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Creating a Natural First Aid Kit

Essential Oils



What Essential Oils should be in my First Aid Kit?

by Penny Keay

Yes, essential oils are an important part of any first aid kits and in your storage case too.

A list of basic essential oils for any one just starting out will include many of these essential oils to begin with.

Without a doubt, number one on the list is Lavender. Next should be Tea Tree. Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon, and Clove bud.

Personally, I would also suggest adding Helichrysum.

A quick list of why each oil is useful follows. This list is just the most common reason or uses. There are certainly many, many more uses of each of these oils.

Be sure to get a good book on Aromatherapy. One good book is Valerie Ann Worwood's book - The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.

This book provided some of the information for this article. See our Book Review page for other excellent aromatherapy books.

Lavender:

Stings and bites, burns, bruises, scrapes. It has analgesic, antiseptic and more properties to help heal wounds. Not to mention the calming effect it will have to the person affected.

Tea Tree:

Good for all types of infections. It is antifungal, antiviral and anti-bacterial. Good for all kinds of skin wounds and irritations from sunburn, to acne, athlete’s foot and more.

Peppermint :

Known for its anti-nausea and indigestion relief. Peppermint also helps with headaches, sinus congestion and even for painful joints!

I recently read where adding a few drops to some calamine lotion, helps relieve and heal Poison ivy lesions more quickly!

Oh and if you are camping, Peppermint will help keep the ants away from the picnic table, the mice out of your tent and other unwanted pests away too! (Al just mentioned that if you go camping in bear country, you should be cautious about using any essential oil as some bears are easily attracted to sweet scents.)

Roman and/or German Chamomile:

Excellent to help you and your children relax and fall asleep more easily after a day of excitement. Of course, they also have anti-inflammatory properties and are helpful for burns, bee stings nettle rashes, and other injuries.

Eucalyptus :

Best known to help relieve congestion from coughs and colds. But did you know that it is also an excellent insect repellent? Especially Eucalyptus citriodora (Eucalyptus Lemon).

Eucalyptus has great antiseptic and antiviral properties. It is anti-inflammatory and a mild analgesic (relieves pain). There are several varieties of Eucalyptus and any of them would be a great addition to your kit.

Rosemary:

This wonderful stimulating essential oil is great to use on long road trips. It will give you a pick me up and will be great after a long and tiring day. Rosemary is also one of Al's recommendations along with Peppermint to use for those headaches that can pop up out of nowhere.

Just a drop or two mixed with a little carrier oil and rubbed on the back of your neck and shoulders will relieve those headaches within a few minutes. Use Rosemary on painful muscles and joints too!

Thyme:

This is a superb antiviral essential oil. It also has great antibacterial and ant-ifungal properties. Please do not OVER use this oil. It is very potent and should not be used on an ongoing basis. It should be used diluted only. Use when needed and do not use beyond where you are healed and well.

Lemon:

Best known for its antiseptic and disinfecting properties. Lemon will freshen and clean most all surfaces. Can be very effective on insect bites. Some folks have found headache relief from using Lemon oil too.

Clove bud:

Antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic are the most important properties held by Clove bud oil. It is great for toothaches and other pains, such as painful joints and muscles. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. It is one oil that could cause a skin reaction (burning sensation).

Helichrysum :

great analgesic, antibacterial and helps if uses on bruises shortly after they occur. It will reduce the discoloration and help heal the bruise very quickly. Because it has analgesic properties bumps and bruises won't be as painful.


