Today marks the first official day of Autumn 2016! While this time of year brings sweater weather, changing leaves, and all things pumpkin-flavored, it also comes with lower immune systems and higher susceptibility to illnesses.
Luckily, many of Ayurveda’s holistic healing techniques involve using natural remedies for preventative health care and maintaining a healthy immune system. The ways individuals use Ayurveda vary from person to person, so we found this universal herbal Ayurvedic first aid kit list to help get you started with holistic healing!
Aloe Vera gel for burns, skin hydration, and hemorrhoids; it can also be very effective for the liver, gallbladder, stomach, ulcers, and colitis, and is an overall blood purifier.
Arnica gel or cream, an anti-inflammatory for muscle sprains and pains.
Baking soda, which can be used as an antacid when you mix one teaspoon in a glass of water.
Calendula Comfrey Salve for healing wounds.
Chamomile tea for relaxation, indigestion, and insomnia.
Citronella insect repellent to be used as an anti-malaria/dengue precaution or a good moisturizer.
Castor oil for pain relief and constipation; it can also be used as a strong detoxifying massage oil, just make sure to rinse it off after 20 minutes.
Cayenne pepper, which increases circulation and can get rid of worms and parasites.
Cinnamon for pain relief.
Clove oil for toothaches.
Echinacea liquid extract, which is an immunity builder great for travel use.
Eucalyptus oil to relieve colds and backaches.
Garlic for indigestion and gas relief. Garlic oil is also good to have on hand for earaches and toothaches.
Ghee*, also known as the backbone of all Ayurvedic remedies, can be drunk with a little warm milk for constipation.
Ginger for digestive problems; it’s also very effective for motion sickness and nausea.
Goldenseal, an antiseptic used for travelers’ diarrhea.
Gotu kola for stress relief, healing the sinuses, and calming the mind.
Grapefruit seed extract, a water purifier that’s also an amazing immune booster, gastrointestinal medicine, parasite killer, and topical antiseptic.
Honey* for healing internal and external ulcers; it’s also an excellent blood purifier.
Lavender essential oil for headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.
Licorice root for peptic ulcers, gastritis, and an inflamed gallbladder.
Mustard seed to neutralize toxins, reduce muscle pain and spasms, and improve digestion.
Nutmeg for a relaxant to induce sleep; can also be added to milk to help treat a lack of control of urination.
Peppermint to soothe an upset stomach, clear sinuses, and calm insect bites.
Salt, which when mixed with water, can be used to aid digestion and a sore throat.
Tea tree oil, an antiseptic and antibacterial oil for cleaning wounds and clearing acne.
Turmeric to aid digestion and relieve constipation; it’s perhaps the world’s best anti-inflammatory and is used for pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Valerian tincture for anxiety, insomnia, and tension.
Witch Hazel to soothe skin irritation, bites, and stings.
Yellow Dock, an anti-inflammatory that helps with arthritis and blood purification.
*In Ayurveda, either honey, ghee, or milk is used as a medium to carry the medicinal properties of the herbs to bodily tissues. Mix your herbs and spices with one of these three ingredients to allow the medicinal properties to stay in your system longer.
What’s in your Ayurveda first aid kit? Did we miss anything essential? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.