Volume 1, Issue 3: Monday, August 9, 1999

eLetter > Volume 1, Issue 3: Monday, August 9, 1999


Complementary First Aid, Part II – Aromatherapy
by Laraine Kyle, RN, MSN, CS, CMT, Co-Founder,
Institute for Integrative Aromatherapy

Self-sufficiency will be the hallmark of the Year 2000 (Y2K for short), in most aspects of our lives, but especially healthcare. Beginning on January 1st, access to healthcare facilities and practitioners may be interrupted. This will be due to likely disruptions in the conventional healthcare system, or low-probability infrastructure failures – transportation or communications – restricting access to all healthcare practitioners, supplies and services.

First Aid in any situation is often critical to the recovery of anyone suffering from a cut to a more serious condition. Fortunately, First Aid procedures and methods are straight-forward and not difficult to learn. The Red Cross as well as many schools, non-profits and agencies teach basic First Aid for shock, broken limbs, drowning, and many other conditions.

Complementary First Aid goes beyond basic First Aid to include remedies such as Acupressure (see the last issue in our archives), Aromatherapy, Bodywork, Herbology, Homeopathy and Reflexology. This issue features Aromatherapy – an exceptional healing system that goes well beyond pleasant smells. –KJ

Aromatherapy is a gentle, non-toxic, pleasant, yet powerful tool for healing. It is based on the topical application of botanical oils – essential oils – extracted from flowers, grass, barks and herbs. Aromatherapy essential oils were first used in medicinal healing work. These oils can be applied to the Reflexology points on the bottom of the feet or directly on the skin to the area of need.

Essential oils contain oxygenating molecules which transport nutrients to the cells of the body. The highly-fragrant oils affect the neurotransmitters in the brain through one’s sense of smell. These neurotransmitters initiate physical and psychological reactions that can enhance physical healing and emotional balance. When combined with Bodywork modalities, Aromatherapy oils accelerates the therapeutic value of both.

The following list is representative of the many conditions that Aromatherapy effects and the many essential oils that can be very effective. Some notes are in order to set the stage properly.

This is excerpted from “Aromatherapy for First Aid,” online in our Wellness eJournal

Aromatherapy Notes (Please read First)

  • The top five essential oils for your first aid kit are: Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, and Eucalyptus.
  • The next five essential oils for your first aid kit are: Geranium, Rosemary, Thyme, Clary Sage, and Lemon Grass.
  • Blending essential oils for synergism is most effective.
  • Any of the single oils in the combinations listed below are also effective.

The format for this listing follows:

Condition – Remedy (Essential Oil unless otherwise indicated)
Comments and cautions

Abrasions – Lavender
Clean area with 5 drops of Lavender oil diluted in bowl of warm water. Use sparingly for acute situations.

Backache, low – Chamomile, Rosemary, Peppermint
Add 2 drops ChamomileRosemary and Peppermint oils to 2 cups of water; add to a compress; apply to lower back; hold in place with plastic wrap.
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic oils can be used with a compress or as a massage oil.

Bite, insect – Lavender, Tea Tree; in Witch Hazel
Applied Lavender and/or Tea Tree oils full-strength or with Witch Hazel as a carrier.

Bruise – Peppermint Oil
Apply Peppermint oil immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Burn, fire – Lavender, Calendula
Apply ice cold water for five minutes, then apply 2 drops full-strength Lavender oil; re-apply as needed. Can also make a compress with honey or Calendula oil as a carrier.
Calendula is Wild Marigold extracted into a carrier.

Cold – Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Thyme, Clove
For steam inhalation, use 1 drop each Tea Tree, Thyme, Clove and Eucalyptus oils in hot water. Or in bath, use 2 drops Thyme and Tea Tree, 1 drop Eucalyptus.

Cut – Geranium, Cistus (Rock Rose)
For small cuts, apply few drops of Geranium or Rock Rose, apply pressure for one minute, apply bandaide.
Has good homeostatic properties.

Flu – Geranium, Tea Tree, Atlas Cedarwood
Mix 2 drops each Geranium and Tea Tree oils in 1/2 cup water; gargle; if mucus present, add 2 drops Atlas Cedarwood, oil.

Foot ache – Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint
Add approx 5 total drops of Rosemary, Peppermint or Sage oils in a footbath of tepid water.
Cooling, deodorizing and refreshing oils are pleasant to use as a foot bath.

