Your summertime first aid kit can contain as many or few as the items below. I’ve tried to make it quite comprehensive for those who want to be prepared for anything from scratches to snake bites. Let me know in the comment section below if I’ve forgotten anything or you have a favorite item you like to include in your summertime first-aid kit!
Essential Oils to Include in your Summer First Aid Kit
- Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) As an antiseptic to stop stinging and itching of insect stings, topical wounds, poision ivy, tick bite (apply after tick is removed, never before). Can be used neat (undiluted) directly on the affected area.
- Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) For all types of burns (sunburn, hot motorcycle pipes, cooking oil spashes, electrical). Also great for headaches, insomnia and topical wounds. Can be used neat on the affected area.
- German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) A natural anti-inflammatory for swelling, bruising. Mix 4 drops of German Chamomile with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and rub into affected area. Lavender and Helichrysum can be added for maximum effect.
- Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) For bruises, inflammation, sprains. I once smashed my finger in the door of a car and applied helichcrysum, 2 drops neat, in the first 5 minutes. The reduced swelling and bruising was phenomenal. Mix 4 drops of helichrysum with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or arnica oil, and reapply frequently to ease pain, swelling, and discoloration of a bruise.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) For motion sickness and driving fatigue place a drop on a tissue and stuff in the car airvent. For sinus congestion sniff directly from the bottle or tissue. For a headache, add 1 drop peppermint and 1 drop lavender to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and rub in forehead and back of neck.
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Catnip (Nepeta cateria) are all very effective mosquito repellents. Add 10 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of water in a spray bottle. To learn more about repelling mosquitos, click here.
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct linalol) A good tick repellant. Drop thyme oil all around the cuff of your pants and directly on your socks.
- Lemon (Citrus limon): A natural hemostatic that stops bleeding. One or two drops directly on the bleeding wound.
- Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) For toothache and mouth pain. One drop on a q-tip and rub around the sore tooth or gum.
- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) Add to Helichrysum and Lavender for wound care. Include if an asthma attack is a possibility. Add 2-4 drops of Frankincense to 1 tablespoon carrier oil and rub in chest.
Carriers to Mix with your Essential Oils
Include a couple of small bottles of carrier to use as a base if you need to mix an oil before applying. Put your carriers in clean, empty shampoo bottles like you find hotels or order them from SKS Bottle Company.
- Oils: I recommend Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut Oil because both won’t become rancid if stored in the first aid kit all summer. Don’t use vegetable or nut oils as they’ll go bad very quickly, especially in hot weather.
- Aloe Vera: A small bottle of natural Aloe vera gel for it’s cooling, soothing effect and for treatment of burns. Aloe is especially good for combining with Lavender for sunburn relief. Note: Only buy aloe vera gel that is natural and clear or white. If it’s green, they’ve added dye. This item should be kept cool.
- Arnica cream (Arnica montana). Helps with muscle pain and promotes healing of bruises and reduces swelling. Can be mixed with Helichrysum, Lavender, Tea tree for greater effect.
- Calamine lotion: Include a small bottle to use as a carrier for peppermint and tea tree for poison ivy relief. Add about 10 drops each of Peppermint and Tea Tree to 1 ounce of Calamine lotion and rub on the poison ivy. This blend should help stop the itch.
Other Items to Include in your Kit
- Regular Tweezers
- Tick Tweezers
- Snack sized ziplock bags for keeping the tick for later medical testing for Lyme’s disease
- Reference Sheet: Include a list of what each essential oil does to remind you when it comes time to open the kit.
- Packets of electrolyte-replacement powders
- Bottle of water
- A truly complete first-aid kit contains some convetional products to complement the function of the essential oils and carriers; such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, water-free hand sanitizer and all prescription medications in addition to the items listed above.
- For removal of vemon from insects, spiders and snakes, use an extraction kit.
- If you are at risk for allergic reaction to plants or bites, carry a prescription auto-injector of epinephrine. After injecting epinephrine, you must seek immediate medical attention.
Have I forgotten anything?
Are there any other essential oils or products you like to include in your natural first aid kit?
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