Essential Oil First Aid Kit
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There are certain essential oils which possess immense healing power. And some are so versatile it pays to have them on hand for all of your first aid emergencies, plus cold and flu season, as well as allergy season. Everyone could benefit immensely from having the Wild As The Wind ‘big six’ in their essential oil first aid kit.
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You don’t need all six essential oils in the Essential Oil First Aid Kit to provide you and your family with a significant amount of protection from infection. Just a couple of oils in this Essential Oil First Aid Kit would go a long way to preventing a lot of potential health issues…
Using essential oils in extremely affordable, environmentally sound, green cleaning products, which we can easily make ourselves for pennies, also means we can employ the intelligence of ”prevention is better than cure”! Using chemical cleaners is thought to be equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day, and without doubt, undermines our immunity as well as often causing hormone disruption. Using some of the essential oils listed in this article to make essential oil based cleaning products does the exact opposite.
First aid essential oils will kill pathogens in our homes in an environmentally sound way, keeping our families safe, as well as protecting the natural world and ourselves from the harm done by chemical cleaners.
**Find out why chemical cleaning products are making us really sick at a systemic level in Hormone Disrupting Substances.
Essential Oils First Aid Kit
The big six!
The six essential oils listed in the Wild As The Wind First Aid Kit are great for dealing with everyday injuries as well as common conditions which are still considered incurable using modern medicines, such as, the common cold and flu.
First aid essential oils are also exceptionally useful for conditions like sinusitis, respiratory infections, viral and bacterial infections, inflammation, aches, pains and sprains. And, these six oils also possess profound healing abilities where chronic health conditions are concerned…
**Most of the oils listed here also appear in these important articles:
First Aid With Essential Oils
The big six essential oils discussed in this article have immense healing power.. making first aid with essential oils entirely feasible.
There are two essential oils in the Wild As The Wind First Aid Essential Oil Kit which are both anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal as well as anti-parasitic. This is extremely remarkable.
These two anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic essential oils are becoming increasingly important for treating all manner of infections… particularly antibiotic resistant superbugs. The number of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria increase exponentially each year. And, because the use of low dose antibiotics, is causing antibiotic resistance, things are only going to get a lot worse.
***The farming industry routinely uses low dosages of antibiotics to fatten up livestock, which guarantees the future creation of more superbugs. Plus, antibiotics are not broken down when being metabolised, so these hazardous farming practices are made infinitely worse because they ensure the continual release of antibiotics into our water supply. Read Optimal Toxicity On Planet Earth for more information.
Oregano Essential Oil Is The Antibiotic Of The Future
Oregano Essential Oil is thus the antibiotic of the future. Many people are already using Oregano Essential Oil instead of antibiotics to treat potentially life threatening conditions. Oregano Essential Oil is just as potent when it comes to viral, fungal and parasitic infections, especially when it’s diluted with Nigella Sativa.
Oregano will be my go to, never leave home without it, essential oil.
Essential Oil Emergency Kit
So, what are the six emergency essential oils recommended by Wild As The Wind?
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- Oregano Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil Or Spearmint Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
Read more detail about these essential oils toward the nd of this article. Also, follow the links provided to read about these essential oils ‘at a glance’ in our Essential Oils In Brief section.
But first, some really important safety information…
Essential Oil Usage Warning For Pets
Please do not, under any circumstances, use your Oregano Essential Oil or Tea Tree Essential Oil on your pets!
I meet a lot of people who merrily tell me that they use Tea Tree Oil on their dogs and cats, but, these poor animals cannot digest the phenols and terpenoids in these essential oils, because they don’t have glucuronyl transferase digestive enzymes in their livers.
Using Tea Tree Essential Oil and Oregano Essential Oils will therefore result in a toxic reaction within your pet and will very likely cause permanent liver damage.
*Even inhaling Tea Tree Essential Oil and Oregano Essential Oil will potentially make your pets very poorly. Do not use these oils in the same room as your pets, and ventilate properly afterwards.
I have written an article in Dogs Today Magazine about the oils which are safe for dogs and cats, and those that aren’t.
Essential Oil Purity
It is vitally important to be aware of the problem of essential oil adulteration, especially before you invest in your Essential Oil First Aid Kit oils. Many essential oils are adulterated to increase profits, but often render the essential oils toxic rather than curative.
