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We are still deep in cold and flu season, yet the temperatures are starting to warm up and kids are venturing outside more. This puts them at risk for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, sore muscles from playing hard, and all manner of germs. While you’re tackling your Spring cleaning, take a few moments to purge old and expired items from your medicine cabinet, (be sure to properly dispose of any drugs or supplements!) and re-stock with a few of these essentials for taking care of those scrapes and sniffles. Many of these remedies can probably be found right in your kitchen, the rest are readily available at natural grocery stores or easily ordered online.

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This is a wonderful balm for general aches and pains, rub it on the base of the neck and temples for headaches, or wherever it hurts for muscle aches. It has a light, lemon scent rather than an off-putting camphorous scent, and it doesn’t have the icy-hot effect of some other muscle rubs, making it pleasant and safe for youngsters. Just be sure to avoid the eye, mouth, and nose areas.

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Add enough water to a few teaspoons of baking soda to create a paste that is wonderful for drying up mosquito bites, easing pain from bee stings, and making the stinger easier to remove. Add 1/2 cup to a bathtub of warm water to ease skin irritations such as sunburns, poison ivy, hives, and heat rash.

Such as mint, lavender flowers, chamomile flowers, and crystallized ginger pieces. This blend makes a very effective and delicious-tasting tea for upset tummies. Also helps with headaches and tastes great iced, too. Simply mix 4 parts mint (we like a blend of peppermint and spearmint), 1 part each lavender, chamomile, and ginger, and steep 1 tsp herb mixture in an 8 oz cup of hot water. You may want to keep a packet of crystallized ginger in your purse or diaper bag for tummy aches that strike while on the go.

A wonderfully soothing after-sun treatment, and also helps keep sunburned skin from peeling. For scrapes and cuts, rub onto scabbed areas to speed healing and prevent scarring. Coconut oil is known to have antimicrobial properties, and it may help relieve itching from athlete’s foot, yeast infections, heat rash, and eczema. Apply to dry hair a half hour before shampooing to deep-condition tresses that are dry and dull from chlorinated pool water.

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Another great remedy for any kind of burn, bug bite, or skin irritation. It is also shown to be effective for coughs and sore throats. Take a spoonful by itself, or stirred into hot water with a squeeze of lemon or some herbal tea. Look for raw, unfiltered wildflower honey produced in your area, and take a tablespoon full every day to help combat seasonal allergies. Remember to never give honey to infants under 1 year!

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A fantastic general-purpose skin cleanser. Dab onto minor scrapes, burns, and cuts to cleanse. For a soothing sunburn spray, mix with equal parts pure aloe vera gel and filtered water in a spray bottle, store in the refrigerator and mist onto sunburned skin.

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Tea Tree oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, making it an effective detoxifier. Try dabbing it on pimples, cold sores, even athlete’s foot overnight, full-strength or diluted by half with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut. It is also known to help dry up bug bites and poison ivy (dilute a few drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil for use on large areas), and if applied full-strength regularly over the course of several days, it can remove warts. If using on young children, remind them not to put the treated area in their mouths, as tea tree oil is not safe to ingest.

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Don’t forget to include plenty of first-aid supplies such as band-aids, cotton balls, gauze, tweezers, and ice packs. Check out Mommy’s First Aid Kit Essentials for a detailed guide.

We wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Spring! We hope you won’t encounter too many injuries or illnesses but if you do, give these above remedies a try for fast, effective relief without drugs or chemicals. If a problem persists or worsens, be sure to seek advice from your physician.

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