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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Toddler First Aid


My youngest son is now on the move. Unlike his older brother who was walking at 9 months, he has remained a crawler, but he has mastered the art form! It won't be long before he is on his feet and we will be into the realm of bumps, bruises, scratches, grazes and boo boos of all shapes and sizes. Toddlers are accident prone, some more than others. In general they are pretty resilient but sometimes a day doesn’t go by when I have to soothe a sore child or apply a little home first aid for a variety of ills. Being trained in a first aid course is a big weight off of my mind as I know what to do in the immediate situation when something serious (or not so serious) happens. But how do we deal with the numerous small injuries that toddlers seems to collect on a daily basis?

Here is a little run down of the first aid items I have at home to help out with the daily battleground.






Hydrogen Peroxide.

This used to be a mainstay in our house for use on any wounds that resisted healing, I would no longer recommend it for anything and everything but it does have a very specific use. My brother also used it to give himself bleached tips, but that’s another story. Hydrogen peroxide is the best cleaning agent for deep puncture wounds as it naturally lifts dead material and debris in a cleaning action. It oxygenates the wound, preventing bad bacteria from replicating and taking over. It prevents anaerobic bacteria from being healed into a wound which means it is ideal for tetanus protection as the tetanus bacteria (Clostridium tetani) proliferates in an anaerobic environment.

What for: Deep wounds to prevent tetanus

How to use: Hydrogen peroxide is used to irrigate the wound with a syringe until it stops bubbling, repeat if the area closes over before the infection leaves. For shallower wounds it can be blotted on or used to bathe the area. For really deep wounds you want to soak the area in warm water to really clean the wound out at least twice a day and you can add epsom salts if you have it on hand. Hydrogen peroxide is like a one shot bullet, single use only. Used repeatedly on wounds it will actually inhibit healing as it inhibits granulation and lifts natural scabbing.

Where: Hydrogen peroxide at 6% strength can be purchased from most pharmacies for use you want to dilute it to 1.5% (1 part h2o2 to 3 parts h2o)

Home version: Some diluted cider vinegar will sub in for hydrogen peroxide at a pinch but it doesn't have the oxygenating effect.

Hydrogen Peroxide or h2o2
Calendula & Hypericum – Hypercal

Calendula and Hypericum are both excellent skin healers, you can buy them independently as salves or as a combination known as hypercal. Hypercal is the Porsche of wound healing. I have the tincture in my medicine cabinet and add a few drops to water before I cleanse wounds and scrapes. Calendula is a natural astringent and antibacterial, hypericum perforatum is also known as St Johns wort and is commonly used as an antidepressant however it is also excellent at healing skin lesions and ameliorating pain and swelling. So the combination of Hypericum and Calendula is really ideal for all of those common childhood war wounds.

What for: Cuts, grazes and scratches

How to use: Use the tincture diluted in water to clean wounds or apply to rashes and grazes. The lotion can be applied throughout healing process as required.

Where: I get my hypercal tincture from Similimum, one bottle lasts an AGE.

Home version:
If you have a calendula or pot marigold plant in the garden you can make a quick paste using a mortar and pestle out of the crushed petals and virgin coconut oil to apply to the wound.

St Johns wort, Hypericum perforatum
Pot marigold, Calendula officinalis


Chickweed

Children often get into mischief with plants or substances that cause irritation especially in spring when everything is blossoming and blooming. Chickweed is a common garden weed and is a marvellous antipruritic and vulnerary that can be applied to rashes, itchy bites, stings and hives. It soothes the skin and takes the heat and swelling out of any irritation.

What for: Rashes, hives, irritations, and itchy bites. Can be used for stings after the sting has been removed and a bentonite clay poultice has been applied.

How to use: Apply directly to skin as required to soothe itching.

Where to buy: Thymeheal do an excellent chickweed salve which has thyme, peppermint and lavender. If you are sensitive to peppermint and have a serious itch to scratch then my personal favourite is the Artemis Itch Calm which is a soothing lotion rather than a balm.

