Herbs for Emergencies

By | April 4, 2014

The first reaction might have in an emergency is to call the paramedics but there are herbs for emergencies as well. Call the ambulance, take all the precautions that are necessary and do what needs to be done also remembering that the herbs you use can save lives as well.

Perhaps your situation is not going to be as extreme as life and death, but everything you do in the minutes after the emergency occurs will be the most important things – what happens in the first minutes can mean the difference between a scrape that clears up and wound that scars for life.

One needs to keep in mind that relying purely on herbs to save a life is not a good idea. All sources of assistance that are available need to be utilized.

Cayenne Pepper

Most people, whether they know it or not, have a collection of herbs for emergencies in their kitchen. Amongst these herbs you are very likely to find cayenne pepper – also known as capsicum. If you don’t have any in your house, make a point of getting some the next time you go to the store as you’re going to discover that it offers a lot more than flavoring to your food. Cayenne pepper is also available in capsule form, although it may be a little more difficult to come by than the regular powder to which we are all accustomed.

Treating Cuts

You have a small emergency in your kitchen: someone is preparing food for supper. While using the meat cleaver, they slip and slice their arm by mistake. The properties of cayenne pepper are such that it can be used to treat shock and stop bleeding – two extremely likely events in an emergency. The powder form of the pepper must be dusted over the cut in order to stop bleeding. Sometimes we find that a cut will not stop bleeding on its own. Apply pressure to the affected area if possible, but this does not always work. The skin will feel warm or hot but there will not be any pain, as most people think will occur from the pepper.

Internal Bleeding

The pepper can also be used to aid internal bleeding if swallowed after mixing with a glass of water. If you have the pepper in capsule form, break it open and stir it into the glass of water. The same can be done for treatment of an insect bite or sting.


There are other herbs that can be used in emergencies. In the case of a severe burn, a compress of apple cider vinegar or simple black tea applied to the affected area can begin to repair the damage. Soak cloths in the vinegar or tea solutions then wrap or cover the burned area to provide relief. Left there for a few hours, the treatment will begin to treat the burn and assist in the prevention of scarring. Of course, having a living aloe vera plant in your kitchen is handy for treating burns. Simply break of a leaf and squeeze the gel onto the burn for immediate relief.

In addition to the herbs already mentioned, certain essential oils should also be part of your home emergency kit: Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Eucalyptus, just to name a few. For a full selection of essential oils, we recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.

You can use herbs for emergencies, but don’t let this stop you from getting professional medical advice or assistance.