Essential oils are typically extracted from plant leaves, bark, fruits, and seeds; using distillation, pressing, or maceration processes to extract the aroma and properties. While there are hundreds of essential oils available, there are a handful of them that may come in handy during an emergency.
Scientists at Indiana University (IU) reported that skin tissue treated with the chemical compound, beta-caryophyllene, which is found in lavender, rosemary, and ylang ylang, as well as various herbs and spices such as black pepper, showed increased cell growth and cell migration critical to wound healing. They also observed increased gene expression of hair follicle stem cells in the treated tissue.
This 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.
Let’s explore the best First Aid Essential Oils that you can have in your home. 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.
Best First Aid Essential Oils
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is like the ‘swiss army knife’ 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.
- Skin inflammation
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble falling asleep
- Anxious feelings
- Eczema relief
🌱Essential Oil Tip: Mix with aloevera gel and apply to sunburn for a cooling, soothing effect. Click here for more Lavender tips.
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.
- Bad breath
- Mental fatigue
- Hot Flashes
- Sunburn (cooling)
🌱Essential Oil 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. Learn more tips about Peppermint oil.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is an oil that is considered ‘precious’ or ‘sacred’. 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. When you’re not sure what oil you should use for a specific ailment, frankincense is always a great choice.
- Sinus congestion
- Anxious feelings
- Nervous tension
🌱Essential Oil Tip: Keep a bottle in your First Aid Kit as it can be applied/ used neat in most situations as it is a very gentle and calming oil. Especially great for childrens it not only helps the physical body, but also calms little people's tears.
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
🌱Essential Oil Tip: Keep a bottle of this in your First Aid Kit as you can apply it neat to the skin. Add to a spritzer bottle to keep away bugs when out and about.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus has been used since ancient times for respiratory ailments. Eucalyptus also has immune-boosting properties and is greattom support our bodies to fight off viral infections. Eucalyptus is also soothing to pain and can help ease feelings of joint and muscle stiffness.
- Colds and flu
- Respiratory support
- Viral infections
- Joints & Muscles
- Clears the mind
- Insect bites
🌱Essential Oil Tip: Add a drop of eucalyptus to a hot shower to experience open passageways and a clear mind.
How Can I Use Essential Oils for First Aid?
Aromatically – smelling the aromas. Personal inhalers, diffusers, and simply
opening the bottle and smelling the oils.
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.
Essential oils can be used for much more than traditional aromatherapy — they are extremely useful to have around in an emergency if other first aid supplies were not readily available. In addition, essential oil treatments, when administered with care and caution, can help a large list of ailments we face not only in an emergency, but in daily life.
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