I love my daughter, but she is a walking accident waiting to happen.
- When I make after-sun spray, it’s because she didn’t put on sunscreen.
- When I make charcoal gummies, it’s because she played a little too close with a germy kid at school.
- When I pull out the rubbing alcohol, it’s because her ears are filled with pool water!
She’s been this way her whole life, and I think she got it from Mr. Crumbs (who literally spills EVERYTHING onto this shirts).
Since using essential oils as part of our natural health journey, I’ve found a blend that is right up her alley: DIY Owie Blend!
Given that my daughter walks into walls, swims into the side of the pool and trips over flat floors, we keep this blend well stocked and in her room at all times. It doesn’t matter what she’s done – whether it’s a bruise, a cut, a bump, a weird blotchy red spot on her belly that she can’t help but scratch – we put Owie Blend on it.
You know how in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding the dad uses Windex for whatever ailment is going on?
That’s how I feel about Owie Blend. Whatever hurts, however it happened, put some Owie Blend on it!
I actually stumbled across this blend when my daughter got the same red tiny bumps on her belly that I used to get as a kid.
Those bumps took FOREVER to go away, and I couldn’t stop scratching them! When I saw them on her belly, I didn’t want her to suffer like I did, so I started researching to see what I had that could help give her some relief.
I ended up making a blend of three essential oils that are potent on their own, but when put together, become a powerhouse against owies!!
I have to get a bit science-y on you for a moment so you can understand why I chose these particular oils. Unfortunately, I can’t divulge too much information here thanks to FDA requirements, so be sure to rabbit trail on the links for even more AMAZING data.
Here’s why these three essential oils work so well in this DIY Owie Blend:
Lavender Essential Oil
The two primary constituents of lavender essential oil are linalyl acetate and linalol. In this study, both were used to test against inflammation in rats (successfully, I might add!). Lavender essential oil is calming to the skin and is used often to promote healthy skin and hair.
It’s also super gentle, so even the freshest wounds can be taken care of right away.
Geranium Essential Oil
According to this research article,
“Plants produce an enormous array of functional relevant secondary metabolites (phytochemicals) that exhibit a diversity of medicinal properties. The majority of these compounds are used by plants as a defense mechanism against other microorganisms, herbivores and competitors.”
In plain English, it means that plants have properties that allow them to survive and thrive in the wild, against whatever nature might throw their way. In particular, geranium essential oil contains citronellol, which has shown to be incredibly powerful at fighting even the most stubborn strains of bacteria thrown their way!
Melrose Essential Oil
Melrose is a blend formulated by Young Living and it contains rosemary, melaleuca alternifolia, clove and niaouli.
- Rosemary: One of the “Four Thieves Vinegar” that bandits who robbed the dead and dying used to protect themselves during the 15th century plague. It contains 1,8 cineole, which is what helps to take away the “ow” in owies. (source)
- Melaleuca Alternifolia: Also known as tea tree essential oil, this is known to be a cleansing oil and incredibly supportive for the skin. It’s also a natural pest repellant that can be used to keep pests out of your pantry and off your pets.
- Clove: Another oil in the “Four Thieves Vinegar,” clove is also great at taking away the “ow” in owies. This study backs that up!
- Naiouli: Like clove, it makes our owies hurt a bit less.
My team suggested that I get Melrose since my daughter is so accident prone, and sure enough, it’s one of the oils to turn to most often!!
Why Make Your Own DIY Owie Blend
There are a lot of wound sprays and wipes on the market nowadays, but most of them contain some sort of alcohol. Not only does alcohol sting, but it’s also very drying and can cause irritation on the wound as its trying to heal.
Using essential oils avoid the sting while supporting the skin so it can heal naturally on its own!
DIY Owie Blend: Supplies
- 5ml or 10 ml rollerball (I like these from Amazon)
- 5 drops each: Lavender, Geranium, Melrose*
- Carrier oil to fill (sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.)
DIY Owie Blend: Method
Add 5 drops of each essential oil to your rollerball.
Note: I bought these 10ml rollerballs in bulk from Amazon, but you can clean and re-use empty essential oil bottles if you’d like. If you go that route, make sure you have a rollerball fitment for the bottle. If you use Young Living essential oils like I do, they offer fitments that fit onto both their 5ml and 15ml essential oil bottles.)
Add enough carrier oil to double the total amount of liquid in the bottle. This ensures a 1:1 dilution ratio of essential oil to carrier oil.
- If you have more than one accident prone child, you can easily double this recipe in a 10ml rollerball.
- Pure essential oils do not expire, but carrier oils can go rancid over time. I encourage you to make enough of this DIY Owie Blend, but not too much. You don’t want to waste those precious drops of essential oil!
- If you are making this for little kids, the recommended dilution ratio is 1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil. You can do this in the rollerball itself, OR what I personally would do is to make the blend in a bottle and when you need it, mix one drop with carrier oil in your hand before applying.
- Most labels that come with rollerballs smudge and make a mess, so I use a chalk marker instead.
* I personally use Young Living essential oils because of their Seed to Seal promise. They are the only essential oil company to control EVERY aspect of the oil from when the plant is first planted, to weed management (no pesticides are used!), to harvest to distilling to testing to bottling – everything is done by Young Living’s standards (which far exceed the organic industry standards, BTW).
When you are using essential oils as part of your natural medicine cabinet, it’s important you know you’re using oils that aren’t diluted or modified to smell better. If you want to join my Young Living team to get support and tips from 1200+ ladies living the oily life, you can do that right HERE.
I also understand the Young Living isn’t the first choice of many. I’ve found Plant Therapy to be a great runner up. You can find their starter kit here.
How to Use DIY Owie Blend
This blend is in a rollerball instead of a spray because I didn’t want to use witch hazel on open wounds. Rollerballs are smooth, but I don’t recommend applying directly to a fresh wound.
Instead, apply it generously on the area immediately around the wound and use a clean finger to gently move the blend onto the wound. If the wound is in a place like a foot or hand, it might be easier to rotate the area so that the oil moves over the wound on its own.
Re-apply as needed, but at least twice a day through the healing process.
We’ve used it on bumps, bruises, scrapes, cuts, bites and pretty much anything that makes you say “OUCH!”