Essential Oils and First Aid

These are some of the best essential oils you can have in your first aid kit. Long before an emergency happens, familiarize yourself with these oils, their uses, and the situations you can use them in.
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Essential Oils and First Aid.

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Lavender Oil

If you could only choose one oil to have on hand at all times, lavender oil would win hands-down. This oil is excellent for burns of any kind. Lavender Oil can be diluted or put directly onto the wound.

Lavender Oil is calming, so if there is an emergency it will help everyone keep their cool. Click To Tweet

Lavender is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and relieves pain naturally.

It encourages healing, fights inflammation, and there’s a huge list of other illnesses and conditions it helps combats naturally.


Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is excellent for disinfecting wounds and is a strong antiseptic.

It fights infections of all kinds, and is an excellent respiratory aid.

If you have an open cut or wound, first wash the wound thoroughly, and then apply tea tree oil to keep an infection from growing. Click To Tweet


Clove Oil

Clove oil is well-known for dental health.

It is wise to keep clove oil on hand to relieve tooth pain. Click To Tweet

Clove oil can be mixed with an edible carrier oil such as coconut oil and applied directly on the tooth where you are experiencing pain.


Eucalyptus Oil

This is the oil that should be in your first aid kit in case of sudden symptoms of a cold or flu.

It can help relieve sinus problems of many kinds. It is also handy to have available in case of insect bites.

Eucalyptus oil is highly concentrated and can be toxic when exposed to too much of it. Click To Tweet

Always dilute Eucalyptus oil and never use it straight from the bottle.



Frankincense generally has a higher price tag than other essential oils. However, it is a valuable addition to any first aid

Frankincense is known as the king of all oils. Click To Tweet

It has calming effects that can be important in moments of panic.



Chamomile is regarded as a natural painkiller. For this reason, it is useful as a standard oil in anyone’s first aid kit. It can also help soothe skin, which is helpful in situations such as rashes, insect bites and bee stings.

Chamomile oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Click To Tweet


Essential oils are highly concentrated. Keep a carrier oil on hand for the oils that require dilution.


Long before an emergency happens, familiarize yourself with these oils, their uses, and the situations you can use them in.


To Your Health,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

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34 thoughts on “Essential Oils and First Aid”

  1. I am in Mexico for a month and I brought a few essential oils just in case. I am so upset I ran out of tea tree oil but I love it so many good usages for it.

  2. Thanks for the tips. I use eucalyptus oil when I have colds because it helps greatly in unclogging stuffed nose. But I would really love to try frankenscence in the future too!

  3. There is no one-drug-kills-it-all or one-oil-kills-it-all. And some essential oils actually promote the growth of bacteria and fungus. It is said that essential oils can treat anything and everything: migraines, cancer, stress, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, viral illness, memory, dementia, even aging!

    1. Yes, but it is so important to use them correctly. Even with such natural items one can do damage if not used correctly. For example, oregano oil must be used with a carrier oil.

  4. The smell of lavender has grown on me as I get older. It’s good to know all how great it is for burns. I know tea tree has a lot of benefits, but I still can’t really hack that one. I don’t have much experience with the others listed here.

  5. Dr. Ho, thanks for this simple and useful information. With all the complicated information out there on essential oils, this really boils it down to the essentials.

  6. I love learning new ways to use my essential oils. I usually have all of these on hand, next time we need to use first aid I’ll know what to do!

  7. Hi Elise,

    Thanks for putting together this essential oil “first aid” kit. I do have a few of them and use lavender all the time for that calming effect. I also like to use Tea Tree Oil to deep clean my kitchen. I rather use essential oils than cleaners or anything else.


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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in Mindset, Stress Management, Emotional Health and the Brain-Gut Connection to it all.

During Elise's 30+ years of experience she has been honored to work closely with health and wellness pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. John Gray, and several others.

Dr. Ho holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.