Essential oils are one of the cornerstones of natural medicine. They have powerful therapeutic benefits and many different applications for health, beauty and much more. Here is a list of some of the most popular essential oils for your first aid applications and what they are commonly used for.
This is one of the most versatile oils there is. It can be used for so many things but it is best known for it’s calming and relaxation properties. Lavender essential oil is antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and a sedative. It’s fabulous for the skin and is excellent for pain relief, especially muscle aches and headaches. A very effective hand sanitizing spritz can be made from some lavender essential oil and distilled water. No first aid kid or medicine box is complete without lavender.
Great for headaches, pain relief, stomach upset, congestion and fevers, peppermint essential oil is another very versatile oil. It’s wonderful refreshing scent reminds us of holidays and warm memories. Peppermint oil can be applied “neat” (undiluted) to the skin for irritations and redness. Peppermint essential oil helps sharpen mental focus, clear up cobwebs, and to refresh and brighten moods.
This oil is one of the kings of medicinal oils. Like lavender, it’s applications are many, from treating minor cuts to dandruff and everything in between. A few drops of tea tree oil added to a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar makes an excellent disinfectant spray. Add a bit more water to the mix and you can use this as a wonderful skin toner. Burning it in the aromatherapy oil burner will not just deodorize the room but actually kills the bacteria causing the odor. It can be a little overwhelming when used this way, so if you are sensitive open the windows. Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antifungal, an immune system booster and a natural insecticide. If you have no other essential oils in your home at all, you should have tea tree oil.
World-renowned for it’s relaxing properties, chamomile is also great as an anti-inflammatory agent. Chamomile essential oil is antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant and a mood booster. There are two types of chamomile, Roman and German. The healing properties of both are similar, with the German type being better suited for digestive and urinary problems.
Often described as the Queen of Oils, Rose essential oil is wonderful for skin and hair applications, particularly maturing skin. It’s aroma is heavenly, making rose oil excellent for anxiety, depression, digestion problems, ladies’ problems and it’s a fantastic aphrodisiac, as well. It’s best used in lotions, toners, massage and bath oils.
You’ll recognize the scent of this one immediately; it smells like Vicks Vapo-Rub and it’s uses are similar. Eucalyptus essential oil is used best for coughs, colds, sinus problems and decongestant. Burning it in the aromatherapy burner will kill the germs in any sickroom. It’s great in the vaporizer or in the shower, where it can work with the steam to ease respiratory problems. Eucalyptus oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and a stimulant. It’s cooling, like peppermint and helps with headaches and muscle pain.
If you are just starting to get into essential oils, this is a great list to get you going. These oils are versatile, powerful and have many therapeutic applications. If you are trying to create a natural first aid kit, these oils are perfect for it, able to treat everything from fevers and coughing to cuts and scrapes.
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