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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.

Alternative Health Care

Author: Dr. Larita

Yesterday, I sliced my pinky finger on the serrated edge of an aluminum foil box. I’m old but it was all I could do not to cry, it hurt that bad and it still hurts today. I used my alternative first aid kit and took care of it with lavender (to calm me down) and tea tree oil which has antibiotic properties. Most homes have one but I think everyone should add essential oils to their family’s first aid kit. All you need is a container to keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. Three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. 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.


poison ivyMy husband loves to work in the yard but he is extremely allergic to poison ivy and we always seem to have some hidden in bushes out there.  This weekend, the weed eater broke and he repaired it, but he tinkered with it sans gloves and ended up with another poison ivy rash. If you have ever had poison ivy, you know how miserable the itch can be. We have  a natural remedy for his poison ivy that actually dries the rash quickly and soothes the itch.

  • hot water in the bathtub
  • 1/2 cup Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, with the mother
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil (for itch)
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil (antiseptic)
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil (soothing menthol)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
Mix everything except the baking soda together in the tub water, making sure the salt dissolves.  Lay in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes splashing the mixture onto the affected areas as needed. When you get out of the tub, make a paste with the baking soda by adding a few drops of water and rub this mixture onto the affected areas.

“Get Better Bruise!” Blendkids2

This blend is made in a 1 oz glass bottle.

You can apply it onto the bruise right after it forms, and then every 15 to 30 minutes for the first day. After the first day, apply it 3 to 5 times a day until the bruise is all gone.

  • 1 oz  trauma oil (trauma oil is an infusion of three herbs in a carrier oil: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula.)
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil

For kids under five:

1 oz (30 ml) of pure trauma oil will do the trick!

No-More-Itch Stick for Bug Bites

These itch sticks are especially soothing! You can use them as needed, and kids can even carry them around to use anytime their bites start itching.

You can make your itch sticks in lotion bar containers, which twist up like lip balm tubes. You’ll need two lotion bar containers, each holding 1 oz (30 ml).

  • ½ oz  beeswax
  • 1 oz  coconut oil
  • ½ oz  jojoba wax
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil


  1. Melt the beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup using the “double boiler method.” (Put the Pyrex in a soup pot about ¼ full of water. Bring the water to a slow boil. I like to leave the handle of the Pyrex hanging outside the pot so it doesn’t get too hot to touch!)
  2. Add the jojoba wax.
  3. Add the coconut oil.
  4. Remove the Pyrex from heat and add your essential oils.
  5. Pour your melted blend into your lotion bar sticks and let them solidify for a few hours.

For kids under five:

Make a blend in a 2 oz  glass spray bottle using:

I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks.

There are different approaches to using essential oils with little children.

The Aromahead Approach for kids under five is extra cautious. For topical use we prefer to use hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils.

Babies’ and young children’s skin can be so sensitive that essential oils can easily become overwhelming for them. Hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils can often give a child the nudge they need towards rebalancing their health.

That said, there are exceptions. For example, if a child is stung by a bee (assuming they’re not allergic to bees), you can add 2 drops of lavender to ½ oz of aloe vera gel. Apply it to the sting until the pain and swelling calms down, then switch to lavender hydrosol.

Now, thanks to Andrea Butje at Aromahead, you’re all set to enjoy summer!

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