If you’ve joined my Natural Living Interest Group you might have read that I’m slowly transitioning my cleaning and personal care products (lotion, body wash, etc.) to all-natural, non-toxic solutions. I’m also transitioning my medicine cabinet and first aid kit!
I love having a first line of defense I can provide from my all-natural “medicine cabinet.” There’s nothing better than saving the hassle of a trip to the drugstore or doctor when it could be taken care of from the comfort and convenience of HOME.
From one health-loving mama to another, I think you’ll find this to be an empowering solution for yourself and your family. To know that you have items on-hand that can support health naturally, and may even prevent a trip to the doc… It’s a really, really awesome feeling.*
I’ll be sharing more info about my natural medicine cabinet and first aid kit in my upcoming online EO 101 classes (you’re invited!) but if you can’t make it live, then read on to see what I always keep in stock. I can’t tell you how often these items have come in handy.
What’s in my natural medicine cabinet and first aid kit:
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (EOs)… Keep away from direct sunlight:
- melaleuca (tea tree)
- thyme or oregano (I prefer thyme)
- Zendocrine® detoxification blend
- DigestZen® digestive blend
- Deep Blue® soothing blend OR wintergreen
- OnGuard® protective blend
- Correct-X® (my “secret weapon” against ouchies, and my Neosporin® alternative!)
- Deep Blue® Rub (tingling, cooling relief for sore muscles)
- Adhesive bandages/Band-Aids® (of course!)
- Rubbing alcohol (for cleansing AND was used as a “magic potion” on my son’s bumps and bruises when he was younger… I’d swab his bump/bruise with some rubbing alcohol and then blow on it — to make it feel cold — and told him that it was a magic potion to make the pain go away. Worked every time!)
- White vinegar (for cleansing, compresses, and more)
- ACE™ elastic bandage wrap (to wrap/compress sore joints and also helps my son manage his growing pains; he feels much better when his aching leg is tightly bound)
- Hot water bottle (for PMS cramps, etc.)
- Small jar of carrier oil for EO application (coconut or olive oil is ideal; keep it away from direct sunlight just like the EOs listed above)
- Empty gelatin capsules (for easy swallowing of certain EOs that can be taken internally)
REAL examples of how I use the items in my Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit:
- Correct-X® is a multi-purpose, all-natural ointment that contains Frankincense, Helichrysum, Melaleuca, Cedarwood, and Lavender essential oils (all known to help assist in soothing skin irritations). It provides a moisture barrier that protects while simultaneously soothing and hydrating the skin. It’s petroleum-free, preservative-free, gentle, and non-irritating. I use it as a Neosporin® alternative on minor wounds/skin abrasions, blisters, and burns — I just squeeze out a dab of the ointment and then cover it up with an adhesive bandage. I’ve also heard that Correct-X® is great for scar healing and eczema!
- Both DigestZen® and peppermint EO are fantastic home remedies for nausea and general tummy troubles. Add a drop to your palms, rub together, and inhale deeply with your hands away from your eyes (be careful if using peppermint; it can be irritating to your eyes if it gets too close). Rub any remaining oil directly onto your belly if you’re experiencing stomach pain/irritation.
- My friend Beth told me that peppermint helps her when she feels nauseous after taking supplements in the morning. She rubs peppermint and wild orange EOs into her palms, inhales deeply, and then rubs the remainder on the back of her neck. She then adds one drop of peppermint EO to her water and drinks it down. In her words, “it’s AMAZING how much better I feel in less than 2 minutes!”
- Peppermint EO is also great for headaches. Dilute 1 drop of peppermint EO in a carrier oil, and massage GENTLY into your temples (keep away from your eyes!), the back of your neck, and your upper shoulder/neck muscles. Deep Blue® or wintergreen EOs are also great for rubbing into tense neck and shoulder muscles for pain relief and relaxation.
- To deal with anxiety, I take 2 drops lavender EO in a gelatin capsule (no more than twice/day). Lavender is calming and soothing; it’s like my own version of Xanax.
- At the first sign of sickness or as a prophylactic to PREVENT sickness when traveling, I take OnGuard® protective blend for immune support. I like to diffuse it *OR* take 1 drop in a gelatin capsule or in a glass of water when seasonal threats are high (or when I’m on the road). It’s also a great blend for oral health – you can add 1 drop to your toothpaste and brush gently along the gumline.
- Traveling = constipation for me. Ugh. To combat this, I take 1 drop Zendocrine® detoxification blend in a large glass of warm water EVERY MORNING, as soon as I wake up, when I’m away from home. Helps me get things “moving.”
- Myrrh EO is supportive of gum health. Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, myrrh can help relieve inflammation of the mouth and gums by adding just 1 drop to the painful/inflamed area. It can also be used as mouth rinse (1 drop in 15 mL water; swish and spit).
