Just In Time For Halloween

Make Your Own Healing Boo-Boo Stick for First Aid by Gaye Levy

Ingredients

Directions

  • Add essential oils to a small, 10ML glass roller ball bottle. Top with witch hazel.
  • Before using, give it a quick shake then apply liberally to cuts, scrapes, bug bites, blemishes and zits (admit it, we still get them) and just about anywhere else you would normally apply antiseptic ointment.

Options

  1. Use a small spray bottle instead of a roller ball.
  2. Instead of witch hazel, use fractionated coconut oil
  3. If you prefer an ointment, mix the ingredients into 2 teaspoons of my Simple Salve. (See DIY Salve: An All Purpose, All Natural Ointment and learn to make it your self!)

How Does It Work?

The essential oils used in this miracle first aid stick are well known for their healing qualities. With the addition of soothing and calming witch hazel, you have a combination that will seal the fate of those everyday cuts, scrapes, and bites that I so fondly call “boo boos”.

Lavender: Lavender has historically been used to clean and help heal wounds and burns, and to address skin issues of all types. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral.

Resource: The Miracle of Lavender Oil: 25 Amazing Uses for Survival

Melaleuca (Tea Tree): Melaleuca acts as a stimulant and helps the body fight off bacteria, infections, viruses, and illness. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antiviral.

Resource: The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

Oregano: Historically, oregano was used by ancient Greek physicians to treat wounds and bites. Many members of the modern medical community consider oregano to be natures antibiotic. It is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-allergenic, and anti–inflammatory.

Resource: 25 Ways to Use Oregano Essential Oil for Health and Wellness

Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing. Historically it has been used for acne, sunburn, stings and bites, razor burn and nicks, blisters, and other skin woes. It is perfect for cleaning wounds and reducing inflammation and swelling.

What Can I Use the Boo-Boo Stick For?

I could list all of the uses for this miracle first aid stick but let me just say this:

  • Use it anytime you would normally reach for a tube of Neosporin.
  • Use it for treating and preventing infections from minor cuts, scrapes, bites and burns.
  • Use it to calm itching, reduce inflammation and swelling, and to promote healing without reliance on chemical laden petroleum products.
  • Most of all, use it whenever you feel that an OTC first aid cream or ointment is warranted.

The Final Word

As with all of my lotions, ointments, salves and other concoctions, this is the formula that works for me. I find that it is quick and effective plus it uses some of the more common and less expensive essential oils. The one caveat I have is that you want to be mindful that oregano is a “hot oil” and even though it is well-diluted, you should keep it away from the eyes.

Something else to keep in mind is that if you happen to be in the kitchen and don’t have your boo-boo stick handy, reach for some honey. It, too, has healing qualities that are proven to reduce the incidence of inflammation and infection.

And finally, it goes without saying that using essential oils for minor skin irritations is just fine. For serious wounds, however, please follow the advice of your healthcare practitioner. Let common sense prevail.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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