Make a Basic First Aid Kit With Essential Oils
Essential oils have many therapeutic uses. Each individual oil can be effective in providing organic answers for a wide range of health complaints. But in spite of this versatility, owning just one or two oils is limiting. Oils are meant to be used synergistically with each one adding strength and scope to the others.
At home, you can use as few as five essential oils to build a basic 'natural medicine chest' that will handle any basic home health or first aid situation - from burns to bronchitis, coughs to candida, hangovers to muscle strain.
1. Tea Tree
Called a 'medicine cabinet in a bottle', tea tree essential oil is effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Tea tree oil also stimulates the immune system. Studies show that the presence of blood and pus from infection only increase tea tree's antiseptic powers!
Tea Tree essential oil has antiinflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It also destroys parasitic infections, encourages the healing of wounds, clears lung and sinus congestion, and stimulates the immune system. It is more powerful than carbolic acid, yet totally safe.
Uses: use in compresses, massage oil, and washes to fight all sorts of infections, including herpes, shingles, chicken pox, candida, thrush, flu, cold, and those of the urinary tract.
Cuts and scrapes:
Wet a cloth, wring and bathe the affected area several times a day.
Eucalyptus essential oil is antibacterial, and antiviral. It works to clear mucous from the lungs as well as a liniment to relieve rheumatic, arthritic, and other types of pain. Eucalyptus oil is another plant essence that has proved its worth in scientific laboratories.
Uses: for coughs and colds, respiratory problems, in sickrooms and to repel insect pests. It also removes hard to shift labels (and chewing gum) from just about anything.
Use as a massage for upper chest and back. You can also place a couple of drops of this blend onto a tissue and inhale. Do this a couple of times each hour but don't overdo it.
Antibiotic and antiseptic, lavender essential oil is the most widely-used essential oil in the world due to its extreme versatility and haunting fragrance.
Uses: Irritations and burns, headaches, fainting, insect bites, and as a sedative.
To treat minor household burns: It's recommended you run cold water over the site of a burn for at least 10 minutes.
Soak clean gauze in this mixture, wrap the burn, cover it with cling wrap and chill the site with an ice pack. Repeat the application every 2 hours for 24 hours (12 times) without removing the gauze.
Peppermint essential oil is anti-inflammatory; relieves pain, muscle spasms, and cramping; relaxes the nerves; kills viral infections; decreases gas and indigestion; clears lung congestion; reduces fever.
Uses: flatulence, indigestion, tummy upset, nausea, colic, headache and fatigue. It even keeps mice and fleas away!
Tummy pain and flatulence:
Massage in clockwise motion over abdomen
Oregano essential oil is a super-potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory oil.
Uses: use for fighting yeast, fungus (skin and blood-born), knocking out allergies, hay fever, and sinusitis, stopping infections (cold and flu) and inflammation.
Back pain and inflammation:
Massage into the painful area.
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