Four Oils for Every First Aid Kit

While the temperatures are heating up and you’re spending more time outside, having a first aid kit with essential oils is important. It’s easy to create and carry with you on all your travels whether its in your backpack, under the car seat, or in your tent.

Here’s a list of useful essential oils for your natural first aid kit:

lavender

Lavender: Lavender essential oil is a rather universal oil and is also one of the most well known and used essential oils in the US. This oil is wonderfully soothing for accidental burns and sunburn. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can also be used to treat bug bites, bee stings, bruises, and sore/tense muscles. Mix a small amount with a carrier oil and apply to affected area. When you’re having difficulty sleeping, place two drops in the palm of your hand, rub them together and swish over your pillow to ease you into a restful sleep.

Peppermint: This essential oil is great for treating nausea and tummy upset, and fevers, It is great for headaches (apply a sparing amount to your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck) or any muscle aches or pains. Peppermint is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. For upset tummies and nausea, place one drop of essential oil in a cup of herbal tea.

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca): Another must have for any first aid kit, Melaleuca oil is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. This is a great antiseptic to be used on minor cuts and scrapes, it kills germs and helps prevent infections.

Helichrysum: Helichrysum oil is excellent on those days when you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun. Whether you laid out by the pool for a little too long, or your afternoon hike was sunnier than you expected,

Helichrysum essential oil can be used as a skin soother to calm irritated skin.

Deep Blue Rub: Deep Blue Rub is a rich, topical cream infused with the Deep Blue Soothing Blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. Deep Blue Rub provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas. Rub onto sore, tired muscles to ease them into wellness.

Wherever you venture, make sure you have a stocked and useful first aid kit.

Happy travels,

Christine

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Airlines and Essential Oils

For those of us who may only travel once or twice a year by way of the airlines, it may be difficult or a bit of a pain to relearn the carry-on/checked baggage rules of the the TSA. This only gets more complicated when you love your essential oils and can’t decide which to bring, how many, or how to pack them.

Here’s the rule of thumb: Liquids (as well as gels and aerosols) are generally permitted in carry-on bags in amounts of 3.4 oz or less per container, stored in a 1qt ziplock bag, with one of these bags per passenger. This bag should be easily accessible in the carry on, as TSA officers will require that it be placed in a bin during the security screening. Any other liquids in quantities of more than 3.4 oz should be placed securely in the checked baggage. Here’s a great graphic by the TSA that makes the decision a little more simple.

Also, here’s a great TSA link to check out. It has an A to Z list of all of the possible items one might bring onto a airplane and the guidelines for packing them… or for that matter, not bringing them at all because they are not permitted.

So, now that I’m sure I can bring my oils, the big question is: Christine, do you really need every oil you own? Well, if you mean NEED, then no. But truth be told, I really WANT to bring all of them. Here is what I decided to pack:

Lavender (no doubt): this is such a versatile oil that it has to be packed. Good for burns (including sunburn), inflammation, relaxation, sleep.

Peppermint: Peppermint is a cooling oil and can be added to FCO and applied to skin to induce cooling, food for fevers, headache, motion sickness, tummy upset (add a drop to herbal tea)

Melaleuca: melaleuca is a powerful antiseptic… good for cleaning scrapes and scratches. It can also be used in disinfectant sprays. Its excellent acne, add to your shampoo to improve the condition of your scalp. It also has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

OnGuard: This is a wonderful protective blend that can boost your immunity. This is something I have always felt like I needed before and during travel.

Roll ons: Because I don’t use chemical perfumes, I’d be lost without my rollerballs. My favorites are Motvation, Cheer, Neroli, and Jasmine.

Traveling is a lot of fun and you can bring your oils with you. Be safe.

Christine

Please note that I’m a teacher not a doctor and as such, this information is not intended to replace sound medical advice.  Please see a physician should you have medical concerns.

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