Yes, we are going to Europe! SO EXCITED! And we are going to meet up with my family whom I have not seen for over a year!!! Since we are going to be doing a lot of traveling, I wanted to be prepared with a little first-aid kit especially for my little babies. I’ve recently been discovering the benefits of essential oils and have compiled a little first-aid reference guide for our trip! Part of the reason for this post is so that I can refer to it while on the trip! LOL
But just a little background in case you’re wondering…
What are Essential Oils?
In a nutshell, they are the fluid that has been distilled from trees and plants that can help your body heal or achieve balance. It’s really not weird! We know that certain foods and herbs have distinct benefits on our health and so, it’s the same idea… but these oils are made up of teeny tiny molecules that can enter into our cells quickly to help them heal more efficiently from the inside out.
Why do I want to use them?
They are a healthy, natural alternative to common drugs. During our Daniel Detox, we focused on putting in whole foods, unprocessed and unrefined, but we still had the occasional cough and cold and my babies occasionally picked something up from being around other kids. I didn’t like the idea of putting synthetic drugs into my babies or myself after working so hard to eat a clean diet! I understand that there is a place for modern medicine and am thankful for it but I would like to reserve them for severe ailments and to try to help my body build immunity and fight common everyday ailments naturally. (Some common uses for oils…)
Well, so I tried to make a list of possible sicknesses we could encounter on our trip and researched what oil I could use and how to use it. Here’s my list! Oh, I only listed the oils that I own so far. I have the Premium Starter Kit and a few individual oils and I also just ordered the Golden Touch Kit.
If you think of anymore things I should try to be prepared for, let me know!!!
- Nausea & motion sickness: Di-Gize, Peppermint
Dilute and massage 1-2 drops behind the ear and over the navel every hour; warm compress over the stomach after the oils are applied. Directly inhale the oils as needed. Place 1-4 drops on your tongue if you can.
- Food poisoning: Di-Gize, Thieves
Rub Di-Gize over abdomen. If you can swallow water, place 6 drops of Di-Gize in a cup of water. Place it in your mouth and swish it around, then swallow. Use Thieves on the feet to combat bacteria.
- Fever: Peppermint, Lavender, Thieves
Dilute Peppermint 1:1 and apply near navel. Apply 1-2 drops Lavender/Thieves to bottoms of feet.
- Diarrhea: Di-Gize, Lavender, Peppermint
1-2 drops of Di-Gize over abdomen. Lavender is anti-spasmodic. One drop of peppermint orally (adult only).
- Teething: Thieves
For baby, dilute 1:5 and apply directly.
- Cough, Congestion, Respiratory Infection: Raven, R.C., Lemon, Purification, Peace & Calming
Dilute R.C. or Peace & Calming 1:1 and apply on baby’s chest. Diffuse Raven, apply topically on chest over lungs and throat, put on pillow at night, use in a suppository application with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex. Alternate with R.C.™.
- Sore throat: Thieves, Frankincence
Apply Thieves neat to bottoms of feet 3 times per day. Apply 1 drop Frankincense over throat.
- Cuts & Scrapes: Thieves, Purification, Melrose, Lavender
Use Purification to wash and cleanse cuts. Melrose will help prevent infection, especially in open wounds. It is an excellent antiseptic and tissue regenerator. Lavender promotes healing. Apply 2-3 drops topically 2-5 times a day.
- Insect Bites and Rashes: Lavender, Peppermint, Melrose, Purification
Lavender and peppermint oils minimize itchiness and the chance of infection. Lavender also has antitoxic and anti-venomous properties and that is why they are effective against bites. Melrose and Purification oils take out sting and itch.
- Allergies: Lavender, R.C., Lemon, Peppermint
Diffuse. Ingest one drop of Lavender on tongue.
- Poison Ivy: Lavender, Peppermint, Melrose, Purification
These oils have natural anti-inflammatory antihistamine and antipruritic (relieves itching). Dilute the oils 1:1 and apply 4-6 drops to the areas at least two times per day. Apply a cold (not hot) compress on the area up to twice per day.
- Burns & Sunburn: Lavender, Melrose
Dilute 1:1 and apply directly.
- Pain & Muscle Soreness: PanAway, Lavender, Peppermint
Massage several drops diluted 1:1 onto inflamed muscle at least 3 times per day.
- Sleep: Lavender, Peace & Calming, Cedarwood
Apply 2 drops to bottom of feet or diffuse.
- Headaches: Stress Away, Peppermint, Lavender, Valor, Eucaplyptus Blue
Apply to nape of neck, temples, and wrists.
- High blood pressure / Hypertension: YlangYlang, Lavender, Stress Away
Apply 2-3 drops over heart and on wrists and back of neck.
*Not gonna lie. Since this is my first time depending on the oils, I still am packing Baby Tylenol just in case they need it! But I am excited to try using the oils FIRST. I will update after our trip!
**For babies, always err on the side of caution and start with diluting the oils and applying to the bottoms of feet. Read up before experimenting on baby!