Building your own customized Essential Oil First Aid Kit

Pharmaceuticals – isolated & concentrated chemicals, originally isolated from plants, target specific disorders, usually by suppressing symptoms. Ex. Diabetes & cholesterol treatments

Essential oils – vast array of different chemicals in minute amounts, all work synergistically to benefit health. Like herbs, many essential oils, because of this wide array of active ingredients, work to bring about homeostasis in the body – allowing the body to choose what it needs to bring balance and health.

Conditioned to think of 1 drug for 1 disorder (and maybe include some related/similar disorders)

This makes essential oils and herbs sound like old fashioned snake oil because, since they contain a vast array of different chemicals that work together for healing, they can be used treat a wide variety of disorders that do not appear to be related at all.

Additionally, many herbs and essential oils, rather than suppressing symptoms, induce the body to heal itself. One excellent and well known (at least among herbalists) example is cayenne which can be used to treat both high blood pressure and low blood pressure.

Assumptions:

  1. Every family has different usual needs – children, diabetes, stroke/heart attack, panic attacks….
  2. Every family has different budget constraints.
  3. Some families/individuals have allergies or other sensitivities – be AWARE if you are providing aid for others than immediate family!!! This is critical, potentially life threatening. Pure oils are actually more likely to cause severe allergic reactions than synthetics or blended oils.
  4. Because of the above, everyone’s first aid kit needs will be somewhat different.

The following recommendations are based on an assumption of NO ALLERGIES. I will also provide, later on, suggestions for substitutions for those who have specific known allergies. Please be aware that everyone who has studied essential oils will have their own recommendations for “Top Ten” based on their experience. Since every person’s body chemistry is somewhat different, experiences will also be somewhat varied. There are also differences in preferences of smell.

***Disclaimer – NOTHING in this post should be taken as prescribing any essential oil or herb for any medical condition. Personal research and verification of anything I say is of paramount importance! Always consult a licensed physician for serious medical conditions.***

