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Posted by Eleanor Ozich on

As a family, we love to spend time outdoors, however, our adventurous spirit means there’s often scrapes, bug bites, sunburn and the like. For those wanting a natural first aid kit to carry on adventures this Summer, I’ve shared some of our favourite homemade remedies that are both effective and simple to make!

After-sun spray

Aloe Vera and peppermint is cooling on the skin, whilst lavender has lovely calming properties. My daughter also likes to spray it on her tummy to relieve nauseous feelings that she gets from motion sickness. It’s super soothing, and acts as a fast relief.

2 tbsp pure aloe vera gel
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
In a 50ml glass spray bottle, add the ingredients, and top with water. Tip upside down a few times to disperse.

Everything balm

We use this balm to soothe cuts and scrapes, encourage faster healing and prevent infection from happening. I find it also comes in handy for itchy skin or stings. It does get rather soft in the sun, so best stored somewhere cool.

1 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp grated beeswax
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil

Combine the coconut oil and beeswax together over a double boiler. Stir until melted together, and then stir in the essential oils.

Pour the mixture into tins or small jars, and allow to set, about 20 minutes.

Bug Spray

I always have a bottle of this spray on hand for summer evening bbq’s or picnics at the beach. Store-bought repellents often contain nasty chemicals, and I love that this homemade version contains all natural ingredients.

45 ml almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil
7 drops lemongrass essential oil
7 drops geranium essential oil
7 drops cedarwood essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a 50ml glass spray bottle. Tip upside down a few times to disperse.

Note: there’s quite a few alternative essential oils that act as a natural repellent, such as peppermint, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and citronella. Feel free to try different variations to suit your preference.

A few other handy items to include in your kit:

Waterproof bandages – necessary for staying in place when enjoying those water activities.
Washable muslin wipes – Essential for wiping cuts and scrapes.
Tweezers – because splinters always seem to happen at the most inappropriate times!
Mini scissors- handy for all manner of things.

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