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8 Plants to Use for First Aid

8 Plants to Use for First Aid

Not everything in your first-aid kit needs to be from the pharmacy. Some of the best resources can be found in your backyard. Check out these plants to use for first aid.

Have you ever wondered how people relieved their ailments before modern pharmaceuticals? If you’ve answered nature, then you’re absolutely right! Some plants can be used to treat sickness and allergies, and until now, they’re still as effective and good as the medicines you can buy over the counter. Plus, the best thing is you can grow them in your home, either in your backyard or even in a small pot on your windowsill.

So if you need natural first aid in case of emergency, check out these plants you can use to treat wounds and common ailments. Before we jump on the list of plants to use for first aid, it’s important to always ensure to correctly identify plants that are safe to use and ingest as a first-aid remedy. Research and familiarize yourself with plants to use in an emergency or survival situation.

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Aloe Vera for Burns

Aside from making your skin look clear and bright, aloe vera can be used to treat burns. No wonder it’s one of the recommended plants in the kitchen. Simply apply the juice or gel to your skin to treat minor burns and too much exposure to the sun.

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Bay Leaf for Headaches

You might have a pot of bay leaf in your herb garden for culinary purposes, but did you know that you can use bay leaf to treat headaches? It’s an effective herbal remedy to treat migraines by crushing the leaves and making them into tea.

Echinacea for Colds

These cheery purple flowers are one of the plants to use for first aid, specifically in treating colds. Echinacea tea can boosts the immune system and fight off colds or viruses. Mix it with lemongrass or spearmint for a tasty combination.


Eucalyptus for Sinuses

Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory properties, which help relieve clogged sinuses. Apply at least one or two drops directly to the area, but be careful because it’s pretty strong. Immediately wash your hands after handling.

Garlic for Bee Stings

The juice of raw garlic can soothe the sting of a bee. So if you have ever been stung by a bee, crush a fresh clove and rub it over the wound, then cover it with a bandage.


Peppermint for Nausea

Aside from treating an upset stomach, peppermint leaves can be used to treat nausea.


St. John’s Wort for Eczema

Did you know that St. John’s wort is used today as a treatment for minor depression? But St. John’s wort can also help fight inflammation when applied to the skin. So if you have eczema or other skin conditions, it’s pretty handy to grow St. John’s wort in your backyard or windowsill.

Yarrow for Bleeding

Yarrows are pretty and colorful perennials of the daisy family. You might see these growing in the northern hemisphere. The entire plant can be used to treat ailments, especially bleeding. It’s a handy plant for mountain hikers and travelers in cases of cuts or minor bleeding. Simply crush the leaves and apply them as a poultice in the affected area.

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Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.

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