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Wanda Knows First-Aid

by Wanda H.

March 2006

I just wanted to thank you for your quality products. I notice that your herbs are much fresher than those I get elsewhere and much more economical.

Two items I now keep in my first aid kit are the Plantain leaf and Bentonite clay.

My 5-year-old burned his finger while camping. I didn't have any hot water handy to soften the Plantain leaf, so I just put some in my mouth and chewed until soft. It wasn't very sterile, but I applied the softened leaves under a bandage. Immediately, he looked at me with surprised relief, "It doesn't hurt any more!" The finger didn't blister, and he discarded the bandage the next day.

I keep a ziplock bag with about a tablespoon or so of the Bentonite clay mixed with distilled water. Whenever someone gets a festered place, pimple, infected sore, etc., I plaster some of the prepared clay onto the area and cover with a bandage. The clay draws out any infection and speeds healing. This works well for infected paper cuts on hands as it provides a protective covering for the area and keeps it from painfully breaking open before it has time to mend.

Thank you again for all you do.

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Cayenne powder has been used by researchers in Antarctica to help them bear the extremely cold temperatures. The cayenne powder is sprinkled into their boots before putting them on. As the powder slowly comes in contact with the skin through the socks, it will draw blood to the feet, thus bringing much needed warms to the extremities. The one draw back is the red powder stains light colored socks. From our readings, it seems the stained socks were a small price to pay for the great benefit of being able to feel your toes after a little while out in the blistering cold! After trying this on a number of occasions during the winter near Lake Superior, I'm also convinced the stained socks are worth it.