Aromatherapy for Minor Summer Injuries for Children and Adults
Summer can bring a few minor injuries to children and adults including cuts, scrapes and burns. Healing from minor injuries starts with good nutrition. Feeding our bodies a well-balanced diet gives them what they need to heal naturally. There are essential oils and aromatherapy blends that are considered useful first aid treatments.
Bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, fir, frankincense, geranium, hyssop, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, patchouli, pine, rosemary and tea tree essential oils are considered good first aid oils. They help to prevent infection, promote healing, lessen bruising and help to prevent blistering when burned. If you are on a tight budget and can purchase only 1 essential oil, I recommend lavender. It is useful in healing skin, preventing scars and helping bruises and burns. Children are smaller than adults and require smaller doses. A general recommendation for child dosing when adding essential oils to carrier oil is 2-6 drops essential oil to 1 ounce (2 tablespoons or 30ml) carrier oil. You can blend any of the above oils in carrier oil.
Antiseptic Vinegar First Aid Wash for Children and Adults:
½ cup distilled water
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey
6 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
1 drop chamomile essential oil
1 drop lemon essential oil
Mix the essential oils with honey. Combine the aromatic honey with the water and vinegar. Stir well and pour into 8 ounce darkened glass bottle. Mix well and label. Soak a cotton ball with the solution and clean the wound.
Aromatherapy Balm for Cuts and Scrapes
- 3 ounces vegetable carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil
- 1 ounce Grated Beeswax
- 40 drops Lavender Oil
- 40 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 4 ounce Wide-Mouth Jar
When making the balm for children use the formula of 2-6 drops of essential oil per ounce. The smaller the child the least amount of drops required.
Place the beeswax in a double boiler and heat at a low setting. You can melt the beeswax in a microwave safe bowl using a reduced power setting. Beeswax can be hard to remove from pans. In a separate pan, slowly and gently heat your carrier oil. Pour the warm carrier oil into a bowl. Add the melted beeswax and stir well. Add the lavender and tea tree essential oils and stir well. Pour the mixture into your wide-mouth jar. Let cool for a few more minutes before putting the lid on. Wait until the ointment has cooled before using. After cleaning minor cuts and scrapes, apply a small amount of balm and then apply a bandage if necessary.
Sunburn Aromatic Bath Blend for Children
¼ cup of each: Calendula, comfrey, raspberry leaf and slippery elm herb
1 quart of boiling water
½ cup baking soda
½ cup apple cider vinegar or witch hazel lotion
½ cup aloe vera gel or juice
2 tablespoons (30 ml) honey
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
Pour boiling water over the herbs and allow them to steep in a bowl for 20-30 minutes. Strain the water and set aside. Fill a bath tub with lukewarm water. Add the herbal water along with baking soda, vinegar and aloe. Mix the essential oils with honey to combine well and add to the bath. Stir well with your hands. Soak for 20 minutes or longer. For adults double the essential oil drops.
Gennari-Cooksley, V. Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal
Worwood, V. A. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
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