Welcome back, friends. You’ve made it week 8 of A Mom’s Guide to Getting Started with Essential Oils. If you have not read the first 7 installments in the series, you’ll want to click over to read Where to Begin with Essential Oils, How to Safely Use Essential Oils, Inhaling Essential oils, How to Choose an Aromatherapy Diffuser., and How to Use Essential Oils Topically before continuing on. The other articles in the series include tips and recipes for using essential oils in your DIY Natural Household Cleaners and DIY Health and Beauty Recipes.
Hopefully, you are beginning to feel more comfortable with the idea of using essential oils in your everyday life for cleaning, hair and skin care, and your family’s general health and wellness. Today I want to share about using essential oils for healing minor cuts, scrapes, bites, stings, burns and in other situations where you might need a little first aid.
Since the most popular members of your family for which you typically use first aid kits are your children, let’s talk for just a moment about using essential oils with kids.
Are Essential Oils Safe for Children?
If you are considering using essential oils with your kids you may be wondering: is it safe? Many parents who have discovered the awesomeness of essential oils want to use them with their entire family, but they worry that it might not be safe for their children. They’re all natural, right? So, is it okay to use with your kids? The short answer is yes and no. Many essential oils are safe to use with children if they are used in the correct way.
Essential oils have steadily grown in popularity over the last decade due to their ability to heal or reduce the symptoms associated with many types of medical conditions. While it’s not a new concept at all (it’s been around for centuries), it IS becoming more mainstream in our current population. Because there are different ways to use essential oils, this gives you options when using them with your children.
When using essential oils with children, you can choose the method based on the type of oil, the age of your child, the purpose of using it, and the potential sensitivity of the child. If it’s diluted in a bath, massage oil, lotion, or other product, or diffused into the air, it won’t typically be too strong for your child. This means you’re going to want some awesome kids’ essential oils recipes to help you do it right. You should never use oil on a child in its pure form, which means you must learn how to mix and dilute oils to create the right blend and strength.
While the majority of essential oils are safe for children (especially those over the age of 6), there are a few that should be used with extreme caution, or not all, before the age of 13 or so. Click here for a comprehensive list of essential oils and at what age they are considered safe to use with children.
Always do your own due diligence and learn all you can about a particular oil before using it with your children. Keep in mind that kids have immune systems that are still developing, and the oils may affect them differently than they do an adult. It’s always a good idea to introduce slowly and build up from there.
How to Build a Natural First Aid Kit
With few exceptions, you can replace nearly every product in your first aid kit with a healthier natural first aid kit using natural ingredients. From antibacterial ointments to steroid creams, insect repellents, and sunburn sprays, this article will help you treat all of your minor first aid needs with safer (and sometimes even more effective) products using essential oils.
The most recommended essential oils for first aid include:
Lavender is your essential oil first aid kit must-have. It can be used to disinfect wounds and burns, promote healing, and reduce scarring. Lavender is commonly used to help with inflammation from bug bites, bee stings, and sunburns, and is known for its antihistamine properties.
Helichrysum Italicum another first aid essential oil must-have. It is commonly used as a painkiller due to its analgesic properties and is particularly helpful for helping to heal heal bruises, sprains, and swelling from minor injuries.
Peppermint can aid in healthy digestion, soothes nausea, and helps with muscle aches and pains, headaches, and fever.
Tea Tree oil has been used throughout history because of its amazing antifungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Tea Tree oil helps disinfect skin irritations and supports a healthy immune system.
Clove oil is commonly used for dental issues due to its analgesic properties.
Frankincense is a great oil to use in blends because it can help enhance the properties of other essential oils. It is also commonly used for skin issues and is a wonderful anti-inflammatory oil.
Citronella is a well-known insecticide and insect repellent, but it can also be used as an analgesic, disinfectant, and astringent.
Here are a few recipes to have on hand for your first aid needs:
DIY Healing Salve
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 oz beeswax
15 drops Tea Tree
15 drops Lavender
Melt the beeswax in a glass jar placed in a pan of hot water. Add the olive oil and coconut oil and stir to combine. Let the mixture cool down a bit before adding the essential oils (don’t wait too long or it will harden and become difficult to stir). Pour into two 4 oz glass jars. This salve can be used for many purposes, including insect stings or bites, cuts and scrapes, itchy or chapped skin, minor burns, and sunburns.
1/2 cup witch hazel
1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (I use one that is 99% pure and has a natural preservative)
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
8 oz spray bottle
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Apply generously to sunburned skin as often as desired. Avoid spraying around the eyes, as it will sting.
Bumps and Bruises Remedy
2 oz jojoba oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops helichrysum Italicum essential oil
To promote the healing of bumps and bruises, apply to affected area 1-2 times per day. Store in a squeeze “lotion” bottle for easy application.
Poison Ivy Relief
2 T distilled water
2 T natural apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
Stir ingredients together until the salt dissolves. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture onto the affected area as needed. Stir well before each use. Store in the refrigerator.
Mix one drop of clove essential oil with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and place the cotton ball beside the aching tooth. Leave for as long as possible (but not overnight).
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Never use essential oils undiluted, in the eyes or mucus membranes. Do not ingest unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep essential oils away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
KidSafe Essential Oils Free Recipes Printable
Our friends at Plant Therapy have created a gorgeous FREE printable filled with KidSafe recipes for your first aid kit and other needs. KidSafe Essential Oil Recipes includes recipes that will work well for your natural first aid kit, such as a Better Than Kisses Ouch Spray, Shield Me Outdoor Wipes, Skin Soother Salve, and Sore No More Body Butter, along with other KidSafe recipes for sleep, tension relief, shoe/foot odor, calming/focus, hair gel, and anti-bacterial soap jellies. These recipes use essential oils and blends that are safe for kids over the age of 2-years-old.