firstaidkit

Incorporating essential oils into your household first aid kit is a natural and cost-effective way to deal with many of the little “emergencies” that come along. It is important to keep in mind that these oils are very potent, so do not be tempted to “double up” dosages to achieve effects twice as fast.

10 Essential Oils for the Family Kit:

Lavender ~ Tea Tree ~ Peppermint ~ Chamomile ~ Eucalyptus ~ Geranium ~ Rosemary ~ Thyme ~ Lemon ~ Clove

Abscesses

Apply a compress to which you have added the following essential oils: 2 drops lavender, 2 drops tea tree and 2 drops sandalwood. Apply this to the site twice a day.

Alternate oils that could be used: chamomile Roman, lemon, eucalyptus

Abrasions

Clean the area well with 5 drops of lavender diluted in a bowl of warm water. Apply one neat drop of lavender and leave to heal.

Alternate oils that could be used: tea tree, red thyme, niaouli, neroli, frankincense, myrrh

Athletes Foot

Make up a mixture of 2 drops of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender; dip a cotton-wool bud into it and smear it between the toes and around the nails. Add approximately 20 drops of essential oil to a footbath and soak your feet for 15 minutes, three times a day.

Also make up the following massage oil and rub it over the feet, paying special attention to the toes: 5 drops tea tree, 1 drop lemon diluted in 1 teaspoon of witch hazel.

Alternate oils that could be used: geranium, hyssop, lavender, thyme

Black Eyes

Dilute 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop of chamomile in 1 dessertspoon of witch-hazel and blend well together.

Now add this to 1 tablespoon ice-cold water, mix well and soak some cotton-wool pads in it. Close your eye and apply to the eyelid and surrounding area.

Bleeding From an Open Wound

Apply a compress to which you have added the following essential oils: 1 drop geranium, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop chamomile.

Alternate oils that could be used: cypress, hyssop, palmarosa, rose

Bleeding Nose

Sit with your head between your knees, pinch the nostrils and intermittently inhale the following oils from a tissue: 3 drops lemon, 1 drop lavender.

Alternate oils that could be used: cypress, chamomile, palmarosa, rose, rosemary

Bleeding Gums

Make up the following mixture; add it to a tumbler of warm water and use as a mouthwash do not swallow: 2 drops lemon, 1 drop lavender, 2 drops eucalyptus diluted in 1 tsp brandy.

Alternate oils that could be used: cypress, myrrh, rose, tea tree

Blisters

Apply neat 1 drop lavender and 1 drop of chamomile. Pat in thoroughly but carefully.

Alternate oils that could be used: lemon, myrrh, tea tree

Blisters from Burns and Scalds

Do not pierce. Put 1 neat drop of lavender oil on to the blister and then hold an ice cube on the blister for at least ten minutes, cover with a piece of dry, clean gauze. Repeat up to three times a day.

Bruises

Wrap some ice cubes in a towel and hold against the area. Then apply oil made with 30 drops hyssop diluted in 30 ml vegetable oil.

Alternately prepare a compress by soaking a cloth in cold water to which you have added the following essential oils: 2 drops lavender, 3 drops rosemary, 1 drop bergamot. Hold the compress on the affected area for approximately 15 minutes to relieve pain and swelling.

Add ten drops of essential oil to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes.

Alternate oils that could be used: chamomile Roman, eucalyptus, geranium, lemon

Burns

Run the area of the burn under cold water. Prepare a cold compress by soaking a cloth in cold water and ice cubes and adding approximately 2-5 drops of lavender. Hold the compress on the affected area for approximately 15 minutes to relieve pain and swelling. After the skin has cooled, dab the area with a couple of drops of essential oil placed on a cotton ball.

Alternate oils that could be used: eucalyptus, geranium, chamomile German, yarrow

Chapped Lips

Prepare a lip balm by combining 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel with the following essential oils: 2 drops chamomile Roman, 2 drops geranium. Mix well and apply to the lips regularly.

Alternate oils that could be used: eucalyptus, neroli, rose, sandalwood

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Apply 1 drop neat geranium oil to the affected area (usually the toes or fingers). Do this for two days, then massage with the following oil: 5 drops geranium, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop rosemary diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Also, add ten drops of essential oil to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes.