Only buy from a supplier you trust!
Wild As The Wind strongly advise using organic essential oils, rather than non-organic essential oils wherever possible. Nevertheless, we consider wild crafted essential oils to be the best.
Please note: it is vitally important to only use an Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil as part of your essential oils first aid kit. The reason why only an Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil should be used is simple. Citrus essential oils are cold pressed from the skins of the fruit, with a 10ml bottle of citrus essential oil requiring approximately 40 to 50 skins. Therefore, using a non-organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil would mean exposing yourself to untold amounts of chemicals from all of those orange skins, as oranges are continually sprayed throughout the growing season.
As Wild As The Wind advocates the internal use of Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil it is especially important to completely avoid non-organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil at all costs!
In a lot of ways wild crafted herbs and wild crafted essential oils are superior to all other essential oils and herbs, including organic essential oils and organic herbs. This is because the plants used to make wild crafted essential oils are grown in their natural state and are exposed to a greater amount of stressors, which make them more potent.
Wild As The Wind advocates using wild crafted essential oils and herbs wherever possible.
The main reason we would choose a wild crafted essential oil over an organic essential oil is that organic essential oils are produced from an commercially grown organic grown crop. And, whilst organic farming operations do a lot to maintain the quality of the soil, the lack of diversity in plant life, and associated natural life, affects the potency of the plants.
Plus, commercially produced crops, even from organic sources don’t keep time with nature, and are not entirely natural. Also, over time, the quality of the soil on large-scale organic farms often erodes and the level of nutrients within the soil tend to drop within a commercial setting.
Whereas, in the wild, Mother Nature takes care of the natural cycles and never forces plants to grow faster, conform to a particular size or shape, or yield more or grow out of season.
This means that the soil has time to recover and replenish. Old rotting plant matter and bird and animal deposits all work together to reintroduce nutrients into the soil, and the flourishing bacterial biome of the soil helps condition the soil perfectly for new growth.
There are more bacteria in one teaspoon of healthy soil than there are humans on this planet!
Conversely, and tragically, about 30% of our arable land (land that is good for growing fruit and vegetables), has now been stripped of its nutrients and essential bacteria, which means it is effectively dead, and is nothing more than a physical support for the plants that are grown in it. And, the only way that these plants survive is for costly interventions to take place.
Crops need to be sprayed with artificial nutrients in order to survive. But these imported nutrients used in organic farming are not as healthy as the naturally occurring nutrients in uncultivated areas, and the synthetic nutrients used in non-organic farming are not a patch on either organic or wild soils.
First Aid Essential Oil Blends
Essential oils are far too concentrated to be used on their own.
Many people would choose Sweet Almond oil, but we would recommend Jojoba, which is a little more pricey, but because it mimics the chemistry of the sebum in the skin, it will aid absorption of the essential oils more readily than the Sweet Almond oil. Sweet Almond needs to be at least at body temperature to be absorbed, and even then it does not blend with the skins own moisturising properties as well as Jojoba.
Jojoba is ideal for both oily and dry skin types as it helps to balance both extremes. It is also the best base oil for reducing scaring. It is also brimming with healing compounds that supports the actions of the various essential oils including vitamin E, vitamin B complex, chromium, silicon, zinc and copper. High levels of iodine: (82%) make it heavily antibacterial and antimicrobial.
When used with geranium, lavender and tea tree, it helps treat tough dermatological conditions like acne etc. It is also the most effective base oil for the reduction of scarring.
But lets get to the essential oils in the essential oil first aid kit…
Lavender Essential Oil is the most popular essential oil, probably in part due to its pleasing aroma, but almost certainly due to it’s healing capabilities, making it an absolute ‘must’ for our essential oil first aid kit.
It is anti-bacterial, pacifying, anti-anxiety, soporific, great for insect bites and is the go-to essential oil for burns.
Its sedative properties make Lavender Essential Oil ideal as a stress-busting, calming oil to use after a long, hard day, or for defusing during meditation and yoga practices etc. However, Lavender Oil can act as a stimulant if used to excess.
