If you are creating or updating your emergency preparedness kits, first aid kits are obviously an important item to include. In addition to your traditional first aid kit, if you are wanting to go a little more natural, you can create an essential oils first aid kit to compliment your more traditional first aid kit. Essential oils can help with burns, cuts, sprains, insect bites and repellent, food poisoning and antibiotic help, and much more…Below are some uses that essential oils are very helpful with.
Just a word of caution…DO NOT keep an essential oils kit in your car or any place with direct sunlight or high heat. I packed my essential oils kit in a thermal container, thinking that would protect them, and stored it in my car but the heat was still too much and it completely destroyed the essential oils and they were useless and I had to throw them out. That was an expensive lesson. You must store them in a cool dark place.
Burns – Use Lavender
The French scientist René Gatefossé was the first to discover Lavender’s ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory accident. He immediately immersed his arm into a bowl of liquid sitting on a table near him.
The liquid was Lavender essential oil. The pain quickly went away and the wound healed in a short time without scarring. Today, Lavender essential oil is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.
A Note Caution: If you are going to put Lavender essential oil on a burn you had better make sure it is 100% therapeutic grade essential oil from a reputable company you trust!
Today most of the Lavender oil sold in America is a hybrid called Lavandin, grown and distilled in China, Russia and Tasmania. It is brought into France, cut with synthetic linolyl acetate to improve the fragrance, added to propylene glycol or SD 40, DEP, and DOP (solvents that increase the volume), and then sold in the US as lavender oil.
Oftentimes Lavandin is heated to flash off the camphor, and then synthetic linolyl acetate is added so that it appears as lavender. Consumers do not know the difference and are happy to buy Lavandin for $5 to $7 per half ounce in health food stores, and through mail order.
These synthetic and adulterated oils can cause rashes, burns, or other irritations.
When you have a burn that you are trying to treat with Lavender essential oil and you are unknowingly instead putting more caustic chemicals onto your burn this can be serious trouble.
When you are treating a burn it is critical that you only use 100% Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil!
Cuts – Lemon or Lavender
Lemon essential oil is highly anti-bacterial and acts as an astringent, an antiseptic, a disinfectant, and a styptic that stops wounds from bleeding. It becomes an excellent remedy when used in a compress or as a cleanser for treating bleeding wounds. Use Lemon directly on the cut as a styptic to stop the bleeding and also disinfect the cut.
To read more about the amazing uses of lemon essential oil CLICK HERE
Rashes or Skin Irritation and Inflammation In or On the Body – Copaiba and Ocotea
Copaiba - This powerful essential oil is recognized for supporting the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing shows Copaiba contains high levels of beta caryophyllene, gamma elemene, and alpha humalene, which aids the natural processes of redness and irritation of body tissue. Copaiba essential oil contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 percent) of any known essential oil. Copaiba is the first oil to use with any kind of inflammation. It can be taken orally (put a few drops in an empty capsule) or used externally directly on the skin.
Ocotea – Extracted from an Ecuadorian tree, Ocotea has the highest level of alpha humulene of any Young Living essential oil, which is a compound that helps aid the body’s natural response to irritation and injury. Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties.
Topical: 1–2 drops on desired area.
Insect Repellent – Peppermint or Purification
For the full article on Using Essential Oils as Insect Repellents CLICK HERE
Insect Bites – Peppermint, Purification or PanAway
For the full article on Treating Insect Bites with Essential Oils CLICK HERE
Bee Sting Regimen – Lavender, Purification or PanAway
- Flick or scrape stinger out with credit card or knife, taking care not to squeeze the venom sack.
- Apply 1-2 drops Purification, Lavender, or Pan Away on location. Repeat until the venom spread has stopped.
- Apply Lavender or Purification with or without Pan Away 2-3 times daily until redness abates.
TICKS – Thyme, Oregano, Purification and Peppermint
Topical: NEAT, apply 1 drop neat thyme or oregano to tick to loosen from skin. Apply 1 drop neat Purification on site to detoxify wound. Apply 1 drop neat Peppermint every 5 minutes to reduce pain and infection.
