The quicker, the better. Cover the affected area with Frankincense or Lavender oil. Then, if possible, cool the area with Peppermint or a cool compress. If the burn area is too sensitive to apply the oils directly, then use a water spritz with Lavender and Peppermint.
• If blistering occurs or the skin is compromised use Frankincense or Melaleuca to prevent infection.
• White Fir is also recommended to minimize pain and prevent infection.
• As healing begins use Helichrysum to promote tissue regeneration and prevent scarring.
Special Precautions: Severe burns should receive professional medical attention. Do not use “hot” oils on a fresh burn.
Second and third degree burns require immediate professional medical attention. First-degree burns and sunburns (and some follow up for more severe burns) benefit greatly from both the pain relief and healing of essential oils. Bacterial infection is often a problem with burns. Almost all essential oils offer protection against this. Most recommended is Lavender and White Fir is sometimes used for pain relief.
Classification of Burns
The severity of burns is indicated by the degree of the burn. The higher the degree number the worse the burn. A description of the degree of burns is included below:
First-Degree Burns – Only affects the outer layer (epidermis) of the skin with redness and discomfort. Since the epidermal layer is not compromised the skin can still protect the body from infection and help control body temperature so, although there may be pain, there is not risk of consequential problems.
Second-Degree Burns – Extends into the second layer (dermis) of the skin. As the epidermis is damaged it separated from the dermis and fluid accumulates. This blistering is the most common characteristic of second-degree burns. Eventually the separated epidermis will come off and the dermal layer will be exposed. This increases the possibility of infection and the other functions of the skin are affected leading to secondary problems.
Severe second-degree burns can take weeks to heal, can cause scarring, and may require skin grafts to restore function and appearance. This is also the most painful of burns since the nerve endings in the dermis may be exposed.
Third-Degree Burns – Extends through the epidermis and dermis and into the subcutaneous tissue of the skin. Since the outer layers of the skin are completely compromised the normal functions of the skin cannot be accomplished. Protection from infection must be provided. If the area is great the temperature regulation of the body will be compromised. Nerve endings may be destroyed with this type of burn such that there is no feeling in the area.
Forth-Degree Burns – In very extreme cases damage extends below the skin layers into muscle and bone tissue.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.