It’s summer! It’s time to be outdoors with the family, running through the grass and climbing trees with the kids. Summer means fun! Of course, it also means cuts, scrapes, and stings from bugs and plants. Every mother should have a summer care kit for the little ones, and these are the goodies I reckon you need in your essential oil first aid kit.
This one is a must for just about anything you’ll need to treat after a day of summer fun. Mix with distilled water and spray on the skin to make an all-natural bug repellent or carry a roll-on bottle of 5 drops mixed with a tablespoon or two of almond oil to rub on stings from bugs or nettles. The anti-inflammatory properties of the lavender will soothe the itch and even help wounds heal quickly. The mix can also be dabbed on cuts and abrasions to prevent infection.
Creating a spray using witch hazel, lavender and chamomile can be used as an after sun spray, soothing the skin and reducing painful inflammation. You can also add lavender to some aloe vera gel and store it in the fridge for a cold burn treatment.
If you don’t want to deal with bug bites after the fact, then citronella is a good way to keep them from happening. You can burn candles infused with citronella to keep bugs, especially mosquitos, from invading your space. For your kids playing far from the candles, a mix can be made that can be applied to their clothing, allowing them to carry the protection with them as they play. It can be mixed with witch hazel, which will help soothe skin, and other essential oils such as lemon tea tree or lavender, which also have bug repellent properties.
Not only is chamomile great in a tea when you have trouble sleeping, but it can also be used on the skin to soothe any number of issues including bug bites, stings, cuts, or abrasions. Put a few drops in about a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply directly to bites. A cold chamomile tea bag can bring about the same relief as well.
It can also be used to treat symptoms of hay fever and mild seasonal allergies. Being antibacterial, it can kill some of the mold and bacteria that cause allergic reactions and the anti-inflammatory properties are helpful in clearing mucus from the sinuses. Many nasal sprays may contain chamomile for this purpose. You can add a few drops to an infuser before heading outside to enjoy the warm summer nights and head off some allergy symptoms.
Much like chamomile, lemon has long been used for allergies. Because of antibacterial and antifungal properties, lemon can be used to kill many sources of airborne allergies in your home. Inhaling some before playing outside may also help reduce symptoms and encourage a reduction in fluids in the body.
If you use topically to keep cuts and abrasions from being infected, do not expose to sunlight for at least 4 hours after. Lemon can make skin photosensitive.
Solutions and Carrier Oils For Your Essential Oil First Aid Kit
As helpful as these essential oils can be, they need to be used properly so they do not become dangerous to your health. Always use them in a mix with liquid or carrier oils. Using 3-5 drops per tablespoon is generally a safe combination. Some to have on hand when making your natural solutions:
- almond oil
- fractionated coconut oil
- witch hazel
- aloe gel
- distilled water
Ways to Carry Your Oils
Depending on if you are enjoying your summer at home or if you are traveling, you may consider creating sprays versus oil rubs. Roller bottles may change you mind on that point and make bug bite remedies easy to apply. Sprays are good for preventing trouble or covering large areas of the body. Taking care of cuts and stings may be better suited with a dropper or cotton pad. There are plenty of ways to make sure that you have your supplies on hand, ready to treat the summer ailments.
About the Author:
Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and owner of Pure Path Essential Oils. She has an eye for business, innovation and perfection – and a desire to help her family, her friends and herself live a healthy and happy life.
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