health and wellness | By Jody Krukowski, n md
Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity for every household. Pharmacies and grocery stores nationwide offer prepackaged kits ready to purchase but what if Or what if you would rather use lotions that are gentle on the skin as well as healing?
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you prefer to use all natural products?
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Calendula - Calendula officinalis is a well-loved herb that is useful for many body complaints. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial herb that reduces healing time for many minor cuts and scrapes. Topically, calendula can be used to aid in healing of wounds, burns, bruises, and rashes.
Aloe - Aloe vera is commonly found in deserts across the U.S. It’s known for its ability to calm ulcers and inflammation both internally and externally. Aloe gel contains a component called glucomannan which has been studied for its amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial actions. In fact, aloe gel has also been noted for its ability to reduce or prevent scar formation after burns and other skin injuries.
Arnica - Arnica montana. Traumeel is a homeopathic formulation whose main ingredient is Arnica montana. Arnica has been successfully studied for its ability to help control pain, swelling, and bruising from common household injuries. Traumeel is also available in an ointment form which is better suited to relieve minor muscle pain and inflammation from working out or sporting injuries.
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carpet cleaners it seems that every aisle at the grocery store offers some alternative and natural products for everyday use. It only makes sense that we should consider transitioning some of our first aid supplies to products that are less harmful and, in some cases, even less expensive. Today, one can find many overthe-counter natural alternatives that can be used for common household injuries.
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Interest in complimentary, natural and alternative medicines continues to grow. From cough syrups to