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10 First Aid Kit Essentials

By Jodi Cohen

A red first aid kit bag with a white cross emblem displayed prominently, flanked by two small bottles labeled 'vibrant blue oils,' suggesting items for emergency or health-related care.

My kids and I went on a Mother’s Day hike this past weekend.  The trail was wet and slippery and my daughter fell and scraped her hand.  When we met up with my parents afterward for brunch, my father who is a former boy scout lectured me that I should have been carrying a first aid kit containing what he deemed the “10 Essentials”, including aspirin and bug spray. I realized as he rattled off the essential elements of a first aid kit, that essential oils could fill the same role.  What follows is a list of my 10 First Aid Kit Essential Oils.


First Aid Kit Essential Oils


1. Peppermint™

Peppermint™ can be energizing, cooling and great for indigestion, nausea, motion sickness or cramps.   It also works wonders for minimizing pain, including headaches, fevers, and even muscle aches, joint pain and bruising. Peppermint™ is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, can be used for shock, colds, colic, and heartburn. It is also good to use for bug bites or bee stings as it helps reduce swelling.  As an added bonus, it can also help keep pests, like ants  away from your picnic table.


2. Tea Tree™

Tea Tree™ oil can be used as a first aid ointment.  It is useful for all kinds of skin wounds and abrasions or irritations from sunburn, to bug bites, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis.   Its anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-bacterial properties make it a good choice for all types of infections. It aids in immune function and supports against throat and respiratory pathogens, and helps with slivers in the skin.  It is also a great on the go disinfectant and can be applied on scrapes, minor cuts and small infected areas to clean up and disinfect the wound.


3.  Nerve Repair™

Nerve Repair™ helps relieve all types of pain, cramps or spasms, including joint and back pain or any kind of physical exertion.  Its active ingredient of Helichrysum oil makes it a great blend for bruising, sprains, and swelling. Any injury, that does not have broken skin, can be treated with Nerve Repair™ blend. Its analgesic properties help make bumps and bruises less painful, heal more quickly and reduce any black or blue discoloration.  This blend can also be used to treat shock, heal bruises, help with broken bones, help with allergies, and is beneficial against infections and viruses.


4.  Lavender™

Lavender™ is great for almost every first aid need. It helps heal minor cuts and burns, relieves insomnia, reduces stress and anxiety and is a powerful antihistamine. You can also use it for bug bites, bruises, sleep deprivation, allergies and inflammation. It can sooth skin irritations and take the pain out of sunburns, bee stings, hives and other allergic skin reactions (especially when combined with colloidal silver).


5.  Lemon™

Lemon™ has natural antiseptic and disinfectant properties and can be used to freshen and clean almost any surface.  It can also be used to help take the sting out of insect bites and to help freshen the air and offset unappealing odors, like that of an outhouse.


6.  Purification™

Purification™ blend is great for purifying the air, keeping bugs at bay as a mosquito repellent and even taking the sting out of insect bites.


7.  Anti Inflammatory™

Anti Inflammatory™ blend is amazing for treating any kind of inflammation, including relieving sore or cramping muscles and easing any kind of aches or pains.   The anti-inflammatory properties of this blend are helpful for burns, bee stings nettle rashes, and other injuries. It also works wonders on stiff joints or tendons, helps to ease a headache and calm an allergic reaction.


8.  Parasympathetic®

No need for a flask of alcohol to calm your nerves, when the Parasympathetic® blend can drop you into the relaxation state.  This blend of clove and lime can also be used for its antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic properties which make it great for headaches, toothaches and even painful joints and muscles. It also aids in relieving any digestive discomfort, including nausea or constipation.


9.  Adrenal®

Adrenal® blend helps to ease the stress, calm the anxiety, support energy and boost resilience in the face of any challenge.  As imbalanced adrenals are tied to low back pain, this blend can be a wonderful support for preventing unnecessary aches or pains.


10.  Digest™

Digest™ helps to ease any digestive discomfort, pain or illness.   Also helpful for food poisoning, stomach cramping or pain.



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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.