- I haven’t tried this myself, but a friend told me that she uses 1 drop melaleuca EO on her gums to help relieve tooth sensitivity!
- Melaleuca pretty much ROCKS. It is fantastic if you are prone to warts or fungal infections (i.e. athlete’s foot). It must be applied regularly (1-2 drops, 2-3 times per day) for a few weeks, but I have personally seen RESULTS. The best, most amazing result was when I literally STOPPED MY SON’S PLANTAR WART IN ITS TRACKS with a combination of melaleuca and thyme EOs. Just 4 applications, and it was GONE (I caught the wart when it was still very small). Here’s how I did it: I diluted 1 drop melaleuca and 1 drop thyme in a very small amount (i.e. 1/2 tsp) of coconut oil, applied it directly to the wart and surrounding area, let it absorb, and then put a sock on his foot. I repeated this process twice per day, and it was gone after 4 applications. Seriously!
- Myrrh EO has also been used as a “liquid band-aid” in my house. A few weeks ago I cut myself while chopping veg. After staunching the bleeding (it was a minor cut, don’t worry) I added a single drop of myrrh and didn’t need a Band-Aid. The bleeding completely stopped and the healing was rapid!
- I recently had a nagging cough, and used lemon + peppermint EOs topically on my chest (added 1 drop of each to my chest, rubbed them in, and then inhaled the remainder deeply with my hands away from my eyes). Instant — albeit short-lived — relief! For longer-lasting relief, I used 1 drop of lemon in water (stirred vigorously and used a GLASS drinking container, not plastic) to help break up mucus/phlegm. I sipped on this throughout the day.
- Speaking of that cough, with it came NASAL CONGESTION. At bedtime, I diffused 4 drops thyme EO (a known mucolytic) and 3 drops lavender EO to help me sleep. Worked like a charm. Within 10 minutes my congestion had broken up (snot was running freely!!!) and I slept like a baby.
- Allergies!!! Ugh. Such a problem! I like to drink a combo of 1 drop of lemon *and* 1 drop of peppermint EOs in my water during allergy season to help break up congestion and cleanse from the inside out. I’ve also tried using 2 drops of lavender in a gelatin capsule for it’s soothing/calming AND anti-inflammatory, antihistamine-like effects. I’ve read that lavender can be used as an all-natural Benedryl substitute. The jury is still out on that one… But I have a particularly BAD case of hay fever every spring!
- To soothe a sunburn, add 4-5 drops lavender EO and 2 drops myrrh EO to 1-2 Tbsp aloe vera gel. Rub into skin for cooling relief.
- Bug bites are a HUGE in our lives right now. Both melaleuca and lavender EOs can be applied “neat” (without dilution) over mosquito, flea, tick, and other insect bites. Simply apply a drop or two of either (or 1 drops of each) to soothe the irritation/itch.
- For bee and wasp stings, try these remedies lightly adapted from Essential Oil Sanctuary (note: you might also try taking 1-2 drops of lavender internally for generalized inflammation; however, you MUST see a doctor if you know of — or suspect — an allergy!):
- DIY Wasp Sting Compress
- Ingredients: 2 tsp white vinegar, 10 drops lavender EO
- Directions: In a small bowl, mix the vinegar and lavender. Soak a cotton ball with half of the solution, and gently press it onto the sting. Repeat within an hour, soaking another cotton ball with the other half of the solution. If seeing results, make another batch of the solution and repeat until symptoms subside. A friend told me that she tried this with her son, and that his pain and swelling were gone within 2 hours!
- DIY Bee Sting Paste
- Ingredients: 1 tsp baking soda (to nullify the acidity of your sting), 2 drops lavender, water
- Directions: In a small bowl combine your baking soda and lavender EO. Mix well, adding just enough water to make a soft paste. Dab paste frequently on the sting until symptoms subside. (Note: Before applying paste be sure to gently remove the stinger!)
- DIY Wasp Sting Compress
*NOTES: The information presented in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and it is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease or medical condition. EOs are intended to support a healthy holistic lifestyle and are NOT to be used as a substitute for medical treatment in instances when medical treatment is necessary! Be safe and smart. In many cases, EOs can be used as a “first line of defense,” but in some cases you need to go straight to the doctor’s office. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should check with their doc before using EOs, and you should also check with your healthcare provider if you are taking prescription medication or have a medical condition.
Specifically regarding internal use (ingestion) of EOs: Any internal usage noted above is based on my own personal experience and is intended for adults only (not children). Always proceed with caution. When in doubt, consult a certified aromatherapist or healthcare provider who is educated in the safe and appropriate use of EOs. Furthermore, internal usage is ONLY safe with certified pure, therapeutic grade EOs that are deemed safe for internal use by their manufacturer. Check labels and know the company you’re buying from! If you want to know more about the company I use, read more here and/or join my Natural Living Interest Group when you subscribe to my e-newsletter.