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Essential first aid - naturally!

Sodashi Founder Megan Larsen shares her first aid secrets – tapping into the powers of natural essential oils!

Create your own natural first aid kit, or incorporate the following into your existing kit. You may want two kits, one to carry with you every day and another that stays at home.

Lavender Essential Oil

Pure essential oil of lavender is a wonderful remedy to apply directly to a burn, it will help remove the heat and it’s regenerative properties speed up the healing process. Also, a drop on the pillow at night helps you get a good night’s sleep.  It’s also a great tool for anyone who is feeling stressed or anxious, just add a couple of drops to a tissue and put somewhere where you can enjoy the smell.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Produced and distilled from the Australian native tree, tea tree oil is both antibacterial and antiseptic so makes it the perfect choice for treating cuts and abrasions. Tea tree oil is also highly antifungal so it can be used to treat athlete's foot and any other fungal skin conditions. And remember always go for quality, ensure you purchase 100% pure essential oils to get real therapeutic benefits.

Dr Bach Rescue Remedy

Bach Rescue Remedy is ideal to use to help with any emotional crisis or shock or accident. Typically used as drops on the tongue, it is safe for adults and children. It can also be applied as a cream for physical injury.  www.bachflower.com

Arnica 

Arnica is a powerful homoeopathic remedy, a few drops under the tongue will help to reduce the effects of sprains, strains, bruising and speeds up healing time. Use after an accident, after surgery, dental procedures, osteopathic treatments or even a particularly tough yoga or exercise class. Keep a bottle at home and this remedy is a must to for travelling. I purchase my arnica from www.naturopharm.co.nz.

Sodashi Calming Skin Boost 

This is the best remedy I have ever used for insect bites!  It is instantly calming and soothing, reducing (and in most cases totally removing) the annoying and frustrating ‘itch’ that comes with a mosquito or sand fly bite.  It’s also very healing and hydrating. Take it travelling or keep it at home – it is fast acting and a wonder.  It is also a great skin boost when applied under face moisturiser!

Magnesium Oil Spray

This wondrous product is instantly absorbed into the body; pure magnesium in spray form is an excellent choice for instant relief from muscular aches and pains.  Use in conjunction with the Sodashi Fitness Recovery Body oil for the perfect post-exercise treatment.  I personally use this every day to get my daily dose of magnesium, but use it to banish feelings of stress and anxiety and to help induce feelings of relaxation. Be warned it can feel a little sticky, but the benefits far outweigh this!

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