Home version: A handful of chickweed from the garden, crushed up before applying to the irritation is a fabulous instant cure for an itch.

Chickweed, Stellaria Media
Aloevera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant that has a gel in its leaves; this gel is incredibly soothing for burns and can be used topically, directly from the plant. It both soothes the skin as an emollient and encourages healing as a cell proliferant, as well as providing improved blood flow to the skin to promote healing. Be wary of commercial sunburn mixes as these are often for cosmetic purposes only and will contain alcohol which will sting when applied to burns.

What for: Burns of any type including sunburn.

How to use: First aid for burns is cool or tepid running water for 10 minutes. If you have a heat burn bigger than the size of your baby’s hand then call an ambulance. Once the burn has cooled you can apply aloe vera directly the area to aid healing.

Where: A handy healing spray on mist you can use is Lifestream Biogenic Aloe vera mist with Vitamin E, in addition to Vitamin E which assists in skin healing, it has chamomile and cucumber to soothe and witch hazel as a natural astringent.

Home version: Grab a leaf directly from the Aloe vera plant and peel once side before applying directly to the wound. If you don’t have a plant but do have some digestive aloe vera juice in the fridge you can use this as well.

Aloe vera, Aloevera Barbadensis


Clay powder (bentonite)

Bentonite clay is a powerful drawing substance, due to the shape of its molecular structure and it’s negative ionic charge it draws toxins and foreign substances out of the body when used as a poultice. Useful for stings and bug bites as it can draw organic substances out of the wound. Clays are tiny flakes of silicate rock weathered from glassy lava beds, calcium bentonite is useful as it specifically targets bacteria and has a strong ‘drawing’ effect. It is also used for facemasks and clay baths to detoxify and cleanse skin. It is great for acne as well as first aid.

What for: Splinters, boils, stings, bites, ingrown hairs, septic wounds, cysts and slow healing closed wounds.

How to use: Mix the clay with a little water until it is a paste and apply to the area required. While it dries it should draw the toxins out and bring splinters closer to the surface

Where to buy: Go native sell a really high quality bentonite clay suitable for detox and first aid purposes. It is a completely natural sun dried magnesium-rich, volcanic-origin smectite which is taken from the ground and milled to 325 mesh.
Home version: Making baking soda into a paste will have a similar effect but is not as powerful at drawing. 
Calcium Bentonite clay


Saline solution

Saline solution is basically a salt water mix that is used to flush wounds and clean mucosal membranes. You can make a homemade solution, but every first aid kit should have a few tubes of saline for emergency use.

What for: Flushing wounds

How to use: break the end off of the tube and use to rinse wounds

Where to buy: You can get saline from most pharmacies or first aid kit suppliers

Home version: Home made saline can be made by mixing 1 cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of salt and allowing to cool. This keeps for a few days in a sealed container or can be used immediately it reaches an appropriate temperature.

Saline solution

Witch hazel:

Despite its ominous name, Witch Hazel is a helpful plant and is a really handy thing to have on the shelf for big bleeds and swelling. It is highly astringent and applied directly to a profusely bleeding wound (scalps are notorious for this) or a quickly swelling limb, it can stop the bleeding much more quickly than usual. Witch hazel is also excellent for flushing eyes out when they have been injured but not if it is the alcoholic tincture. Understandably that would smart more than a little! If it is obvious to you that the bleeding is out of hand then you need to call an ambulance.

What for: Profuse bleeds and serious swelling

How to use: Pour some onto a sterile cloth or cotton pad and apply as a compress to a wound or swollen area.

Where to buy: Go native sell a certified organic witch hazel suitable for wound treatment.

Home version: Strong black tea is also rich in tannins and will have a similar effect. If you happen to have a witch hazel tree outside you can make your own decocotion from bark and leaves, this will only keep for a few days in the fridge but is excellent for rinsing out eyes.

Witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana


Manuka honey with UMF

Active manuka honey is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. For it to be effective it must have a UMF(unique manuka factor) rating. The higher the rating the more effective the honey is (and the more expensive it is). Manuka honey has been shown to be particularly effective against staph infections and festering wounds. Excellent to put on boils and sores or anything that is taking a long time to heal. Manuka honey is also excellent to have in the kit to deal with serious blood sugar lows and to assist with painful procedures such as splinter removal because sweet things are shown to offer immediate pain relief for acute pain.

What for: Slow festering wounds and infections like Staph or MRSA

How to use: Apply liberally to the wound and then cover with a light bandage if it’s in a ‘high use’ area. Change the dressing at least twice a day gently washing the wound in between.

Where to buy: J.Friend and Co is a New Zealand artisan honey company that do a UMF 10+ and a UMF 15+ both suitable to include in a first aid kit. When you buy your honey you can see where it was collected and who owns the hives. What could be better than that?

Home version: If you don’t have any fancy Manuka honey then any honey will do as even standard honey has antimicrobial effects although not nearly as powerful as Manuka honey. The cheaper and more processed the honey is the less effective it is.

Manuka Honey

Rescue remedy

Rescue remedy is a bach flower remedy made with a combination of flower essences that are specifically helpful for moments of panic, anxiety and shock. These flowers are Rock Rose, Cherry plum, Clematis, Impatiens and Star of Bethlehem. Excellent for accidents or to soothe children before dressing a wound. Also handy to have for emotional storms and tantrums.

What for: Shock or fright

How to use: Spray 2 sprays to under the tongue. For very small infants and children you can spray it onto the back of their head.

Where to buy: Healthpost is my all time favourite one stop shop for most health products, it helps that they operate out of my old home town! They do a self branded Rescue Remedy which is great value for money. Many of the other remedies listed here can be purchased from Healthpost which makes setting up your own first aid kit much simpler!

Home version: A sweet lozenge or spoon full of honey can soothe a panicked child. Massage and acupressure can also be used to settle or relieve pain. Another trick is to bruise Rosemary between your palms and take a deep breath of it.

Rock rose, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry plum, Impatiens

Arnica

Arnica Montana is a plant that grows in the mountains, its healing properties were first identified when the local people noticed the wild mountain goats would consume it when they experienced falls but at no other time. Arnica is one of the most commonly used remedies for bumps and bruises. It works by stimulating the activity of white blood cells which process congested blood, and by dispersing trapped fluids from joints,muscles, and bruised tissue. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities and it is these that help to reduce pain and swelling as well as improving wound healing.

What for: Bumps and bruises

How to use: Apply the cream liberally to the bruised area as soon as possible after the accident occurs. Do not use on open wounds or broken skin. Homeopathic Arnica pilules can be taken internally and I often dose with both, the sweetness of the pilules certainly distract from any pain!

Where to buy: Simillimum homeopathic pharmacy do a 10% Arnica cream which is good value for money and very effective. They also supply arnica pilules in 30c strength which is suitable for most around the home bumps and bruises.

Home version: Use your R.I.C.E (rest, elevation, ice and compression) for bruised areas, a dilution of vinegar and water applied to the site as well as consuming lots of garlic can help the bruise fade more quickly.

Arnica Montana

Comfrey

Comfrey is a potent healer for ligaments, joints and bones, in fact its hedge name is ‘knit bone’ for it's ability to heal bones and tendons. It is a strong astringent so is excellent for resolving any internal bleeding or large bruises such as haematoma. Comfrey is rich in allantoin and is one of the best cell proliferants in the herbal kingdom which makes it the ideal remedy when there is any damage from strains and sprains that need to be healed. The leaves are also rich in mucilage which is a binding agent and a demulcent.

What for: Extended bruising and haematoma, strains, sprains and fractures.

How to use: Apply a comfrey cream or salve directly to the damaged area and repeat a few times a day. It's important to not apply comfrey to a bone that has not been set correctly as it can facilitate healing on a bad join. Most home use will be on smaller injuries anyway!

Where to buy: Kiwiherb are the foremost herbal dispensary in New Zealand and they do an excellent comfrey ointment made with certified organic sunflower oil.

