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First Aid Kit Using Essential Oils

First Aid Kit Using Essential Oils

First Aid Kit Using Essential Oils

Please first refer to 'The Safe Use of Essential Oils' if you are new to using these to address physical ailments.

You should always consult a medical practitioner for any serious injury or ailment, this information is intended only for treatment of every day minor cuts and scrapes. Always consult your doctor if dealing with young children or if symptoms persist.

Many Essential oils can safely be used as an alternative treatment for minor cuts, scrapes and ailments.

They should, however, never take the place of a diagnosis by a qualified medical practitioner, and only simple or minor afflictions should be self treated. If you are in any doubt, contact your GP.

A Basic 'First Aid Kit' should include the following essential oils, along with a suitable carrier oil,
base cream, as well as distilled water and witch hazel.

Specialised Carrier oils such as sweet almond, Grapeseed etc can be purchased, but pure
vegetable oil, sunflower oil or olive oil can also be used, although it is advisable not to swap the
same bottle between cooking and healing purposes - purchase a separate one for your salad
dressing or chips!

Bergamot: Digestive and urinary problems, appetite regulator, cystitis, deodorant, chickenpox, stress and depression, anxiety. Skin care: oily skin.

Chamomile: This gentle oil can be diluted in a rich base cream to soothe inflamed, itchy skin conditions and heal minor wounds. It can also me massaged gently into painful joints and acts as an analgesic for arthritic conditions. Inhalation is also soothing for sufferers of PMS and menopausal problems.

Clary Sage: Used to massage the abdomen or in a bath, it acts as a muscle relaxant, and thus helps to reduce cramping period pains and PMT. It also regulates the menstrual cycle and can reduce menopausal problems. Added to a bath it can also be used to address thrush.

Cypress: This oil affects circulation and blood flow, and can help to ease heavy periods, menopause symptoms, bad circulation, nosebleeds, varicose veins, and used in skin care to treat open pores and broken capillaries. It is another highly diuretic oil.

Eucalyptus: A cleansing and powerful antiseptic, it can be used in a diffuser or steam inhalation to help to treat flu, sinusitis, laryngitis, asthma, catarrh, coughs and bronchitis. It also helps reduces temperature.

Ginger: Warming. Arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches, poor circulation, mental and physical stress, mastitis, chilblains, shingles, menopausal difficulties, PMS. Add to a carrier oil or base cream, and gently massage into affected joints.

NB Take care if you have sensitive skin, as this oil can sometimes 'burn', always dilute well.

Lavender: You can use a drop of undiluted Lavender directly onto the skin to treat minor cuts, scrapes, burns and insect bites. It takes the swelling out of bruises, reduces the itching from insect bites and soothes and cleanses cuts, scrapes, and burns.

It can also be used sparingly on the temples for headaches, and sprinkled onto a pillowcase to
help you to sleep.

It can be added to a bath to relax, soothe and encourage a good nights sleep.

Lemon Grass: Relaxing and refreshing. Can be used to treat athletes foot, excessive perspiration, muscular pain, tissue and muscular tonic, fevers, infections, headaches, nervous exhaustion. It can also be an effective insect repellent (fleas, lice, mosquitoes, ticks etc).

Neroli: Added to a base cream it can be used to improve skin elasticity, stretch marks. Added to skin care products it can be used for balancing combination skin types and wrinkle prevention.

Peppermint: Useful to inhale to aid breathing congestion or to quell nausea. Try a few drops sprinkled on a tissue or handkerchief and sniffed when suffering travel sickness. Peppermint oil dabbed sparingly on the forehead, temples, the back of the neck can ease painful headaches. It is also helpful for easing the effects of a hangover!

Rose: Is recommended for treating symptoms of PMS or the menopause, regulates and tones the entire female reproductive organs. Added to a base skin cream, it is good for dry, sensitive skin. It is also excellent for mature skin and broken capillaries.

Tea Tree: An extremely versatile oil, active against bacteria, fungi and viruses. It's antibiotic properties mean it can be used for all infections. A few drops in shampoo can prevent head lice, and it is ideal to use in an acne face wash, or you can apply one drop neat to the spots with a cotton bud. Repeat daily.

Simple Home Recipes

Before topical application, most oils need to be diluted, the proportion of essential oil/carrier is given in each recipe, and shouldn't be exceeded.

You can purchase carrier oils especially, such as sweet almond oil etc, but pure vegetable oils and olive oils can also be safely used.

An unscented base cream can be purchased, and i have also used E45 type creams as a base.

Acne Treatment

Facial Toner/cleanser for oily skin
• 12 drops lemongrass oil
• 6 drops juniper berry oil
• 2 drops ylang ylang oil
• 30 ml witch hazel lotion

Mix together in a bottle, and apply as a cleanser or toner using a cotton pad. You can use this facial toner daily.