Promotes clarity of mind and brain health
Lavender Essential Oil protects the Central Nervous System, and like Frankincense Essential Oil, it is profoundly anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for the easing of severe respiratory issues / asthma. ***These oils are incredibly important for cytokine storms some which viruses, like Covid-19 Corona Virus, cause in the lungs.
Psychological conditions: anxiety, depression, stress
Painful conditions: period pain, earache, headache, congestive problems, itching, labor pains, migraine, rheumatism, sprains, strains
Chronic inflammatory conditions: rheumatism, allergies, asthma,
Miscellaneous: colic, cystitis, flatulence, hypertension, insect repellent, vertigo, whooping cough.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is one of the strongest and safest natural antiseptics available. It is four times more antibacterial than the antiseptic creams found in conventional first aid kits. This fact alone makes it another absolute ‘must’ for our essential oil first aid kit alongside Lavender.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is also antiviral, and anti-fungal. It is very effective in treating many types of infection, cold sores, rashes, blisters, minor burns, cuts, bruises, boils, abscesses, carbuncles, dandruff, as well as for insect bites, preventing infection and reducing irritation.
It is particularly useful for treating fungal infections: toe nails, candida, and athlete’s foot.
When inhaled, using a steam bath, it provides support for: colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, and other infections of the respiratory tract.
There’s a lot of information on the internet suggesting that Tea Tree oil can be used neat in topical applications. And, whilst I have, indeed, used this oil neat in extreme circumstances, I would advise everyone to dilute Tea Tree essential oil before use. The skin is exceptionally absorbent, and whilst it has been created with the screening of toxic matter in mind, it is also designed to deliver applications directly into the bloodstream, circumventing other protective processes… such as the toxicological processing that happens in the digestive tract for example.
Remember, essential oils are very concentrated and can work wonders in their diluted form. But, it is this concentration that potentially makes essential oils toxic to the body if they are applied undiluted, or taken internally in this form.
Undiluted Tea Tree Oil can be very burdensome for the kidneys, making them work extremely hard, and in some cases over-whelming them completely. If the latter happens you will feel extremely unwell and expose yourself to other opportunistic invaders, which could make you doubly ill.
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil is a show stopper, but it is incredibly rarely mentioned in anyone’s essential oil first aid kit list. (We have only ever seen Dr. Z mention Orange essential Oil in his top three essential oils.)
Orange Essential Oil is excellent at treating a whole welter of conditions, including; colds, constipation, dull skin, flatulence, flu, sore, inflamed and infected gums, poor digestion and stress conditions. It will also increase circulation, improve blood pressure, support lymphatic drainage, boost immunity, significantly help with detoxing the liver, improve chronic fatigue, treat oral and skin infections, and have a sedative effect.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil is believed to be anti-cancer due to it’s d-limonine content, as well as, anti-ageing, anti-arthritic, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, antispasmodic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and aphrodisiacal.
We recommend oil pulling, for oexcellent oral hygene and fewer cavities, with Orange and Frankincense Essential Oils, as mentioned in Morning Detox Protocols.
And, no environmentally sound and super-cost-saving green cleaning fluid would be complete without Sweet Orange Essential Oil, (as well as Ti Tree / Tea Tree Essential Oil or Oregano Essential Oils for that matter!)
Keeping our homes safe from pathogens is better than being constantly at risk of infection. As I said in the introduction… prevention is better than cure!
This oil rarely appears in Essential Oil First Aid Kit lists, perhaps because it shares quite a few properties with Tea Tree oil. But this oil is a lot more potent, and is always the oil I turn to for more serious bacterial and fungal infections.
This extremely potent oil is a very effective antioxidant when taken internally, (one drop daily can help maintain healthy immune function), but owing to its potency it should be heavily diluted, even before inhalation.
Oregano also supports digestion, respiration, coughs, infections and fungal conditions, such as fungal infections of the toe nails.
Peppermint Essential Oil is another oil that often appears in essential oil first aid kit lists as it possesses a lot of unique properties that are very soothing and healing. Spearmint Essential Oil also possesses most of these healing abilities and so is interchangeable.
However, Spearmint Essential Oil is warming whereas Peppermint Essential Oil is cooling. This means Spearmint Essential Oil is not helpful for the management of fever.
