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How to Use Aromatherapy Essential Oils for First Aid Treatment

Updated on April 2, 2018
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Alison is a freelance writer on health, nutrition, skincare, and pets, especially cats and dogs.

Most people have had some experience of essential oils in beauty treatments or in alternative therapies.

But many people are not aware that these oils which smell so wonderful, also have powerful anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties that make them excellent for use as First Aid treatments for minor injuries.

There are a couple of important rules to be observed though:-

1. Do not use essential oils undiluted unless specifically stated here (see below for how to dilute and apply)

2. Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant or receiving treatment for any medical condition unless your Doctor has advised you that it is safe to do so.

How to mix essential oils for topical application

As always, with aromatherapy products, it is best to mix them in small quantities to ensure freshness. Use 3 – 5 drops or essential oil in 15 ml of carrier oil. The mixed aromatherapy oil can then be massaged into the affected area. For more information about suitable carrier oils and aromatherapy essential oils, please see my other aromatherapy hub.

Anti Inflammatory Oils to Treat Insect Bites and Stings

Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oils help reduce pain, itching, inflammation and swelling. For this reason, insect bites and stings respond well to treatment with aromatherapy essential oils.

Use Basil, Chamomile, Citronella, Lavender, Marigold, Peppermint or Tea Tree oil, diluted in a suitable carrier oil as above.

Aromatherapy Treatment for Bruises

Injury that results in bruising, without broken skin, responds well to aromatherapy treatment.

For healing, to increase circulation and for a warming effect, use Camphor or Clary Sage

For soothing, use Calendula, Geranium or Marjoram

To Reduce inflammation, use Cypress or Lavender

Dilute in carrier oil as explained above and massage gently into the bruised area.

The video provided on the right gives some other oils you can use that will treat bruising and swelling - check it out!

Antiseptic, Antibacterial Oils to Treat Minor Burns

Burnt skin that is blistered and inflamed is very prone to infection. Anti-bacterial and antiseptic essential oils will help to protect the area from infection whilst it heals. Some essential oils, such as lavender will help speed up the body’s own, natural healing process.

For their antiseptic, soothing and healing properties, apply UNDILUTED essential oil of Lavender or Tea Tree as soon as possible after the injury has occurred.

For healing and soothing, use Chamomile, Geranium, Marigold or Rose oil, diluted in a carrier oil as above.

Soothing, Healing Oils To Treat Minor Cuts and Abrasions

Minor cuts and abrasions are easily treated with aromatherapy. The following oils are also very good if you have ‘nicked’ yourself shaving or have a baby with nappy rash.

For their soothing and healing properties, use Geranium or Marigold

For their anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, use Bergamot, Chamomile, Citronella, Lavender or Tea Tree

Oils should be diluted in a carrier oil and applied with cotton buds (q-tips).

Using Aromatherapy Oils To Treat Sunburn

We all know to avoid sunburn because of the damage it causes to our skin but there is always going to be a time when we unexpectedly get caught out.

For their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, use Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender or Rose, diluted as above in a carrier oil.

Alternatively, use 8 – 10 drops of any of the above oils (singly or mixed) in a cool bath to soothe your skin.

To do this, add the oils drop by drop onto the surface of your bathwater when you have run your bath. The oil will spread out into a very thin film and coat your skin when you get into the bath.

You will find more tips and suitable oils for treating sunburn in the video provided.

Get Essential Oils From Amazon at Discount Prices

Unless you live in a town or city, purchasing aromatherapy oils locally can be problematic - and if you are lucky enough to find the oils you are looking for, they are likely to be expensive. Luckily, I am able to source my aromatherapy oils on Amazon. This way I can purchase good quality oils at a reasonable price and get them shipped to my home!

The kit below contains eight of the most useful oils that will help you get started for a sensible price. I have fount the Radha Beauty brand to be good quality and it gets very good reviews on Amazon from an amazing number of customers - more than 11,000 last time I looked!


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    5 years ago

    I will surely visit back for more –Great job!

  • Alison Graham profile imageAUTHOR

    Alison Graham 

    10 years ago from UK

    Thanks for your comment lanix13, I am glad to have found your hubs about essential oils, a great read.

  • lanix13 profile image


    10 years ago from

    I also enjoy essential oils, thanks for the great info!

  • Alison Graham profile imageAUTHOR

    Alison Graham 

    11 years ago from UK

    Thanks Money Glitch, I appreciate your comment.

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    Money Glitch 

    11 years ago from Texas

    Great hub on treating minor scraps and burns with essential oils. Thumbs up! :)

  • MartyWare profile image


    11 years ago from New South Wales Australia

    I have always been a thirm believer and using of oils. Lavender is great for relaxing. A couple of spots on the pillow,,,and deep, deep sleep!

    Marty Ware

    The SEO DAD & the creator of the Hubpages Tribe

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    11 years ago

    I bookmarked this Alison.I've heard of aromatherapy,but didn't know they worked such wonders.Thank you for sharing .

  • Alison Graham profile imageAUTHOR

    Alison Graham 

    11 years ago from UK

    thank you travelespresso, hope you wont have to try any of them out any time soon but if you do, they really work!

  • travelespresso profile image


    11 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

    Good work AG. It's interesting to read about these essential oils.

  • Alison Graham profile imageAUTHOR

    Alison Graham 

    11 years ago from UK

    Thanks the pink umbrella, hope you will not need it, but nice to know, just in case!

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    the pink umbrella 

    11 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

    That last one is good to know for the summer.


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