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First Aid from the garden

by dig the dirt editor

It wasn't long ago that we didn't have a Target on every corner and we used herbal remedies right from our garden for minor cuts, scrapes and bites. Check these remedies out! They are oldies but goodies....





Mother Nature packs a first aid kit for soothing the most dubious rewards of summer: stings, bites, punctures, cuts, blisters, rashes, and sunburn. In great-grandma's day, these remedies from the garden were the most common solutions for everyday maladies. Today, herbal first aid kits have once again become popular as gardeners rediscover that simple, effective solutions are often within arm's reach. Here are some time-tested remedies from the garden.

For an herbal bath, brew a stong tea: pour 2 C. boiling water over ½ C. fresh herbs or flowers; cover and let steep 10 minutes; then add to a tepid bath. For a poultice, crush a fresh plant (usually the leaf) into a paste and apply it to the affected area.



PROBLEM: Bee or Wasp sting           

SOLUTION: First, remove the stinger. Apply lavender essential oil.


PROBLEM: Sunburn                         

SOLUTION:Apply aloe vera (gel in leaves). Mint and/or lavender in a bath.


PROBLEM: minor cuts                       

SOLUTION: Apply a poultice of mullein, plantain, or yarrow. Calendula, thyme, and/or rosemary in a bath.


PROBLEM: blisters, scrapes               

SOLUTION: Apply a poultice of mullein, plantain, or yarrow. Calendula, thyme, and/or rosemary in a bath.


PROBLEM: heat rash                        

SOLUTION: Sage, lavender, and/or lemon balm in a bath; followed by dusting powder. Poultice of chickweed.


PROBLEM: poison ivy                        

SOLUTION: apply poultices of fresh plantain or jewelweed (crush leaves and press on skin).

Avoid poisonous plants. If you tangle with them, wash your body and clothing with soap and water as soon as possible. 


PROBLEM: rose thorn puncture         

SOLUTION: Soap and water, followed by an herbal salve or a poultice of plantain or comfrey.

Wear heavy-duty leather gloves when working with roses. Dirty rose thorns can cause a tetanus infection; update your tetanus immunization booster every 10 years.



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marcydiané commented on 06/01/12
Great advice! Good to know what things we might have around the garden that can help. I have heard that sage helps canker sores. My daughter tried it and said it did provide some relief. I agree with you on the poison ivy - just avoid it if at all possible!!
gardengirl commented on 10/04/10