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Make an "Aromatherapy First Aid Kit" for Kids!

by Andrea Butje on July 11, 2016

aromatherapy first aid kitKids love summertime! For many of them, summer is the peak season for playing outside.

A tiny downside of running around and having so much fun is that they can wind up with more bites, bruises, scrapes, and stings than at other times of the year. 

So I wanted to share some recipes you can use to make your own "Aromatherapy First Aid Kit” for kids.

There are three recipes:

  • A cuts and scrapes blend
  • A bruise relief blend
  • A bug bite itch stick

This "Aromatherapy First Aid Kit” is for kids who are about five years old and bigger.

Ouch-Away Blend for Cuts and Scrapes

Make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass bottle. You can also make it in a spray bottle. The carrier is aloe vera gel, and that works just as well in either bottle.

This recipe is so soothing for cuts and scrapes, and the essential oils help to reduce germs and the risk of infection. You can apply it immediately after the cut happens, and then 3 to 5 times a day until the cut is healed. I suggest making a fresh bottle every few weeks.

  • Just under 2 oz (56 gm) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2.5 ml Solubol dispersant
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 4 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)

For kids under five:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) Frankincense hydrosol (Boswellia carterii)
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) Tea Tree hydrosol (Melaleuca alternifolia)

“Get Better Bruise!” Blend

This blend is made in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.

You can apply it onto the bruise right after it forms, and then every 15 to 30 minutes for the first day. After the first day, apply it 3 to 5 times a day until the bruise is all gone.

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil (Trauma Oil is an infusion of three herbs in a carrier oil: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula.)
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)

For kids under five:

1 oz (30 ml) of pure Trauma Oil will do the trick!

No-More-Itch Stick for Bug Bites

These itch sticks are especially soothing! You can use them as needed, and kids can even carry them around to use anytime their bites start itching.

You can make your itch sticks in lotion bar containers, which twist up like lip balm tubes. You’ll need two lotion bar containers, each holding 1 oz (30 ml).

  • ½ oz (14 gm) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 1 oz (28 gm) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
  • ½ oz (15 ml) jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)

Directions:

  1. Melt the beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup using the “double boiler method.” (Put the Pyrex in a soup pot about ¼ full of water. Bring the water to a slow boil. I like to leave the handle of the Pyrex hanging outside the pot so it doesn’t get too hot to touch!)
  2. Add the jojoba wax.
  3. Add the coconut oil.
  4. Remove the Pyrex from heat and add your essential oils.
  5. Pour your melted blend into your lotion bar sticks and let them solidify for a few hours.

For kids under five:

Make a blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle using:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)

I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks.

There are different approaches to using essential oils with little children.

The Aromahead Approach for kids under five is extra cautious. For topical use we prefer to use hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils.  

Babies' and young children’s skin can be so sensitive that essential oils can easily become overwhelming for them. Hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils can often give a child the nudge they need towards rebalancing their health.

That said, there are exceptions. For example, if a child is stung by a bee (assuming they're not allergic to bees), you can add 2 drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) to ½ oz (14 gm) of aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis). Apply it to the sting until the pain and swelling calms down, then switch to Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia).

Now you’re all set to enjoy summer!

 

Owner/Instructor at Aromahead Institute
Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

Topics: Recipes and Blends, essential oils for children

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