Use Essential Oils For These Common Skin Injuries
By Brandi Monasco
You have probably heard about aromatherapy and how effective it has been for many people.
Aromatherapy is a different type of “therapy” or alternative medicine that has been known to help with many ailments without the use of harmful over-the-counter medications and prescriptions. It involves the use of essential oils and aromatic plant compounds that work to improve your health or even your mood.
Aromatherapy is widely known for reducing stress and anxiety as well as depression and giving your mind energy to concentrate. However, aromatherapy is not just used for emotional well-being. Aromatherapy can also be beneficial when applied to the skin. In fact, there are many physical ailments that aromatherapy oils can help alleviate.
Here are a few ways that aromatherapy, or essential oils, can help your physical well-being:
#1. Cuts, Burns And Scrapes: You should always make sure that your wound is properly washed with soap and water to remove any dirt or germs. After your wound is washed, apply one to three drops of lavender essential oil or tea tea oil directly to the wound or on a bandaid. Reapply the oil to the wound twice per day until the wound is completely healed.
Why This Works: Applying lavender essential oil to a wound guards the wound against germs and bacteria that can cause infections. Lavender oil acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial. Tea tree oil also acts as an antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral which also guards wounds against bacteria and germs.
#2. Bee Stings And Bug Bites: During the summer, it is almost impossible to not get a bug bite or even that dreaded bee sting. If you end up with a bee sting, you will want to make sure to remove the stinger immediately as it contains a type of poison. After the stinger is removed, you can then apply essential oils to the area. The best essential oils to use for bee stings and bug bites is chamomile oil. Apply one drop of chamomile oil three times a day for two days.
Why This Works: Chamomile oil is mostly known for its calming and relaxing effects. And while this is true, chamomile oil can also be used on bug bites and stings. Chamomile has antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. When applied to a bite or sting, the oil helps to reduce the inflammation of the bite or sting. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties help to protect the area of the sting or bite to prevent infection from occurring.
#3. Blisters: Blisters are usually caused by a minor burn or friction, such as when your shoes rub the back of your heels, it causes a blister. While they are quite annoying and painful, it is always important to never open or pop a blister. Opening a blister will only make it more painful and irritated. The fluid that is found in blister actually keep the underlying skin clean and helps to prevent infection. Instead of opening the blister, apply one drop of lavender oil and one drop of chamomile oil.
Why This Works: As with minor cuts and bug bites, both lavender oil and chamomile oil acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial which can keep the blister free of germs and bacteria that could cause infection. Chamomile oil is also an anti-inflammatory which can reduce the inflammation that around the blister, which could also help in reducing any pain or irritation.
What physical ailments have you used essential oils for? Share with us in the comments below!
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Source: Castleman, M. (1996). Nature’s Cures.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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