A Spontaneous Trauma Kit - First Aid & Healing
I feel it important to share this as not only can trauma, physical and psychological be a shock to ones well-being, it can have long lasting effects if not supported and attended to immediately and continuously. Even still, life altering events and accidents may always remain with us in some form. We just want to soften their control and continue to thrive. Humans all experience trauma on different levels, at different times, and in different capacities. Whether it be the sprained ankle, the car accident, or the constant emotional abuse endured at work or in a relationship; The cells in our bodies carry this information and can create a disconnect from emotion and spirit in order to cope.
A former coworker and friend of mine was mugged and beaten down by three men several weeks ago. She had a broken nose, black eyes, and more than a dozen stitches in her face. She sought medical attention right away and law enforcement has been of great help to her. She confided in me shortly after the incident and troubled by her pain I put together a trauma kit with what I had available at home.
I feel an edited version of this spontaneous trauma kit would have more adaptogenic roots like Ginger and Kava as well as fungi like Chaga and Reishi. Physical trauma can make one feel out of body. In order to lessen the shock and bring one back to a state of clarity, a feeling of safety must be created. By holding space for another through pure listening, hand holding, a nutritious meal, tea, or laughter (to name a few) we give the trauma a place to unravel, to make room for the one healing to then make proper decisions for themself. Energetically humans are sensitive creatures, some more so then others. We must hold each other up as not in the hopes that we will be held up in return, but in the simple notion that giving help gives the human condition the name of love.
From the left: Arnica oil with Amethyst Crystal for sore muscles and protection. English Rose Flower Essence to anoint her pain and fear with heart centered energy of this high vibrating flower. An elixir of Hibiscus/Schisandra/Blue Vervain/brandy & honey to balance and breathe deep into her feminine waters, ease anxiety, and bring energy. A Rosehip/Frankincense/Vitamin E/Jojoba & Avocado Oil serum to nourish her skin and encourage cell regeneration.
I've included a Pure Tea Tree Essential Oil from Australia to use topically and with care at any site of infection on the skin. I must caution that essential oils go along way with just a tiny amount. I suggest to never put it directly on the skin unless blended with another carrier oil or solution. Make sure it's of good quality. For this specific kit she can place one to two drops in a small bowl of clean water. Soak a rag, cotton ball, or QTip (depending on the size of the infection) in the essential oil solution. Then place this on the infected area. Tea Tree can also be used in a steam inhalation to release congestion in her chest and nasal cavity. One to two drops maximum in a big pot of clean water brought to a boil and then turned off. Essential oils when applied straight out of the bottle and directly on the skin or swallowed can be corrosive and easily destroy our delicate tissue lining. I am not entirely opposed to using them even with all the hype and counter attacks on their danger. When one is well informed and aware, one can make a decision.
Next, I added three bags of loose tea I fastened together - Lavender, Jasmine, and Oat Straw: For rest, crying, nourishment and overall motherly comfort. These three herbs are gentle and loving. They each carry nervine actions (relieve anxiety) and help the body in different ways of releasing and restoring for optimal health.
Two salves - one of Comfrey for scars & tissue and one a blend of Lavender, Chickweed, Calendula & Eucalyptus for rashes. This can also be used to anoint the temples and third eye for centeredness. I'd like to add that I adore Comfrey. It's healing powers speak clearly and bring courage. After all, she comes from the Borage family. Comfrey is also called Knitbone because of her aiding the body in knitting itself back together. She has a cooling mucilaginous quality towards inflammation, swelling, bruising and sprains.
Lastly, a jar of Dead Sea Salt to soak in a warm bath. If the weather is just too hot for a full body bath, a night time foot bath works great. This will help fluid retention in the body, assimilate minerals, and ease tension held. Combinations of the tea bags and oils can certainly be added to the bath as well.
I like to set an intention when putting plant medicines together spoken or sung out loud or as conscious thought. I pray that people regardless of danger or ethnicity feel safe in their own homes and communities. I pray that my friend find comfort in her body again, is able to process this fear, and come out an even more badass, strong and loving woman I know her to be.