Whether you are off on holiday or just off having a lazy day in the park, make these essential oils part of your first aid kit this summer. Don’t leave home with out them!
Lavender Essential Oil
Bites / Stings
Number one on the list is Lavender, it’s an amazing all rounder. Perfect first aid as it can be used safely straight onto the skin. Use on mosquito bites, jellyfish stings, bee stings and any other bug bites, to relieve the pain and soothe the itchiness. The antiseptic properties of Lavender are right on the button; it helps to eliminate infection causing germs, boosts the healing process, and reduces scarring.
Soothe sunburned skin by adding a few drops to some aloe vera gel straight from the fridge or misting with lavender water. Why not try making your own lavender water:
How to make Lavender water
- One cup water
- 10 – 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Spray Bottle
You can also use this simple blend as a room mist or linen spray.
Or if you have the time you can make it using lavender flowers »
Peppermint Essential Oil
Cool down this summer with Peppermint essential oil. Not only does it smell gorgeous, the high menthol content in peppermint helps your body feel cooler.
Combine these ingredients in lukewarm water for a refreshing, cooling bath:
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp epsom salt
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
Feeling sluggish? Tired after a long drive? Jet-lagged? Let Peppermint oil refresh you by diffusing it straight into your car; put a few drops on a cotton ball or tissue and place it in the air vent of your dashboard. The scent will invigorate you and aid your concentration while you drive.
Add 5 -6 drops to water in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on the back of the neck or feet to keep cool.
Feeling queasy in the car or on the plane? Rub a few drops diluted in a carrier oil over your stomach or try one drop in a cup of hot water and sip it.
Tip: Not keen on the smell of peppermint, perhaps it’s too strong for you, then don’t worry, spearmint essential oil has a lighter perfume, with the same properties as peppermint essential oil.
Roman Chamomile has a sweet, apple like aroma, the peaceful fragrance of an autumnal orchard, with the apples ripe and rosy.
Add Roman Chamomile essential oil to Aloe Vera gel. I often suggest using Aloe Vera gel because it is the best mixer base for after sun and sunburn applications. It is smooth, cool on your skin and ideal for reducing the heat of sunburn.
Fear of Flying
Aviophobia/Aviatophobia or fear of flying to you and me! Roman Chamomile will help calm the nerves. Add a couple of drops to a handkerchief or tissue and inhale as needed to relax. Alternatively you could apply like a reflexology therapist, massage onto the three body points linked with fear:
- The inner wrists
- The bottom of the feet in the centre just below the toes’ foot pad
- The ears
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Bites / Stings
If the aroma of lavender essential oil is not for you, use tea tree essential oil diluted in a carrier oil such as grapeseed, almond or jojoba oil to treat insect bites and stings. Tea tree oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, excellent for relieving itchiness relief.
Tea Tree Oil has been known to repel mosquitoes, lice, ants, and many other insects that bite. Try this formula for a natural alternative insect repellent
- 30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
- 1 tbsp vegetable glycerine
- Fill to the top with distilled H2O
- Shake and apply as needed (at least every hour or so)
Minor Cuts and scrapes
Tip: Speed up the healing process and ensure the wound is kept germ free, first gently clean the wound with warm water, then apply the Tea Tree Oil straight onto the cut, apply two or three times on the first day. Then apply twice each day for the next seven days.
Don’t forget to add coconut oil and your summer travel kit is complete