Every home should have a fully stocked first aid kit. Therapeutic grade essential oils are very effective solutions to help deal with all sorts of summertime bumps, bruises, cuts, scrapes and other summertime discomforts.
When things come up, think about what oils you have on hand. Many people are surprised how many times an oil they bought for some other issue can come in handy in an emergency.
If you have the Essential Oils Desk Reference, look up the oils you have and see what they can be used for. Most oils have antiseptic properties and can be used to disinfect or clean cuts and scrapes. Some oils would need to be diluted. Especially the hot ones like cinnamon or oregano.
A few oils you should have in your Summer First Aid Kit:
Peppermint – This is probably my most favorite essential oil. I drink water with a couple drops of peppermint in it. It is so energizing and refreshing. Always use essential oils in glass containers.
Temporary Fatigue or Lack of Energy: Peppermint is very stimulating. Inhale it & put a drop or 2 on your big toes. Put a couple drops of peppermint in water and drink it.
Heat Fatigue: Peppermint oil, rubbed on base of skull, inhaled, and added to drinking water.
For Digestion and Heartburn: Put a few drops in an empty capsule and take internally after a heavy meal. (Be sure you are using PURE essential oils for this.) Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
Nausea or Motion Sickness: Put a drop of peppermint on your tongue, then on your hand and inhale it. Another way is to rub several drops of peppermint on the abdomen.
Headache: Put a couple of drops on the back of the neck and on the temples, then in your hands & inhale.
Allergy and Cold Congestion: Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion.
Injuries: Apply peppermint oil immediately to bumps and bruises to relieve pain.
Cool off on a Hot Day: Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water.
Poison Ivy or Poison Oak: Apply Peppermint oil on location neat or dilute with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil.
Poison Ivy – Help with Itching
1 cup of cold water
¼ cup of cider vinegar
9 drops of Lavender essential oil
3 drops of Peppermint essential oil
2 drops of Roman Chamomile oil
Blend well. Place in plastic bowl with tight sealing lid.
This blend is great to keep cool in your refrigerator. Soak a washcloth in this solution to gently apply to area of skin with the poison ivy.
Itching: Apply a drop of peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
Insect Repellent: Add 10 drops of peppermint to a 4 oz. bottle of distilled water. This is my favorite insect repellent for working in the garden. It works wonders to keep the biting Deer Flies off. I have had no bites while using this simple formula. Be careful not to get any near your eyes.
Take the peppermint water and spray where insects enter your house.
Remove Ticks: Apply a drop of Peppermint oil on a Q-Tip and dot it on the tick. Wait for it to let go, then remove the tick.
To Kill Aphids: Add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.
Summer Uses for LAVENDER:
Burns and Sunburn – Apply 1-3 drops on burn location to cool tissue and reduce inflammation. Apply 3-6 times daily or as needed.
LavaDerm Cooling Mist from Young Living is another option for sunburn. It has lavender and Aloe Vera.
LavaDerm Cooling Mist #3249
After-Sun Healing Spray
½ cup distilled water
¼ cup aloe vera gel
8 drops of Lavender essential oil
2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil
2 drops Geranium essential oil
Blend together and pour into a 12-16 ounce fine mist
spray bottle. Spray skin if you have been over exposed to
the sun. This is very healing and soothing to sunburned
skin. Do not get any in eyes.
Insomnia: Lavender is well known for its calming and sedative properties. Rub a couple drops on the back of the neck and shoulders. Rub a drop of lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow, then inhale.
Bee Sting or Insect Bite: Put a drop of lavender on the area to stop itching and reduce swelling.
Headaches: Lavender is good for headaches. Put a couple drops in your hand then inhale. Then rub a drop on your temples, the back of the neck across forehead or on location.
Allergies: Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies. Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
Mood Uplifting: Diffuse or put a couple drops in your hand and then inhale. Apply direct application. Lavender also helps PMS symptoms.
Poison Ivy and Poison Oak: Apply 2-3 drops of lavender oil to stop the itching and heal the skin.
Cuts, Scrapes and Other minor injuries: Cleanse & soothe cuts or scrapes.
5 drops lavender
3 drops tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
2 drops cypress
Mix above oils thoroughly in 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add this to 8 ounces of distilled water and shake vigorously. Put in a spray bottle. Spray minor cuts and wounds before applying bandage. Repeat 2-3 times daily for 3 days. Complete the healing process by applying a drop or two of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil to the wound daily for the next few days.
Purification – This one is great for disinfecting cuts and scrapes. Also put on location whenever you have bee stings or other bug bites.
Thieves – This is one to have on hand for when cuts and scrapes get infected. I put Thieves on and layer
AnimalScents, V6 or other carrier oil over it if it needs to be diluted.
PanAway, Helichrysum or Deep Relief
These are all pain relievers.
PanAway is a blend with wintergreen, which has an active principle similar to cortisone; clove, which contains
eugenol, used synthetically by dentists to numb gums; peppermint, calming for nerves; and helichrysum, soothing to localized discomfort.
Many people have had relief from arthritis symptoms, sports injuries, sprains, muscle spasms, bumps and bruises.
Apply on location for muscles, cramps, bruises, compress on the spine and Vita Flex points on the feet.
Headache – Rub a couple drops of PanAway on the back of the neck, on temples or forehead, inhale. Create a
soothing compress by rubbing 1-3 drops of PanAway on location, cover with a warm cloth. Leave for 30 minutes.
Helichrysum is a good oil to have around to stop bleeding. I had an experience with this a while back when I cut myself. I didn’t have straight helichrysum but I had Aroma Life which has helichrysum in it. I put Aroma Life on the cut and stopped the bleeding.
These are just a few ideas for your First Aid Kit.
Did you know that you can do a Raindrop Technique just on the feet? It’s marvelous!!! You apply each of the oils in the Raindrop Kit, one after another, to the feet. If you know Vita Flex (a technique that we use to work oils into the body) use it, otherwise, just rub them on. I would use 3 – 4 drops of each oil on each foot, and use less (1 – 2 drops) of the oregano and thyme at first, because they can heat up on the skin.
Also, I know of several people who just use peppermint oil on their feet when they ache and love the results that they get.
These are just a few ideas for your First Aid Kit.