Headache – Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint
Inhale Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile and Peppermint oils from bottle or tissue. Or add 12-15 drops each of the oils per 1 oz carrier oil,; massage gently over temples, behind ears, across the back of the neck. Or bathe with 3 drops each Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile and Lavender oils.

Insect repellent, general – Citronella, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemongrass
To 1 oz vegetable oil, add 3 drops each Citronella, Cedarwood and Geranium and 5 drops Lemongrass oils; apply to skin avoiding eyes; wash hands.
Citronella is a well known active ingredient in bug repellents though can be overpowering if used in strong concentration.

Lice, head – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Geranium, Rosemary
Add 2 drops Eucalyptus and 1 drop each Geranium, Lavender and Rosemary oils to 1 tsp (5 ml.) carrier oil; massage into the scalp, leave for 30 min; comb hair with fine tooth comb; shampoo hair, combine 2 drops each Eucalyptus, Lavender and Geranium oils, 1/2 oz vinegar, and 8 oz water; rinse and do not wash out; repeat daily until lice and eggs have disappeared.
Essential oils are useful as an insect repellent when used in an environmental mist, or topical application.

Migraine – True Melissa, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Lavender
Inhale True Melissa and Rosemary oils from bottle or tissue. Or add 12-15 drops each of the oils per 1 oz carrier oilmassage gently over temples, behind ears, across the back of the neck. Or bathe with 3 drops each Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile and Lavender oils.

Muscle, skeletal pain – Birch, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Clove, Helichrysum, Peppermint
Make a blend for massage with a total of 20 drops in one ounce of carrier. Use a total of 10 drops in half a cup of Epsom Salts in a relaxing bath.
Can use fewer drops of spice oils and oils with a strong odor intensity (Birch, Black Pepper, and Clove).

Sinus congestion – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender
Inhale Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender oils from bottle or tissue. Or add 15-20 total drops of the above oils per 1 oz carrier oil; massage gently over temples, over the sinuses and around the ears.
Be careful not to get into eyes.

Sinusitis – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme
Inhale Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Thyme from bottle or tissue. Or add 12-15 drops per 1 oz carrier oil each of oils; massage gently over temples, behind and in front of the ears, over the nose and cheek bone.

Toothache – Clove, Chamomile, Lavender
Put 1 drop of Clove oil on a Q-tip and apply it to the gum around the tooth. Massage the jaw bone and cheek area with 1 tsp vegetable oil with 1 drop CloveChamomile and Lavender oils.
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of Clove, Chamomile and Lavender are useful for first aid care of toothache.

Trauma, with local swelling – Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Helichrysum, Birch
Apply German or Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint and Helichrysum oils as a compress or massage oils in a carrier, approximately 30 drops per ounce (5%). Birch oil will aid comfort from pain.
Decreases swelling.

Laraine Kyle, MSN, RN, CMT is the Co-Director of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy, which offers practical, proven methods to safely and skillfully incorporate Aromatherapy, Herbal Healing and Bio-Energetics into a professional practice as well as self care. She also maintains a private practice in Aromatherapy Massage and Skin Care. Contact: Laraine Kyle, RN, MSN, CS, CMT, Co-Founder, IIA, 3072 Edison Court, Boulder CO 80302, (888)282-2002.

Individual Preparedness Resources

Last week, we “put out the call” to all our Y2K and Health group lists for the top resources for individual preparedness nitty-gritty details. The top-rated resources in our unscientific poll follow. For books, visit your favorite bookseller on the net or at home.

Plans and Lists

  • Coalition2000 Resources.  We found that most of the recommendations are listed at this site.
  • Cassandra Project.  From one of the original preparedness sites, these plans and checklists are very useful and are referenced by many other sites and groups.
  • All Together NowThe Global Action Plan.  The Y2K Household Preparedness Workbook is available for free to print, download as a rough text file, or purchase in book form, complete with artwork ($19.95). The Y2K Community Preparedness Organizing Tools are in downloadable in PDF format or can be purchased as well ($29.95)
  • Printable flyers.  Printable flyers for distribution during Y2K disruptions. There are currently four, with as many in preparation, covering: The site also has Better Times, a cookbook and almanac of useful information for poor people.
  • Bagelhole.  This is a one-stop site for low-tech sustainable ideas/methods. It has quite an extensive list of ideas and soon more than 300 additional ideas, each in its own file by several categories.
  • Douglas County (CO) Emergency Preparedness Plan.  This county, in South Metro Denver, has put together a fine community plan and compendium of individual preparedness. It is a good model of other communities to use, and was testimony at the US Senate hearings on community preparedness.

