Impetigo

[wpImpetigo] Oils & Blends:  Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Melaleuca, Myrrh,Oregano

Essential oils based products: Protective Blend foaming soap and handwipes

Also consider:  Geranium

Suggested protocols:

Impetigo:

·    Topically apply 2 -3 drops of Protective Blend with a carrier oil to the affected area 3 or 4 times per day till infection clears up.

·    If Protective Blend is not available others have found Lavender/Melaleuca or Cleansing Blend/Myrrh blends successful.

·   Try to keep the area dry and free of the liquid in the blister.

·   Use Protective Blend Foam or make a spray (6 – 8 oz spray bottle with water and 15-20 drops of Protective Blend).  Aggressively clean as the infection is highly contagious.

Ecthyma – this requires a more aggressive protocol than is needed for impetigo:

·    Clean area with Protective Blend Foaming Wash.

·   Apply 2 drops each of Frankincense and Oregano topically to the area .  Use a carrier oil to make application easier and to reduce stinging if necessary.  If a child is apprehensive let them inhale Lavender to relax them.

·   Allow oils to be absorbed then cover with protective covering.

·   Repeat application 3 times per day.  Cleanse hands with Protective Blend Foaming Wash to prevent spreading the infection.

·   Give 1 to 3 GX Assist capsules or 3-5 drops of Oregano in a gel capsule once per day.  Adjust amount depending on age.

·   Continue the above procedures till the scabs clear and the new skin appears; then continue with 2 drops each of  Frankincense and Helichrysum applied topically to the area to heal and reduce scarring.

·   Continue this for 1 to 2 weeks to prevent reoccurrence.

Impetigo is a bacterial (may be strep or staph) infection of the skin.  These bacteria are prevalent in our environment and usually the skin provides adequate protection.  If the skin protection is disrupted with an insect bite, a cut or scratch, from chapped skin, and sometimes for no apparent reason an infection may start.  More often it affects children and is typically around the mouth and nose.

The sores are reddish in color, about ½ to 1 inch in size, they develop a crusty scab, and ooze a whitish/yellow fluid. It is highly contagious especially as the fluid starts to form and ooze.  As children scratch or rub the area they can easily transport it to other areas of their body.  It can also be carried to others by using common items like towels, bedding, furniture, or toys.

Ecthyma is a stage more serious than impetigo which is an infection of the epidermal layer of the skin.  When it is left unattended the infection can worsen and penetrate into the dermal layer of the skin.  This then is ecthyma and is a much more serious condition.  The pus-filled sores and the inflamed area becomes larger and the crusty scabs are darker and thicker than with impetigo.  The larger area is itchy and there is a much higher probability that the infection will spread.  Also because of the deeper penetration the risk of scarring is much higher than with impetigo.

Helpful background information:

Your skin, the protection between you and the outer world, is your body’s largest organ.  It is there to protect you from infectious agents, environmental extremes, bumps, scratches, or invasive objects.  It has a system of nerves to warn against impending dangers, a system of sweat glands for cooling, a capillary system that can bring nutritional helps to the blood stream, and a system to exude poisons from the body.  A marvelous gland and so important for our health and well-being.

The skin is made up of three layers:

The epidermis – This is the outer layer of the skin.  It the primary protective coating of the body and is primarily non-living cells (no blood is delivered to them) that are fed by the lower dermis layer.  The epidermis is continually being rejuvenated from the dermis with the outer layer being completely replaced every 3 to 5 weeks.

The dermis – This layer, immediately below the epidermis, has all of the working elements of the skin.  It has the outermost capillaries of the blood system, it is the location of the sweat glands, it includes lymph nodes housing immune system cells, it has nerve endings for our sense of touch, and the hair follicles.  Around the hair follicles are the sebaceous glands that produce sebum.  The proper amount of sebum, an oily secretion, lubricates and waterproofs our skin.  Too much sebum, common to adolescents, leads to acne.  Too little sebum, common to aging adults, leads to dry skin that promotes wrinkles. Interestingly enough this same sebum is also a very important element in the use of essential oils.  This fatty substance is nearly ideal for absorbing essential oils, which then allows them, if applied topically (directly on the skin) to quickly enter the bloodstream.  A demonstration by Dr. David Hill shows the effects of oils in the blood stream within a matter of tens of seconds.

The subcutaneous (hypodermal) layer – This is the innermost layer of the skin.  It is the insulation for the body and is composed mostly of fat cell (adipocytes).  Besides insulation these fat cells provide texture for a pleasing appearance of the skin.  As these fat cells are lost, often in aging, wrinkles appear and sagging occurs.

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.