Most people, frustrated with pharmaceuticals, are seeking alternatives. For those who don’t keep many pharmaceuticals at home, an essential oil first aid kit is critical for everyday ailments.
Complementary treatments have been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture, herbs and chiropractic medicine are of some avenues from which people are seeking assistance in common issues. Another place where people look for help is in essential oils and aromatherapy. Most of us know that the ancient people used plants as traditional medicine, and in our modern world we have many choices.
Essential oils can help support us physically, emotionally and spiritually to keep us balanced in our busy, stress-filled world. Because of this, a common question we get is “what oils should I have in my essential oil First Aid Kit?” Keep in mind, some essential oils do have safety concerns, which we will try to highlight.
Your Essential Oil First Aid Kit
Citrus for Well-Being
To begin, any citrus essential oil is one we would definitely have. Lemon (Citrus limon), Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), or Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) – take your pick. Of course, keep in mind that some cold-pressed Citruses are going to be phototoxic. You can choose a Steam distilled version and not have to worry about photoxicity. Citrus essential oils are high in a chemical component, d-limonene, which are known to help support our overall well-being. We always use a Citrus essential oil in our diffuser, shower gel and in most cleaning products that we make. They are just all-around must haves!
Lavender for Pain Relief
Even though Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been over-used as of late, it is certainly worthwhile to have in your collection or kit. Lavender has so many benefits – not just for calming and sleep issues (another topic that we will be writing about) but for its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving abilities. It’s great for sunburn, bug bites and other skin issues as well.
Tea Tree (or Rosalina) for Sickness
Another must-have is Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). It is highly antiviral and antifungal because it is high in terpinene-4-ol. If you are one of those that cannot stand the medicinal aroma of Tea Tree, a great alternative is Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia). Rosalina is also a Melaleuca but has a high percentage of linalool which adds a gentle and soft quality and has a soft lemony aroma. It is safe for children and makes a great addition to a nighttime diffuser when the kids are sick.
Peppermint for Digestion, Congestion and More
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a wonderful addition to our essential oil first aid kit. It is known to aid digestion, clear a stuffed-up nose, to ease painful muscles and to be cooling. We like to use it in our migraine blend.
Be careful with Peppermint, as it has some safety concerns. Robert Tisserand writes that Peppermint essential oil can be neurotoxic to young children with inhalation. Some mothers have tried using it to help bring down their child’s fever, but have wound up in the emergency room with convulsions. Knowing an essential oil’s benefits as well as any contraindications is something with which we feel very strongly. Too often people assume that just because essential oils are distilled from plants, they are only benevolent and can do no harm. If we keep in mind how much plant material is used to distill essential oils, it really is only then that we can come to understand the power that one drop of an essential oil contains.
Fragonia for Respiratory Concerns
If you want to add another essential oil to your essential oil first aid kit that is helpful with respiratory issues, muscle or joint pain Fragonia (Agonis fragrans) is a great choice. It’s safe and gentle for children and the elderly, and it has a gentle, slightly floral aroma and we have found it to be emotionally balancing as well as quite therapeutic. We have one elderly client who has had asthma his whole life and finds he wakes with clearer lungs when he uses it in a diffuser at night.
Flower Essences for Healing
One last thing you might want to consider adding to your First Aid Kit is a Flower essence. Stillpoint’s Anti-Trauma remedy can be quite helpful whenever any physical injury or emotional trauma occurs. This Flower essence remedy will help the body’s electrical system to rebalance and therefore allows healing to begin.