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER BITE – Lavender Purification or Thieves
Get victim to an emergency care facility immediately. Rub 1 drop Lavender, Purification or Thieves every 2-3 minutes over bite until you reach the hospital.
BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER BITE – Purification or Thieves
The bite of this spider causes a painful redness and blistering which progresses to a gangrenous slough of the affected area. Seek immediate medical attention. Apply NEAT 1 drop of either Purification or Thieves every minute until you reach medical treatment.
Food Poisoning or Need for an Antibiotic – Thyme, Clove, Oregano or Thieves
Thyme - 55% Thymol – effective against e coli, salmonella and pneumonia. It also kills the organisms responsible for tooth decay, gingivitis and bad breath.
Clove - 80% Eugenol – kills more than 60 types of different bacteria. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and is anti-inflammatory.
Clove vs. Microbes:
Bacteria and fungi tend to cluster together in clusters called biofilms that serve as a powerful protective mechanism. Clove is one of the few natural compounds that can disrupt these biofilms. Eugenol disrupts biofilms.
ORAC – Clove bud essential oil is the most powerful antioxidant known, according to USDA researchers at Tufts University, and has over a one million ORAC score.
Oregano - 60% Carvacrol – Carvacrol from oregano essential oil kills spores from anthrax, e coli and 25 different bacteria.
Penicillin vs. Oregano Essential Oil:
12 micro liters of oregano essential oil had the antibacterial equivalence of 10 units of penicillin. Traditional antibiotics kill the bacteria, but wipe out good bacteria that the body needs as well in the process. Oregano essential oil is effective against penicillin resistant diseases and is highly antibacterial and anti-microbial.
Eugenol from Clove essential oil, thymol from Thyme essential oil, and carvacrol from Oregano essential oil have been used in dentistry since the 19th century for root canals, temporary fillings and cements, periodontal therapy and abscesses. These oils are currently designated as GRAS by FDA.
From my own personal experience I have used a combination of Thyme and Oregano essential oils, putting a few drops into empty capsules and taking them 3-4 times per day, for food poisoning, bronchitis, tooth infection, and bladder infections and they have worked very well for me when I didn’t feel like taking prescription antibiotics.
For the full article on Essential Oils That Kill Bacteria and Fungus CLICK HERE
Thieves - Thieves essential oil blend is highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious and helps to protect the body against such illnesses as flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, etc.
This blend was created from research about a group of 15th-century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect them-selves in exchange for more lenient punishment.
The essential oils contained in the Thieves blend are Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon and Rosemary.
For the full article on The Powerful Germ, Bacteria and Virus Fighting Thieves Essential Oil Blend CLICK HERE
I also sometimes use Young Living’s Inner Defense which is a gel capsule of Thieves, Thyme and Oregano and Citronella all blended together in gelcap form. It’s easier than putting the individual oils into empty capsules but either way works the same… it’s just a matter of convenience.
Word of caution: Thyme and Oregano are incredibly hot oils and very strong DO NOT put drops directly in the mouth or it will burn, rather put the drops into an empty capsule (easily available at most health food stores and online) and take in capsule form or just use Inner Defense which is in gelcap form and already pre-mixed.
Clove and Thieves are also very spicy and may be too strong for some persons. I use Thieves and Clove without capsules and put directly on my tooth infection and brush my teeth with the Thieves but for un-teeth/mouth related issues it’s probably best to also put in capsules.
Sprains – Use PanAway
PanAway essential oil blend is a Young Living proprietary blend of helichrysum, wintergreen, clove, and peppermint designed to relieve muscle soreness and tension. Gary Young created the blend after a severe injury to his leg.
Helichrysum has been studied by European researchers for regenerating tissue and improving circulation. In short supply, helichrysum is one of Young Living’s most prized essential oils.
