Our Essential Oils For Healing blog celebrated its 4th anniversary on December 23rd! All month, I’ve been pondering what sort of essential oils article or story to share in commemoration of this milestone…
Since December is a season of celebration, hope and renewal.. and Christmas week included the winter solstice marked by an awesome full moon lunar eclipse… a HAPPY Lavender essential oil story seems fitting.
It’s winter holiday season! Folks all around the world are planning their Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s celebrations. For many of us that involves cooking special meals, baking cookies, and other treats like delectable edible gifts.
In all the activity hubbub, some of us with end up with oven burns & cuts. Hopefully, minor ones. Basic First Aid techniques (described in the linked article intro) and therapeutic essential oils are EXCELLENT for these sorts of common injuries and work just as well for tongues burned from sipping hot drinks or taste-testing foods that are too hot.
You can prevent infection (essential oils are anti-microbial), ease pain (many essential oils are analgesic), speed healing, minimize scarring (lots of essential oils stimulate cell renewal / are superb for the skin), and with proper care…you may be able to defer a visit to the doctor or hospital.
We have several helpful “cuts and burns” articles on this EOH blog full of handy-to-use information. You may want to give them a quick read now to make sure you have
I should have known better. My long-time friend, Laurie, invited me to join her and a walking buddy for a quick 3-mile walk around a lovely hilly Bremerton WA neighborhood. My husband and I had come up from the San Francisco Bay area on an impromptu vacation. It was a rainy week and we ‘girls’ needed to get our walk in before the next chilly downpour.
My hubby was napping, so I decided not to go into the guest bedroom to get a second pair of socks. Boy, was that a MISTAKE! I have very flexible feet that move a lot in my walking shoes. Also, have my feet get sweaty & hot (major factors for developing blisters) and sensitive skin that gets abraded easily. Less than halfway through our brisk hike I knew I had nasty blisters under the balls of both feet.
When we got back to the house, I put some of my essential oils blends on the sore (but unbroken*) blisters right away. And protected the injured skin with band-aids. My strategy was to use both anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic essential oils to soothe the skin and minimize pain.
Blister PAIN Reduction
I was dealing with different types of blisters on each foot. My left foot, which is more problematic, had a huge fluid-filled blister. The right foot had a very sore, large red “pre-blister” but no fluid, yet. The essential oils I used were German Chamomile, Peppermint, initially followed by alternating applications of several of my custom GAIA’s PHARMACOPEIA blends: Cool Blue™, Revive™, and Sweet Balm™. (It wasn’t necessary to use all these essential oils. I use my own first aid injuries as experiments to see how quickly essential oils relieve discomfort and speed healing.)
The painful fluid-filled blister stopped hurting almost immediately, within an hour or so, if not faster. The red pre-blister was more pain tenacious and took a couple of days of 2-3 times a day applications for the pain to completely disappear when I pressed/rubbed the skin firmly. But I never was the slightest bit uncomfortable wearing the shoes I had been walking in.
Blister FLUID Re-Absorption
My next concern with the fluid filled blister, was to help the skin reabsorb the fluid and heal without breaking. The main danger with an *open blister is infection, in addition, to the discomfort of extremely sensitive, damaged tissues. I continued to use the German Chamomile for its anti-inflammatory properties, followed by applications of my special REVIVE™ blend, excellent for preventing and healing infections plus speeding recovery from surgical wounds.
NOV 1st (Intro photo)
The blister flattened out within a day or two, at which point I stopped using the band-aids. Continued to apply the essential oils for a week or so, and then left the skin to heal on its own.
The damaged skin is beginning to show signs of readiness to peel. I left it alone to let the body heal at its own pace.
The skin from the large blister started peeling yesterday, after a soaking bath. I carefully trimmed the loose skin away, so its edges wouldn’t catch on my socks. The new skin underneath is healthy and ever-so-slightly more sensitive than the rest of my foot. It will toughen up quickly. Did an hour-and-a-half Tai Chi class last night without a hint of discomfort. And my foot is fine this morning.
TORN BLISTER Essential Oil Treatment
Damaged skin under a torn blister is VERY vulnerable to infection and as we all know, extremely TENDER! I would have taken a different approach to handling that sort of situation. My go-to choice of essential oils would have been the excellent anti-infectious, but mild, Young Living blend MELROSE.** I have used it on small open wounds without discomfort.
GERMAN CHAMOMILE, perhaps, could be used this same way. I haven’t applied it to an open wound, but think it would be okay to use due to its non-irritating properties. Generally, non-sensitizing, though better diluted with a carrier oil for sensitive skin, babies & small children, the elderly, and infirm. I’ll do a bit more research for this article to see what other essential oils would be options.
Additionally, any open blisters would need to be well covered with sterile band-aids, changed several times a day to keep the area totally clean. I would also recommend cushioning socks as a barrier from further damage and sources of infection.
The BEST sock fabric for preventing blisters = Acrylic, NOT natural fibers like cotton and wool! Surprised me to find this out. So…I’m planning to purchase acrylic sock liners to wear under my favorite padded hiking socks.
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