Numen Resource Guide

First Aid

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Herbal First Aid Kit

by Sandra Lory, Herbalist and Food Educator, Mandala Botanicals, Barre VT. © 2009


Herbs to Include

For calming in an emergency

Flowers in Jar

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For immune-boosting properties

For muscle, tissue, and nerve injuries

For pain relief

For digestive issues

For topical first aid

Jethro Kloss's Herbal Liniment—a classic liniment recipe:

  • 1 ounce echinacea powder
  • 1 ounce organically grown goldenseal powder
  • 1 ounce myrrh powder
  • 1/4 ounce cayenne powder
  • 2 cups alcohol (vodka, brandy, gin, etc.)

Combine the powdered herbs. If starting with dried herbs that are not powdered, use a coffee grinder or Vitamixer to grind them as fine as possible. Cover with alcohol, leaving 2 inches of space between the surface of the alcohol and the rim of the jar, and put a lid on. Shake daily for one month, and then strain the liquid, composting the herb. Bottle and label your liniment, recording the ingredients, date, and any other info you'd like to include. Use this liniment as a disinfectant, to ease rheumatism and sprains, and to heal wounds, bruises, and burns. If you'd like to make a local version of this recipe, simply omit the myrrh, and use locally grown echinacea, goldenseal, and cayenne infused in Sunshine Vodka or another locally made alcohol. By omitting myrrh you can also use this blend as an immune-stimulating tincture for internal use.

A Mini First Aid Kit