Alternate oils that could be used: black pepper, chamomile, ginger, tea tree

Cold Sores

Add 1 – 2 drops of any one of the following essential oils to a cotton ball or tissue and apply directly to the affected area: bergamot, chamomile Roman, geranium, tea tree. Also, massage the whole body including the face and neck with the following blend: 10 drops geranium, 10 drops lavender, 2 drops thyme, 8 drops lemon diluted in 30 ml vegetable oil.

Common Cold

Use the following oils in a hot bath; lie back and inhale deeply: 2 drops thyme, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop eucalyptus, 3 drops lemon.

For steam inhalation or in a vaporizer, use one drop of each: thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove.

Carry a tissue with you on which you have placed one drop each: red thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus and clove, and inhale deeply when possible.

Massage around the chest, neck and sinus area (forehead, nose and cheekbones) with the following: 1 drop lemon, 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops rosemary diluted in 1 tsp vegetable oil

Conjunctivis (Pink Eye)

Add 1 drop of chamomile to 1 teaspoon witch-hazel and mix as well as possible. Then add to 30ml rosewater and leave for at least seven hours. Strain through a paper coffee filter and use with a compress on the eyelids (keep the eyes closed)

Cuts and Scrapes

Bathe the area with warm water to which you have added the following essential oils: 5 drops lavender, 2 drops tea tree to 2 cups of water.

Put 3 drops lavender on a piece of gauze and place it over the cut. Renew it twice a day and expose the cut or wound to air on the third day if possible.

Alternate oils which can be used: cypress, eucalyptus, lemon, myrrh, niaouli, palmarosa, pine, rose - add 10 drops of any one of these essential oils to a pint of warm water in a bowl.

Earaches

For general earaches, warm a teaspoon of olive oil and add to it 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of chamomile, blend well. Soak a piece of cotton wool in this and use it to plug the ear.

Also use the following oil to massage around the ear area, up the neck and across the cheek bone: 3 drops chamomile, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop tea tree diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Use a few drops of the above-mentioned essential oils, applied to a warm compress and hold it up to the affected ear.


Fainting

Untie any tight clothing and raise the legs higher than the head. Hold the open bottle of essential oil under the patient’s nose: use lavender, rosemary or peppermint.

When consciousness is regained, give the patient a drink made by adding 1 drop of lemon essential oil to a teaspoon of honey and dissolving it in a cup of hot water, this should be slipped slowly.

Also, put 2 drops of any of the above essential oils on to a tissue, which should be inhaled.

Alternate oils that could be used: angelica, marjoram, neroli, rose

Fainting from Exhaustion

Treat as for fainting, followed as soon as possible by a warm bath to which you have added: 2 drops chamomile, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop geranium. Bed-rest should follow immediately.

Frostbite

Drop up to 5 drops of neat geranium on to the affected area. Alternately, use lavender. Do NOT rub the area and do NOT apply direct heat.

When the person is warm, massage with: 4 drops geranium, 2 drops clove diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Headaches

Prepare a blend using 3 drops lavender, 1 drop peppermint and 1 drop vegetable oil. Massage around the temples, the base of the skull, and along the hairline.

Do not use massage if the person is suffering from a migraine headache.

Add a few drops of essential oil to a handkerchief and inhale.

Use a few drops of essential oil applied to a cold compress.

Add ten drops of essential oil to the bath.

Alternate oils that could be used: chamomile, rosemary, rose

Headaches - Nervous

Prepare a blend using 3 drops lavender, 1 drop peppermint and 1 drop vegetable oil. Massage around the temples, the base of the skull, and along the hairline.

Massage over the solar plexus in a clockwise direction using: 1 drop geranium, 2 drops lemon, 3 drops lavender diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Alternate oils that could be used: rosemary, clove

Headaches – Gastric

Caused by eating the wrong foods - mix 1 drop of peppermint oil with a teaspoon honey dissolved in a glass of warm water and sip.

Combine the following essential oils: 1 drop rosemary, 2 drops peppermint, 1 drop lavender; use 1 drop of the combined oils to massage the back of the neck.

