Dr. Moms Oily Tool Kit (Part 1)
This post probably should have been named “because kids”. Because kids are kids- and cuts, scrapes, and boo boo’s happen; an oily tool kit is an important thing to have. Thankfully, with a little knowledge and a well stocked oily tool kit, Dr. Mom can treat most common ailments, right at home. No need for Dr.’s visits or unnecessary chemicals.
Essential oils and other natural products, make fantastic first-aid care remedies. They have the unique ability to penetrate through the cell membranes and circulate through the body, which stimulates healing. Instead of the working against the body’s efforts to heal, essential oils work in tandem with the body to mend, repair, and promote healing.
Oils are convenient, available, portable, and have a long shelf-life. A well stocked kit can help you be prepared for just about any situation. Best of all, oils are fast-acting, affordable, safe, and most importantly, effective. Let’s take a look at what these babies can do!
But First A Few Words Of Caution!
Before we dig in, let’s stop for a few words of caution. As with any care remedies, there are always important cautions to keep in mind. If you follow the cautions, you will be able to receive all the benefits essential oils have to offer.
- Apply essential oils as soon as the symptoms appear or immediately following an injury. this is a good time to put in a plug for keeping a small oily tool kit with you wherever you go. Keep one in your backpack, purse, diaper bag, or briefcase.
- Apply essential oils frequently during the illness or injury, about every 2-3 hours. Just using the oils one time and then stopping isn’t going to help you much at all!
- Always use a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or V6 oil. If you aren’t sure what a carrier oil is or how to use one, read more here.
- Never use essential oils in the eye.
- Understand that some oils will increase your photosensitivity. Know your oils and use caution.
- EXERCISE GOOD JUDGEMENT. If you are at all concerned about an illness or injury, call your doctor.
How To Use Oils For Specific Needs
Using Oils for Cuts, Scrapes, and Puncture Wounds
Cuts and scrapes are probably among the most common types of boo boo’s that parent’s have to treat. When my kiddo’s were little, I wish I had taken out stock in a band aid company. I would be a wealthy woman now! When a child gets a cut or scrape, bleeding helps to naturally clean the wound. When this happens, apply gentle pressure to help the bleeding not continue for too long. It is always a good idea to add a little extra defense against infection. That is where your oils come in!
To clean a scratch or a scrape, apply purification to the area. For some, this may sting a little bit (but it isn’t too bad). Once the area is clean, follow behind with some Animal Scents Ointment. I know, the name may throw some of you, but hang tough with me for a minute. While this ointment is completely safe for pets, it also is a great replacement for the store bought salves that many of us have in our medicine cabinets.
If you have a cut that is bleeding heavily, apply pressure until the bleeding has slowed. Follow behind with Cypress Essential oil. NOTE: DO NOT put the Cypress directly in the wound, but rather around the outer edges of the cut.
Using Oils For Colds, Flu, Congestion, and Coughs
Colds, congestion, and cough’s can pop up out of nowhere and infect your entire house. When you see the first signs of symptoms, begin treating.
For colds and flu in adults and older children, apply Thieves, Oregano, or Immupower to the bottoms of feet, along the spine, and on the chest area every hour at the first signs of symptoms. As the symptoms improve, you can then cut back to applying every 2-3 hours, until better. When you have an infant with a cold or the flu, the best way to treat them is with Myrtle, Lemon, and Frankincense. Rub the oils on the chest (diluted) and then cover with a warm wash cloth.
If your loved one is struggling with congestion, placing 2-3 drops of eucalyptus or Peppermint on your hands, rubbing them together, and then cupping them gently over your nose and breathing deep, will provide some welcome relief. R.C. on the chest is also a great help. For infants, use the same technique, but use Myrtle essential oil.
For those dealing with nasty, persistent coughs; put 2-3 drops of eucalyptus or Peppermint oil on your hands, rub them together, and breathe deep from them. Apply R.C. to the chest. Rubbing Thieves on your feet and over your throat will also help. **Be sure to dilute the Thieves before placing it on your throat.
Using Oils For Earache and Swimmers Ear
Our family is very familiar with ear issues. Our oldest daughter has a complete eardrum replacement when she was 7 (thanks to a toy teapot to the eardrum). The reconstruction was a success in some ways, but left the ear susceptible to infections and poor drainage issues.
There is a BIG word of caution when using oils for the ear, DON’T put the oils directly into the ear. For adults dealing with ear pain, apply 2 drops of Peppermint, Immupower, or Purification oil, diluted with warm olive oil or warm fractionated coconut oil, to a cotton swab and apply around the outside opening of the ear. If you have an infant or small child (under 5) with ear pain, use Lavender, Purification, Lemon, or Basil oils in the same manner as described above. It is completely safe to apply the oils to a cotton ball and place the ball just inside the opening of the ear and leave it in place for a few hours or overnight. This method is a great one to use if a family member is struggling with swimmers ear. Swimmers ear is an infection in the outer ear canal. It is caused by water that remains in the ear after swimming. Combining Basil and Lavender on a cotton ball and rubbing along the outer rim and then gently inserting the ball inside the ear, will provide relief.
Tomorrow, we will finish our Dr. Mom’s Oily Tool Kit Series with remedies for fever, minor burns and sunburns, Sprain’s and Strain’s, as well as bites and stings. You won’t want to miss it. Know a Dr. Mom who could benefit from knowing some of these remedies? Be sure this post with them!