Books (See www.Amazon.com for references below)

  • Y2K- It’s Not Too Late: Complete Preparedness GuideScott Marks, Karl Kaufman, Patrice Kaufman, $19.95, Paperback, 369 pages (Mar 1999), Mercury Pubns; ISBN: 0966903919, Avg Amazon Review: 5.0/5.0
  • The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book, Carla Emery, $22.36, Paperback, 864 pages 9th edition (May 1994), Sasquatch Books; ISBN: 0912365951, Avg Amazon Customer Review: 5.0/5.0
  • Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook, James Talmage Stevens, $18.36, Paperback, 240 pages 10th edition (July 1997), Gold Leaf Pr; ISBN: 1882723252, Avg Amazon Customer Review: 4.5/5.0
  • Whatcha Gonna Do If the Grid Goes Down? Preparing your Household For the Year 2000, by Susan Robinson, $22.95, Spiral-bound, 140 pages (Apr 1999), Virtual Sage, ISBN: 0966762517, Avg Amazon Customer Review: 4.0/5.0
  • Utne Reader, Y2K Citizens’ Action Guide, Eric Unte, $4.95, Paperback, 120 pages (late 1998), Utne Reader Books; ISBN: 0965381625, Avg. Customer Review: 3.5/5.0. Substantial discounts available in quantity (down to $1.00 per book) to non-profit volunteer groups for fund-raisers.


News report summaries on Healthcare and Y2K follow. We have most of the articles on file in case you look for the web references after they are cleared.

FDA Changing the RulesCitizens For Health, a hard-working consumer advocacy group, may have to sue the FDA if it insists on its proposed new official definition changing from damage to anydeviation from normal structure or function of the body, including any signs or symptoms of deviation. Literal interpretation of these proposed changes would mean that a majority of the proper and lawful claims that now appear on supplement labels would become illegal. The FDA’s responsibility is to implement regulations that advance, not diminish the intent of Congress to deliver what the public has demanded – information about the health benefits of dietary supplements.

The evidence continues to point towards healthcare self-sufficiency for Year 2000 …

White House Sounds Alarm: Schools, Hospitals, Local Governments Falling Behind (US State Department’s recent testimony on Y2K”Global Readiness and International Trade” states that every sector of every foreign region, at every economic level will experience varying degrees of Y2K-related failures … among seven of the least prepared countries are six of the most populous: China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia and Pakistan. These countries produce much of the 80% of the pharmaceuticals’ raw materials that we us in the US. (Remember that only 20% of non-conventional medicinals are from foreign sources.)

(The Associated PressPresident’s Council on Y2K predicts months of glitches, says John Koskinen, its Chairman. He anticipates scattered electronic failures during the first months of the year. (This further exacerbates the hospital and pharmaceutical problems, with problems in power, phone service, transportation, paperwork, submittals and insurance payment systems.)

Announcements (Send press releases to Kenton@CompWellness.org?subject=Announcements, eLetter All Issues)

Two national celebrities, who are also practitioners in the Denver area, are giving free lectures on successive Wednesdays, 7-9PM, at Vitamin Cottage Lecture Hall, 12612 W Alameda, Lakewood CO, (303)986-4600×52.

Visit Denver in the fall – the mountains are especially beautiful. We have superior business and vacation facilities as well as wonderful practitioners and the newly opened, nationally-acclaimed University of Denver Sports and Wellness Center – each worth the trip by themselves. For travel arrangements, call Jo Hehnke – your Colorado specialist – at 1-888-Go-with-Jo.

Sept 15. Nationally-known John Douillard, DC, ND, will speak on his excellent book, Body, Mind and Sport, in which he integrates the stress-reducing techniques of mind-body medicine into a lifelong fitness program that calls for a new ideal of physical and mental balance.

Sept 22. Recent President of the American Holistic Medical Association, Robert Ivker, DO, and author of the health-saving book, Sinus Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, and Sinusitis, will tell us “How to Become the Healer in Your House.”

Another rising celebrity is Donald Kipp, NCTMB, who developed NeuroEnergetic Release,® a highly-effective bodywork methodology. It quickly removes recent and long-term blockages creating the conditions of health necessary to heal from most musculoskeletal ailments. There’s more info at his website and at ours. Professional courses are in progress. The next free introductory lecture is in Milwaukee WI, at Lakeside School, Sept 16, 7-9PM. Register on Don’s website or call (303)480-8288.

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