Other supplies to keep with your aromatic first-aid kit

  • Include a small vial of carrier oil for diluting your essential oils. You can fill an empty 10 oz. bottle or purchase a small, empty one and fill it with your favorite carrier oil. 
  • Put some toothpicks in a little plastic bag in your kit. You can use a toothpick to dip into the oil when you only want a trace on your tongue. Or, you can use the toothpick to stir the oil into your water.
  • Gauze pads, cling bandages and adhesive bandages. These may not all fit in your small pouch, but you’ll want them in a handy first aid kit in your car, at the office and in a convenient and logical place in your home. Dip them in sterile water with a few drops of various essential oils mixed in and wrap with your cling bandage. This is great for quick absorption of lavender for burns, geranium for small cuts, and peppermint for bruises. You can also keep a supply of sterile gauze or flannel bandages for use on larger areas.
  • A suction extractor will help take poisons and infectious material out of open wounds (like a nail puncture wound) and snake bites where you have a serious risk of infection. You’ll want to use it with Tea Tree as you’re travelling to your health care provider.

Other single oils you could add for a larger kit

Fir is excellent for congestion and sinusitis. Use it undiluted on the sinus areas of your face. Keep it away from your eyes. Be sure to keep a carrier oil handy to dilute it quickly in case a little does get in your eyes. Apply it on your toes. For a soothing joint massage and for emotional trauma release, have a back massage using 4 to 5 drops in a teaspoon of Fir. Or you can apply it undiluted along your spine and on your joints. 
 
Lemon is an antimicrobial oil that also clears the mind. Diffusing 10 to 20 drops will purify the air. Shake 2 to 3 drops into a cup of water for pleasant disinfectant spray. Make it a habit to stir a few drops in lemon juice and water for a pleasant liver, gall bladder and kidney cleanse. Inhale a few drops through a tissue to help with motion sickness, morning sickness or other types of nausea.
 
Frankincense oil has been used for centuries in religious rituals. Apply a few drops to your palm and rub your hands together. Cup your hands over your mouth and nose and inhale. Put it a drop under your tongue to assist emotional trauma. Use a drop mixed into honey for respiratory conditions. Apply a trace on your temples to help with headaches.

***The First Aid Blends 

Because of their amazing synergistic effects, the blends can do things that no single oil can do by itself. Some contain as many as 20 different ingredients … some in very tiny amounts. Blends can be highly effective because they contain powerful, costly essential oils in small amounts. Many are delightfully pleasant to smell as well as highly effective.  

Respiratory Blends: Aspire, Breezy, Stefanie or Mariah

Aspire is designed more for upper-respiratory conditions. Breezy is designed for the lungs. The other two are for particularly difficult viral and bacterial infections.
 
You can use any or all of these four oils topically and in diffusion. Use all the ways listed above for Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree or Fir. Do not ingest these particular oils. Use them on a regular basis during the cold and flu season. Use them for foot, chest and back massage diluted 3 to 4 drops per teaspoon of mixing oil. Use the undiluted on your toes. When applying them topically, warm the skin with a hair dryer for better penetration. Diffuse 10 to 20 drops before bedtime.  

Deliverance for infections 

This strong and versatile antimicrobial blend was created for all types of infections and as a preventive cleanse. Use it topically as you would Eucalyptus radiata. It’s great for diffusing during an illness and to protect you against airborne infections. Take it internally as you would Tea Tree. Its primary function is to purify deep in the digestive system, so take 2 to 4 drops in a vegetable capsule filled up with mixing oil 3 times a day with meals. Take it in teas, with honey and in your drinking water. 

Deeper, the energizing blend 

This wonderfully penetrating blend was created for stiff joints, tendons and muscles. Use 3 to 5 drop in a carrier oil and massage joints and muscles to warm up them before exercise or just to get yourself moving more freely and easily the morning. Use it undiluted on cuts to help them heal. 

Tranquility for calming stress

Massage feet and ears with a drop or two undiluted to relieve headaches, back pain and various other pain associated with stress, tension or anxiety. Use regularly alone or with AboutFace on the feet for insomnia, hyperactivity, ADHD, depression and any other conditions that require calming action. Use 3 to 5 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil for all types of general calming massage. Diffuse 10 to 20 drops to calm yourself before sleep. 

HeartSong helps relieve depression and grief

You can create a beautiful, uplifting massage oil by using a tablespoon of mixing oil with 4 to 6 drops of Heart Song. Use as a massage oil during loving, happy times to anchor positive memories and associations. Then you can use the oil later when you need to restore those positive feelings.

