
Simply crush one whole clove with your painful gnashers or rub a couple of drops of the clove oil in your gums and let their numbing properties soothe the pain.
Eco-friendly first aid: General aches and pains
Essential oils are an ideal way to soothe any aches and pains. Add a few drops to your bathtub. Why not make your own salve? Just mix a few drops to a base oil such as coconut or olive oil, before rubbing it in the affected area.
Not only are essential oils soothing, they smell great and the base oil you choose makes for a fantastic moisturiser.
If you have sore muscles and you don’t have time to soak in your tub with soothing essential oils to help take the pain away, then consider using a ready-made sore muscle balm.
Eco-friendly first aid: Headaches and migraines
Eco-friendly first aid: Colds and flu
Black cumin seed oil acts is an ideal rub for any respiratory issues you are suffering from.
Create your eco-friendly first aid kit with the help of Real Foods. Buy online or from one of our Edinburgh-based stores, where our team are always on hand to help.