Home version: A poultice made out of lightly steamed and chopped comfrey leaves is a powerful healer, and when you have some serious healing to do the roots can be mashed up and applied directly to the wounded region along with the leaves. Crushing the leaves releases a thick stringy goop which is the binding and healing agent. This component will also draw open wounds closed and bind it up. For large wounds I suggest seeing a Doctor before taking any action yourself, however once a wound has been treated conventionally you can still use comfrey during the healing process. Comfrey can also be taken internally but I would only recommend this under the supervision of a naturopath. Interestingly Comfrey leaves used to be battered and fried as an alternative to fish during the leaner years of the great depression as it has a similar flavour.


Comfrey, Symphytum offinalis

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is a fabulous item to have in any first aid kid because of its versatility. It is a pain reliever, a healing agent, vulenary, antiseptic and even an antidepressant. The cicatrizant properties make lavender excellent for wound healing and helping to treat eczema and psoriasis where there is open weeping skin.
A few drops on a warm facecloth applied to the temples can relieve headache, a little massaged into the skin with some carrier oil can relieve pain and stress, applied neat to wounds it can relieve pain, itching as well as aid healing. Lavender oil is renowned for its ability to help heal burns. Once first aid has been used lavender oil can be applied to healing skin neat (do not use other carrier oils with it as they pull the heat into the wound)

What for: Burns, wounds, weeping rashes, eczema and tension.

How to use: Apply neat to skin (one of the only essential oils that can be used this way) or diluted with a little carrier oil. Even sniffing the bottle can relieve tension and stress.

Where: I use a specific genus of lavender oil call Pacific Blue from Arbordale Lavender farm. This is a very gentle and safe lavender oil which is low in camphor and can be used neat even on very small children. Cheap lavender oils are made in spike lavender which is not only high in camphor but low in healing properties. Many people find that spike lavender will give them headaches.  To order contact Arbordale Lavender Farm on 03  4896191


Home version: If you have a lavender bush then you can bruise a few flowers and inhale them or make a tea from the flower heads to bathe wounds and burns in (make sure the water is cool or tepid)



Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia


Manuka or teatree oil

Manuka oil is a powerful antifingal, anti septic, and anti microbial. I consider manuka oil to be the ‘big guns’ of infection management. Teatree oil is more commonly used but I like to use Manuka oil as it is a native to New Zealand and their properties are almost identical with Manuka oil actually being more powerful in the antifungal and antibacterial areas. The active component responsible for most of Manuka oil’s healing properties is the The β-triketone complex. This is a powerful complex and is currently being studied with great interest. Manuka oil has the ability to ability to fight all microorganisms including gram negative and gram positive bacteria. Manuka also comes with analgesic properties to ameliorate pain.

What for: Festering wounds that won’t heal or as a topical disinfectant for wounds after cleansing such as bedsores, festering splinters, abscesses and carbuncles. Because of its antifungal properties Manuka oil is also great for ringworm, athletes foot and impetigo.

How to use: This oil is powerful and should not be used neat. A few drops mixed in with warm water to bathe a wound or a few drops in some carrier oil is sufficient.

Where to get it: My favourite brand to use is New Zealand Coromandel Mountains Tea Tree oil which is made from a blend of Manuka and Kanuka oils in the Coromandel and is hand harvested. It is Biogrow certified organic and a top quality essential oil.

Home version: Not much matches up to the powerful nature of Manuka oil, if you have a Kanuka or Manuka tree in the garden then you can use the leaves and bark to make a decoction which can be used topically. Manuka tea also makes a great mouthwash to combat gingivitis.
Manuka, Leptospermum scoparium
Chamomile

Chamomile is a powerful pain reliever and mild sedative, Peter Rabbit was soothed with a cup of chamomile tea after over indulging and so chamomile tea is an excellent carminative and digestive aid for upset tummies. Chamomile tea can be used topically to relieve pain or internally for gastro upsets. It is also good for soothing grumpy children, for teething dramas and to aid in sleep and rest. Every first aid kit for children should have some dried chamomile in it for these reasons.