InsideOut for gastric distress

Dilute 4 to 5 drops in a teaspoon of mixing oil for a calming abdominal massage. Weightless is a good ingestible blend for gastric distress and cleansing as well as increasing metabolism. Take a drop in tea or water. Try it in various recipes. Both oils can be used diluted for abdominal massage.

AboutFace for a grounding foot massage

This is the premier oil for all types of reflexology—of the ears, hands and especially the feet. Use a few drops undiluted, especially on your toes. Then use 3 to 4 drops in a carrier oil for a general foot and ankle massage. This is a synergistic oil to improve the action of other blends or single oils used on the feet. Daily foot massage can offer remarkable results for a wide variety of conditions both of the mind and the body.

Applications

Act quickly to prevent bruises

Most people don’t take simple bruises very seriously. But with essential oils, you have the opportunity to act quickly to minimize the body’s clean-up after a bruise. A bruise occurs because capillaries are broken and blood spills into tissues causing a “black and blue” area. Then the body’s immune system goes to work cleaning up all the debris. This causes various forms of discoloration as the area heals. The result of unnecessary bruising is a lot of oxidation (think premature aging, free radicals, a higher likelihood of degenerative diseases). 
 
By acting quickly with Peppermint or another “bruise oil” you can minimize bruising and prevent a lot of unnecessary oxidation and free radicals. Peppermint cools the area, decreases inflammation and minimizes the amount of blood that spills into your tissues. It also helps clean up any infection and helps cells regenerate quickly. You’ll also minimize the pain because Peppermint is an analgesic oil (calms pain). 
 
On a small area use only a trace on your pinky finger and tap the area of the bruise lightly. If the area is larger, you can apply a drop in a little mixing oil. 
 
Always take care of injuries quickly using essential oils. Carry a small case of at least the 6 first-aid oils in your purse or back pack. 

Cuts and scrapes

Here are in-home procedures for minor injuries that don’t require a visit to a clinic for stitches. 
 
Use a drop of Tea Tree undiluted on a minor cut (that does not require stitches) to disinfect the wound. Apply an additional amount of Tea Tree every hour or two for the first 6 hours to minimize the chances of infection.

If there is a lot of bleeding, such as in a cut on the head, mix the Tea Tree with a drop of geranium undiluted. The bleeding may increase at first to cleanse the wound, but soon the geranium will help stop the bleeding to and assist the regeneration of tissue. 
 
Put a drop of tea tree and/or geranium on the pad of an adhesive bandage. If there is bruising as well, add a drop of Peppermint to the mixture.
 
If you do go in for stitches, you can speed up the healing and minimize any chance of infection by using a drop or two of the undiluted Tea Tree, Geranium, Lavender or Deliverance.

Puncture wounds, animal bites and snake bites 

For these types of injuries, you’ll want to get to your health care professional quickly. But you can also grab your oils on the way to the clinic or hospital and use them quickly.
 
In the case of puncture wounds, animal bites and snake bites potentially infectious substances and poisons need to be extracted from the wound. It can be useful to keep a suction device handy. It acts like a large syringe without a needle to pull substances from a puncture wound. You’ll use it before applying Tea Tree or Deliverance to your wound. Then get to a health care professional as quickly as possible. If you don’t have a suction device, use Tea Tree or Deliverance and get professional help quickly.

Brakes and sprains (bones, ligaments and joints)

Grab your oils and get to your health care professional quickly. Use the oils on your way. Under his or her direction, after treatment use the oils as helpful home-care additions to whatever he or she suggests.  
 
You’ll want to quickly help control the pain by using either Peppermint or the Paine blend. If the area is small and not on an area with highly sensitive skin, simply put a little oil on your pinky finger and lightly tap the area. For a larger area mix 4 to 5 drops in a teaspoon of mixing oil, and spread it on the area.
 
