Have you ever wondered what alternative and complementary therapists add to their own first aid kit?
What Therapy did and so we asked six practitioners in Singapore what they keep on hand to use in emergencies.
① Teas + Creams
Naturopath Andrea Rivers from Herbal Matters recommends stocking your cabinets with teas + creams.
Try Chamomile for insomnia, stress, upset tummies, skin irritations, and even as an eye rinse.
Peppermint tea is good for digestion, nausea, and headache. Or you can use Peppermint essential oil instead.
For cuts, grazes, and wounds, Andrea reaches for Calendula cream and Arnica cream for bumps and bruises.
The best is use loose tea leaves so not to ingest chemicals from the teabag material. One tsp to one cup of boiling water, infuse for five minutes, and serve cool for children. For taste, can add honey.
② Jin Shin Jyutsu
Julie Ann is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Teacher and shares that this healing art has a whole toolbox of “first aid” sequences that really work.
You can use them for yourself or replicate the exact hand positions to apply to another person.
Here are her three Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) favourites.
To prevent the onset of illness or for fever:
Put your right hand over your left shoulder, just at the top of the left shoulder blade.
At the same time, put your left hand into the crease of your left thigh.
Try this tip the minute you feel a cold or sore throat coming on.
For nausea, travel sickness or tummy pain:
Hold the inside of your knees (ie where they touch together). You may find it more comforting to cross your hands over.
For earache or ear distress when flying:
Hold the little finger on the side opposite to the sore or affected ear (or both)
③ Activa + Nutripuncture
Siew Fan Wong, Co-Founder of Gallery Helios, had this no nonsense tip.
“At the first sign of a sniffle, take 1 ACTIVA Well-Being Immunity capsule + 1 ACTIVA Vitamin C, lots of water, and go to bed.”
Nutripuncture also has many associations you can take for ailments such as indigestion, car sickness, dizziness, bruises, and cramps.
The “Joker” or the ace association for fatigue, anxiety, and overwhelm is Nutri Yin Nutri Yang 21 27 33 34 36 38 (male) and NYNY 28 27 33 34 35 37
For indigestion: NYNY 10 11 18
For inflammation: NYNY 01 11
An association is taking the regulator Nutri Yin and Nutri Yang plus specific nutriments or nutritional supplements, as suggested by the book that comes with the full Nutripuncture kit. This in itself IS a first aid kit.
④ Flower Essences
What Therapy Editor Sandra Tonkinson‘s tip is always have handy an emergency blend of Flower Essences. Works for animals too!
Try Bach’s Rescue Remedy, the Five-Flower Formula, and the Australian Bush Flower Emergency Essence.
Taking a few drops under the tongue, in a glass of water, or even being misted helps tremendously.
Studies have also shown that the “Relaxation Response” (versus the Stress Response”) allows the body to naturally repair itself.
⑤ Tinctures + yes, Tumeric!
Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant, Yoga + Meditation Teacher, and Founder of Satsanga Amber Sawyer added three to the list – Oregon Grape Tincture, Elderberry Tincture and Tumeric, a magic herb of Ayurveda that’s getting a lot of attention these days.
She recommends tinctures made by her good friend (Bear Wallow Herbs) and either order organic Tumeric from iHerb.com or local organic shops.
⑥ Essential Oils
Claudia Hofaimer of Essential Healing has an entire kit of essential oils for her first aid needs.
Here are the Young Living essential oils she recommends for everything from a fever (Thieves) to burns + wounds (Lavender) to a sprained ankle (Panaway)
Eating healthy, drinking clean water, having a strong support network and loving relationships, listening to your body, having fun + laughing, following your passion, and moving your body throughout the day is the alternative, complementary + holistic prescription for good health + well-being.