Aromatherapy First Aid Kit

Aromatherapy First Aid Kit

Aromatherapy First Aid Kit

All essential oils have multiple therapeutic properties and uses. Oils chosen for a first aid kit treat emergencies and urgent conditions. In addition they have a wide variety of therapeutic actions and medicinal uses. Valerie Ann Worwood author of The Complete Book of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils recommends 10 essential oils for your aromatherapy basic care kit: lavender, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, peppermint, geranium, eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary and clove.

Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, sedative and antidepressant actions. It is useful in healing burns and cuts, preventing scarring, deterring infection, reducing pain and lessening the emotional shock of the injury.

Lemon blends well with lavender. It enhances the immune system, aids in detoxification, is uplifting and has antiseptic properties. As an astringent, lemon tightens and contracts tissues. Lemon can be used to debride a wound, dispel sluggishness, stimulate lymphatic drainage and reduce musculoskeletal aches.

Chamomile is soothing and can be used to calm nerves and treat insomnia. Roman chamomile is antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Use it for burns, sunburn, sprains, nausea, spasms, cramps, fever, indigestion and diarrhea. It blends well with lavender and lemon.

Tea tree and eucalyptus oil combine well and have antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties. They are a good choice when dealing with respiratory and sinus infections. As expectorants the oils clear phlegm and congestion. Use these powerful oils to treat infections, sun burn, athlete’s foot, insect bites, nail fungus, shingles and ringworm.

Peppermint is both cooling and warming. It awakens and clears the mind, relieves pain and lessens nausea, indigestion and gas. Use peppermint to freshen your breath, dispel fatigue and repel mice, fleas and ants.

Geranium is balancing, harmonizing, uplifting, relaxing, refreshing and cleansing. It is useful in to keep in a travel kit as it helps jet lag and imbalances brought on by travel. As a hormonal balancer geranium can reduce symptoms of PMS and hot flashes. It helpful in wound healing, thrush, gum infections, abscesses and acne. It can relieve stomach upset related to stress, diarrhea and hemorrhoids.

Rosemary is great in a morning bath as it is mentally and physically stimulating. It blends well with eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, lemon and lavender essential oils. It is a good choice for respiratory illnesses as it alleviates cough, allergies and phlegm. It expands breathing, invokes relaxation and dispels negativity.

Thyme has antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic and diuretic properties. Thyme can be used to deter parasites and insects. It helps the body to eliminate toxic wastes. It can be used to treat warts, neuralgia, fatigue, acne and rheumatism.

Clove oil is good for prevention of infection and disease. It has powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic qualities. Use it to treat a tooth ache, asthma, nausea, sinusitis, digestive problems and muscular disorders.

First Aid Aromatherapy Blends:

Abrasions-

Clean the area with 5 drops lavender diluted in a bowl of warm water. Apply 1 drop of lavender to the abrasion.

Bleeding-

Apply a compress to the wound in which you have added 1 drop geranium, lemon and chamomile essential oil.

Bruises-

Add 2 drops lavender, 3 drops rosemary, 1 drop geranium to a bowl of cool water. Soak a washcloth in the bowl and apply the cloth to the bruised area. After soaking apply 2 drops geranium, 2 drops rosemary and 1 drop lavender diluted in 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.

Colds-

Add 2 drops thyme, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop eucalyptus, 3 drops lemon to a hot bath. Soak for approximately 20 minutes inhaling deeply.

Insect Deterrent Blend-

Add 4 drops thyme, 4 drops lavender and 4 drops peppermint to a small amount of water. Cut up cloth ribbons and soak them in the oil infused water then hang the aromatic strips around your space. Or place 1 drop of each oil on a cotton ball and place in your space.

After Sun Bath-

Add 4 drops chamomile, 3 drops geranium, 1 drop peppermint 1 tablespoon jojoba oil to a bath and soak.

Sources:

Crow, D. & Shutes, J. Aromatherapy Foundations Certificate Program

Worwood, V.A. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Juniper Wyndfyre RN, MSN, MA is a contributing writer for Ravenhawks Magazine on natural health topics. She is the founder of Juniper Healing Arts, a business specializing in energy healing, soul retrieval, soul-life coaching, intuitive readings and Laughter Yoga. Her goal is to help individuals discover and live the life of the true self and to remove the blocks and obstacles in the way. She enjoys laughing for no reason, dancing, hiking, reading, cooking and travel. Juniper lives in New Mexico with her 2 furry companions. Contact her at http://www.juniperhealingarts.net or juniper@juniperhealingarts.net