The basic steps for dealing with a minor scrape or cut are:
· Stop the bleeding, apply pressure if necessary.
· Clean the wound, remove any foreign matter (if the wound is greater than ¼” deep or cannot be easily closed consider stitches).
· Apply an antibiotic.
· Protect the wound.
. Monitor for infection.
Essential oils are ideal agents for each of these steps because they have cleansing, analgesic, antibiotic plus calming properties.
For minor superficial wounds Lavender applied topically is both analgesic and antiseptic. After a brief stinging sensation (for some) it then lessens the pain and is an effective antibiotic agent while simultaneously the odor produces a calming effect.
Stopping bleeding: If help is needed beyond pressure Helichrysum and Lemon are hemostatic oils (aid in blood clotting).
Cleansing: Soap and water are good, Melaleuca is better and Protective Blend is best. For complex scrapes and scratches using an Protective Blend hand wipe or Protective Blend spritz is effective.
Antibiotic: Lavender, Frankincense, and Myrrh plus many other essential oils (including Melaleuca and Protective Blend above) are very effective antibiotics.
Pain relief, calming: Lavender is analgesic and calming. Apply neat (without dilution)to the wound and then rub the palms together with 2 or 3 drops of oil and let the child or person hurt inhale the calming fragrance of Lavender.
Ongoing: Repeat application of the antibiotic oil every 4 to 6 hours till possibility of infection is passed. Helichrysum applied regularly during the healing process will reduce or eliminate scarring.
Skin ulcerations (open sores):
Oils & Blends: Frankincense, Lavender, Helichrysum, Detoxification Blend
Also consider: Bergamot, Topical Blend, CloveE, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Myrrh, Cleansing Blend, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
· Lavender applied topically works well for simple ulcerations
· For more serious blend Frankincense and Helichrysum and apply at least 2 times daily, topically to the affected area. Consistency of application is important.
· Also recognize that the root cause of some skin ulcerations can be a candida or other internal problems. It is wise to couple the topical application with internal cleansing. For this see Detoxification.
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.