What for: Tantrums, tummies, teething and pain

How to use: If you have chamomile teabags you can dip them in warm water before applying directly to sore spot. For tummies, teething and tantrums it is best given as a tea and can be easily made up like any other tea. Giving children a small cloth bag of chamomile to sniff if they are having a grouchy day can help lift their mood and the same bag under a pillow will help with sleep and sweet dreams.

Where to buy: My absolute favourite chamomile tea is Artemis baby gripe tea as it also has the added benefits of aniseed, fennel, licorice, peppermint, dandelion and cinnamon. All of these ingredients aid digestion and soothe troubled minds. The plants used are processed to maintain full potency and not diluted with fillers such as fruit fragments or poor quality flowers. Note: if your baby has reflux then I would avoid this mixture and go straight to pure chamomile flowers as peppermint can relax the oesophageal valve worsening any reflux.

Home version: Any chamomile tea will do though most commercial brands are weak, if you have a plant out the back then so much the better. A handful of flowers in warm water makes a perfect panacea.


Chamomile, Matricaria recutita


First Aid Kit in a Jar

Pot of Gold Skin Balm made with Pine Rosin and Grapefruit peel extract is the perfect one stop shop for most Boo boos and is the perfect size to fit in a purse or nappy bag. The ingredients in Pot of Gold aid healing both internally and externally. It is also a great chapped lip balm and soother for skin issues. The ideal one stop shop.





Other useful things


Wheat bag – great for warming poultices and soothing sprains
Matches – used to sterilise needles and tweezers for splinter extraction
Needles – for splinter extraction
Sharp scissors – to cut bandages and remove clothes
Wound tape – to hold wounds closed
Physio tape – to strap a twisted or sore joint still
Tweezers – to help clean wounds and remove sforeign bodies
Gloves – to protect you from infection or damage
Wound dressing – to place over wounds once treated
Alcohol wipes – to sterilise the skin around a wound
Syringes – for use with irrigation and dosage
Reading glasses – any cheap high magnification ones are excellent for seeing small wounds and splinters
Crepe bandages - no first aid kit is complete without a crepe bandage
Large cloth - used for supporting limbs or making slings. A belt or scarf will also do


How to make a homemade poultice

Poultices warm or cool, drawing or healing are an excellent home tool to use for treating injuries with herbs from the garden. Every first aid kit should have half a dozen squares of clean cotton to use for poultices. An old sheet cut into 40cm squares is ideal but any hemmed cotton squares or rectangles will do. To make a poultice you simply encase the macerated herbs in the middle of the cloth and roll it up before placing on the injury. If the area harmed is a limb you can use the longer tails to tie the cloth on or secure it with some gladwrap. If you are using a liquid or decoction for the poultice you simply soak the cloth in the liquid before folding it up and placing it on the injury. To keep the poultice warm you can use a wheat bag or hot water bottle placed over the back of the poultice. Some poultices you can leave over night but ideally they will be changed every couple of hours, especially if it is a drawing poultice. A drawing poultice is designed to pull infection, foreign objects and toxins out of the body. A healing poultice is designed to bathe the injury in a healing medium. Most poultices will do both.

Product Key:

1. Lifestream Biogenic Aloe vera mist
2. Simillimum Hypercal tincture
3. Go Native Witch Hazel
4. J.Friend & Co Manuka Honey 10+ UMF

5. Artemis Itch Calm ointment
6. Simillimum Arnica cream
7. Kiwiherb Comfrey ointment
8. Simillimum Arnica pilules 30c
9. Arbordale Pacific Blue Lavender Essential Oil
10. Health Post Bach Flower Rescue Remedy
11. Go Native Calcium Bentonite Clay (packaging differs from standard retail)
12. New Zealand Coromandel Mountains Tea Tree - Manuka and Kanuka Essential oil
13. Thymeheal Chickweed cream
14. Artemis Baby Gripe tea

15.Home Essentials hydrogen peroxide

Not numbered: Pot of Gold Skin Balm




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104 comments:

  1. brilliant resource, thanks, will share.

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  2. Wow - simple and straightforward language! You've covered everything!

