As an organization certified with American Hearty Association (AHA), American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI), and American Red Cross (ARC), we provide CPR, AED, FIRST AID, BLS, ACLS, and PALS training and certifications. Our clients range from the general public, fitness trainers, daycare providers, to the many different levels of healthcare providers.
This also means we train people with different ethnic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and cultural backgrounds, to mention a few. With having such diverse backgrounds, we hear many different ways in treatment for First Aid injuries. Since our curriculum is either from the AHA, ASHI, or ARC, we are limited on how far we can vier from these standards. What is interesting is that these other approaches and methods to treat First Aid injuries work and do have validity .
I am personally certified as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and not only appreciate this approach, but also use alternative and holistic ideas in my personal life. One way of alternative medicine is through the use of essential oils.
What are essential oils? Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in various parts of plants. It is the “immune system” of the plant and without it, plants couldn’t survive or thrive. These same compounds can help with any type of health concern our family has such as illness, allergies, pain, and emotional issues. They are 50-70 times more potent than herbs so you can imagine how powerful they can be.
You may have heard how essential oils and how they can help your family with common concerns such as headaches, colds and flu, and allergies, pain, and infection but what exactly are they? Can they really help as well as over the counter drugs? Will they really be able to help in an emergency?
Let’s have a look at some essential oils and what they can do for you?
Lemon: This oil is amazing for cleansing, and it is also a great mood lifter! It is famous for its cleansing ability and is great for all sorts of things: such as intestinal parasites, dissolving petrochemicals from your body, being very effective for colds and flu, and helps your digestive system and liver work more efficiently. It can also aid in reducing stress and fatigue or calm an upset stomach. It is also effective for a sore throat, gout, and is a disinfectant and an antiseptic. No first aid kit should go without it.
Oregano: This oil is an incredible and natural immune system supporter. Oregano is very effective in treating bacterial and yeast infections. It can also relieve joint and back pain, as well as aid in fighting against inflammation, colds and flu, warts, skin tags, and athlete’s foot. It is an effective cleanser for GI health. Your kit is hardly complete without this essential oil.
Helichrysum: This oil is incredible for bruising, swelling, and sprains. Almost any injury can be helped by the helichrysum oil. This essential oil can be used to treat shock, heal bruises, aid broken bones, and help with allergies. It is an essential oil – no pun intended – to help fight against infections and viruses. Helichrysum is definitely something that you should keep close by just in case!
Clove: This oil can help alleviate pain such to toothaches, headaches, and other issues. It can be used to draw toxins and infections from the body. Clove additionally aids in relieving nausea or constipation. It can also help fight against viruses and bacteria. This oil can relieve many discomforts such as the ones stated above so try to include Clove in your first aid kit!
Lemongrass: This oil can help soothe cramping or sore muscles. It is a natural cleansing agent and helps to warm feet in the colder months.
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Lavender: This oil is primarily used as a calming agent and can help reduce stress, but really, it is great for almost anything. It can help heal cuts, burns, relieves insomnia, lessen stress and anxiety. It can also be used for bruises, earaches, bug bites, sleep deprivation, allergies and antihistamine, inflammation, sunburn, and more. As well as helps allergic skin reactions such as bee stings, hives and other allergic skin reactions. Another thing that Lavender can aid is depression. It is the most important oil to have in your first aid kit!
Peppermint: This oil is a very handy tool to have in your first aid kit. It is useful for many reasons like treating nausea and digestive problems, menstrual issues, seasonal allergies, lowers fever, increases alertness and focus, and boosts oxygen absorption. It is amazing for muscle aches or pains and headaches. When combined with other oils, this oil is a powerful player. Peppermint is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It can be used for shock, colic, colds, and heartburn. It is a must-have for any first aid kit.
Melaleuca: This oil is a soothing and healing helper. It can be used as a first aid ointment and is useful for skin irritations, bug bites, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis. It helps with immune function and aids against throat and respiratory pathogens. It can also aid slivers in the skin. It is a key player in a first aid kit.
Myrrh: This oil is infections, pain relief, and antiseptic needs. It also useful to use when the swelling of cuts, wounds or bruises occur. Additionally, it can be applied on open wounds. This oil stimulates the immune system and blood circulation. It can also promote tissue regeneration! It has analgesic and astringent properties and can ease coughing/tonsillitis and other infections. Myrrh should have a spot in your first aid kit for all these important reasons!
Frankincense: This oil is an amazing oil and it helps to enhance the effects of other oils. Frankincense can relieve headaches, helps reduce inflammation, and supports skin tissue recovery. It additionally aids to calm hyperactivity, restlessness, and helps with clarity and focus of the mind. A great addition to your first aid kit!
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…and now you have some additional knowledge about some of the essential oils that are help in a First Aid scenario. Of course it is easy to buy essential oils anywhere, but how do you choose safe and effective oils, what are the best ones to get started?
As with any type of herb or natural medicine, make sure that you are purchasing the best quality essential oil on the market. Lower quality oils may state that they are 100% pure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are 100% pure essential oils without fillers (in fact the industry standard is only 3%). Using oils from companies that use third party testers to ensure the quality. There are a few companies out there that do this type of testing. If you are using oils on newborns and children, elderly and during pregnancy, and internally you will want this type of purity.
As I mentioned I am a certified as a health coach and believe in this approach. These essentials oils can be used daily from simple headaches, upset stomach to minor burns and aches and pains.
As a parent, I definitely feel more comfortable applying essentials oils on a regular basis than some of the toxic modern medicine that is being used on a regular basis.
Keep in mind this is just another avenue for First Aid treatment for individuals looking for a cleaner way to treat basic health ailments.
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