Learn how to create an effective and 100% natural first aid kit using just essential oils!
You’ve probably heard the “buzz” about essential oils and how they can help your family with common concerns such as headaches, colds and flu, allergies, pain, and infection, which is why I’ve created an on-the-go first aid kit using a few key essential oils.
Choose a Carrier Oil
Before you get started selecting your essential oils, you’ll need to pick out a carrier oil to use with them. This oil will be the base you will use to dilute the other oils in your first aid kit. Choose from Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil, these would work well.
Remember, you’ll need to select a carrier which stays liquid at room temperature just in case you don’t have time to warm or melt a semi-solid oil. Any of the oils I listed above will be perfect!
Lavender is absolutely the most important oil to include in your essential oil first aid kit. In fact, if you could have only one essential oil in your kit, this would be the one to choose. Lavender has a very wide range of applications.
It is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. It is a natural pain-reliever and anti-itch remedy. Lavender can help to prevent scarring, encourage healing, reduce inflammation, reduce stress and ease anxiety. It may be used on insect bites, cold sores, rashes and blisters.
Headaches: Put a drop of diluted Lavender on your finger and apply to the temples and the nape of the neck.
Minor Burns: Blend Lavender and the juice of a fresh aloe leaf and apply. Aloe Vera gel may be used if no fresh aloe is available. Please note, aloe will be more effective at immediately easing the pain of a burn, but Lavender will promote faster healing with no or less scarring.
Mosquito Bites: Lavender diluted (in a carrier oil mentioned above), or blended with a bit of well diluted Peppermint essential oil to ease itching.
Sunburns: Add 5 drops of Lavender to 5 ml (one teaspoon) of your favorite carrier oil and gently apply to the burned area. A tepid bath, with cider vinegar and Lavender Essential Oil added will also promote healing and help “take the heat out.”
Stress, Tension, Too Much To Do: A few drops of Lavender in a bath eases tension. I like to just pull out my little bottle and inhale!
Insomnia: A drop of Lavender on a cotton ball or tissue tucked into your pillowcase, or a Lavender bath before retiring will help ease you (or your excited children) into a natural relaxing sleep. I like to rub some diluted lavender oil onto the bottoms of my feet or else the back of my neck right before bed.
This essential oil is effective for treating nausea and digestive issues, allergies, menstrual problems, reduces fever, increases alertness and focus, and increases oxygen absorption. It is great for headaches or any muscle aches or pains and is also a catalyst when mixed with other oils. Peppermint is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, can be used for shock, colds, colic, and heartburn.
I always recommend diluting peppermint with a carrier oil as it’s a very strong oil!
Migraines: Many migraine sufferers report relief after rubbing properly diluted Peppermint essential oil on their forehead, the back of the neck, and the solar plexus.
Upset Stomachs: can often be calmed by either inhaling Peppermint straight from the bottle, or rubbing a drop or two on the abdomen. I take this whenever we travel and are eating out a lot!
Fatigue/Exhaustion: Peppermint is a stimulant and can aid with both physical and mental exhaustion. This is a great oil to carry in the car, both to keep the driver awake and aware and to ease any carsickness that might occur.
Congestion: If summer’s pollens cause sinus congestion, diluted Peppermint is a wonderful treatment for either stuffy noses or sinus headaches. Either inhale the diluted oil to help clear a stuffy nose, or blend with some diluted Lavender essential oil and gently rub into cheekbones and forehead to ease a sinus headache.
Sunburn and Fever: Cool the “heat” of a sunburn or fever by adding about eight drops of the diluted oil blend to a tepid bath. Peppermint will not help a sunburn heal more quickly, but will help the burning to “chill out.”
Poison Ivy and Other Itchies: Add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to commercial calamine lotion to help ease the itch of poison ivy rashes. In fact, a tiny amount of Peppermint essential oil is a good addition to almost any “anti-itch” preparation.
Tea Tree oil can be used as a first aid ointment, useful for skin irritations, bug bites, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis. It aids in immune function and supports against throat and respiratory pathogens, and helps with slivers in the skin.
Scrapes: After washing a scrape, you might consider a bit of diluted Tea Tree Essential Oil to help keep the abrasion germ free.
Puncture Wounds: Should never be treated with Lavender, since it can cause the surface to heal, rather than letting the wound heal from the inside to the surface. In this case, Tea Tree Essential Oil, diluted, is the perfect blend to apply.
Disinfecting: Any sort of skin irritation that shows signs of perhaps becoming infected, whether they are mosquito bites, cuts or scrapes will benefit from Tea Tree’s antimicrobial properties.
Facial Care: I religiously use tea tree oil in my skin care routine. If I ever have a blemish pop up, I immediately add a drop of tea tree oil to a cotton ball and dab on my blemish. I also use it in my homemade skin toner recipe before bed each night.
OnGuard is one of my favourite doTERRA blends! Here are just some of it’s benefits:
- Supports healthy immune and respiratory function
- Protects against environmental threats
- Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses
- Promotes healthy circulation
- Energizing and uplifting aroma
This essential oil blend, made of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf Flower essential oils provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support. It protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system. It can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner.
Immunity: Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for an immune boost. I like to rub it on the bottoms of my feet and my children’s feet each morning to help keep our immune system functioning at it’s best.
