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Here is another recipe you can make at home using essential oils. Use this first aid washing mix to wash and cleanse cuts and grazes. This mix is to be diluted in water before use.

Put the following into a small dropper bottle:

  • 30 drops lavender
  • 30 drops tea tree
  •  5 drops eucalyptus
  • 20 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops rosemary

Shake the mixture to blend the oils. Use 2-6 drops of the mix in a small bowl of water to wash cuts and grazes. Do not apply the blend neat to any open cut or graze.

Tomorrow, we will be traveling to visit relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday and I know lots of readers will be doing the same thing. Every time I travel, I carry my essential oil travel first aid kit with us for those emergencies that always seem to occur. Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, or car, it won’t cost you very much to assemble an essential oil travel kit; but it can save you a lot of problems and anxiety on the road. It is usually not a problem to carry essential oils on an airplane as long as the quantities you take are less than an ounce each. You can take everything you need for the most common ailments that may plague you or your family members while you are away. I usually carry my lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus on every trip.

Most of us have that certain spot in the home where you often get a splinter. Mine is the wooden rail on my staircase. I’ve smoothed it many times but somehow it always comes back and I seem to be the one who gets the splinter.

Splinters initially cause pain by ripping your flesh and muscle. If not treated  quickly, infection from bacteria on the splinter can cause severe internal damage through migration to vital organs or bone over time. The best treatment for a splinter is to remove it with a sterilized needle or pair of tweezers. Other than that, you only need to apply 1 drop neat of lavender or tea tree to the site.

boil is a localized accumulation of pus in the skin, usually resulting from infection of the hair follicle. Boils can also come from another skin condition that causes the skin to itch. When the person scratches, the skin can get infected and cause a boil.

To treat a boil, bathe the area with 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of tea tree diluted in a small bowl of hot water. If the boil is really severe, add 1 drop of chamomile to the water. Treat the area twice a day. Other essential oils you can for boils are thyme, lemon, nutmeg and oregano.

Last week I talked about treating blisters caused by friction from shoes or rubbing. You can pierce that kind of blister during treatment. However, if your blister is from a burn, you should definitely NOT pierce the skin. For blisters from a burn or scald, put 1 drop neat of lavender essential oil on the blister and then hold an ice cube on the blister for at least 10 minutes.

To treat a burn immediately after the accident, run ice cold water on the area for 10 minutes. Then put 2 drops of lavender essential oil neat directly on the burn. Add 5 drops of lavender on a dry, cold compress and cover the area. You can repeat this as often as needed. Other essential oils you can use instead of lavender are chamomile, eucalyptus, yarrow or niaouli.

blistersHave you ever gotten a blister on your foot from your shoes rubbing either your toe or your heel? I hate that feeling. Just think about professional dancers, spinning and twisting around on the floor with bare feet! I’m sure they get blisters quite often.

The best thing to do for that type of blister is to cover it with a gauze bandage that has a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil on it. If you have a very large blister, it’s best to sterilize a needle and puncture the blister first. Then apply lavender neat and put a gauze bandage on it after that. For those large blisters, you can make a synergistic blend of equal parts lavender and myrrh.

Don’t put the kind of band aid on your blister that won’t let your skin breath. Put a gauze bandage on and hold it on with plaster strips so that the skin can breath as much as possible. Leave off shoes and socks as much as possible or at least wear shoes that do not touch the blister until it has  healed completely. People more likely to get blisters – joggers, hikers, athletes and ballet dancers for example, can use tincture of benzoin painted on their toes, heels or other susceptible parts of the foot. This will prevent and help heal blisters.

Burns and Sunburns

Author: Dr. Larita

sunburn2For any burn you’ll probably want to use oils that have natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Oils that contain a combination of these healing elements include lavender oil, rose oil, roman chamomile, eucalyptus oil, rosewood oil, lemon oil, helichrysum oil, and idaho calasam fir oil.

A great blend for burns that I rely on is the combination of lavender oil, rosewood, and ylang ylang oil. Together they provide anti-inflammatory help, pain relief, and act as a relaxant or sedative to help calm the nervous system and heal the skin, so next time you overdo it at the beach, I’d recommend having this blend on hand.

Note: We’re talking sunburns and burns from your hair straightener, not third-degree, here! If you have a third-degree burn, see your doctor or go to the emergency room. 

Source: Yoganonymous

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.


Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative to those over the counter medicines we use. Let’s assemble our own aromatherapy rescue kit. First of all, you need a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. An empty cookie tin like the one in the picture works great for me. Of course, you can also go all out and have a fancy container made just for the purpose of storing essential oils. You’ll find many suggestions just by googling essential oil containers.

The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil. These three essential oils will aid in aromatherapy treatment for colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and many other ailments. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your aromatherapy rescue kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in future posts.

Therapeutic grade essential oils are mainly concentrated flowers, plants, and herbs. People are missing out on their health benefits because of the misconception that they are only for elevating mood or to be used as perfume oils. Numerous essential oils also have properties that kill germs, purify the air and have antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties. They can rescue and protect us from every ailment between acne and urinary tract infections.

If you would like to add additional essential oils to the basic three we discussed in a previous post, you may wish to include rosemary, peppermint, orange, geranium and lemon. Your aromatherapy rescue kit should also include carrier oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, or shea oil in which your essential oils can be diluted. You can also include aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil. Create your own garlic oil by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.

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