The basic steps for dealing with a minor scrape or cut
· 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
· Apply an antibiotic.
· Protect the wound.
Essential oils are ideal agents for each of these steps
because they have cleansing, analgesic, antibiotic
plus calming properties.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
LavenderEC, MelaleucaEC, MyrrhEC, On GuardC
Essential oils based
products: On Guard hand wipes
GeraniumEC, LemonEC, PurifyC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
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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 On Guard is best.
For complex scrapes and scratches using an On Guard hand wipe
or On Guard spritz is effective.
Antibiotic: Lavender, Frankincense, and
Myrrh plus many other essential oils (including Melaleuca
and On Guard above) are very effective
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
Simple home first aid by Dr. Hill
Experiences and Testimonials of others
cnrb - I've always
just used store-bought Neosporin on open cuts and to prevent
scabbing and scars. But now that I'm into oils, is there
something that will work well? Is there an oil I can put on
an open cut? And what about scabs and existing scars?
Anything that will help those?
Rachel - Lavender, it disinfects, heals,
and helps with scarring. Apply often.
Pat - I had a bad fall last week and
scraped at least two layers of skin. I immediately sprayed
the area with Purify and then Lavender. I continued the
Lavender the rest of the day and then a couple of times
after that. There is no redness or soreness and it has
already scabbed over. Now I am dropping Helichrysum on the
wound to prevent scarring. The Helichrysum is great even for
existing scars and scabs.
Sharon - My
grandson got out of the car and he slammed his hand in the
door. No bones broken apparently but cut and bruised.
Rob - Lavender is a great analgesic.
Excellent for cuts and bruising. It would provide relief to
pain, and healing to tissue. If there were more severe damage I
would consider Helichrysum and Geranium. Finally Frankincense
is also a very good for tissue damage and would be very
folks recommend for children
Diet and Nutritional
complements to essential oils
What Science & Research are saying
Should nursing take aromatherapy more
British Journal of Nursing, 16, (2), 116-120. Buckle, J.
This article discusses the expansion of aromatherapy
within the U.S. and follows 10 years of developing protocol
and policies that led to pilot studies on radiation burns,
chemo-induced nausea, slow-healing wounds, Alzheimers and
end-of-life agitation. This article outlines pilot studies,
carried out in the U.S. by nurses, that subsequently led to
the integration of aromatherapy in hospitals.
Wound care with essential oils
after enucleation of a chronic abscess
Forsch Komplementmed. 2009 Dec;16(6):400-3. Epub 2009 Nov
6. Steflitsch W. Osterreichische
Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Aromatherapie und
Aromapflege (OGwA), Wien, Osterreich.
Advances in wound care over the past years have led to a
growing number of products, techniques and interventions
which are extremely costly and tend to neglect the
individual patient and their specific needs.
The present case report describes the post-operative care
of a chronically infected wound by use of essential oils.
In October 2007, a 41- year-old woman suffered a minor,
non-bleeding lesion between toes IV and V of her right foot
during gardening. Within a few hours, an extensive phlegmona
of the right forefoot developed extending almost up to the
ankle. In April 2008, Corynebacterium diphteriae was
identified in the pus. In May 2008, it was decided to
enucleate the chronic abscess that had developed despite
several oral antimicrobial therapies. Wound care with
essential oils was started 5 days after enucleation of the
chronic abscess and continued until July 2008.
Granulation tissue and epithelisation were growing
quickly and without complications, and scar formation was
fine. The scar is bland, slim and at skin level.
The essential oils applied were selected according to
their antiinflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial
properties as well as their capacity to promote wound
healing. Applied medical aroma therapy makes use of these
properties to support wound healing.
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NOTE: The advice shared in this site has not been
evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease,
nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As
members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils
work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's
natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not
used to "treat" medical problems.