Making your own first aid kit is a great thing to do, especially if you have kids. You know better than anyone else what your family’s needs are, and what type of health products and treatments you use on a regular basis.
Having a more natural kit on hand to keep in the car, or with you as your travel is such a nice thing when an incident occurs, than trying to scramble quickly to find something you need, or run to a store for it and you can feel good about it, too.
First Aid Supplies – Using Essential Oils in your First Aid Kit
Here are a few reasons why you should include essential oils in the kit:
1. They are so much more affordable than most over-the-counter medicines. Most oils cost pennies by the drop and all you need at a time most times, is just 2 or 3 drops. It is dollars per use with most medications and many times they don’t work as well or fast, and can contain toxins.
2. They don’t expire like medicines do. Some of them will have an expiration date on them, but most times it is years away, unlike pills you purchase. They have an extended shelf life, and they normally come in, or are stored in, amber or darker glass which also helps them last longer as well. If you are transferring oils to small bottles for your kit, get the amber dram bottles for this.
3. They are multi-faceted. So many of the individual oils have multiple uses. From First Aid, to fevers, calming the body, and balancing your mood, you will get much more out the oils than any other product you buy.
4. They are all-natural. They do not contain perfumes, additives or fragrances. Look for the Latin name on the single oils. If the bottle says you may ingest, please make sure that it has the proper labeling for it. You do not need to ingest essential oils to benefit from them. Inhaling them can be just as beneficial or applied to the feet. Research the company before buying to make sure they have it posted that their oils are herbicide and pesticide free.
5. You can customize the kit to suit your needs. Make sure you have age appropriate essential oils for your children. A great book to have on hand is Aromatherapy For the Healthy Child Essential oils are nature's medicine and they need to be treated with respect. A word of caution never use peppermint on a child 6 or under because it can cause respiratory distress.
Here are a few tips to help treat common challenges– bleeding of any kind, be it a cut, scrape..etc. You may try lavender to the area of concern and cover. You may also apply lavender to the gauze or band-aid. You can use helichrysum as well, it is just a little more expensive and lavender I have been told does just as good on minor first aid challenges.
- To remove a splinter easier, You may add a drop or two of lavender to splinter and let it absorb. It will break down and come out much easier after that.
- For a bug bite or sting, You may try one drop lavender, rosemary and niaouli (AKA Melaleuca quinquenervia) on the spot every 1/2 hour until quality of life improves. This is a natural antihistamine.
- For blister relief, You may apply 2 drops myrrh and lavender each to the blister and repeat as desired.
Here are 5 easy recipes you can make to add in to your kit:
- Sprain Tonic – Take ½ cup apple cider, 1 tsp. sea salt, 10 drops of a chemical free dish soap to support the blending of the essential oils and water, 5 drops frankincense, 5 drops marjoram, and 5 drops of lemongrass and blend together in a bowl. Keep in a jar or bottle and apply to sprain and reapply as needed.
- Owie Spray – Add 3 drops roman chamomile, 2 drops benzion, 2 drops myrrh and 3 drops of lavender into a small amber 15 ml bottle and fill to the top with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Apply to cuts, scrapes as needed.
- Bumps and Bruises spray – Make a small 4 to 6 oz. size spray bottle by adding to your bottle, 30 drops geranium, 15 drops lavender, 10 drops cypress and 5 drops helichrysum and then topping off with distilled water. Again add about 10 drops of chemical free dish soap to make it blend better.
- Allergy relief roller blend – Take a 10 ml roller ball bottle and add in 10 drops lavender, 3 drops peppermint and 2 drops eucalyptus lemon, 2 drops lavandin topped off with fractionated coconut oil. You may apply to back of the neck, or bottom of feet for seasonal relief. Also can be used for bug bites to relieve itchiness and swelling (Remember for children to remove the peppermint and add 13 drops of lavender)
- Flu and Cold relief blend – Make a 10 ml. roller ball blend by adding 10 drops black cumin , 10 drops turmeric, 5 drops hyssop and 5 patchouli , and then top off with a carrier oil. Apply to bottoms of feet and keep reapplying every 2 to 6 hours until quality of life improves.
Whatoil do you find a must ahve in your first aid kit?