Essential Oils for Healing Lacerations- Student Article

Essential Oils for Healing Lacerations

Kim Rhoades

I recently had an opportunity to try out a new essential oil recipe for healing lacerations.  Last Sunday, while walking my dogs on a trail, I found myself in a situation where I ended up sliding down a gravel filled embankment, not only sustaining scrapes on my shoulder, elbow, and thigh, but also a ¼” by 4” laceration across my shin, surrounded by 9 smaller lacerations.  After arriving back home and washing out my wound, I searched the internet for essential oils used to heal skin wounds.
AltMed.com website listed essential oils with healing properties and basic recipes.  I chose a healing recipe with Lavender, Tea Tree, and Clary Sage essential oils with an olive oil base.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils.  Throughout the centuries, it has been enjoyed for its relaxing and therapeutic qualities, as well as its wound healing properties (your-aromatherapy-guide.com).
Tea Tree essential oil is known for its disinfecting, antifungal and antimicrobial properties.  Tea Tree is known to enhance immunity systems, be effectiveness against acne, and reduce scar tissue and swelling (http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/melaleuca-alternifolia-essential-oil.html).
Clary Sage essential oil  is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent  properties (http://www.agriculturalproductsindia.com/essential-oil/essential-oils-clary-sage-oil.html).
Olive oil contains a chemical called oleocanthal.  This chemical is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat inflammation, redness, and pain (Orey, pg 61).
I immediately applied these oils to my freshly cleaned lacerations and abrasions.  Because of the size of my laceration, I did seek medical attention the following day, where they cleaned my wound and applied anti-bacterial ointment and bandages.  I continued this regime for two days, then returned to the essential oil treatment.  It has been two weeks and my wounds are still healing.  Because of the size and severity of the abrasions and lacerations, some parts are healing quicker than others.  My elbow and thigh show little sign of abrasions ever being there; my shoulder, which had larger and deeper abrasions is healed, but still show signs at the location.  Because of the location and the width of the laceration, my wound on my shin is taking more time to heal.  However, the smaller lacerations surrounding this larger one are healed, but still show signs at the locations.  I will continue to use these oils until laceration is completely healed.

Bibliography

http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Aromatherapy-Essential-Oils-for-Cuts-and-Wounds
http://www.your-aromatherapy-guide.com/lavender_essential_oil.html
http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/melaleuca-alternifolia-essential-oil.html
http://www.agriculturalproductsindia.com/essential-oil/essential-oils-clary-sage-oil.html
The Healing Powers of Olive Oil:  A Complete Guide to Nature’s Gold, Orey, Cal, Kensington Books, 2009, page 61

 

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