Peppermint has to be used with caution, however, as Peppermint Essential Oil is a lot more concentrated than most other steam distilled essential oils.
The key constituent in Peppermint Essential Oil , menthol, induces a cooling effect on the skin when used in very dilute form (mixed with either water or oil), and eases tension headaches, as well as muscular aches and pains.
Perhaps most commonly known for providing respiratory support, Peppermint oil provides immense relief to asthma, flu, colic, and sinusitis sufferers.
Directions: Add four or five drops of Peppermint oil to a bowl of near boiling water. The person seeking relief should then place a towel over their head and the outer edges of the bowl, forming a tent like seal that allows the concentrated vapours to rise and be inhaled within an enclosed area.
Although not as good as Pine Essential Oil, Peppermint oil can be used to treat exhaustion.
A stimulant, Peppermint Oil improves alertness and stamina. It also eases nausea, including nausea induced by travel sickness, sensory assaults, (bad smells etc), and from overeating and indigestion.
Peppermint is perhaps the best essential oil for dealing with digestive issues, and when coupled with Organic Orange Essential Oil or Organic Lemon Essential Oil it will go a long way to curing halitosis. It also helps with another issue that does not endear us to others: flatulence!
Directions: Mix a couple of drops of Peppermint with a couple of drops of Orange oil in a glass of hot water after each meal.
Peppermint also really helps to assuage the need to smoke a cigarette during the process of giving up smoking., (although, Black Pepper is the go-to essential oil in the first week or so of quitting smoking.)
Great for relaxing tense muscles and reducing muscle spasms as well as relieving muscular aches and pains. It’s also good for relieving the symptoms of sprains and strains, soothing pain and reducing inflammation by cooling the heat given off by the injury.
Vertigo suffers benefit from inhaling the Peppermint fumes from the bottle. The oil is best kept in a pocket and warmed by the hand before inhalation. This helps to release the soothing vapours.
A topical application of Peppermint and Tea Tree essential oils in a Neem carrier oil is a very effective treatment for scabies.
**We will definitely include Neem in our ‘ultimate’ essential oil first aid kit, in which the big six will become the top ten, excellent eleven… hmm, what could we say for twelve?
Frankincense Essential Oil
Taken daily with coconut oil, Frankincense Essential Oil can help prevent cancer. But, some only believe this to be true if the Frankincense essential oil is CO2 extracted. They believe if it isn’t then it won’t possess anti-cancer properties. Most Frankincense essential oils, including ours, are obtained via distillation, and so do not contain boswellic acid, the active anti-cancer constituent, considered by Tisserand, and others, to be the only anti-cancer constituent in Frankincense resin.
Unfortunately, boswellic acid is molecularly far too heavy to be volatile, and only volatile constituents are capable of evaporation via the distillation process.
There are several boswellic acids found in Frankincense resin, all of which have molecular weights ranging from 450 to 500, whereas, volatile molecules all have molecular weights of less than 300.
If you are looking for a natural substance to help prevent or treat cancer, frankincense oil should not be your first choice. Look instead to turmeric/curcumin, to cannabis/cannabinoids, to garlic/garlic oil, and to frankincense extract, which is sold in capsule form. Following that, I would consider essential oils of cinnamon bark, lemongrass, citronella, turmeric, orange, lemon and bergamot.
However, Ty Bollinger, and the crew at The Truth About Cancer are major advocates of Frankincense Essential Oil as a treatment for cancer.
Related research into AKBA [in Frankincense Essential Oil] has shown that this unique substance is also effective against other forms of cancer as well, including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. And the evidence suggests that frankincense isn’t just a supplemental treatment to go along with chemotherapy and radiation; in some cases it may actually be preferential as a replacement.
AKBA is a volatile oil and so it can be extracted via the distillation process from Frankincense resins.
If you have any more information about Frankincense Essential Oil and cancer treatment please let us know!
In the meantime, we recommend Myrrh Essential Oil as this is out-performing Frankincense in anti-cancer trials at the moment.
But aside from the cancer debate, Frankincense Essential Oil is excellent for maintaining health and preventing disease. When applied to the neck and feet it provides an immune boost.
