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Ep. 41 Holistic First Aid Kits with Katie Braswell

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What’s in your first aid kit? Most importantly, do you have a first aid kit? Katie Braswell is here to get us thinking not only about all the things that should be in a first aid kit, but also all the ingredients we DON’T want in a first aid kit. Get ready to revamp your adventure pack!

Katie Braswell, of Wild + Well, is a Holistic Nutritionist, based in Boulder, Colorado. Katie’s specific areas of interest are preconception health, fertility, prenatal nutrition and supplementation, gestational diabetes, breastfeeding and postpartum care (focusing on nurturing mama and baby). She specializes in functional nutrition for families – especially the mama or mama-to-be who is looking to maximize their time adventuring with their little ones! She and her family love to adventure and are passionate about spending as much time as possible outdoors and in nature – so she has worked to master the perfect holistic, non-toxic first aid & adventure kit.

Don’t feel guilty about what you’ve used in the past, or what you have on hand now. You can start changing over your first aid kit by integrating one item at a time (or even as your items are used up!).

Some chemicals we want to avoid (hard on our hormones / endocrine disruptors):

Here is the link to help you build your non-toxic first aid kit:

Some Quick Tips:
-Band-Aids: Aim for band-aids without latex and petroleum (Welly is a good brand)
-Sunscreen: Try cover up and use SPF-clothing more than not (stay away from oxybenzone in sunscreen. Katie is a fan of these brands for sunscreen: Beauty Counter, Supergoop, and Badger)
-For Burns & Stings: Calendula Cream, Aloe Vera Gel, Arnica Cream or Gel; Manuka Honey for Healing
-For Bug Bites & Headaches: Lavender
-For Anything Poisonous: Tea Tree Oil
-For Cuts, Scrapes & Wind Burn: Witch Hazel, Homemade Neosporin, Good Goo brand
-For Coughs: Zarbees brand
-Probiotic Brands: Mary Ruth’s, Thrive, Seed
-Electrolyte Brands: Element, Altima
-For Nausea: Chewable Ginger or Peppermint
-For Blisters: Mole Skin
-Some other items to remember: Cold packs, Scissors, Tweezers

*Carry Coconut Oil or Jajoba Oil as a carrier oil, for essential oils*
* Lavender and Tea Tree Oil can be a little bit of a natural hormone disruptor, if persistent exposure.*

Link to EWG Guide, to check “clean rating” for products:

Where to find Katie:
IG: @livewildbewell
Other Social: Live Wild Be Well

Thank you L-Bow Mittens for supporting today’s podcast! Find them on IG: @lbowgear or at

Today’s Hosts: @laurenrodycheberle and @cldowsett from @kidswhoexplore
Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.