Stay ahead of the game with essential oils for first aid. When SHTF, you'll want a stocked first aid kit because you may not be able to go to pharmacies anymore. A first aid kit complete with essential oils may save your life in an emergency. Not sure what essential oils do or what the best essential oils for first aid are? This infographic should help you find out.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are chemical compounds with aromatic properties found in the seeds, roots, stems, bark, flowers and other parts of plants. For centuries, there are many stories of healing properties of these precious oils. Essential oils are extracted out of plants in many different ways. For example, rose oil was extracted by massaging leaves with animal fat. A lot of essential oils, like Lemon and Orange, are cold pressed. The vast majority of oils from plants are steam distilled at a certain temperature and a specific pressure. The most therapeutic oils with optimum benefits are taken after the first distillation.
Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs so imagine how effective they can be in your first aid kit.
Caution: Ensure that you are only buying the best quality of essential oils. Lesser quality essential oils may express they are 100%, yet that doesn't really mean they are really 100% pure without any fillers. As a matter of fact, the industry standard for essential oil is only 3%. Every time I purchase essential oils, I look for a brand that has third party testers to ensure its quality. This kind of quality is especially significant if the essentials oils are used on children, newborn, during pregnancy, with the elderly and if we need to take it internally.
How To Use Essential Oils For First Aid
I am assuming that, by now, you are aware of how much I love essential oils for first aid. You probably also heard the buzz about them and how they can help your family ease the effects of minor health concerns, like colds, headaches, flu, allergies, pain, etc. Here's a list of 10 essential oils for first aid that I recommend for anyone interested in giving essential oils a try:
Now that you know what they are, and how to safely choose effective and essential oils for first aid, scroll down to read about these 10 essential oils' best uses:
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is considered the universal oil. It is known to help reduce stress and to calm. It sterilizes wounds and burns, promotes fast healing and can help reduce scarring. Prevent irritation and inflammation from insect bites, sunburns or even bee stings with this oil's soothing, antihistamine compounds.
Use lemon for a great disinfectant. It is great for cleansing and also to boost mood. A little lemon in water helps prevent flu or cold symptoms. Lemon helps promote a healthy liver and digestive system, and also helps lessen petrochemicals in the body. It is not advisable to use lemon, or any other citrus oils, on the skin if you are planning to get some sun exposure. Lemon is also great for disinfecting and cleaning objects. Thus, they are commonly found in commercial cleaning agents.
3. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint, similar to lemon, promotes healthy digestion and helps soothe nausea. Likewise, it helps prevent pains and aches in the muscles, headaches and fevers, and may even reduce menstrual cramps (read more about period problems here). This strong oil may also perk you up, clear mental fog and increase concentration.
4. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree, also known as Melaleuca, is the oil that has been used throughout history because of its amazing anti-bacterial, fungal and viral properties. It is perfect for soothing and healing. Use it in homemade “Neosporin,” to help disinfect skin irritations. It helps relieve discomfort from slivers. Try using this oil to help support the immune and respiratory systems, too.
5. Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano aides in your natural immune system support. It can help boost a healthy immune system by battling off cold and flu symptoms, while also aiding against yeast and bacterial infections and inflammation. Oregano may also help with gastrointestinal issues.
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6. Myrrh Essential Oil
Use myrrh to help with infections, and it acts as a pain reliever. It's helpful for cuts, bruises and swelling. It supports good blood circulation and tissue regeneration. Myrrh is an astringent. Use it for antibacterial and pain relief.
7. Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum, like Lavender, is an emergency treatment essential oil must have! It's perfect for swelling and bruising, and it is generally utilized as a painkiller because of its pain relieving properties when used as a part of a cool pack. It might help to mend wounds, sprains and swelling.
8. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Utilize lemongrass with Citronella as a bug repellent. It is also helpful in soothing cramps and sore muscles. Lemongrass essential oil functions well as a natural cleansing agent, and it also helps keep your feet warm during winter. That's why I keep this in my homestead, it works for us and my husband loves it.
9. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is perfect for inflammation and more. It enhances the effects of other oils, lessens inflammation, supports skin tissue regeneration and may even relieve headaches. Use it for skin ailments, too. Frankincense also relieves restlessness, like Peppermint.
10. Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary, similar to peppermint and frankincense, is a mentally stimulating oil. It also prevents hair loss. (Though, my Father still went bald – sometimes you can't fight nature!)
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Essential oils are used for almost any kind of pain that we might encounter. Of course, I'm not a doctor, I'm a homesteader living on my means– exploring and educating myself to be a healer on my homestead. You've got nothing to lose trying out these essential oils. So, give them a shot, and check what changes occur in your health. Learn to use them with confidence before an emergency occurs.
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DISCLAIMER – these are simply suggestions based on curated sources. We do not promise healing, simply suggested ease of ailment. Please seek a professional physician if pain or problem is severe.
What do you think of this list of essential oils? Do you think you’ll be giving it a try or suggest it to someone? Let me know in the comments section what your thoughts are on this amazing list.
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Xenia Dutton says
What do you suggest for chronic pain? Ive had 4 back surgeries & am trying to figure out a way to survive when the SHTF and the docs & pharmacys are no more.
I was actually looking for the same answer. I searched on Reddit the other day and saw this article http://oilingpoint.com/best-essential-oils-for-muscle-pain/
Their list has a lot of the same oils that Riley listed above. I will say Im curious to see what Riley thinks as I’m just trying to help spread some info.
I’ve really gotten into essential oils since the election. I want my kids to have some sort of healthcare if the SHTF.
Hi there! To all who have read the comments. I have had 4 back surgeries, a radical mastectomy, 2″ of my esophagus removed, both rotator cuff in my shoulders fixed, eye surgery on both eyes & am riddled with arthritis from head to toe. I know what pain is & I very much detest pain pills. So, 1 day I got tired of it all & just sat down & had a good talk with the LORD. I told him how much I detested taking the pills & having to use a cane or walker all the time. I was headed for a wheel chair & did not want that. So, I ask Him for a healing from the pain & to help me get rid of the cane & walker. Every day from that day forward when I got up, I thanked Him for the healing that He was going to give me in the future. I did this for a long time. then 1 day I got up & was working around the house when a niece came to visit. I sat down & was talking to her for about 30 minutes when all of a sudden I jumped up out of my chair & started saying “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my god!” She asked me what was wrong & I stopped, looked at her & said “I don’t hurt!” She said “What do you mean?” I said “I don’t hurt anywhere!” At that moment I dropped the pencil that I was holding & automatically bent over & picked it up. Not much of a big deal, except that the doctor said that I would NEVER be able to bend over again & he had given me a pair of grippers to pick things up. Now I know what you are thinking, she’s crazy! I wish that you could see me for real. That was around 14 years ago & I am still pain free. In fact, my second shoulder surgery was just 2 years ago. When I was in recovery, they asked me what level my pain was. I thought for a moment & replied, “What pain?” They couldn’t believe it either, but seriously, “I HAVE NO PAIN” from any of the surgeries or my arthritis. All it took was FAITH that GOD would give me a healing & then thanking Him everyday. How strong is your faith? I love essential oils & use them in my laundry all the time. But for the best PAIN reliever, asking God for that healing & then thanking Him everyday & still thanking Him for it everyday, He granted me that MIRACLE & I will thank Him till the day I die. He is the greatest healer! He did it over 6,000 years ago in the Bible & He is still doing it today. Don’t believe me, try it! What do you have to loose? I lost my pain!!!! I am now doing & using more & more natural things in my life & my life & health has improved drastically! Essential Oils help my life smell better & keeps me in a wonderful mood daily! I wish everyone would believe that it could happen to them. Have a great day!!!
Nola Mostyn says
I taught herbs and wild plants here in Central Texas, their uses, how to find and process them for 15 years.
I only dealt with the plants you could grow yourself or find in your area. I made herbal products, for food, medicine and crafting as well as herbs and plants for dying all kinds of items that I sold to friends and family as well as for pioneer days fairs.
Those were the happiest days of my life.
I’m old now, but if I could do it again, I would in a heartbeat. I had the best smelling herb garden in the area.
I discouraged people from buying herbs or plants that they could not grow or find growing nearby.
I do like what you’re doing. Thank you for sharing.