This is the time of the year when I frequently bring out my essential oils. I like to make an antiseptic vinegar to keep around the house for washing minor wounds. If the immune system is good a minor wound is normally not a problem, and the chances for infection is very small.
When I use the essential oils the wounds normally heal faster, and the scarring is minimized. Many of the oils also have pain relieving properties, and they are calming and soothing. So, while not always necessary, they aid in the healing process.
1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. honey
lavender 6 drops
tea tree/melaleuca 3 drops
Roman Chamomile 1 drop
geranium 1 drop
1 8-ounce glass bottle
Mix the essential oils with the honey. Combine the aromatic honey with the water and the vinegar. Stir well and add to the bottle. Shake well to mix. When you need to use it, soak a cotton ball in with the blend, and clean the wound.
Other oils useful in a first aid kit are: bergamot, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary and frankincense.
Remember, to avoid sun exposure for 12 hours if using essential oils like bergamot and lemon.
Don’t forget to check the safety and dilution chart to make sure the oils are suitable for your child.