Natural First Aid Solutions

Dear Dr. Kim

This summer, I want to put together a kit of natural products to help deal with “first aid” situations that might arise. Do you have any suggestions for what I should include?

T.K., Victoria

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Dear T.K.

This is a great question and a fantastic initiative. When an unexpected first aid challenge arises you want to be able to respond quickly. Year round I have a basket in our cupboard with items I can deploy, as needed. I like to have natural products on hand to combat the flu, colds, insect bites, and other common and random occurrences. When we go away, I select some key items and make a travel pack to hold us in good stead.

Here are some suggestions to help carry you through the summer and beyond:

  • Oscillococcinum – homeopathic vials that can be used at the first signs of flu or flu-like symptoms. If someone around you is feeling achy or fluey you can pop a vial of oscillococcinum to help prevent falling victim yourself.
  • Probiotics (consider a shelf stable choice for when you travel) – for digestive ailments and immune support. If you or someone in your house are feeling run down or struggling with a stomachache then probiotics can help to turn the tides.
  • Traumacare – a topical cream for aches and pains, trauma and skin healing.
  • A. Vogel Echinaforce – to bolster the immune system when colds and flues are going around or you feel a tickle.
  • Arnica – an oral homeopathic that is great to take for sport’s injuries, traumas, and/or bruising.
  • Apis – an oral homeopathic that helps relieve the discomfort from a sting. Apis homeopathic does not replace (or interfere with) an Epipen for those with severe allergic reactions to bees/wasps.
  • Aloe Vera gel – great for healing skin eruptions including irritation after too much sun exposure.
  • B vitamins – can be taken orally to help deter mosquitos from biting.
  • Citronella spray or cream – a natural insect repellant.
  • Calendula cream – to soothe and heal any skin irritation including that from poison ivy.

I hope this list helps you be prepared for the unexpected.

“Health from the inside out.”

Dr. Kim McQueen, ND


Dr. Kimberly McQueen BSc, ND is a Naturopathic Physician in Victoria, BC. In addition to her clinic work she has been a consultant to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, Camosun College, Rugby Canada and Rowing Canada. P:778.433.4935 and www.kimmcqueen.com. Kim McQueen is one of the Co-founders of the nourishing Supershake, Rumble. See www.drinkrumble.com