  1. Lavender
  • called the “grandmother” of essential oils because of its ability to care for and nurture us.
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Febrifuge (controls fever)
  • Antiseptic/antiviral
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative (anti-flatulent)
  • Cytophylactic (protects cells)
  • Emotional imbalances
  • Diuretic
  • Hypo/hyer-tensor
  • Nervine
  • Hair health
  • Mild sedative in moderate doses
  • Sudorific/diaphoretic
  • Anti-nausea (esp combined w/peppermint)
  • Emmenagogue
  • Antiparasitic
  • Uses include: insect bites/stings, burns (especially when mixed with helichrysum), cuts, allergies & asthma, anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, skin irritations, rashes, diaper rash, dandruff, reduce scarring, shock/trauma, insect repellent (not the best, but helps)
  1. Peppermint
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antispasmodic
    • Uses include: arthritis, indigestion, nausea, motion sickness, asthma, halitosis (find and fix the problem), bronchitis, colic, mental alertness/clarity, fainting, fatigue (short-term, for long-term, fix sleep & nutrition problems), GERD, headaches/migraine, allergic rashes including hives, insect repellent, skunk repellent, IBS, soothing sprains/strains/torn ligaments, invigorating massage when mixed with carrier oil, muscle spasms, shock/trauma, plugged sinuses
  2. Manuka
  • Anti-fungal
  • antibacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Immune stimulant
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Manuka is reported to be many times more effective against both gram negative and gram positive bacteria than its close cousins, the many varieties of tea tree (Melaleuca). Manuka is milder and more pleasant in aroma and less caustic to the skin than are the tea tree oils. Manuka is strongly antifungal and effective against a wide variety of yeasts and molds. Suggested uses for manuka include eliminating athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, relieving dry, cracked, and irritated skin conditions, neutralizing pathogens in the air, and healing cold sores. Manuka can be used effectively on insect bites and stings to avoid infection and dull pain. Used undiluted and consistently, manuka oil is strong enough to eradicate warts. Well diluted, manuka oil relieves the itch and burn of chicken pox sores.
  • Even though Manuka is about three times more expensive than tea tree/Melaleuca, I use it because of allergy to tea tree, and I want the more effective oil in my first aid kit.
  1. Lemon
  • Antibiotic
  • Sedative (mild)
  • Stimulant (mild)
  • Carminative (flatulence)
  • Diuretic
  • Hemostatic (inhibits/stops bleeding)
  • Astringent (tightens tissues)
  • Digestive
  • Immune stimulant
  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Febrifuge (controls fever)
  • Calmative
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-sclerotic (reduces hardening of tissues, esp blood vessels)
  • Depurative (elim toxins/purify)
  • Vermifuge
  • Cicatrisive (aids wound healing)
  • Useful for: respiratory complaints from asthma to sinusitis, liver & lymphatic cleanser, superb cleaner/disinfectant, clarity of thought and alertness, concentration, depression, emotional balance, dissolve gall stones, dissolves adhesives
  1. Helichrysum
  • Analgesic
  • Hemostatic
  • Anticoagulant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Expectorant
  • Hepatic (balance/cleanse liver)
  • Anti-inflmmatory
  • Stimulant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Uses: head wounds, nose bleeds, emotional healing, rejuvenate damaged skin, calming, helps restore blood flow to injured areas, heal bruising and hematomas, helps prevent scarring, lower cholesterol, sciatica, arthritis, drains congestion in respiratory complaints
  1. Benzoin
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antidepressant
  • Calmative
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Cytophylactic (protects cells)
  • Antimicrobial
  • Uses: extreme stress, deep depression, melts blockages in lungs, lymphatic vessels and intestines, urinary disorders, circulatory stimulant, used for millennia as a disinfectant before petroleum based disinfectants became common, when tinctured with alcohol was used as primary antiseptic in hospitals for over 200 years, bacteria have never developed resistance so many hospitals are now returning to use of benzoin even though more expensive than the petroleum based antiseptics
  1. Angel*
  • Primarily emotional & spiritual
  • Creates a feeling of protection
  • Calming
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Uses: physical and emotional trauma, anger, anxiety
  1. CrystalClear* – shock
  • Energizes mind
  • Organize thoughts
  • Nourishes nerves
  • Adrenal cortex
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Uses: studying – especially complex or difficult data that must be later recalled, impending shock, balance hormones, relieve hormonal headaches
  1. KeytoMyHeart* – cardiovascular events
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Lymphatic system
  • Urinary tract
  • Vein health
  • Uses: balancing & repairing cardiovascular system, circulatory, pulmonary, and lymphatic systems, lower high blood pressure, stress, increase stamina & energy, helps to stabilize electrical rhythms of the heart
  1. Orange Sweet
  • Disinfectant
  • Diuretic
  • Calmative
  • Anticoagulant
  • Sedative (mild)
  • Stomachic
  • Cholagogue (bile/fat digestion)
  • Tonic (invigorates/restore functions)
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic
  • Depurative (elim toxins/purify)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immune stimulant
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Uses: promotes feelings of wellbeing, restful sleep, curbs food cravings, irritability, moodiness, nausea, headache, stress induced cardiac spasms/angina, raises low blood sugar levels, improves digestion, improves lymphatic flow, effective cleaner & disinfectant, dissolves adhesives

*Angel, CrystalClear, and KeyToMyHeart are all blends specific to Butterfly Express (https://butterflyexpress.net)

11 Other oils that are on other people’s top 10 lists:

Clove

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Analgesic (toothache)
  • Antineuralgia
  • Antispasmodic
  • Stimulant
  • Carminative
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Stomachic (gastric tonic, digestive aid)
  • Tonic
  • Antiparasitic
  • Anti-tumoral
  • Uses: MUST BE DILUTED PRIOR TO ANY USE, antidepressant, improves nutrient absorption, builds energy and stamina, dissolves warts, relieve flatulence, nausea, ringworm, athlete’s foot, insect bites/stings. AVOID during pregnancy. Use with caution for children and those with sensitive skin or allergies. This oil is too strong to be used in the bath. Safest used as part of a blend.

Chamomile

  • Calmative
  • Analgesic
  • Antibiotic
  • Febrifuge
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immune stimulant
  • Antihistamine
  • Uses: powerfully soothing, colic in babies, aching muscles/joints, menstrual cramps, nausea, PMS, tension, nervous complaints including headache, allergy relief, acne, eczema, dry skin, insomnia

Frankincense

  • Tonic
  • Stimulant
  • Expectorant
  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Revitalizer
  • Anti-catarrhal (mucous membrane inflame)
  • Anti-tumoral
  • Uses: reduce anxiety & nervous tension, process grief, crosses the blood/brain barrier, carries oxygen to the brain, skin disorders, lung ailments

Sage

  • Consider by many to be a master healer
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anticancerous
  • Immune stimulant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Analgesic
  • Diuretic
  • Estrogen-like properties
  • Uses: alleviating effects of prolonged stress, strengthen nervous system & lymphatic system, arthritis, dandruff, hair loss, skin conditions, gingivitis, sprains, stimulates secretion of progesterone-testosterone and keeps them balanced, lymph congestion, nerve deterioration. AVOID use during the early stages of pregnancy.

