Essential Oils for Burns
Essential oils are fantastic tools for helping to deal with an skin irritation/damage and burns (even sunburn).
Recently my 9 month old son grabbed the open hot oven door and got his first burn.
He was distraught, (naturally), and his baby skin being so sensitive, blistered very quickly.
Firstly I rushed him to the bathroom and ran his hand under icy water.
Then I turned to my Young Living oils.
My number 1 oil for burns is Lavandula Augustifolia. (Lavender oil)
My number 2 oil for burns is Eucalyptus globulous.
My other favourite product for relieving burns is Young Living’s Lavaderm cooling mist. (It contains Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Concentrate, Lavandula Angustifolia, and Ionic Trace Minerals.)
After I removed his hand from the water I grabbed my Laverderm spray from the refrigerator (its where I like to keep it to really help to cool down any burns) and started to spray his hand every 5-10 mins. I then applied drops of Lavender oil to the fingers, alternating with Eucalyptus globulous every 20 mins. He slowly calmed down and within 3 hours he was subdued but more his normal self. I then slowed down on the application of the Lavander and Eucalyptus oils and continued to use the Lavaderm spray ever hour or so.
By the early evening (about 8 hours after the burn) he was back to his cheery self and he didn’t seem to be worried about the blisters on his fingers.
I like to keep a lavender oil in the kitchen for any burns. I find the faster you get the oil onto the injury then the faster and more effective the results are.
How do I know when to stop applying oils on burns? On myself I just keep applying the oil every 10-20 mins till the pain reduces.
If its a really bad burn then go to the hospital, just take your oils with you and use them on the way!
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Things to be aware of:
- It’s important to make sure that you are using a true Lavandula Augustifolia oil (Which Young Living’s is) as some “lavender oils” on the market, to save money, are diluted with lavadin oil (which is a much hardier plant and easier cheeper to grow.) It is similar to Lavender but it has a different chemical profile, and it has a higher camphor level. The camphor can actually trap the heat in the skin and make the burn more painful.
- When I have an emergency situation like a burn, then I use the essential oils directly on the skin with no dilution. Its only for a short time and because it’s as a first aid response I want the maximum impact in the shortest amount of time. But on a day to day basis when I use oils on my son, I dilute them 20/80 (20% E.O to 80% carrier oil).
- When working with oils and children its very important to be aware of keeping oils away from their eyes, sensitive areas or any mucus membranes. If they happen to rub their eye or face and it causes them pain/discomfort then the first thing I do is grab my V6 carrier oil (or any sort of fatty oil, like almond, coconut, olive oil) and rub the area liberal amounts of oil. It will dilute the essential oil on the skin and within 30 seconds I notice a difference. If it doesn’t reduce the discomfort in that time then I apply more carrier oil.
I only ever use the Young Living essential oil brand, especially when using it on my child. I know as a company Young Living has very strict purity and quality control and this means that their oils are always 100% therapeutic grade and the highest quality. Using other brands that don’t have such strict testing could mean you cause harm to your self or your child.
If you are new to essential oils and would like to order any please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you set up a Young Living account. My distributor ID # 685608.
The information provided here is for EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY and is in NO WAY intended to replace proper medical advice. IT IS NOT for diagnostic or prescriptive use or to be construed as instruction on how to cure or treat any condition, illness or disease.