Almost every home medicine cabinet has a first aid kit. It’s usually that little go-to case or bag that you reach for when treating the newest scrape the kids acquired in the back yard, or helping with that burn on your finger from the kitchen. Whatever it may be, we all have that ointment or pill in the medicine cabinet that keeps the house from becoming an infirmary. There is no better time than now to incorporate essential oils into your first aid kit and see the difference they can make in your home.
Let’s look at three, versatile essential oils that will be your first aid favorites in no time.
Lavender is one of the most adaptable essential oils there is. With so many uses it’s a must have to add to your first-aid kit. Lavender can be used for a multitude of ailments including but not limited to minor burns, wound treatment, insomnia, and headaches. For minor burns such as a sun burn or a light heat burn, apply 2-4 drops directly to the skin and carefully spread over the affected area. For deeper, heavy burns, consider adding more drops to a carrier oil to sooth affected area. For a cooling spray, mix 4-8 drops of lavender essential oil with 4 oz of distilled water in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray over affected area. For headaches, apply a few drops directly to your finger tips and massage the temples and the back of the neck. Lavender oil can also help facilitate a restful sleep. Apply a few drops of lavender to a pillow or diffuse while sleeping to help with a restful sleep.
Peppermint oil is known for its soothing yet powerful aroma. Topical application of peppermint can help with all sorts of muscle aches and pains, as well as soothe mosquito and bug bites. To apply topically, rub 2-4 drops between palms and massage into sore muscles. For bug or mosquito bites, apply one drop directly to affected area. For a soothing spray, mix 4-8 drops of peppermint with 4 oz of distilled water and spray over skin. For those annual winter colds, peppermint works as a fantastic decongestant. Rub a few drops over the chest or neck area to help with sinus congestion. Also consider rubbing a few drops between your palms and cup over your nose and mouth while inhaling deeply. Another helpful way peppermint adds to your home first aid kit is by helping with indigestion. After a meal, mix a few drops of peppermint with tea or 6 oz of water to promote a relaxed stomach.
Adding helichrysum to your outdoor adventure first aid kit is indispensable. Most painful bumps or bruises can be helped with helichrysum. For minor wound care, be sure to wash and clean the affected area first, then rub a drop of helichrysum around the cut or scrape to promote healthy recovery. Helichrysum also has minor anti-inflammatory properties. For swelling related to bruising or joint discomfort, apply a few drops of helichrysum to affected area. Also apply helichrysum to aid in bruise healing and discomfort. Overall, helichrysum is a great oil to use when addressing skin irritations and any topical applications.
Oils are a great way to supplement your home first aid kit. Using natural, home remedies can be a great way to help keep your family healthy. Remember in any emergency situation always stay calm and call the appropriate authorities. Be sure to always consult a physician before using any essential oils. For more information on oils be sure to check out the Essential Oils Desk Reference Guide and the Essential oils Pocket Reference Guide.