Eucalyptus

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Balsamic (sooth throat irritation)
  • Expectorant
  • Antibiotic
  • Antifungal
  • Febrifuge
  • Anti-infective
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antineuralgia
  • Pectoral (benefit diseases of chest/lungs)
  • Uses: DO NOT TAKE ANY FORM OF EUCALYPTUS INTERNALLY. Apply diluted to the chest for respiratory congestion/infections or under nose for sinus congestion, cools body in summer, asthma, fever, temporary pain relief, muscle aches, headache, mental exhaustion, stabilize blood sugar, well diluted can be good for skin rashes and massage. Can be caustic to skin if used undiluted.

Grapefruit

  • Tonic
  • Digestive
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-infective
  • Restorative (nerves/adrenal cortex)
  • Uses: uplifting to mind and spirit, performance stress, jet lag, depression, mental exhaustion, self-worth, anorexia and other eating disorders, detoxifies lymph system, water retention, dissolve cellulite, gallstones, acne, PMS, headache. CAUTION grapefruit is photo-toxic. If applied to skin, keep that area out of sunlight or UV for at least 12 hours.

Oregano

  • Anti-infective (esp wild)
  • Antibiotic
  • Antiviral
  • Antiseptic
  • Stimulant
  • Anti-aphrodisiac
  • Emmenagogue
  • Antiparasitic
  • Expectorant
  • Rubefacient (dilates capillaries)
  • Antifungal
  • Immune stimulant
  • Uses: balance metabolism, bronchitis, respiratory infections, pneumonia, colds, flu, promotes feelings of strength and stability. Use with caution during pregnancy. Pure oregano essential oil can cause extreme skin irritation if not diluted. Use caution when diffusing. Best to use as part of a blend.

Rosemary

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-catarrhal
  • Anti-infective
  • Antispasmodic
  • Analgesic
  • Mucolytic
  • Tonic
  • Astringent
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Cicatrisive (aids wound healing)
  • Cytophylactic
  • Pectoral
  • Antidepressant
  • Sedative
  • Calmative
  • Emollient (soothe, soften skin)
  • Antiseptic
  • Uses: balance endocrine system, stimulates memory function, organize thought process, learning difficulties, mental fatigue, fosters inquisitive nature, balance heart function, intestinal infection, colitis, flatulence, liver disorders, respiratory complaints, arthritis, muscle pain, headache, arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation, migraine, low blood pressure, dissolve cellulite, dandruff, hair loss, general debility, overindulgence in food or drink, hangover.

Sandalwood

  • Cardiovascular support
  • Antiseptic
  • Antidepressant
  • Diuretic
  • Tonic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Astringent
  • Emollient
  • Calming
  • Anti-infective
  • Decongestant
  • Uses: peace in the face of difficult challenges, crosses blood/brain barrier, increases oxygen in brain, problem solving, depression, anxiety, nervous exhaustion, bladder infection, throat infection, bronchitis, cystitis, fluid retention, skin and tissue regeneration.
  • Use sparingly. Sandalwood is a very limited resource, which is one of the primary reasons it’s not in my personal top 10.

Ginger

  • Antiseptic
  • Stimulant
  • Stomachic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Febrifuge
  • Expectorant
  • Uses: increase energy and stamina, warms body and soul, tone and stimulate digestive tract, increases capillary strength and circulation, alcoholism, loss of appetite, impotence, memory loss, motion sickness

Ylang ylang

  • Sedative
  • Antiseptic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Nervine
  • Antidepressant
  • Calmative
  • Uses: temper tantrums, loss of interest in work, personal appearance, etc., insecurity, low self-esteem, anger, rage, dare-devil tendencies, balance male-female energies & hormones, PMS, uterine tonic, depression, irritability, anxiety, palpitations, high blood pressure, nervous tension, exhaustion, insomnia, skin care, hair loss, intestinal infections, constipation

***Disclaimer – NOTHING in this post should be taken as prescribing any essential oil or herb for any medical condition. Personal research and verification of anything I say is of paramount importance! Always consult a licensed physician for serious medical conditions.***

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