Essential Oil First Aid Kit

There are certain essential oils that are so versatile and so potent that it pays to have them on hand for all emergencies. Everyone could do with having the Wild As The Wind ‘big six’ in their essential oil first aid kit.

  • Essential OilsLavender
  • Tea Tree
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Frankincense

Essential Oils First Aid Kit

The big six!

These essential oils are great for dealing with everyday injuries and conditions such as the common cold, sinusitis and aches, pains and sprains. But, these six oils are also possess profound healing abilities where chronic health conditions are concerned. For example, four out of the six oils listed in the essential oil first aid kit; Lavender, Peppermint, Orange and Frankincense essential oils all possess anti-cancer capabilities.

First Aid Essential Oil Blend

Of course, no first aid essential oil blend would be completely safe to use without a good all-round carrier oil to dilute your essential oils with.

Essential oils are far too concentrated to be used on their own.

Many people would choose Sweet Almond oil, but we would recommend Jojoba, which is a little more pricey, but because it mimics the chemistry of the sebum in the skin, it will aid absorption of the essential oils more readily than the Sweet Almond oil. Sweet Almond needs to be at least at body temperature to be absorbed, and even then it does not blend with the skins own moisturising properties as well as Jojoba.

Jojoba is ideal for both oily and dry skin types as it helps to balance both extremes. It is also the best base oil for reducing scaring. It is also brimming with healing compounds that supports the actions of the various essential oils including vitamin E, vitamin B complex, chromium, silicon, zinc and copper. High levels of iodine: (82%) make it heavily antibacterial and antimicrobial.

When used with geranium, lavender and tea tree, it helps treat tough dermatological conditions like acne etc. It is also the most effective base oil for the reduction of scarring.

But lets get to the essential oils in the essential oil first aid kit

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is the most popular essential oil, probably in part due to its pleasing aroma, but almost certainly mainly due to its healing capabilities, making it an absolute ‘must’ for our essential oil first aid kit.

It is anti-bacterial, pacifying, anti-anxiety, soporific, great for insect bites and is the go-to essential oil for burns.

Its sedative properties make Lavender essential oil ideal as a stress-busting, calming oil to use after a long, hard day, or for defusing during meditation and yoga practices etc. However, Lavender Oil can act as a stimulant if used to excess.

Promotes clarity of mind and brain health

Psychological conditions: anxiety, depression, stress

Skin conditions: acne, dermatitis, burns, chicken pox, cuts, insect bites, oily skin, scabies, scars, sores, scaring and stretch marks, athlete’s foot, bruises

Painful conditions: period pain, earache, headache, congestive problems, itching, labor pains, migraine, rheumatism, sprains, strains

Chronic inflammatory conditions: rheumatism, allergies, asthma,

Miscellaneous: colic, cystitis, flatulence, hypertension, insect repellent, vertigo, whooping cough.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree is one of the strongest and safest natural antiseptics available. It is four times more antibacterial than the antiseptic creams found in conventional first aid kits. This fact alone makes it another absolute ‘must’ for our essential oil first aid kit alongside Lavender.

Tea Tree essential oil is also antiviral, and anti-fungal. It is very effective in treating many types of infection, cold sores, rashes, blisters, minor burns, cuts, bruises, boils, abscesses, carbuncles, dandruff, as well as for insect bites, preventing infection and reducing irritation.

It is particularly useful for treating fungal infections: toe nails, candida, and athlete’s foot.

When inhaled, using a steam bath, it provides support for: colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, and other infections of the respiratory tract.

There’s a lot of information on the internet suggesting that Tea Tree oil can be used neat in topical applications. And, whilst I have, indeed, used this oil neat in extreme circumstances, I would advise everyone to dilute Tea Tree essential oil before use. The skin is exceptionally absorbent, and whilst it has been created with the screening of toxic matter in mind, it is also designed to deliver applications directly into the bloodstream, circumventing other protective processes… such as the toxicological processing that happens in the digestive tract for example.

Remember, essential oils are very concentrated and can work wonders in their diluted form. But, it is this concentration that potentially makes essential oils toxic to the body if they are applied undiluted, or taken internally in this form.

Undiluted Tea Tree Oil can be very burdensome for the kidneys, making them work extremely hard, and in some cases over-whelming them completely. If the latter happens you will feel extremely unwell and expose yourself to other opportunistic invaders, which could make you doubly ill.

