Basic Holistic Emergency & Trauma Recovery Kit

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Having the Basics on Hand

Section II of our Holistic Emergency Care and Trauma Recovery for Animals book contains a detailed layout of the remedies and Western herbs most often used in emergencies, trauma recovery and acute illness. As the list is quite extensive, I have been prompted to provide a basic list of what to have on hand that will provide you with greater ease of responding to emergencies or illness.  I have derived this list from my most often used list of remedies over the past 20 years for both animals and humans.

Having as extensive a healing kit on hand as possible is always a blessing in emergencies and acute illness.  It allows you to respond quickly and more decisively on your own or through the assistance of a veterinarian, poison control, holistic practitioner or comprehensive reference guide such as my book.  Calling for assistance from a professional does you little good if you do not have the supplies required on hand.

Of course it is in these times that a comfort level with energy healing and calling in Divine assistance can be an immense blessing.  (Reference Connecting with Divine Assistance in Section II of  Holistic Emergency Care and Trauma Recovery for Animals and on our website .


Ready Made Remedies


The following are the homeopathic remedies that I have used most frequently over the years and therefore make a point of having on hand in my home and travel emergency kits:

  • April Mel – bites and stings
  • Arnica Montana – bruising and hypovolemic shock
  • Calendula – skin & eye irritation and minor burns
  • Cantharas – burns : 1st to 3rd degree
  • Hypericum – nerve damage either crushed or cut
  • Ledum Pal – puncture wounds: heals from the inside out thus preventing abscesses; also for bites of any kind
  • Nux Vomica – food poisoning
  • Rhus Toxicodendron – ligament and tendon  injury; muscle pain due to overuse, etc.
  • Ruta Graveolens – soreness in bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage

 If you share habitat or go hiking where there may be poisonous snakes you may wish to add:

  • Aconite and/or
  • Lachesis

Herbs for Decoctions or in Tinctures

Many of these herbs can be grown in your garden and are also found in the wild.  But in lieu of this having them on hand in either bulk – cut & shifted form or in tincture can be of great assistance:

  • Aloe vera – skin or mucous membrane assistance
  • Astragalus – immune system, upper respiratory assistance
  • Burdock – blood purifier
  • Calendula – skin irritation; eye tonic
  • Chamomile – digestion; calmative
  • Comfrey – bone and overall cell repair
  • Dandelion – liver tonic
  • Echinacea – blood purifier and initial immune system booster
  • Lavender – astringent
  • Ginger – digestion challenges
  • Plantain – immune support; skin irruptions; kidney and urinary track challenges
  • Witch hazel – astringent
  • Yarrow – overall healer for wounds & immune system


Flower Remedies

The three main flower essences that I carry with me at all time are:

  • Bach Rescue Remedy or FES Five Flower Remedy
  • Self Heal
  • Yarrow Environmental  Formula

In reviewing the Flower Remedies chapter of our book you may choose to have others on hand as well that resonate to you and your family’s needs.


This article is an excerpt from Holistic Emergency Care and Trauma Recovery for Animals – author Kathryn Shanti Ariel


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