Asthma Relief

Asthma Inhalation Rub
• 6 drops lavender oil
• 4 drops geranium oil
• 1 drop marjoram oil
• 1 drop peppermint or ginger oil
• 30ml Carrier or Vegetable oil

Combine the ingredients. Rub on chest as needed, especially before bedtime.
Because asthmatics can be extremely sensitive to scent, test the formula by simply sniffing it to make sure there is no adverse reaction.

Essential Oil Steam Inhalation

• 25 drops eucalyptus oil
• 1.5 pints of very hot water

Add essential oils to the water (not boiling) in a bowl and mix well.
Put your face over the steam and drape a towel over the back of your head to form a mini-sauna.
Breathe in the steam, coming out for fresh air as needed.
Do at least three rounds of steam inhalation several times a day.
Keep your eyes closed while steaming. It's okay to use this steam inhalation as often as you like.

Burn Wash/Compress

• 5 drops lavender oil
• 1 pint cold water

Add the essential oil to the water and stir well to disperse the oil.
Immerse the burned area in the water for several minutes, or take a soft cloth, soak it in the water, and apply it to the burn.
Leave the compress on for several minutes, then resoak and reapply at least twice more.

Chest Congestion

Nasal Inhaler
• 5 drops eucalyptus oil
• 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Place the salt in a small vial (glass is best) with a tight lid and add essential oil. The salt will absorb the oil so it won’t spill when you carry it. When needed, open the vial and inhale deeply. This same technique can be used with any essential oil listed above. Sniff as needed throughout the day.

Vapour Rub
• 12 drops eucalyptus oil
• 5 drops peppermint oil
• 5 drops thyme oil
• 30ml Carrier/Vegetable/Olive oil

Combine ingredients in a bottle. Shake well to mix oils evenly.
Gently massage into chest and throat. Use one to five times per day and especially just before bed.

Cuts and Scrapes

Germ Fighter Spray
• 12 drops tea tree oil
• 6 drops eucalyptus oil
• 6 drops lemon oil
• 60ml distilled water

Combine the ingredients, and shake well to mix the oils before each use.
Put into a spray bottle and use as needed on minor cuts, burns, or abrasions to prevent infection and speed healing.

Skin Conditions

Nappy Rash Baby Oil
• 6 drops lavender oil
• 2 drops chamomile oil
• 60 ml Carrier oil

Combine the ingredients. Use after each nappy change and as an all-over massage oil. The same amount of lavender and chamomile can also be stirred into a basic salve or base cream (use a cocktail stick!) and used on the nappy area.

Athletes Foot/Fungal Infections

Fungal Fighter Solution
• 12 drops tea tree oil
• 8 drops geranium oil
• 3 drops thyme oil
• 2 drops myrrh oil (optional)
• 1 tablespoon tincture of benzoin*
• 2 ounces apple cider vinegar

Combine the ingredients, and shake well before each use. Dab this solution on the afflicted area,
or use it as a wash at least once a day.

* available from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mystic-Moments-Benzoin-Tincture-50ml/dp/B00HEGIGWM
aka Friars Balsam here in UK.

Fungal Fighter Powder
• 14 drops lemon eucalyptus or tea tree oil
• 8 drops geranium oil
• 5 drops sage oil
• 1 drop peppermint oil
• 4 tablespoons/ 30g cornflour

Place the cornflour in a resealable plastic bag. Sprinkle in the essential oils slowly, trying to distribute them evenly through the powder. Close the bag and toss the powder, breaking up any clumps that form. For long-term storage, keep the powder in a sealed plastic bag or glass or ceramic container, although you probably will find a shake bottle with a perforated lid more convenient to dispense it. Use the powder at least once a day, more often if possible.
You can also use the powder as a trainer/shoe deodoriser.

Sore Throat Relief

Neck Wrap for Sore Throats
• 2 drops lavender oil
• 2 drops bergamot oil
• 1 drop tea tree oil
• 2 cups hot water

Mix the water with the essential oils. While still warm, soak a soft cloth or flannel in the water and wring it out. Wrap it around the neck. Cover with a towel (thin enough to be comfortable) to hold in the heat. Remove before it becomes cold. Use throughout the day as often as you wish.

Steam Inhalation
• 12 drops eucalyptus oil
• 12 drops lavender oil
• 1.5 pints of very hot water

Add essential oils to the water (not boiling) in a bowl and mix well.
Put your face over the steam and drape a towel over the back of your head to form a mini-sauna.
Breathe in the steam, coming out for fresh air as needed.
This will sooth a sore throat and reduce inflammation.

PMS Treatment

Mood Oil
• 9 drops geranium oil
• 6 drops chamomile oil
• 3 drops clary sage oil
• 2 drops marjoram oil
• 3 drops Neroli Oil
• 60 ml carrier oil

Combine the ingredients.
Use daily as a massage oil or add 1 to 2 teaspoons to a bath.
Without the vegetable oil, you can use this in a diffuser or simply carry around a vial of it to smell as needed.

