Fresh aloe vera gel is the perfect first responder for burns, small cuts, blisters, and insect bites. It’s instantly cooling and soothing, and helps reduce inflammation and ward off bruising. You can also harvest aloe gel and freeze it in small amounts (in an ice cube tray, for instance) to use later on sunburns. Used topically, aloe gel can also heal psoriasis, soothe eczema, shrink warts, and prevent scarring. Aloe can be used to treat skin problems on your pups, too, but don’t let them lick it off, as it can be harmful to dogs when ingested.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Upset stomachs, fungal infections, acne, dandruff, and sore throats can all be treated with apple cider vinegar. Whether ingested or used topically, apple cider vinegar is safe for kids of all ages (if diluted) as well as pets. Try using it as a rinse after bathing your dog to keep the fleas away!
Arnica, available in gel or cream form, is an herb in the sunflower family that reduces bruising and topically treats pain immediately. It’s the first thing you want to grab for every bump, scrape, tussle, and wipeout your little one encounters. Arnica is widely accepted to be safe on babies of all ages.
Chamomile is a great calming tea for anyone who is feeling stressed or under the weather. It’s a good first step in treating upset tummies (especially the little ones) and can provide great comfort during any illness. Chamomile is also effective against teething pain, as a little one can chew on a tea-soaked washcloth or gnaw on frozen tea popsicles. A small cup of chamomile tea is also a nice little treat to help settle down before bedtime.
It’s delicious in a stir-fry, but unrefined coconut oil is also great to use on a wide variety of other complaints. It has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties, so it works well for skin conditions like eczema, diaper rash, and yeast infections.
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