Orange Essential Oil

This oil is a show stopper, but it is incredibly rarely mentioned in anyone’s essential oil first aid kit list. (We have only ever seen Dr. Z mention in his top three essential oils.)

Orange essential oil is excellent at treating a whole welter of conditions, including; colds, constipation, dull skin, flatulence, flu, sore, inflamed and infected gums, poor digestion and  stress conditions.

We recommend oil pulling with Orange and Frankincense oils.

See the full Orange essential oil profile

Oregano Essential Oil

This oil rarely appears in essential oil first aid kit lists, perhaps because it shares quite a few properties with Tea Tree oil. But this oil is a lot more potent, and is always the oil I turn to for more serious bacterial and fungal infections.

This extremely potent oil is a very effective antioxidant when taken internally, (one drop daily can help maintain healthy immune function), but owing to its potency it should be heavily diluted, even before inhalation.

Oregano also supports digestion, respiration, coughs, infections and fungal conditions, such as fungal infections of the toe nails.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is another oil that often appears in essential oil first aid kit lists as it possesses a lot of unique properties that are very soothing and healing.

It has to be used with caution, however, as Peppermint essential oil is a lot more concentrated than most other steam distilled essential oils.

The key constituent in Peppermint essential oil, menthol, induces a cooling effect on the skin when used in very dilute form (mixed with either water or oil), and eases tension headaches, as well as muscular aches and pains.

Perhaps most commonly known for providing respiratory support, Peppermint oil provides immense relief to asthma, flu, colic, and sinusitis sufferers.

Directions: Add four or five drops of Peppermint oil to a bowl of near boiling water. The person seeking relief should then place a towel over their head and the outer edges of the bowl, forming a tent like seal that allows the concentrated vapours to rise and be inhaled within an enclosed area.

Although not as good as Pine essential oil, Peppermint oil can be used to treat exhaustion.

A stimulant, Peppermint oil improves alertness and stamina. It also eases nausea, including nausea induced by travel sickness, sensory assaults, (bad smells etc), and from overeating and indigestion.

Peppermint is perhaps the best essential oil for dealing with digestive issues, and when coupled with Orange or Lemon essential oils it will go a long way to curing halitosis. It also helps with another issue that does not endear us to others: flatulence!

Directions: Mix a couple of drops of Peppermint with a couple of drops of Orange oil in a glass of hot water after each meal.

Peppermint also really helps to assuage the need to smoke a cigarette during the process of giving up smoking., (although, Black Pepper is the go-to essential oil in the first week or so of quitting smoking.)

Great for relaxing tense muscles and reducing muscle spasms as well as relieving muscular aches and pains. It’s also good for relieving the symptoms of sprains and strains, soothing pain and reducing inflammation by cooling the heat given off by the injury.

Vertigo suffers benefit from inhaling the Peppermint fumes from the bottle. The oil is best kept in a pocket and warmed by the hand before inhalation. This helps to release the soothing vapours.

A topical application of Peppermint and Tea Tree essential oils in a Neem carrier oil is a very effective treatment for scabies.

**We will definitely include Neem in our ‘ultimate’ essential oil first aid kit, in which the big six will become the top ten, excellent eleven… hmm, what could we say for twelve?

Frankincense Essential Oil

Taken daily with coconut oil, this queen of all essential oils can help prevent cancer. But, some only believe this to be true if the Frankincense essential oil is CO2 extracted. They believe if it isn’t then it won’t possess anti-cancer properties. Most Frankincense essential oils, including ours, are obtained via distillation, and so do not contain boswellic acid, the active anti-cancer constituent, considered by Tisserand, and others, to be the only anti-cancer constituent in Frankincense resin.

essential oil. More on that later…

Unfortunately, boswellic acid is molecularly far too heavy to be volatile, and only volatile constituents are capable of evaporation via the distillation process.

There are several boswellic acids found in frankincense resin, all of which have molecular weights ranging from 450 to 500, whereas, volatile molecules all have molecular weights of less than 300.

If you are looking for a natural substance to help prevent or treat cancer, frankincense oil should not be your first choice. Look instead to turmeric/curcumin, to cannabis/cannabinoids, to garlic/garlic oil, and to frankincense extract, which is sold in capsule form. Following that, I would consider essential oils of cinnamon bark, lemongrass, citronella, turmeric, orange, lemon and bergamot.

