Essential Oils: In Your First Aid Kit?

Essential oils

may just be “essential.”

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Like most families, you probably have a home first aid kit, but have you thought to incorporate natural remedies among the bandages and thermometers? Essential oils (EOs) offer fast and easy solutions for a variety of day-to-day ailments that are easily treated at home.

The nice thing about using essential oils for home remedies is that they do double duty by calming the user with a variety of therapeutic scents.

Follow these guidelines for diluting essential oils

and you will be amazed at the efficacy of these aromatic remedies.

Relief from skin ailments like insect bites, sunburn, strained muscles and rashes can be almost immediate.

But, did you know that

essential oils

are also an effective remedy for headaches, sore throat, fatigue, bruises and more? All of these oils are meant to be diluted and for external use only.

For Safety’s Sake:

Do not use EOs undiluted – add to a carrier oil such as, hazelnut, grape seed, almond, olive, etc.
Some citrus EOs are photosensitizing; avoid sun exposure for 12 hrs after application
For skin and eye irritation dilute with plain vegetable oil
Some EOs are irritating; study well before use and use a low strength dilution

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14004432103_e588694da5_zDo not use EOs orally
Avoid EO use during the first trimester of pregnancy. After the first trimester, use the gentle floral oils such as, lavender, rose, ylang, jasmine, chamomile and neroli. Safe exceptions to the flower oils are mandarin, orange, frankincense and spearmint; use in one-half to one percent dilutions for external use only.

Dilution Guidelines:
EOs must be diluted before application to the skin.
One percent dilution: five drops of EO per ounce of carrier oil.
For children, the elderly or convalescing or facial care, use two to three drops EO per ounce of carrier oil.
Two percent dilution: ten drops of EO per ounce of carrier oil (for general use).
Never exceed 15 drops EO per oz of carrier oil.
Methods of Application
Massage oil: one to two percent dilution
Bath: two to ten drops EO
(Irritants: peppermint, citrus, lemongrass, spice oils and others)

Foot bath: five drops EO per gallon of water or herb tea
Compress: four drops EO per quart of water
Gargle or mouthwash: one drop EO in one-half cup water
Inhalant: five drops EO in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water with towel tent; or three drops on a cloth handkerchief

Thanks to Mindy Green for the great info on Essential Oils!

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