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Spring is just around the corner! After a long, cold winter, I am looking forward to new things and new beginnings. Spring reminds me to review all aspects of improving my health and well-being.

Different seasons of the year require different uses of essential oils. As we spend more time outdoors, scrapes and cuts, sunburn, and insect bites are just some of the things to think about for spring.

Included in my plan is my first aid kit for spring and summer. An essential oil first aid kit can be very useful to help with many maladies. I like to prepare it ahead of time so I am prepared. It is very easy to carry this first aid kit with us at all times.

Let’s look at essential oils for repelling insects and helping with the insect bites that occur. Insects are repelled by the following essential oils: cajeput, cedarwood, cinnamon citronella, clove, eucalyptus citriodora, geranium, lemongrass, patchouli, peppermint, and spearmint.

Insect repellent
Eucalyptus globulus 5 drops
Geranium 3 drops
Cedarwood 5 drops
Lavender officinalis 2 drops
Cold pressed vegetable oil 30 ml
Apply to skin
OR substitute distilled water and witch hazel for the cold pressed vegetable oil
Distilled water (20 ml) and witch hazel (19 ml) – use as a spray

Insect bites
Put 1 drop lavender officinalis and 1 drop eucalyptus globulus neat on and around the bite. For those with sensitive skin or for children, the essential oils can be added to 5 ml cold pressed vegetable oil before application to the affected area.

Minor cuts and wounds
The following list of essential oils is useful for minor cuts and wounds: lavender officinalis, lavender vera, tea tree, cypress, geranium, and rockrose. They can be applied to bandages along with a carrier such as aloe vera gel. Use 5 drops essential oil in total in 5 ml aloe vera gel for adults; and, 2 or 3 drops essential oil in 5 ml aloe vera gel for children. For minor cuts put 1 drop rockrose and 1 drop lavender officinalis neat on the cut before applying a bandage.

Bruises and scrapes
Lavender officinalis 2 drops
Rosemary 1,8 cineole 3 drops
Lemongrass 1 drop
Cold pressed vegetable oil 10 ml
Apply to bruised area followed by a cool, moist cloth

Sunburn
(1) In a spray bottle add 30 drops lavender officinalis or lavender vera to 60 ml distilled water or lavender hydrolat (floral water). Mist sunburned area.

(2) Add 10 drops lavender officinalis, 3 drops geranium, and 2 drops sandalwood to 30 ml aloe vera gel. Apply to sunburned area.

These recipes are for adult use. If you are using essential oils for children under 12 years of age, use one half the number of drops essential oil as you would for adults. For children under six years of age, the number of drops essential oil should be half the amount used for children.

When considering the purchase of essential oils, know who your supplier is. For your protection use essential oils that are chemotyped or EOBBD (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) Quality Assurance.

 

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