Updating Your Holiday First-Aid Kit


I heard a phrase at a conference I attended recently and it has resonated with me ever since: “If you don’t have it when you need it…it’s too late.” That is so true when it comes to health, and more importantly in the case of emergencies.

As we prepare for our extraordinarily busy holiday season and make all our travel plans for the holidays, I vowed to update our family’s first aid kit “just in case”.

It always seems that unexpected accidents or illnesses happen when you are least prepared, so here are a few great things to have on hand.  Most of these you likely already have in your cupboard or you can pick up at CampbellsWhole FoodsWheatsfield, or your local health clinic.

Whether you’re at the in-laws, Grandma’s house, or somewhere in between, here are a few home remedies to help you be prepared.

Chamomile Tea Bags:

Helpful for pink eye, congested eyes and allergic reactions

Garlic and Mullein Ear drops:

Used with any fever or ear infection (not for use with tubes/ruptured ear drum)

Coconut oil:

Skin moisturizer and cradle cap


Great to take orally for pain and swelling or apply topically to closed cuts and bruises


Winter seasons, colds, bowel/tummy issues, ear infections, antibiotic use

Nasaline Junior/Saline:

Sinus pressure and congestion


Natural cough syrup. (Or use warm water with lemon in honey)


Burns, bruises, cuts, bee stings, diaper rash

Lavender Essential oils:

Burns and skin lesions (I’ve also used Young Living’s to slow bleeding from a cut)

Orange Essential Oil or Hylands Teething Tablets:

Teething discomfort (don’t forget your raspberry teether, washcloths, carrots; or breastmilk ice cubes)

Gripe Water/Colic Calm:

Herbal supplement used to ease gas and stomach discomfort (colic, hiccups, teething)

Natural Calm:

Calcium/Magnesium supplement for constipation; growing pains; muscle cramps

Vitamin D:

Cold/Flu reducer and immunity booster

Thieves Essential Oil (Young Living):

Natural antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal; tick removal

Colloidal Silver:

Cleans cuts/scrapes; gargle for sore throat; progressive ear infections; pink eye

So, now when you are at grandma’s house and it’s midnight and your kiddo gets sick, it won’t matter that the local drugstore is closed!  Walk over to your first-aid kit, and start your journey to feeling better!

Prevention Is the Best Medicine

Of course, your family’s goal is always to AVOID needing the first-aid kit, but obviously you can’t avoid those true emergencies!

Remember: focus on what you CAN do. Your best bet is to be intentional about staying well:

  • Eat well
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep active
  • Stay aligned (posture, sleep positions, core work, adjustments)
  • Boost the immune system
  • Get adequate rest

What are some things that you keep in your first-aid kit? Do you carry one or any of these with you??

**None of the above mentioned are absolutes and not all of the mentioned items are safe and effective for everyone.  Please check with your primary care provider before using any of these items on yourself or with your children.


  1. I definitely need to “update” my first aid kit. Since we always travel away from home for the holidays, I take our “medicine bag” along just in case. However, many of the products in it are just that–medicines–and aren’t really in line with our philosophies for good health and natural healing. I guess I haven’t known how to assemble a more natural first-aid kit… until now! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and advice on this!

  2. Even if you are ultra ultra careful and manage to avoid any sort of dangerous situation, accidents can still happen and you can still fall ill,even minor conditions can put forward to larger problem so Holiday First-Aid Kit is must


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