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First Aid Kit for Gardeners

Despite the satisfactions brought by gardening, this process also involves certain risks. With all the cutting implements, contact with flora and fauna and hours spent toiling under the hot summer sun, it’s easy for a gardener to overdo it and pay the price. So for today I propose you to view together what an essential aid kit should contain.

Bandages, clean dressing (gauze pads), surgical tape

You should have in your house this kind of materials that are very useful in cuts and wounds. To clean a cut, dip a clean cloth or dressing in hydrogen peroxide solution 3% and wipe away from the edges of the wound. This keeps dirt from getting into the cut. The hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial properties and it will prevent infection. Apply a bandage and keep the wound covered for a few days to speed healing.

Newspaper

If it’s a severe cut and you’ve got blood spurting out, the first thing you have to do is to stop the bleeding. Wrap your wound in newspaper and the bleeding should stop in a few seconds. This is because the ink contains blood-clotting substances. If you still experience problems or the injury is really severe, please call the emergency service.

Skin Irritation and Insect Stings

Working with plants can be difficult, especially when you touch (accidentally) poison-ivy or nettle leaves or other kind of plants that contains irritating substances. To prevent this you can use a good pair of rubber gloves. If you have been stung and have no allergies, inspect the sting site carefully to see if the stinger is still in your skin. To relieve swelling, itching and redness I recommend you to use a mixture of water, baking soda and sea salt.

Sunburn

Always remember to use an ultra-protective sun cream with a high SPF (Solar Protection Factor – at least 30). Consult a dermatologist to find out what type of skin do you have to know how to choose the SPF. After the hard day has passed, wash your hands very carefully and apply a marigold cream.

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