Top 9 Items to Put in Your Senior Loved One’s Holistic First Aid Kit

By Raz Silberman, 9:00 am on

Live-in Plano, TX, caregivers may want to consider building a holistic first aid kit for a senior that they look after. While assembling the kit, it is important to write down how and when to use each item in it. 

1. Aloe Vera 

Pain from burns can be eased with aloe vera, but it is useful for so much more than that. Put a drop on the tongue to freshen breath, or rub it on the skin to soothe annoying skin irritations. 

2. Arnica

When made into a cream or a gel, Arnica is useful for soothing sore muscles. You can even rub a little on chapped lips to ease the painful cracks. The irritation from insect bites disappears when it is rubbed on them. 

3. Chamomile

Anxiety often disappears when sipping a cup of chamomile tea. It is also a great way to help seniors relieve insomnia. Some seniors may find that it helps ease indigestion. You can also rub a little chamomile on an aching tooth to numb the pain.

4. Activated Charcoal

Containing thousands of tiny pores, activated charcoal is great if the senior accidently overdoses on something. Some people even find that it helps with a hangover or food poisoning. Additionally, it can also be used to whiten teeth. 

5. Cayenne Pepper

Seniors may already have cayenne powder in their kitchens, but get them some for their holistic first aid kit. Eating a little cayenne helps to break up mucus. It may also help stop allergies and to help produce salvia in a dry mouth. 

6. Comfrey

Since Roman times, people have used comfrey to reduce inflammation. It is also used to promote new skin growth. In the past, it was even used to treat indigestion.

7. Eucalyptus

Use a few drops of eucalyptus oil to treat a cold or flu as it encourages more oxygen to get to the lungs. It is great as a hand cream for sore joints, as well. 

8. Ginger

Eating a little ginger is great for upset stomachs helping to stop nausea. This root can also be used to help with motion sickness. 

9. Peppermint

Rubbing a little peppermint oil behind the senior’s ears may help to stop a headache. It can also be used to calm jerking muscles.

In addition to these holistic treatments, turn to Home Care Assistance to help maintain your loved one’s overall wellbeing. We provide flexible live-in and hourly in-home care Plano, TX, seniors need to age in place with help from a friendly caregiver. Call (214) 586-0120 today to learn more about our unique services and meet with a highly trained Care Manager.