If you’re instructed to ice the area, before applying ice, mix 4 to 5 drops of Peppermint or the Paine blend in 1/3 cup of water and shake. Soak some gauze or a small flannel cloth in the mixture and apply it to the painful area. You can secure it with a cling bandage if you have one handy. Then apply the ice pack. 
 
After a while when the heat and inflammation from the injured area have diminished and when your health care professional suggests that you apply heat to speed the healing, dress the area with the Paine blend like you did before when applying ice. It will help with both hot and cold applications.
 
As healing progresses, you can increase the circulation around the injured area with a gentle massage using a diluted circulation blend such as About Face, Deeper or Vitality. They each have a different action, so you may wish to rotate them.  
 
IMPORTANT CAUTION: All essential oils are “hot” to some degree, even the cooling ones like Peppermint can be stimulating. As long as you can feel that the injured area shows signs of inflammation—being red, hot, swollen or in acute pain—DO NOT use a hot pack because it would add even more heat and make the situation worse! Listen to what your body is trying to tell you, not rigid instructions in a book or on a website. If cold seems to bring relief, use cold. If it feels better with warmth,  then that is what your body seems to be calling for. 

Minor burns and sunburns

For first and some second degree burns, use these in-home procedures as part of an overall plan involving your health care professional or as indicated in an authoritative home-health-care directory…
 
For a localized burn run cold tap water over the area for about 10 minutes. Then use a drop or two of undiluted Lavender if the area is small. It will quickly reduce the pain and speed the healing.
 
For a more serious burn, follow the instructions of your health care professional, but suggest spraying on Lavender blended in sterile water. It cools the burn, helps relieve pain and speeds healing. Mix 4 to 5 drops of Lavender in 1/2 cup of sterile water. You may also wish to add a drop of Peppermint for cooling and a drop or two of Geranium for quicker healing. Shake and spray. 
 
You can also dip a sterile gauze pad in this solution and place it on a minor burn. If you are instructed to cover the burn with a bandage or a cling film, suggest keeping it cool by spraying it with your Lavender/water solution  or applying cold cloths or ice packs.
 
For minor sunburn, create a solution using one cup of water and 4 to 5 drops of Lavender, a drop of Tea Tree, a drop of Peppermint, and possibly a drop of Helichrysum if you have it. Use Geranium if you don’t have Helichrysum. Shake and spray on the sunburn every 15 or 20 minutes for the first 3 or 4 hours whenever you feel the heat and pain coming on. Continue using it daily after your (tepid) shower for several days.
You can use a similar solution as a safe deodorant used after your shower to stop odors before they start. It works by cleaning out the bacteria from your pores. Because the underarm area is a sensitive area of the body where there are many lymph nodes, it’s not a good idea to use strong, chemical deodorants that contain synthetic fragrances and aluminum. Find a safer crystal or stick deodorant that works for you and add a drop of Lavender on it each day as you use it. The Lavender will not leave a strong aroma that lingers or conflicts with whatever fragrance you are using.

Infected wounds

Consult an authoritative home-health-care directory or online service and involve your health care professional as indicated. Use these in-home procedures using essential oils under his or her direction.
 
You can greatly speed the healing process by applying a drop or two of Tea Tree or Deliverance on a wound. This helps clean up the infection without antibiotics and their dangerous side-effects. Visit with your health care professional about replacing the antibiotics he or she suggests with safer Tea Tree or Deliverance.

Nosebleed

Don’t apply essential oils to the delicate mucous membranes inside the nose (especially for people prone to hay fever or allergies).
 
Try putting a trace of Geranium on the outside of the nose over the nostrils without getting any into the mucous membranes inside the nose. Apply a few drops of Peppermint at the base of the neck to enhance the cold action. Then apply an ice pack or cold cloth at the base of the neck. 
 
Do not apply Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Birch or any of the “cooling” or “icy-hot” blends containing a significant percentage of these cooling oils to the necks of children under 2.5 years of age.

Insect bites and stings

Put a trace of Peppermint, Purify or Paine on a minor insect bite or sting as soon as possible.
 
