Burned the back of my left hand with a blast of steam from my teakettle. OUCH! I used therapeutic-quality essential oils to heal the fairly large – 1.5 inch x 1 inch – burn.
After immediately cooling the burned skin with cold water and several ice cubes, I applied a drop of LAVENDER essential oil for “cell regeneration” and a drop of diluted PEPPERMINT essential oil (1 drop Peppermint / 3 drops almond oil) for its “cooling” properties. Used this combination twice a day for two days. No blister formed and the pain/sensitivity was minimal.
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On the third morning, I accidentally rubbed the damaged skin covering off while drying my hands. The obvious danger was that the open wound would get infected! Because I have sensitive skin, I wasn’t confident about putting undiluted essential oils directly on the now exposed injury. By evening, it was painful, swollen and reddened all around the burn. Areas away from the wound along a vein were tender to the touch…I was a bit alarmed.
So, I consulted my Essential Oils Guide and discovered that MELROSE (a Young Living Essential Oils blend) is listed specifically for “healing burns,” as well as its “strongly anti-infectious properties.” I used a dilution – 1 drop Melrose w/2-3 drops almond oil on a non-stick gauze bandage, which I taped over the burn, changing it morning and evening for about a week. The swelling and redness were gone in a day. And the burn healed steadily.
My last minor concern was whether or not there would be any scarring. There’s virtually none. I can see a very subtle change in the skin texture, only because I know exactly where the burn was. It would be imperceptible to anyone else. This experience has given me total confidence in using essential oils for burns, skin wounds, and my family’s first-aid needs.