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.

  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

Carrier, or base oil

Of course, you will also need 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.

Lavender

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. It is anti-bacterial, pacifying, anti-anxiety, soporific, 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

Tea Tree is one of the strongest and safest natural antiseptics available. It is four times more antibacterial bacterial than the antiseptic creams found in conventional first aid kits.

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

Fungal infections: toe nails, candida, and athlete’s foot.

Provides support for: colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, and other infections of the respiratory tract.

Orange

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

Full Orange essential oil profile

Oregano

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

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.

A stimulant, Peppermint oil improves alertness and stamina

ease nausea and indigestion; relax tense muscles; reduce muscle spasms; and relieve muscular aches, pains, sprains and strains. Asthma, colic, exhaustion, flu, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, sinusitis, vertigo.

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