Essential oils are a great solution for healing minor cuts, scrapes, bites, stings, burns and other times when you might need a little natural first aid. Must have essential oils for first aid are great to have on hand for the kids, husband, or even yourself. These must have essential oils for first aid are ideal to have around the house for all sorts of maladies.* Here is a list of multi-purpose first aid essential oils to have in your house at all times so they are handy when you need them.
Lavender essential oil is the number one of must have essential oils for first aid. Lavender can be used to disinfect wounds and burns, promote healing, and reduce scarring. Lavender is commonly used to help with inflammation from bug bites, bee stings, and sunburns, and is known for its antihistamine properties.
Lavender’s gentle uplifting aroma is deeply soothing and relaxing making it very helpful for insomnia. Lavender is known to help relieve high temperatures in children (do not use on newborns). This oil is also great for help with bruises, headaches, muscle inflammation, and sprains. For example mix a couple of drops of lavender into a lotion or aloe vera gel and use for minor burns, headaches, mosquito bites, sunburn, even sore muscles. Make a travel friendly inhaler with lavender for inhalation in the case of headache or insomnia.*
Helichrysum essential oil is commonly used as a painkiller due to its analgesic properties and is helpful for bruises, sprains, and swelling. It is known to stop bleeding in seconds, and reduces bruising remarkably. Helichrysum when applied to any injury that does not involve broken skin is reported to have wonderful results in speeding up healing. For a bruise immediately apply diluted (10% dilution in Jojoba carrier oil) Helichrysum to ease the pain, swelling and discoloration, reapply frequently.* Do not omit Helichrysum when building your must have essential oils for first aid kit.
Peppermint essential oil can aid in healthy digestion, soothe nausea, and help relieve muscle aches and pains, headaches, and fever. This oil is great to have in the car to keep the driver awake and aware and is also great for car sickness. Peppermint is also beneficial for indigestion or constipation, migraines, sunburn, congestion, poison ivy and other itching.* Peppermint is wonderful for sinus congestion caused by summer pollen. Inhaling diluted peppermint helps clear a stuffy nose, or blend with some diluted lavender and gently rub into cheekbones and forehead to ease a summer sinus headache.*
Using Tea Tree essential oil for first aid helps disinfect skin irritations such as bug bites, and scrapes.* Tea tree has been known to help with healing of chicken pox, relieving the itching and helping with healing. After washing a scrape, try diluted tea tree essential oil help keep the injury germ free.*
Frankincense essential oil is a great oil to use in first aid blends as helps enhance the properties of other essential oils. It is also commonly used for skin issues. See our blog on the 20 Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil to see what benefits this oil has in first aid.* Frankincense is a truly versatile oil that should be in everyone’s first aid essential oil collection!
Citronella essential oil works wonders as a natural insect repellent. It may also help rid pets of fleas. Mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on the skin, citronella will keep mosquitoes from biting. See our blog article on Essential Oils that Repel Insects like mosquitoes, flies and ticks. Citronella is also known for its tonic effect on the body as it helps stave away colds, flu, and minor infections.*
Lemon is a great essential for first aid. In aromatherapy, lemon oil is known for aiding sore throats, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems, gallstones, debility, fever, and anxiety.* This oil can also be used as a tonic, astringent, and antiseptic. The body is aided from the oil of lemon due to its abilities to ward off infections, sickness, and fatigue.*
Chamomile essential oil supports relaxation, lessens panic attacks, relieves sore muscles, muscle spasms, skin abrasions, and scrapes .* This oil is antispasmodic and is useful for intestinal cramps (massage diluted oil clockwise onto abdomen). *
Cajeput essential oil can be applied undiluted immediately to fire ant bites, reapply several times the first day. On the second day, switch to diluted lavender essential oil to hasten healing. Cajeput has been known to be used for colds and congestion, headaches, toothache, skin infections, and pain.*
Lemongrass essential oil is used as a natural remedy to heal wounds and help prevent infection. Lemongrass essential oil has properties of relieving headaches, sore throats, respiratory problems, and fevers, as well as being a tonic, antiseptic, and insect repellent.*
These must have essential oils for first aid can be used in many ways. Salves, creams, sprays, or simply diluting with a carrier oil before applying to an area of pain or swelling are a few ideas.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.