August 4, 2016 by Jaclyn Harwell
Four Essential Oils for First Aid
**This post is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Oils.**
By Jaclyn Harwell, Contributing Writer
Summer is full of opportunities for fun- water play, cookouts, vacations… there’s so much to celebrate when the sun is out! But with these fun activities comes a need to keep everyone safe and healthy. Did you know you can use essential oils for bruises, bites, cuts, and scrapes? Here, we’ll show you four essential oils that help with all of these and more!
Four Essential Oils for First Aid
I love reaching for essential oils for bruises, bee stings, and all the other ouchies my four boys get themselves into at our house! They have been dipping into the essential oil chest ever since summer arrived, and I love when they come ask for me to remedy whatever ailment they happen to have with essential oils.
Here are four essential oils that are great for first aid purposes:
One of the single most healing oils, helichrysum italicum should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet! Known as the #1 oil for healing wounds, helichrysum italicum :
helps heal cuts, scrapes, and other open wounds,
aids the healing process by stimulating the growth of new skin cells,
helps to heal and regenerate nerves, as well as repair connective tissue,
is one of the best essential oils for bruises, inflammations, muscle aches and pains, and sprains,
can help increase muscle endurance,
helps treat many type of burns.
Helichrysum italicum is the one essential oil you do not want to be without while you’re on the go this summer. Buy helichrysum italicum here.
Both antiseptic and soothing, tea tree is essential for a first aid kit. Tea tree:
supports the immune system as well as respiratory health, but best of all can help heal a number of skin conditions, including cuts, scrapes, and rashes,
can be helpful for pesky problems like lice, or fungal infections like ringworm or candida,
is one of the great essential oils for bruises, as it is anti-inflammatory, so massaging a small amount directly onto a bruised area can help reduce swelling and inflammation.
Tea tree oil should generally be diluted in a ratio of approximately 4-8 drops per 1/2 tsp. carrier oil. Buy tea tree essential oil here.
Also good for fighting infections of all kinds, clove bud is another versatile oil to have on hand for first aid needs. Clove bud:
is good for skin conditions, including scabies and athlete’s foot,
is antimicrobial and will help prevent infection in cuts and scrapes,
speeds healing of wounds due to its blood-circulating, anti-inflammatory properties.
Clove bud oil should also be diluted in a ratio of 4-8 drops per 1/2 tsp. carrier oil, as it is a “hot” oil, meaning it can easily burn the skin. The delightfully spicy scent will, however, warm you up and energize you. Buy clove bud essential oil here.
Prized for its antiseptic qualities, rosemary essential oil is great to keep in your first aid kit. Rosemary:
is great for boosting the immune system,
speeds healing by keeping infection at bay,
helps clear air passages and fight respiratory infections like sinusitis and bronchitis.
Rosemary essential oil even helps with brain and memory function, helping you keep stress at bay so that you can enjoy summer festivities. Rosemary should also be diluted when used topically. Buy rosemary essential oil here.
Your Essential Oil First Aid Solution
I know it can be a little intimidating to figure out which ratios are best when combining to create the perfect blend. If you’re not familiar with essential oils, it can be downright confusing to choose the best ones for each use.
Not to mention, if you’re just starting to build your essentials oils collection, it can be pricey to buy various single oils. That’s where synergy blends come to the rescue!
Rocky Mountain Oil’s First Aid synergy blend is the perfect combination of all of the above oils to speed the healing of a number of wounds. It’s the perfect way to use essential oils for bruises, bites, stings, burns, cuts, and everything else under the (summer) sun.
The oils in this blend not only help with all sorts of first aid needs, they also help to move blood to your organs, improving liver function and circulation. Additionally, you can count on First Aid to help strengthen your respiratory, endocrine, and immune systems.
Finally, First Aid reduces mental fatigue and increases clarity and alertness so that you can go strong as you enjoy summer with your kiddos, who never seem to tire!
I love having a pre-made blend so that I don’t have to calculate ratios, or determine which oil to use for what purpose.
Whether my kid gets stung (not too long ago, my seven-year-old was catching bees… yeah, he got stung), falls and scrapes his knee (my two-year-old is good at that), gets a bruise (like my rough-and-tough four-year-old often does), or gets a sunburn (like my fair-skinned oldest tends to do), First Aid is the right remedy.
Have you used essential oils for first aid? Which ones do you like best?