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  3. Faved this page....
    So detailed Sian...love it

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  4. I just mentioned to some friends that I needed one of these! Please enter me! Xo

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  5. Wonderfully comprehensive! Thanks!!

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  6. Great kit. Im going to get some of the things mentioned, with 4 young children in the house one of them is always needing something. Thanks!

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  7. This is do cleaver Sian!!! Totally LOVE it! I've been trying to put together a first aid kit and for some reasons ( money lack of knowledge or translations issues hagaha) don't seem to. LOVE all your work and detail into explaining! Man you are super Mum!! Where do you find the time do it all?!!
    All my gratitude and admiration :)

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  8. Great post, sign me up for the awesome prize!!

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  9. gosh you did your research for that didnt you! thank you for the leg work, now i just need to win it x

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  10. Brilliant!!! Have shared and shared :-)

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  11. This is just what I needed! My son's a bit of a bleeder, so will definitely give the witch hazel a go next time. Thanks, you're a gem. :)

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  12. Brilliant, you've outdone yourself with this one. Now i just need to win it!

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  13. Awesomely detailed post. Have been meaning to put together a more natural kit, and if I don't manage to win this (fingers crossed!) I can use this as my resource. Thanks!

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  14. You never cease to amaze me you amazing lady, love it xx

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  15. Well done Sian, what an awesome resource - you have covered everything! Sharing now!

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  16. What a fantastic post. Your best yet!!! So much wonderful helpful information

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  17. Awesome! I love Mother Nature! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Love your posts. They are so informative! My daughter fell on the driveway yesterday. I had hypercal in the cupboard, but got me thinking I need to get a few more remedys. Now I know exactly what to get :-)

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  19. Fantastic post Sian! Incredibly helpful and informative. I will definitely be picking up some of the things you mention. My boy is nearly 9 years now, but these things are still all really useful. There's no end of bumps and bruises for active boys who want to push the boundaries :-) All natural stuff is perfect in my book. Thank you! xx

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  20. I already knew some of these remedies, but you have been very informative on things I have never used. I will have to start stocking up as my little one is just starting to crawl. Thank you :)

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm just beginning my journey to living naturally and this is such a big help!

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  22. Wonderful info in this post! All wonderful items to use. I'd love to win it. Thanks.

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  23. Thanks for all the useful info. Good to have the pictures of the original plants as well

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  24. What an awesome list of products. I have a few of those things but might do a wee bit of shopping if I don't win your awesome pack.

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  25. Such an educational post! I have a few of the listed plants growing already, but my goodness that first aid kit looks better and more useful that a traditional first aid kit! I need! Though I'll need to make a quick pointer list for everything, so I can apply quickly without needing my laptop! hehe.

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  26. Excellent blog Sian, high five!! Will share on Apothecare too :)

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  27. Thank you so much - I have been meaning to put together a home first aid kit but have been a bit overwhelmed by it all - this makes it simple and easy! Much appreciated.

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  28. Awesome post. Looks like I'll be doing some shopping if I don't win this.

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  29. An excellent resource, ka pai!!

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  30. Love it, definitely need a more comprehensive first aid kit now master nearly 2 is a walking accident!!!

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  31. Looks pretty comprehensive. Just like this blog post, which has given me lots of useful ideas :) Baby brother is due soon, so I'm sure in the not too distant future we're going to need to deal with a lot more teething, bumps and bruises.

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  32. Wow, this is amazing! I have used some of these herbs before but learnt so much more just from reading the blog! Thanks :)

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  33. Awesome - this would be amazing...must put mine back together!!!

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  34. This is fantastic information, thanks so much for putting this together and for the chance to win it.

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  35. Wow what an awesome source of information, I have seen many of these products but never really had any idea how to use them. Thanks :)

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  36. Fantastic thanks! I've learnt lots and will be reading and rereading!

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  37. Awesome! I finally got around to reading this. Such a wealth of information you are!
    - Adré

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  38. Amazing! Thanks Sian, this info is so valuable. Going to request most of it for Christmas!
    xx

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  39. Wow you have really done your research! Fantastic kit, I shared it with my FB fans :)

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  40. I don't have nearly enough of these things in our cupboards, would love to win it!

