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Zoi explained that the items that a herbal practitioner might include in a herbal first aid kit very much depend on how the kit will be used – for example would it be taken on a walking holiday or a visit to rural India or would it be for home use?
This hands-on workshop focused on making ointments, tinctures and other preparations to take home. Herbs whose benefits and applications were discussed included aloe vera, comfrey, chamomile, lavender, marigold, raspberry leaf, yarrow, elderflower and mint.
Zoi mentioned common ailments that would benefit from the timely use of the right herbs such as: skin cuts and grazes and bleeding wounds, burns, insect bites, joint sprains, diarrhoea, bruises and viral infections (including sore throat, cough, fever etc).