Last week I got an email from a friend of mine. She’s going camping in Freeport, Maine later in June with her two little girls and was wondering if I could suggest any Essential Oils for her Summer Camping Emergency Kit. I said I would be happy to recommend a few oils to put in her fanny pack-style emergency kit along with her sun block and band-aids; oils make the journey smell better and easily solve lots of little problems.
Thinking about which oils to suggest I ran my mind through my camping trip last year on an island on a fresh water river in Maine. The weather was beautiful and we hiked quite a bit. Our two biggest issues were bug bites in the evening and sunburn. Of course everyone got scraped here and there while hiking around the island, scraping into the berry brambles and climbing on rocks, but bug bites were definitely our biggest concern. I came up with the following oils for the…
Young Living Essential Oils for the Summer Camping First-Aid Kit:
- Idaho Tansy
- Pan Away
- Roman Chamomile
- Tea Tree
- Eucalyptus globules
These essential oils are available here!
Lemon mixed with distilled water in a spray bottle is a great disinfectant. This spray can be used in areas for food preparation. Lemon oil, even in a spray bottle will induce a photosensitive reaction on skin exposed to sunlight, so take care not to spray this on people. Since Lemon is a natural mosquito-repellent and since it smells so wonderful and is anti-bacterial, feel free to spray it liberally around the campsite. Peppermint mixed with lemon will also repel mosquitoes.
Maine is famous for it’s black flies—some people call them horse flies. These flies bite, they take chunks out of flesh and the bites are very painful. It’s awful to be in a tent and to hear the buzzing of the fly and know you have to get up and get it out of the tent. Now! The same is true of the mosquitoes and their little squeaky buzzing, then the silence, as you know they are sucking your blood! A spray of Idaho Tansy and water will repel the horse flies as the lemon and peppermint spray will get rid of the mosquitoes. Young Living’s PanAway is great for taking the sting out of black fly bites.
If, however, is too late and you have been bitten by the bugs the First-Aid Spray recipe below will help you. The anti-fungal and healing properties of the Lavender and Tea Tree will free you from the poison and invite your body to heal itself.
Even though it’s in the 80s and 90s in the rest of the Northeast, something particular to Maine is the coolness of its weather, particularly at night. The sun in Maine, particularly along the ocean, is as scorching as anywhere else. Prevention is the easiest way to deal with sunburn, don’t let it happen to you. Put on liberal amounts of sunscreen as the manufacturer suggests. One of the most cooling remedies to sunburn is Aloe, a gel widely available from the Aloe Vera plant. Mix Lavender Oil or Tea Tree (Melaleuca) with Aloe for a wonderfully cooling balm for the burn.
In the evening chill, campers may catch a cold! Therapeutic grade Eucalyptus globules inhaled or gargled with some water will take care of chest congestion or cough. A warm compress can be made with Eucalptus and warm water on a towel and applied to the chest, over the throat and upper back, if the congestion is bad. In camping style the water for the compress would, of course, have to be heated over the campfire unless the camper in charge also brought instant heat packs.
Peppermint essential oil is the super oil, good for easing queasy stomachs during long car or boat rides, indigestion, vomiting, fever, gas, headaches or abdominal cramps. Peppermint is also a great pick-me-up. Just add a drop or two in a bottle of water and experience sudden clarity.
During the day hikers may climb mountains or walk miles on the beach. Getting back to the campsite they may realize how exhausted they are and in need of a muscular pick-me-up. Young Living’s PanAway essential oil blend can take the pain out of sore muscles and renew the vitality of a hiker who has to go and lug some more water back to the campsite.
PanAway or Lavender mixed with Aloe gel can also ease scrapes and scratches gotten on the trail. Cypress is also handy for campers who have walked many miles. Cypress is a natural deodorant and astringent, so you can mix it with water to wash your face as well as rub it on your body so you don’t smell like the trail!
At the end of the day and after many s’mores sometimes campers, especially the little ones lie awake in their tents. Roman Chamomile or Lavender rubbed on the feet can ease the body into sleep. Roman Chamomile added to a cup of warm water is also lovely as an instant tea at the end of a long day. As the events of the day wind down and campers go to sleep remember to keep your insect-repellent spray of Lemon and water nearby along with your flashlight to shoo any last-minute mosquitoes.
Recipe for a First-Aid Spray
- 5 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
- 2 drops Cypress
- 8 oz. Distilled Water
Mix oils into ½ teaspoon of salt. Put the salt and 8 ounces of distilled water into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. This is a great first-aid spray.
To get an added benefit, add Young Living’s Tea Tree (Melaleuca) directly to any open wounds in addition to using the First-Aid spray daily until healed.
(Essential Oils Desk Reference is the source for the First-Aid Spray recipe.)
Post contributed by my friend Susan.