Bumps, scrapes and cuts happen every day – it’s a fact of life. For really deep, serious wounds you’ll want to head immediately to your doctor or emergency room first. If you need stitches, they’re best equipped to do that. But in the case of minor wounds, essential oils are a popular way to enhance healing.
What are essential oils?
These are simply highly concentrated oils extracted from different species of plants, often used as a home remedy because they can help support skin health. HealthLine says that essential oils benefits include balancing skin tone, reducing redness and inflammation, healing wounds and preventing scar tissue from forming.
Add to that slowing down bleeding, wound disinfection and lessening pain or stinging, according to Essential Oil Haven. In fact, essential oils contain the “immune system of the plant,” so when they’re properly extracted and distilled, they possess therapeutic and medicinal properties.
Steps to follow when using essential oils for wounds
The first thing to do is rinse with clean water or a mild saline solution, using a cloth or sterile gauze pad to remove any dirt or debris. Apply mild pressure to stop the bleeding, which usually tapers off in a short while.
After the wound is clean, here are seven essential oils you can choose from for treating the wound.
- Myrrh – This is good for disinfecting wounds and stopping bleeding. Myrrh comes from a tree resin, so it’s slow-pouring. If its scent seems unpleasant, you can add another oil, like lavender, lemon or peppermint, all of which are also used for treating wounds.
- Tea tree oil – This has antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties to reduce the risk of infection and bacteria. Tea tree oil can also help soothe the itchiness, burning and redness that often accompanies wounds and scars.
- Lavender essential oil – Lavender oil is considered a powerhouse when it comes to essential oils for wound healing. Yet, it’s a gentle oil that not only disinfects the wound, it also helps in calming and soothing any stinging, pain or itching you may experience. Because of this, it’s great for kids, especially with insect bites.
- Helichrysum – This oil works especially well for bruises and swelling, as when you have open scrapes with blue-green bruising underneath.
- Frankincense – Rejuvenating damaged skin is what Frankincense is known for, so if you’re looking for a healing oil, this is one to consider.
- Rosemary – Like Lavender, this oil is good for cuts and scrapes, preventing infection as well as reducing swelling and increasing circulation.
- Chamomile – In addition to wound care, Chamomile is good for soothing the skin and balancing and calming the spirit, as when you’re helping children deal with the stress of their injury.
If you need any additional wound care supplies, talk to your doctor about smartPAC by Advanced Tissue to get your prescribed products delivered straight to your front door.