Do you know what the best First Aid Essential Oils to have in your home are? I compiled a list of the top oils I think every home should have in their first aid kit, along with common issues that they can assist with for health and wellness.
With cold and flu season in full force and a new viral threat making an appearance, it is a great time to make sure your emergency supplies are ready if the need arises. If you do not have an emergency kit, now is the perfect time to get one together.
Best First Aid Essential Oils
Check out these 8 essential oils I like to have available with my first aid supplies, you can even fill up mini vials in an oil case to leave in your kit with other things like bandaids, gauze, ace wraps, tweezers, thermometer, etc. You can buy the mini case with vials here.
This list of essential oils is particularly great if you are new to essential oils because they are also great starter oils for beginners as well.
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is like the swiss army knives of essential oils because it can be used for so many different ailments. Pain, skin issues, stress, and sleep are just a handful of things you’ll be glad you have lavender for. TIP: Mix with aloe vera gel and apply to sunburn for a cooling, soothing effect.
- Skin inflammation
- Muscle spasms
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is a cooling essential oil that has a great affinity for the respiratory system, where it can promote open airways. It also helps decrease muscle, head, and join tension, and can help boost energy throughout the day. TIP: Mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil with distilled water into a spray bottle (you can also add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel if you’d like) and make a DIY cooling spray to help you beat the heat during hot days.
- Bad breath
- Mental fatigue
3. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is a bright, happy smelling oil that is a great option for stimulating the mind, cleaning the home, and helping with skin issues. CAUTION: Lemon is phototoxic, avoid using when you’re going to be exposed to the sun.
- Oily skin
- Brain stimulant
- Jet lag
- Throat ailments
- Poor circulation
4. Tea Tree Essential Oil (aka Melaleuca)
Tea Tree is a must for any natural first aid kit. Whether helping with skin irritations, cuts, or ulcers, tea tree is a great go-to oil. Add a drop to a bug bite to ease itching and promote healing.
- Insect bites
- Mouth ulcers
- Nail infections
- Immune stimulation
- Athlete’s foot
5. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is one of the oils that are considered precious or sacred oil. We all know the story of the wise men presenting baby Jesus with frankincense in the manger. While they presented him with the resin itself, they knew even back then how great frankincense was for a variety of ailments and conditions. When you’re not sure what oil you should use for a specific ailment, frankincense is always a great choice.
- Sinus congestion
- Nervous tension
6. Orange Essential Oil
Orange is a very versatile oil. It has an affinity for the digestive system and is great for fighting off stress, anxiety, and depression. Orange oil is generally an inexpensive oil making it a great oil to use for a variety of different ailments.
- GI discomfort
- Brightens the skin
- Kills bacteria
- Fungal infection
- Boosts energy
7. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus has been used since ancient times for respiratory ailments. Eucalyptus also has immune-boosting properties and is great for fighting off viral infections. Eucalyptus is also soothing to pain and can help ease joint and muscle stiffness. TIP: add a drop of eucalyptus to a hot shower to experience open passageways and a clear mind.
- Colds and flu
- Viral infections
- Clears the mind
- Muscle stiffness
- Insect bites
8. Clove Essential Oil
Clove has long been prized for its medicinal and culinary use. This powerful spice essential oil to a must-have for toothaches. Just keep in mind that this essential oil is strong and can cause skin irritation, make sure it is diluted well and try to use only 1-2 drops per application.
- Pain relief
- Abdominal cramps
- Gum disease
How Can I Use Essential Oils for First Aid?
a. Aromatically – smelling the aromas. Personal inhalers, diffusers, and simply
opening the bottle and smelling the oil are all aromatic uses for essential oils.
b. Topically – applying the essential oils to the skin. Using rollerball remedies or
lotions and/or salves with essential oils in them are both great ways of
incorporating topical use.
Read about more ways to use essential oils for natural wellness, click here.
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