6 Super Useful First Aid Essential Oils to Add to Your Home Kit

Essential Oils for medical aid

If you want to start using more natural remedies to treat minor illnesses and common ailments, adding these 6 First Aid Essential Oils to your home kit is a great start. The oils and tips mentioned in this article will really come in handy in case of an emergency.

Why Use First Aid Essential Oils at Home?

The better question is, ‘why not’ use First Aid Essential oils? Quality essential oils are powerful and can be used for a variety of different purposes. They are also natural, which means they don’t contain any harmful chemicals.  Essential oils are readily available to you, and are so versatile! The list of benefits uses and home recipes you can enjoy are endless.

Essential oils are pure. These plants used to make essential oils are blessings from the earth and we are blessed to have alternative natural options free from harsh chemicals and side effects. So why not learn how to use them safely and effectively.

When it comes to first aid, essential oils can be used to treat minor cuts and scrapes, bruises, burns, insect bites and stings, and even headaches.

Best 6 First Aid Essential Oils

These First Aid Essential Oils suggested have been well researched. Safety is always important so please do a patch test first and never use essential oils directly on the skin without carrier oils or other ingredients. And remember to keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets.

1. Tee Tree for Wound Care 

Perhaps, one of the most popular and widely used essential oils ever. Tea Tree Oil has been scientifically studied all over the world but most extensively by Australian research and has shown to be very effective against bacterial as well as fungal organisms.

Tea tree oil stands out as an aid for skin infections since it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers. It helps the skin to heal by encouraging the formation of scar tissue. Great to use around the house in disinfecting cleansers and soaps.

The oil is extracted via steam distillation using the needle-like leaves and heads of the yellow or purplish flowers.

Most Useful First Aid Benefits

  • Cicatrizing (Helps Heal Wounds & Skin Infections)
  • Efficient Insect Deterrent
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Great Disinfectant
  • Analgesic (pain killing)

Suggested Use

Great for wound care. Mix 1 ml (25 drops) of tea tree essential oil with 30ml (6 teaspoons) of clean water and dab the mixture with a cotton ball onto the affected area of the skin.

Or keep a jar of Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream on hand in your first aid kit.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil


1. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and beeswax over low heat. Stir in the essential oils.

3. Pour mixture into a small container and allow to cool and solidify.

4. Apply a small amount of the cream to the affected area as needed.

2. Lavender for Blisters and Burns

Lavender essential oil is the most versatile oil on this list. It has a sweet, floral scent and a host of benefits. It is widely used as an additive to many over-the-counter medicines and cosmetic products. The oil has sedative, anti-depressive, and anti-inflammatory properties.

 Most Useful First Aid Benefits

  • antihistaminic
  • antiseptic
  • calming
  • immunostimulant (mild)
  • sedative
  • vulnerary (wound-healing)

Suggested Use

For burns, mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil within 1 cup of warm water. Mix well and apply with a cloth compress. Keep the cloth on the affected area for about 15min at a time. Repeat a few times throughout the day.

Alternatively make a batch of lavender burn cream to keep on hand. Simply mix together 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and apply as needed.

3) Rose Geranium for Cold Sores

Rose Geranium is a strong-smelling oil with a sweet and floral scent. It has many benefits, including being an astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial agent. The oil can also help to regenerate new skin cells. All of these properties make it great for treating cold sores.

Most Useful First Aid Benefits

  • Astringent (cleanse skin & tighten pores)
  • Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial
  • Helps heals Cold Sores
  • Cicatrizing (promotes scar formation of a healing wound)

Suggested Use

To treat cold sores, mix with a 1:1 ratio of rose geranium essential oil and coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area up to four times a day using a cotton swab until the cold sore is gone.

4) Lemon for Insect Bites and Stings

Lemon is a citrus oil with a fresh, citrusy scent. It is a great cleansing and detoxifying agent. Lemon oils work for insect bites by helping to reduce swelling and itchiness because of their natural antihistamine properties.

Most Useful First Aid Benefits

  • Astringent (cleanse skin & tighten pores)
  • Natural Antihistamine
  • Detoxifying

Suggested Use

To treat insect bites, mix 2-4 drops of lemon essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area using a cotton swab. Repeat as needed until the itching and swelling subsides.

4) Peppermint for Headaches

Peppermint oil has a strong, minty scent and a cooling effect. Often used to relieve headaches because of its pain-relieving properties. The oil can also help to improve mental focus and concentration.

Most Useful First Aid Benefits

  • Analgesic (pain-relieving)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Mentally Stimulating

Suggested Use

For headaches, mix 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage the mixture onto your temples and forehead. Repeat as needed until the headache subsides. Keep away from your eyes.

5) Chamomile for Nausea

Chamomile is a sweet-smelling herb with a calming effect. It is often used to treat nausea because of its ability to settle the stomach. Chamomile oil can also help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Most Useful First Aid Benefits

  • Anxiety & Stress Reducing
  • Settles Stomach
  • Anti-inflammatory

Suggested Use

For nausea, mix 2-3 drops of chamomile essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage the mixture onto your stomach in a clockwise direction. Repeat as needed until nausea subsides.

5) Frankincense Sinus Congestion 

Frankincense oil has a woody, spicy scent. Popular worldwide and great all-around oil with many benefits making it a great addition to this First Aid Essential Oils list. It is helpful for treating sinus congestion because of its anti-strong inflammatory and expectorant properties.

Most Useful First Aid Benefits

  • Analgesic (pain-relieving)
  • Expectorant (helps expel mucus from the body)
  • Mentally Stimulating

Suggested Use

For sinus congestion, mix 2-3 drops of frankincense essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage the mixture onto your chest and sinuses. Repeat as needed until congestion subsides.

Alternatively, use a steam method to help loosen mucus. Boil a pot of water, add 2-3 drops of frankincense oil, place a towel over your head and inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes.

6) Rosemary Oil for Muscle Aches and Pains

Rosemary oil has a strong, herbaceous scent. It is often used to relieve muscle aches and pains because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Rosemary compounds include camphor and eucalyptol, which can help improve circulation and relieve muscle tension.

Most Useful First Aid Benefits:

  • Analgesic (pain-relieving)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Circulatory Stimulant

Suggested Use:

For muscle aches and pains, mix 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage the mixture onto the affected area. Repeat as needed until the pain subsides.


We hope you’ve found this list of First Aid Essential Oils for first aid helpful. If you have any experience using these oils or recipes, please share them on our social media pages. Any share will receive a 10% discount coupon. (IG: organic_aromas_sa or FB: Organic Aromas SA

What other oils would you like to see us add to our list?

5 thoughts on “6 Super Useful First Aid Essential Oils to Add to Your Home Kit

  1. Tracy K says:

    Love this list – will definitely make for a powerful first-aid kit! I travel a lot for work and always keep Tea Tree oil with me – it’s also great for settling tummy upsets.

  2. Sheetal Kanjee says:

    Absolutely useful information especially because I love aromatherapy oils and natural products for healing ❤️‍🩹

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