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  41. Amazing post! Have book marked for future reference <3

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  42. This is so awesome! I have a hard time finding natural home remedies and products in Idaho so this is very helpful! Thank you so much for all of the info! :)

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  43. Fantastic resource, very well written and I find the descriptions on how to use the items very helpful, thanks. :)

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  44. What an awesome resource! I had just been thinking I needed to put together more of a first aid kit for the family!

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  45. What a knowledgable resource... fantastic! Whoever wins will be in for a treat!

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  46. Such a comprehensive list - what an awesome & well thought out compilation, THANKS!!

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  47. Great read! Will definitley be adding some of these to my mama kit- if I don't win the pack :)

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  48. Pretty keen to get my first aid kit sorted too! Thanks for the run down

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  49. Outstanding! I return to this post regularly, it's my natural first aid bible. Thank you Sian.

    Carley

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  50. Awesome!! I'm definitely going to put one of these together if I don't win.

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  51. Great post. I love your suggestions re using things from the garden/pantry.

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  52. Thanks for this - it is so helpful to have a pre-compiled list available when creating a first aid kit! So many things I wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

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  53. A great kit of all things first aid! Definitely something I want for my active 20mth old!

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  54. Think I need to print this to have it on hand, the list and uses are very helpful thank you!! Love that i have couple of the products, i just didn't realise they were good for so many things

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  55. Ooohh this is a great set! Wish I had the funds to get all of it, would be absolutely amazing if I won! x

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  56. Thanks for such a great resource :) I really think I need to put a kit together especially DH who seems to injure himself on the farm a lot and DS who is leaning to walk :)

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  57. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Oh I would love to win! Sharing on facebook too.
    -Helen Wium

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  59. DIDNT POST A COMMENT! PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME DESPERATENESS!

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  60. Love it!!! Its awesome having it all written down so sceptical husbands can see that it all has a purpose!!

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  61. Great reminder that I need to organize and put together a better first aid kit....little girl is also starting move. Shall share on Facebook too.

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  62. Loved reading this, as a first time mum I have found it very useful! Thanks. Sharing on FB now :)

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  63. this is awesome, with 3 males in the house this would come in great use

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  64. Very cool! I am totally bookmarking this post for future reference as well!

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  65. I would LOVE to win this for both of my kids!!

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  66. Just what I need for my homebased care kiddies!

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  67. Fantastic Kit. I'd LOVE to win this for my family.

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  68. This a fantastic kit!! Currently planning our garden and plenty of these are lovely additions we hadn't even thought of, thank you so much!!

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  69. Wow, great blog and info, would love to win it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  70. fantastic thank you for the amazing information will come in handy for my job!! Will be book marking your blog!!

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  71. I read this ages ago, not realising It was actually up for winning! I would love to win this as not got the financials at the mo to get a thorough one together myself. it is wonderful advice and information and invaluable for new mummies. thanks, please put me in the running to win.

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  72. What a brilliant First Aid kit! Thanks for all the info!

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  73. Awesome resource! Pick me! Please :)

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  74. What an awesome comprehensive list !! Would love to win this for my wee family :D

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  75. that is such a neat pack, would love this for our household and our baby who is always in the war

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  76. lovely! Thank you fir putting this together!

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  77. This is the most fabulous idea, we really need to get saving our pennies for this. I'm ashamed to admit having an almost empty bottle of rescue remedy, and about 1 plaster in the house. Oh dear!

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  78. This is great! I would love to win it!

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  79. Would love to win this! What great products!

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  80. I am just starting out in making my medicine cabinet homeopathic and natural for us now that my son is mobile. I love everything here. As a newbie, I don't want to get overwhelmed and would like to start with 3 or 4 things. What do you think are the best 3-4 essentials?

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  81. Not only moms but everyone should learn first aid. It is important for us all. This is an age of awareness. Home primary first aid is not enough i think. grab more info about this

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