First Aid Naturally {Cleaning}

First Aid Naturally {Cleaning}

If your medicine chest has traditionally consisted of aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-itch cream, etc.,  let me introduce you to some natural alternatives.

We have already discussed soothing and relieving headaches and pain. Our topic today will be cleaning and disinfecting.

Most often people will reach for alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or even hand sanitizer for cleaning and disinfecting. Instead, I’d like to show you other options.

Consider using a  collodial silver solution.   I think the history of collodial silver is fascinating. It has has been around for centuries. It is believed royal families ate and drank from silver utensils and were rarely sick.  They were called “blue bloods” because their blood had greater levels of silver in it.  The Greeks and Romans used to store all of their perishable liquids in silver containers.  And prior to the invention of refrigeration, it was common practice to drop a silver coin into a container of milk to retard spoilage. By the late 1800s the recognition that silver was lethal to bacteria in relatively low concentrations was common medical knowledge. Between 1900 and 1940 silver was the primary antibiotic used in medical practice. Colloidal silver can also be used topically on cuts, burns and abrasions to stop infection dead in its tracks.

 Tea tree oil is a great disinfectant for cuts, insect bites and scrapes. It  is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. Tea tree oil contains consituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal activity.

Warm water and soap are also effective at cleaning all sorts of “boo-boos.” None of the these  burn and stings like alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and hand sanitizer. Not to mention how these harsh products dry out the skin surrounding the wound.

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