It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit.  But beyond bandaids, it can be helpful to have some herbal remedies for acute conditions.  We’ve pulled together a list of few herbs that live in our cupboards and get packed up for camping and trips.

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Wan Hua Oil

April views Die Da Wan Hua Oil as an essential in the cupboard.  The thick viscous oil helps to regenerate skin, making it wonderful for burns–whether sun burns or you grabbed a hot poker.  Wan hua can be used in the ears for ear infections and swimmers ears. Used regularly, it helps to break up tough scar tissue.  We even have a few clients that swear by it for their Liver spots.  Just dap a drop or two onto the burn area and let it rest.  You can thin the oil with a little olive or almond oil for larger areas.

Pill Curing

Consider pill curing your ‘go to’ for any stomach emergency–be it indigestion, diarrhea, bloating or gas.  Pill curing is great for nausea, vomiting and motion sickness. Definitely something to have on hand if you are traveling to foreign lands with unfamiliar foods.  Each box contains 6 vials, each containing hundreds of bb’s.  The small size makes it easy for kids to get down too.  If they don’t like to swallow it, dissolve the pills in warm water.  And, yes, we’ve given it to our pets tool.

French Green Clay

This mineral rich clay is very alkalizing to the body and has a tremendous ability to absorb toxins and excess fluids.  Externally, green clay is used as detoxifying mask, to clear up acne and pull toxins from wounds, insect bites and stings. It naturally refreshes any area to which it is applied. Internally, it has tremendous detoxification properties and can be used to treat acid-reflux, GERD, bloating, gas, diarrhea, morning sickness and heart burn. It calms the digestive system and helps to heal the stomach and intestines.   It pulls heavy metals from the systems and absorbs and astringes.  Sounds wonderful, right?  Here are some ways to use it.

Green Clay Drink

Use for relief from gas, bloating, heart burn and borborygmi (gurgle gut).  Place 1 tsp. of clay in 6-8 oz. of spring or filtered water. Stir well, allow to settle for 1-2 minutes.  Drink up to 3 x daily.

 Green Clay Poultice

Mix up a bunch and use as a face mask (allow the mud to dry, before washing off) or make just enough to use over an infected area. Place clay in a clean, glass or ceramic jar or small bowl. Add water in a ratio of 2 parts clay to 1 part water. Allow the clay to absorb the water without mixing or stirring; this should yield a thick, pasty mud. Cover the jar and leave on the windowsill. Apply clay ¼ inch thick to the affected area.  Click here for more uses of green clay.

Kwan Loong Oil

Many of you may recognize the refreshing menthol smell when you walk into Pulse.  Kwan loong is a favorite for sore muscles, sprains, strains and aches. Massage it into achey hot joints or sore muscles. Rub on the chest and back to clear up congestions from colds or allergies.  Steam with it help clear the sinuses—ahhhh….

Yunnan Baiyao

Yunnan Bai Yao is a must have!  April never travels without.  A wise herb, yunnan is famous for regulating the blood in small doses.  In higher doses it stops bleeding.  In fact, it was often carried by Asian military incase of injury.  Use it internally and externally.  If there is injury, use the little red pill in the center of bubble pack–it helps settle the shen and treat shock.

974 Cream

You too can look like a life guard.  Okay, seriously.  974 is great protecting or treating sun burns, cuts and scrapes.  It relieves the itching from bug bites too.

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