It is considered useful for the following:
- Insect Bites
- Immune support
- Menstrual pain and PMS
- Mental fatigue, focus and acuity
- Respiratory support (asthma, bronchitis, coughs, congestion, catarrh, laryngitis, mucus)
- Skincare: acne, abscesses, bruises, colagen support, scars, wrinkles, wounds
- UTI’s (urinary tract infections)
Frankincense is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, anti-aging, calmative, expectorant, diuretic and stimulates and increases menstrual flow, (emmenagogue) as well as helping to balance female hormones.
Frankincense is often used in high-end anti-aging skincare products because it promotes cellular rejuvenation. It’s one of the key ingredients in our anti-aging formula: FACIAL OIL No. 2
It reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure so it’s great for de-stressing. As with Peppermint essential oil, Frankincense is great for elevating the mood and for our old friend flatulence!
Frankincense For Inflammation
Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil is renowned for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. So much so, in fact, that Wild As The Wind sell an awful lot of it.
It is particularly beneficial when combined with Sweet Orange Essential Oil, which reduces the type of inflammation caused by oxidative stress, and St John’s Wort, another incredibly anti-inflammatory oil.
These three ingredients make up the Wild As The Wind Frankincense & St John’s Wort Preparation.
Burnt as a resin it will purify the air, and is also thought to focus the mind, making it ideal for devotional and meditative practices, (hence its use in sacred places of worship etc). The constituent Incensole Acetate, a powerful anti-depressant that significantly reduces anxiety, is not present in distilled Frankincense essential oils as the molecules are too heavy to be extracted during the distillation process. It is, therefore, better burnt as a resin to obtain these benefits, or bought in CO2 extracted form.
Frankincense is very useful for treating respiratory disorders such as acute colds and asthma.
It can also be used for oral hygiene, for bad breath and mouth sores, by adding it to homemade toothpaste or by using it with coconut oil for oil pulling. (I also add Orange oil too.) There is even some evidence to suggest that Frankincense essential oil can help with cavities also.
There are three different kinds of Frankincense essential oil, Carterri, Frereana, and sacra
Frankincense Carterri is very rich in alpha-pinene, and other mono-terpenes, which makes it very useful for immune support. This form of Frankincense is known to reduce wrinkles and scar tissue, which are the main reasons it is found in high-end skin serums and creams.
Serrata contains good levels of the mono-terpenes alpha-thujene, alpha-pinene, and limonene which make it antiseptic, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory in action.
It is this form of Frankincense that is used in Ayurveda and as an air purifier, often in sacred rituals. It is also the variety that is used during meditation and as an anointing oil in religious ceremonies. The essential oil yield from the Serrata tree resin is higher than with the other varieties, usually making it less expensive than the other two Frankincense varieties.
Both Frankincense Frereana and Frankincense Carterii are grown in the mountains of Somalia. However, Frereana prefers to be grown at higher altitudes than Carterri, making it chemically different from its close neighbour.
Frankincense Frereana contains high levels of pinene, thujene, and cymene, which lend this oil antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties. It is thus excellent for treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, bruising, and traumatic injuries such as sprains and impact injuries etc.
It also possesses, analgesic, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, immune-boosting properties. Because it exerts a powerful influence over the processes of the mind, elevating mood and calming thought processes, it improves cognition, focus, and memory.
*Robert Tisserand is internationally recognised as a leading voice on the subject of essential oils. He publishes articles on all of the latest essential oil research and collaborates with doctors, herbalists and pharmacologists, with the objective of integrating scientific data with holistic principles.
He is familiar with the foundations of oriental medicine, and Western herbal and naturopathic traditions, with their emphasis on cleansing, protecting, strengthening immune function and aiding natural healing processes. Robert has 40 years of experience in essential oil blending and aromatherapy product development. He is a co-author of the 780 page book Essential Oil Safety – Second Edition
If you are new to essential oils, then the six oils in the Wild As The Wind Essential Oil First Aid Kit make an ideal Essential Oil Starter Kit.
This is because the Essential Oil First Aid Kit really can’t be bettered in terms of versatility. There’s very few conditions which wouldn’t benefit from at least one or several of the Essential Oils in this Essential Oil Starter Kit.
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The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.