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Spring has sprung! After a long and cold winter, everyone is excited to get outdoors and enjoy the sun and warm weather. We anticipate limitless summer activities and wonderful vacations. Along with all this excitement and enjoyment come a few woes. Essential oils are excellent companions to first aid kits and for alleviating scrapes, minor wounds, sunburn, and bug bites.

The following recipes are for adult use. If you are using essential oils for children, 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.

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

(1) In a spray bottle add 10 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.

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.

Insect repellent
Insects are repelled by the following essential oils: Cajeput, cedarwood, cinnamon citronella, clove, eucalyptus citriodora, geranium, lemongrass, patchouli, peppermint, and spearmint. A synergistic blend can be made from these oils or you may wish to try the following recipe.

Eucalyptus globulus 5 drops
Geranium 3 drops
Cedarwood 5 drops
Lavender officinalis 2 drops
Cold pressed vegetable oil 30 ml
Apply to skin

For your protection always essential oils that are botanically and biochemically defined.


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