by Wendy Mackay MIAAMA
Every home and workplace should have a first aid kit. But have you considered also having an aromatherapy first aid kit?
Essential oils are perfect for dealing with many of the minor illnesses, injuries and other conditions we encounter everyday, and in a natural, gentle and holistic way.
Some books and other sources may say you need to have 10 or even 20 essential oils to start your first aid kit. But you could actually start with just a few.
These are some of the most useful essential oils for your first aid kit:-
Tea tree Essential Oil - Tea tree's strong medicinal aroma reflects its powerful bacterial and virus busting properties, although its action is also very gentle. Tea tree can be added to a carrier oil for skin conditions, or even to a foot bath for feet infections as it also has anti-fungal properties.
Lavender Essential Oil - A wonderfully versatile oil, but best known for its relaxant properties. Lavender can be used to soothe and heal minor cuts, insect bites, or burns. Add a few drops to a bowl of warm water and use to wash minor cuts or grazes. A drop inhaled from a tissue or on a pillow can aid restful sleep. Add to the bath at the end of a stressful day or rub a drop into the temples for a headache.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil - Wonderful for respiratory conditions, you can add eucalyptus to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam to help clear a stuffy head. Or add to a carrier oil and massage into chest and back. Put a few drops on a damp cloth and use to wipe over door handles, light switches and other areas to reduce the spread of colds.
Peppermint Essential Oil - Add a few drops to a tissue and inhale to help relieve nausea, travel sickness or headaches. Or add to a footbath for hot tired feet.
Lemon Essential Oil - Antiseptic and refreshing. Great to blend with other oils to increase their synergistic effects. Great to inhale for focus and a clear mind.
Rosemary Essential Oil - Stimulating to the mind and memory, rosemary is great for mental fatigue. Inhale from a tissue or add to an oil burner or vaporiser when working or studying. It is also good for the hair - add to a carrier oil and use as a scalp massage for dry, flaky or out of condition hair.
Remember, except for specific instances stated above for lavender, never apply essential oils neat to the skin due to the risk of irritating the skin. Essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil, bath etc. So you may like to add some carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba, to your kit also.
Remember also that whether you keep your aromatherapy first aid kit with your regular first aid kit or not, essential oils do always need to be stored in a cool dark place.
Wendy Mackay is a qualified Aromatherapist and a member of the International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association (IAAMA). Wendy along with her husband David is the Founder and Director of Essence of Wellbeing. Essence of Wellbeing is dedicated to the best in Aromatherapy and Pure Natural Skin Care and is located in Mornington on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria,
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