3 First Aid Essential(Oil)s
There are three essential oils that I find crucial to include in any first aid kit. Along with band-aids and sterile gauze, I always have on-hand these particular essential oils: Lavender, Cajeput and Tea Tree. Of course, I am only mentioning a few of their many properties. Today, more and more research is being done on the medicinal benefits of essential oils. And further, since infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics, researchers are turning back to the traditional remedies and finding that they have many amazing properties. Essential oils have been proven to relieve pain, accelerate healing and provide natural alternatives to antiseptics and antibiotic ointments.
Lavender Essential Oil
I find that Lavender Essential Oil to be the best thing for burns. It draws out the heat, relieves pain, helps prevent blistering and accelerates healing. Relief and improvement are immediate. Apply a drop or two directly, undiluted, to the skin. If you are a cook like I am, burns on hands and lower arms are frequent. I have Lavender Essential Oil readily reachable in my kitchen (next to my spices, near the stove) but some keep a bottle in the refrigerator to immediately cool the area upon application.
Likewise, Lavender Essential Oil is useful in the treatment for sunburn. Sprinkle a few drops on a compress soaked in icy cold water and apply to the skin. Or take a brief soak in a cool bath after adding 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 4 drops of Peppermint Oil and a teaspoon of Jojoba Oil (or other carrier oil such as grape seed oil) to the bath water. For those beach vacations (or any vacation destination for that matter), Lavender Essential Oil is a must in travel first aid kits. But, like many essential oils, Lavender Essential Oil is also a natural antiseptic, killing germs on contact. It is effective against common bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus (Staph), among others. As a result, Lavender Essential Oil is a great addition to a First Aid Kit. Apply a drop to stop bleeding and clean a cut or scrape. Combined with Lemon Balm, it has proven anti-viral properties.
Did you know that Lavender Essential Oil is an effective insect repellent? Rub a couple of drops between your hands and then rub on exposed skin. (In addition, add a couple drops to a cotton ball and place in closets or drawers to freshen linen and repel moths.) Believe it or not, Lavender Essential Oil can revive a person who has fainted when applied to a cloth or cotton ball and held under the nose.
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