Medicinal plants have always been used as natural first aid remedies such as rubbing dock leaves onto nettle stings or applying lavender oil to treat burns. You may also come across herbalists running First Aid stations at outdoor festivals. The teams are qualified in Advanced First Aid; some are even experienced nurses and paramedics. Herbs are used to treat a vast array of acute conditions, in both emergency and non-emergency situations, from insect bites to headaches to serious wounds.
Whilst much of this tradition has been lost in modern times, there is a resurgence of public interest in the use of local plants for minor ailments. Many herbalists run beginners’ courses where you can learn more; from plant identification to making remedies. For further information talk to your local medical herbalist see Find A Herbalist.