Bloating and Headache Relief Oil
• 6 drops lavender oil
• 3 drops juniper berry oil
• 2 drops birch oil

Combine ingredients.
Add to your bath or to 10ml carrier oil for a massage oil (Omit the patchouli if you don’t like the smell; it can easily overwhelm a formula).
Taking time to relax in an aromatic bath or getting a massage with a fragrant oil can help a great deal. The juniper berry and patchouli are recommended for bloating and water retention, and birch is a natural pain reliever.

For best results with any PMS or menstruation remedy, begin using it a couple of days before you experience any symptoms.

Muscle Pain/Cramp Relief

• 12 drops lavender oil
• 6 drops marjoram oil
• 4 drops chamomile oil
• 4 drops ginger oil
• 60ml carrier/vegetable oil

Combine ingredients. Massage as often as needed over the cramping area.
This blend is excellent for lower back or shoulder pain, tight muscles from working at a computer, or the aftereffects of physical exercise.
Even menstrual cramps, which are really little more than the cramping of the uterine muscle, respond well to this remedy.
This same recipe can be used as a first-aid treatment along with ice on sprains and bruises. The sooner it is applied, the better. It reduces the swelling and pain and promotes faster healing.

Menopause Ease

• 6 drops lemon oil
• 5 drops geranium oil
• 2 drops clary sage oil
• 1 drop jasmine oil
• 60ml carrier/vegetable oil or body lotion

Combine the ingredients. Use at least once a day as a massage oil, in a lotion, or in a bath (add 2 teaspoons to the bathwater). If this formula is too oily for you, add the same essential oils to 60ml of base cream or body lotion.

Earache Ease

• 3 drops lavender oil
• 3 drops tea tree oil
• 1 tablespoon carrier/vegetable oil

Combine ingredients. Rub this oil around the ear and down the side of the neck.
For children, no more than 3 drops total of essential oil to 1 tablespoon carrier oil. Rub on both ears two to four times a day, especially before bed.

An earache is most likely due to an infection. While this is not the sort of condition to treat exclusively with aromatherapy, an aromatherapy massage oil rubbed on the outside of the ear is an excellent addition to other treatments.

For this aromatherapy treatment, dilute an antiseptic essential oil like lavender or tea tree in olive oil. Lavender has the added benefit of helping to reduce inflammation. Gently rub this around the outside of the ear and down along the lymph nodes on the side of the neck. Do not put it inside the
ear itself. Instead, make a warm compress using these same oils and place it directly over the ear. Always treat both ears, even if only one hurts, and continue treating them for a couple days after the pain is gone.

Headache Relief

Headache-Be-Gone Compress
• 5 drops lavender or eucalyptus oil
• 1 cup/0.5 pint of cold water

Add essential oil to water, and soak a flannel. Wring it out, lie down, and close your eyes. Place the flannel over your forehead and eyes. Use throughout the day, as often as you can.

Most people find that their headaches respond best to a cold compress, but you can use a warm or hot compress, or alternate the two, for the result that works best. You can also place a second compress at the back of the neck.

When you do not have time for compresses, dab a small drop of lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil on each temple. For some people, a hot bath only makes their head pound more. However, if bathing does ease your pain, add a few drops of relaxing lavender or chamomile to your bath water.

Migraine Headache Hand Soak

Migraine headaches can be especially painful. Raising the temperature of the hands 15°F by soaking them in warm water seems to short-circuit a vascular headache such as a migraine by regulating circulation. Adding a couple drops of essential oil to the water increases the effect.

Migraines often respond best to a blend of ginger and lavender.

• 5 drops lavender oil
• 5 drops ginger oil
• 1 quart hot water, about 110°F

Add essential oils to the hot water, and soak hands for at least 3 minutes. This therapy can be done repeatedly.

Insect Bite relief

Bite & Sting Spray
• 10drops lavender oil
• 5 drops chamomile oil
• 5 drops Teatree oil
• 10 ml distilled water

Mix together in a roller or spray bottle, and apply directly to bites.
Chamomile and lavender essential oils reduce swelling and inflammation, and diminish itching or other allergic response. Teatree acts as an antiseptic.
For mosquito or other insect bites that don’t demand much attention, a simple dab of essential oil of lavender or tea tree provides relief from itching.

Cystitis Relief

Relaxing Bath
• 15 Drops Lavender
• 15 drops Camomile
• 5 Drops Sandalwood
• 8 drops Bergamot
• 8 drops Tea Tree
• 30 ml carrier oil

Mix oils together, and add 10 to 15 drops to a bath (Don't add under a running hot tap, as the oils will evaporate too quickly) and relax!
This recipe contains antiseptic and soothing oils that can help to ease the discomfort of cystitis.

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some lovely remedies here. I like the thought of the sore throat wrap. I have never tried this and will have a go next time I have tonsillitis.

Posted by: wychiewoman on 21/03/2015 12:24:00

 

really informative...but can you suggest anything for C.A.A? (constant arse ache! lol) My husband suffers terribly with it...and seems to think I am part of the cause! lol

Posted by: Strange Brew on 23/03/2015 14:25:00

 

Another great article full of useful information

Posted by: Ryewolf on 07/04/2015 09:49:00

 

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