*Robert Tisserand

However, Ty Bollinger, and the crew at The Truth About Cancer are major advocates of Frankincense Essential Oil as a treatment for cancer.

Related research into AKBA [in Frankincense Essential Oil] has shown that this unique substance is also effective against other forms of cancer as well, including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. And the evidence suggests that frankincense isn’t just a supplemental treatment to go along with chemotherapy and radiation; in some cases it may actually be preferential as a replacement.

Ty Bollinger

AKBA is a volatile oil and so it can be extracted via the distillation process from Frankincense resins.

If you have any more information about Frankincense essential oil and cancer treatment please let us know!

But aside from the cancer debate, Frankincense essential oil is excellent for maintaining health and preventing disease. When applied to the neck and feet it provides an immune boost.

It is considered useful for the following:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Cystitis
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Insect Bites
  • Immune support
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Menstrual pain and PMS
  • Mental fatigue, focus and acuity
  • Respiratory support (asthma, bronchitis, coughs, congestion, catarrh, laryngitis, mucus)
  • Skincare: acne, abscesses, bruises, colagen support, scars, wrinkles, wounds
  • UTI’s (urinary tract infections)

Frankincense is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, anti-aging, calmative, expectorant, diuretic and stimulates and increases menstrual flow, (emmenagogue) as well as helping to balance female hormones.

Frankincense is often used in high-end anti-aging skincare products because it promotes cellular rejuvenation. It’s one of the key ingredients in our anti-aging formula: FACIAL OIL No. 2

It reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure so it’s great for de-stressing. As with Peppermint essential oil, Frankincense is great for elevating the mood and for our old friend flatulence!

Burnt as a resin it will purify the air, and is also thought to focus the mind, making it ideal for devotional and meditative practices, (hence its use in sacred places of worship etc). The constituent Incensole Acetate, a powerful anti-depressant that significantly reduces anxiety, is not present in distilled Frankincense essential oils as the molecules are too heavy to be extracted during the distillation process. It is, therefore, better burnt as a resin to obtain these benefits, or bought in CO2 extracted form.

Frankincense is very useful for treating respiratory disorders such as acute colds and asthma.

It can also be used for oral hygiene, for bad breath and mouth sores, by adding it to homemade toothpaste or by using it with coconut oil for oil pulling. (I also add Orange oil too.) There is even some evidence to suggest that Frankincense essential oil can help with cavities also.

There are three different kinds of Frankincense essential oil, Carterri, Frereana, and sacra

Frankincense Carterri

Frankincense Carterri is very rich in alpha-pinene, and other mono-terpenes, which makes it very useful for immune support. This form of Frankincense is known to reduce wrinkles ans scar tissue and is found in high-end skin serums and creams. It will also provide considerable support for the immune system.

Frankincense Serrata

Serrata contains good levels of the mono-terpenes alpha-thujene, alpha-pinene, and limonene which make it antiseptic, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory in action.

It is this form of Frankincenseor that is used in Auyreveda and used as an air purifier, often in sacred rituals. It is also the variety that is used during meditation and as an anointing oil in religious ceremonies. The essential oil yield from the Serrata tree resin is higher than with the other varieties, usually making it less expensive than the other two Frankincense varieties.

Frankincense Frereana

Both Frankincense Frereana and Frankincense Carterii are grown in the mountains of Somalia. However, Frereana prefers to be grown at higher altitudes than Carterii, making it chemically different from its close neighbour.

Frankincense Frereana contains high levels of pinene, thujene, and cymene, which lend this oil antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties. It is thus excellent for treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, bruising, and traumatic injuries such as sprains and impact injuries etc.

It also possesses, analgesic, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, immune-boosting properties. Because it exerts a powerful influence over the processes of the mind, elevating mood and calming thought processes, it improves cognition, focus, and memory.

*Robert Tisserand is internationally recognised as a leading voice on the subject of essential oils. He publishes articles on all of the latest essential oil research and collaborates with doctors, herbalists and pharmacologists, with the objective of integrating scientific data with holistic principles.

He is familiar with the foundations of oriental medicine, and Western herbal and naturopathic traditions, with their emphasis on cleansing, protecting, strengthening immune function and aiding natural healing processes. Robert has 40 years of experience in essential oil blending and aromatherapy product development. He is a co-author of the 780 page book Essential Oil Safety – Second Edition

Essential Oil Safety – Second Edition

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