Peppermint  and Purify are also safe insect repellents. You can create a safe, non-toxic repellent spray with 4 to 5 drops of Peppermint or Purify shaken into 1/2 cup of water. Spray on skin and clothing. 

Bruises, bumps and smashed fingers

Put a drop of undiluted Peppermint or the Paine blend on your little finger and gently tap around the injured area to quickly relieve pain and prevent inflammation could add even greater pain.
 
For more serious bruising mix a drop of Lavender, Fir, Lemon, and Geranium into a little carrier oil and apply to the injured area. 
 
You can also dilute a drop of Tranquility in a little carrier oil and apply it to the affected area. Then massage the surrounding muscles with a drop of Deeper diluted with a little carrier oil to increase circulation and speed healing.
 
If the area of bruising is quite large, mix 1/4 cup water with 4 to 5 drops of Peppermint or the Paine blend. Soak a gauze or flannel and apply it to the area. Cover the area with cling film and apply a cold pack or ice pack as desired.  

Shock

Apply a drop of undiluted Geranium on the sternum area of the chest and massage a drop or two into the balls of the feet. 
 
Use 2 to 3 drops of About Face with a drop of Geranium, Lavender or Tranquility mixed into a teaspoon of mixing oil. Simply smelling Geranium, Lavender, or Tranquility will help prevent shock and aid recovery.  

Poisoning detoxification

Follow emergency measures as outlined in an authoritative first-aid manual or online guide. After these emergency measures have the poisoning under control, you will want to detoxify your body from the residual or deeper effects of the poisoning. With the approval of your health care professional …
 
Use a drop of Peppermint and/or Lemon in a quart of drinking water. Drink at least 1/2 gallon or more every day for several months. Do this for several months to detoxify.

Heat stroke

Quickly drink whatever safe liquid you can find …preferably water. A trace of Peppermint in the water will bring “cooling energy” into your body quickly.

Hypothermia

Mix 3 to 5 drops of Deeper in a tablespoon of mixing oil and have a vigorous full-body massage to increase the energy and heat. Drink a cup of herbal tea or warm water with a trace of a spicy oil like Cinnamon. 

Altitude sickness

When you are hiking or travel in high altitudes, carry Aspire, Peppermint, Lemon and Tranquility. Put a drop of one of these oils in a tissue and inhale through it. Or you can put a drop in the palm of your hands and cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale the aroma. You can also put a trace of the oil under your nostrils. Be sure to avoid getting the oils in the mucous membranes inside your nose. 
 
Put a trace or a drop of Peppermint or Lemon in a cup to a quart of drinking water. Use a toothpick to adjust the amount. You don’t want too much. Use a toothpick to put a trace of the oil under your tongue.

Frostbite

Mix 2 to 3 drops of Lavender or Geranium in a cup of warm water. Soak a cloth in the mixture and apply to the frostbitten area. Cover with a plastic film and keep a warm cloth or heat on the area for a few hours. Then massage the area gently with 2 to 3 drops of either of the two oils mixed in a teaspoon or less of the carrier oil.

Simple First Aid Wash

Simply put several drops of Lavender essential oil in a small basin of tepid water. If the body part that needs cleaning is easy to submerse, simply swish around in the water for a few minutes. If the body part can not be submersed, then use a wash cloth and gently wipe or sponge water over the area.

The natural antiseptic properties of Lavender may help fight any infection and its analgesic property will help with any pain or discomfort.

Use this wash for scrapes, bug bites and any other bump or bruise!

We carry essential oils with us wherever and whenever we travel.

★ Please, do not leave your essential oils in your car. ★

Ideally, if you have a small insulated bag, or cooler, your oils will be much happier in that!! Protecting them from sunlight and excessive heat will prolong their effectiveness and extend their shelf life.

For use in Hotel rooms:

Don't forget to take along a small diffuser or two. ****The TruMelange fan diffuser or a Scentball are small and easy to use in any guest room or suite.

Have a safe and fun time while you travel or when you are at home too.


Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are used for diluting essential oils. They’re also called mixing oils or fixed oils. Our carrier oils are cold pressed and organically grown. Click here to learn more.



 

Sweet almond oil is the most popular carrier for many reasons. It is inexpensive and absorbs quickly, usually within 5 to 10 minutes. Almond oil has a light, non-offensive aroma. It is slightly heavier than coconut or grapeseed. The economy-sized 8 oz. bottle is your best value.



 

Fractionated coconut oil is another popular carrier oil choice. Like almond oil, coconut is inexpensive, absorbs quickly, has almost no aroma and has a long shelf life at room temperature. It doesn’t go rancid. The 8 oz. size is your greatest value.

 

 

Grapeseed oil is another excellent choice for a carrier oil. This is the one you will want to use for creating capsules. It is also light for mixing with essential oils for spray bottles. Sweet almond and grapeseed oils can be used by themselves or in combination. The 8 oz. size is your best value.


**Recommended size of Oils 10 ml- 1 oz.

*** First Aide Blends can be found here

**** TruMelange Fan Diffuser

Everyone has a place in their home where they keep band-aids, ointments, aspirin and allergy medicine. For us, we have a couple of places because we like to have multiples of everything. It’s important to have these things on hand at all times — you never know when you’ll need them. But do you have an actual first aid kit put together? Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in any home. Keep it in easy reach so it’s ready at a moment’s notice. You could just buy a pre-packed kit, or you could put together your own diy first aid kit — and chances are good that you have a lot of this stuff in your cabinets, drawers and linen closets already.

Copyright © 2016 - Survival at Home - Read more at: http://survivalathome.com/diy-first-aid-kit/
Everyone has a place in their home where they keep band-aids, ointments, aspirin and allergy medicine. For us, we have a couple of places because we like to have multiples of everything. It’s important to have these things on hand at all times — you never know when you’ll need them. But do you have an actual first aid kit put together? Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in any home. Keep it in easy reach so it’s ready at a moment’s notice. You could just buy a pre-packed kit, or you could put together your own diy first aid kit — and chances are good that you have a lot of this stuff in your cabinets, drawers and linen closets already.

Copyright © 2016 - Survival at Home - Read more at: http://survivalathome.com/diy-first-aid-kit/
Everyone has a place in their home where they keep band-aids, ointments, aspirin and allergy medicine. For us, we have a couple of places because we like to have multiples of everything. It’s important to have these things on hand at all times — you never know when you’ll need them. But do you have an actual first aid kit put together? Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in any home. Keep it in easy reach so it’s ready at a moment’s notice. You could just buy a pre-packed kit, or you could put together your own diy first aid kit — and chances are good that you have a lot of this stuff in your cabinets, drawers and linen closets already.

Copyright © 2016 - Survival at Home - Read more at: http://survivalathome.com/diy-first-aid-kit/
Everyone has a place in their home where they keep band-aids, ointments, aspirin and allergy medicine. For us, we have a couple of places because we like to have multiples of everything. It’s important to have these things on hand at all times — you never know when you’ll need them. But do you have an actual first aid kit put together? Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in any home. Keep it in easy reach so it’s ready at a moment’s notice. You could just buy a pre-packed kit, or you could put together your own diy first aid kit — and chances are good that you have a lot of this stuff in your cabinets, drawers and linen closets already.

Copyright © 2016 - Survival at Home - Read more at: http://survivalathome.com/diy-first-aid-kit/
Everyone has a place in their home where they keep band-aids, ointments, aspirin and allergy medicine. For us, we have a couple of places because we like to have multiples of everything. It’s important to have these things on hand at all times — you never know when you’ll need them. But do you have an actual first aid kit put together? Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in any home. Keep it in easy reach so it’s ready at a moment’s notice. You could just buy a pre-packed kit, or you could put together your own diy first aid kit — and chances are good that you have a lot of this stuff in your cabinets, drawers and linen closets already.

Copyright © 2016 - Survival at Home - Read more at: http://survivalathome.com/diy-first-aid-kit/
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