Clove stimulates and revitalizes immune function and is known for its extremely high antioxidant properties (over 1 million on the ORAC scale).
Peppermint’s properties include anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic (worms), antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain relieving, and curbs appetite. Its uses include: rheumatism/arthritis, respiratory infections (pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc.) obesity, viral infections, (Herpes simplex, herpes zoster, cold sores, human papilloma virus, etc.), fungal infections/Candida, digestive problems, headaches, nausea, skin conditions (itchy skin, varicose veins, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis), scoliosis/lumbago/back problems.
Wintergreen’s properties include anti-coagulant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, analgesic/anesthetic, reduces blood pressure. It has been historically used for arthritis/rheumatism, muscle/nerve pain, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, hepatitis/fatty liver.
Caution: Avoid use of Wintergreen if eplileptic. Anti-coagulant properties can be enhanced when used with drugs like Warfarin, Coumadin or aspirin.
Nausea – Use Peppermint or Patchouli
Patchouli essential oil contains compounds that are extremely effective in preventing vomiting due to their ability to reduce gastrointestinal muscle contractions associated with vomiting.
Peppermint is also extremely effective in many kinds of stomach upset, including nausea.
Oral: a drop or two in a glass of water or on tongue 1-4 times as needed.
For Edema and Swelling of the Legs and Feet – Rosemary
Rosemary increases warmth and stimulates blood circulation and is especially useful for circulatory problems of the extremities. I stand on my feet for long periods of time and when my legs and calves swell up, rubbing generous amounts of Rosemary essential oil on them relieves the swelling and edema in about 2 minutes. It’s really incredible for combating fluid retention and lymphatic congestion making it very effective for cellulite and great for keeping the legs from swelling up during air travel as well.
For Chest Congestion – R.C. (Respiratory Congestion) or Eucalyptus Polybractera or Radiata
Eucalyptus is well known throughout history for it’s beneficial use in relief from respiratory congestion and reducing infections in the lungs and throat. It has strong action against bronchitis, sinusitis and lung congestion.
There are quite a few different types of Eucalyptus and Eucalyptus Polybractea is one of the strongest of the eucalyptus oil varieties. This variety is high in eucalyptol (up to 95 percent ) and is well suited for topical application or diffusing.
Eucalyptus Radiata is lighter in smell than Eucalyptus Polybractea but it still has many of the same supportive properties. Because it is relatively gentle and nonirritating, it is the preferred choice for children.
Use Eucalyptus oil directly on the chest also take orally without a capsule and diffuse it in a diffuser and breathe it in.
R.C. is a blend created by Young Living for relief from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis, coughs, and respiratory congestion. R.C. helps decongest sinus passages, combat lung infections, and helps relieve allergy symptoms.
It contains, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Australiana, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Myrtle, Pine, Spruce, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress and Peppermint.
Topical Application: Dilute 1 part R.C. to 1 part raw organic almond, olive or coconut oil or any raw organic vegetable oil to avoid any possible skin sensitivity. When diffusing diluting with oil is not necessary.
Diffuse/humidify, directly inhale, apply on chest, neck, throat, or over sinus areas (avoiding eyes). Use as a compress or with Raindrop Technique.
Combine with Raven (alternating morning and night) and Thieves to enhance effects.
Note of Caution: if you get ANY of the oils into your eyes DO NOT rinse with water. Water only intensifies it. Either use a dry towel or cloth to wipe off and just wait for the burning sensation to subside or use a base oil like raw organic almond or olive oil to dilute the essential oil. Be especially careful avoiding the eyes with oils like Thyme, Oregano, and Clove as these ones are extremely strong and can really burn but DO NOT put ANY of the above oils near the eyes.
PLEASE NOTE: The information in this article is based solely on the use of 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils due to their high quality and tested purity. The use of a brand of uncertain quality and/or purity will provide you with potentially dangerous, if not lethal, results. The author of this article assumes no responsibility for your improper use of this information.
The statements about these oils are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If you are ill seek immediate medical intervention.
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