Either inhale 1 drop on a tissue or use 3 drops in a steam inhalation.

Heartburn

Add 1 drop peppermint to a teaspoon honey and dissolve in a cup of warm water, sip slowly.

Also rub upper abdominal area with: 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops peppermint diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Hiccups

Put 1 drop chamomile oil in a brown paper bag and hold it over your nose and mouth. Breathe in deeply and slowly through your nose.

Alternate oils that could be used: fennel, lavender, lemon

Insect Bites

Remove the stinger if applicable and apply neat lavender or tea tree to the site. Use a few drops of essential oil to a cold compress to ease swelling.

Alternate oils that could be used: chamomile

Itching

Combine 1 drop lavender and 1 drop chamomile Roman and massage neat in to the affected site.

Laryngitis

Combine 3 drops lavender and 1 drop thyme in 2 cups (500ml) hot water. Use in a steam inhalation.

Alternate oils that could be used: geranium, ginger, pine

Mouth Ulcers

Make a mouthwash by adding the mixture below to a glass of warm water. Swish well around the mouth but do not swallow. Combine 1 drop peppermint, 2 drops lemon, 1 drop geranium, 1 drop thyme diluted in 1 teaspoon brandy.

Blend the following together and use a little to smooth around the ulcerated area: 2 drops chamomile, 1 drop thyme blended into 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel or liquid.

Nausea

There are several methods for nausea. Essential oils suitable for use: fennel, ginger, peppermint.

Massage the abdomen with a few drops of essential oil added to a carrier oil.

Add 10 drops of essential oil to a warm bath.

Add a few drops of essential oil to a compress and apply to the affected area.

Use as an inhalation.

Palpitations

Put the following on a tissue and inhale: 2 drops lavender, 1 drop chamomile, 2 drops geranium, or use the combined oils as an inhalation.

Massage over the whole of the torso regularly every night with the following: 10 drops lavender, 10 drops chamomile, 3 drops rosemary, 7 drops lemon diluted in 30 ml vegetable oil.

Before bed take a bath with 2 drops chamomile and 2 drops lemon.

Alternate oils that could be used: valerian, neroli, rose

Shock

Treat as for fainting. Prepare a massage blend to use before bed: 3 drops lemon, 2 drops geranium, 1 drop lavender diluted in 2 teaspoons vegetable oil.

Alternate oils that could be used: basil, chamomile, palmarosa, rose, valerian

Splinters

Remove the splinter, with a sterilized needle or pair of tweezers. Apply 1 neat drop of lavender or tea tree.

Sty

First prepare the liquid needed for a hot compress; boil 10ml rosewater and add to it 1 drop of chamomile essential oil. Strain this through a paper coffee filter and leave to cool slightly.

Now put 1 neat drop of lavender on a cotton bud and smear it on the cheek-bone, under the sty, keeping the eye well closed. Soak a cotton-wool pad in the rosewater and chamomile liquid and put it on your closed eyelid. Leave until cool.

Repeat the whole procedure twice a day for three days.

Toothache

Put 1 drop of clove oil on a cotton bud and apply it to the gum around the tooth or into the crevices on either side.

Alternately combine 1 drop cloves, 1 drop peppermint and one drop chamomile Roman with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and use this to massage into the gums.

Massage the jaw and cheekbone with: 1 drop clove, 3 drops chamomile, 1 drop lemon diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

In severe cases a hot compress can also help. Use 3 drops chamomile in hot water and soak the material in cotton wool then apply to the affected cheek area.

If the nerves are not exposed, applying ice to the cheek can also bring relief.

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Conversion table for blending purposes:

1 ml = 1/30 oz = 20 drops

2 ml = 1/16 oz = 40 drops

4 ml = 1/8 oz = 60 drops

10 ml = 1/3 oz = 100 drops

15 ml = ½ oz = 300 drops

 

cc's stands for cubic centimeters.

ml's stands for milliliters

One cc = one ml (They are equivalent.)

One teaspoon = 5 cc = 5 ml

One Tablespoon (Tbl) = 15 cc = 15 ml

One Tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

One ounce = 30 cc = 30 ml = 2 Tablespoons = 6 teaspoons

8 ounces = 240 cc = 240 ml


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