Hand Cleanser: Combine a few drops of doTERRA On Guard with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural hand cleanser. Here’s my recipe for my homemade hand sanitizer. After we’ve been in a public place, we add a few drops to our hands and rub them together to help eliminate germs naturally.
The Deep Blue essential oil blend can be applied topically to provide a soothing and cooling sensation that is perfect for a comforting massage. It is well used by athletes and exercise enthusiasts and can be applied topically to soothe muscles and relax the body after strenuous activity. This soothing, proprietary blend can easily be applied to the skin through direct oil-to-skin contact or it can be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil for individuals with sensitive skin.
Soothing and Cooling: Deep Blue essential oil blend contains strong soothing and cooling properties. These properties can offer comfort before and after exercise and are ideal for massages. Use Deep Blue oil topically to obtain these soothing and cooling benefits.
Energy before a workout: If you are looking for an invigorating exercise blend, look no further—the Deep Blue essential oil blend has the perfect combination of essential oils to help soothe and comfort exercise enthusiasts of all levels. For a comforting solution that will empower and soothe during and after exercise, apply Deep Blue essential oil blend to your feet and knees pre- and post-workout.
Children’s growing pains: Growing can cause great discomfort and can even be the cause of restless nights. To assist your growing child during their growth spurts, combine the Deep Blue essential oil blend with a few drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage into your growing child’s legs before bedtime. This will bring a cooling and soothing feeling that will help ease these occasional discomforts.
Muscle relief: After a long day of heavy lifting, cleaning, typing on the computer, etc. rub a few drops of Deep Blue on your lower back, arms, legs, wrists, joints, shoulders, and neck. The cooling and soothing sensation of Deep Blue oil will bring you relief after a strenuous day.
For Natural Immune System Support – oregano oil is effective in treating bacterial infections and yeast infections, relieves back and joint pain and inflammation, colds & flu, kills warts & skin tags and athlete’s foot, and is an effective cleanse for GI health.
- It be consumed as an herb in culinary uses, a tincture, tea or essential oil.
- The diluted oil can be consumed to speed recovery during illness.
- Oregano Oil (diluted in coconut oil) can be used on skin infections to boost healing.
- It can be mixed in to oil as part of an oil pulling routine.
- Diluted oregano oil taken internally can help with allergies.
- Oregano oil diluted in olive oil can be rubbed on sore muscles and joints for pain relief.
- Dried oregano, in combination with other dried herbs like basil, rosemary and thyme, can create an effective facial steam for loosening congestion and calming coughing.
- It can be diluted for effective use on athletes foot and fungal infections.
- It can be helpful in redding the body of ringworm when used topically.
- It can be effective in removing warts when used diluted on the skin.
Cold/Flu’s: Add a drop to a veggie capsule and repeat every 4 hours throughout the day until symptoms subside.
Warts: Mix 1 teaspoon of oregano oil with around 8 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil. Apply the mixture around four to six times throughout the day. You can also add tape over the wart to minimize the ability for the growth to receive proper oxygen. This can help to speed up the process. After about a week of use with organic oregano oil, you should notice a difference in the size of the wart.
Alleriges: Add a few drops of oregano oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and breathe in the strong vapors for 5-10 minutes. The hot steam helps to loosen mucus, open up the airways, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil help to soothe and relieve allergy symptoms.
Lemon oil is known for its cleansing ability. Add a few drops to your water to purify it. It is also great for intestinal parasites, dissolves petrochemicals from your body, effective for colds & flu, helps your digestive system and liver work, helps reduce stress and fatigue, calm upset stomachs, is effective for gout, sore throat, and is a disinfectant and an antiseptic.
Sore Throat: Simply add 1-2 drops of lemon oil to warm water or tea. You can also inhale lemon oil directly from the bottle, or put 5-10 drops in a diffuser at home.
Cough: A mixture of lemon and eucalyptus essential oils relieves a cough effectively. Mix three tablespoonfuls of honey with 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oils. Add one teaspoon of this mixture to warm water in a glass and take slowly.
Naesea & Vomitting during pregnancy: Put a couple of drops on a small gauze or tissue square and lay it by your face or on your chest. Just sniffing the oil will calm the nausea or prevent it.
Balance blend promotes tranquility while bringing harmony to the mind and body, and balance to the emotions. This is a blend I use daily on the bottoms of my feet to ground my emotions and reduce anxiety.
- Promotes a whole-body sense of relaxation
- May help ease anxious feelings
- Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance
Calmness: Begin your day by putting Balance on the bottom of your feet to promote feelings of calmness and tranquility throughout the day. I can honestly say, when I don’t apply this oil in the morning, I notice I am more anxious and moody during my day.
Anxiety: Apply to your wrists or neck to help ease anxious feelings.
You can also inhale straight from the bottle, put a few drops in your hands and inhale, use a diffuser necklace to relieve some of the following symptoms:
- ADD / ADHD and Focus
- Depression – you can also use an elevating blend like Citrus Bliss
- Grief or a feeling of loss
- Hot flashes
- Jet lag
- Mood, balance and stress-relief
These are just some of the oils I have in my first aid kit! What are your favourites?