Natural Care for Adventure Families
Living life with adventure often leads to bumps, bruises and muscle pain. It’s just part of the gig.
In our family, we also have our little niches when it comes to injuries. Mr J inevitably has scraped & bruised shins and knees from the boulder scaling and mountain biking he loves. Ms P , although just getting into the swing of things, seems to bruise easily especially her head. DH tends to have a lot of muscle pain, particularly his hard working shoulder and knee muscles. And me, I’m just accident prone, especially when tired. When camping, we play outside and get covered even further with skin irritations and bug bites.
Each of these little first aid injuries has a story. On occasion, it is a good story that is meant to be shared.
When these small incidents occur, I like to be able to whip out a first aid solution that will help mend my family up before the next adventure. After the debacle with insect bites, I realized we didn’t have the essentials, and began to beef up our first aid kit in our RV to handle these common injuries.
Natural First Aid Care with Boiron
For the last 25 years, Boiron Canada has been providing Canadians with simple and effective solutions for self-medication. Our family got hooked using their homeopathic products through use of Camilia for teething. The single dosage vials really work!
Adding to our first aid kit, we have been using the Arnicare gel most often. It helps relieve joint paint, reduces pain and helps swelling in bruising. The Arnicare formula is made from four naturally-sourced medicinal ingredients, including Arnica montana. The gel is simple to apply and begins soothing quickly. The Arnicare formula is also available in cream (great for massages), and tablets (strenuous hike, anyone?)
For those pesky insect bites, Dapis gel is where it’s at. It doesn’t sting, and has a faint cooling feeling while it works. I applied it to several of my bites, as well as a few heat rashes I had on my legs, and it worked wonders. I found it lasted quite a long time without the need to reapply. We tend to use it the most when we have been camping in a bug-infested areas. It also is safe for even the youngest family members, which many other options are not.
Mr J’s scrapes have benefited from a layer of Cicadermine which helps the healing process & removes the redness and irritation of scratches. Those wild roses in the bush frequently scratch us up, especially while wandering off trail. I applied it to my large cut on my knee from a recent scrape at work and it definitely sped up the healing process.
What’s in your first aid kit?
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.