The following is NOT MEDICAL ADVICE and is intended for educational purposes only - to illustrate the science behind essential oils, how they might be applied in the real world, and to offer a foundation from which to speak to your doctor.
Consult your primary healthcare provider before using essential oils.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts and SHOULD NOT be handled by anyone unaware of the RISKS and DANGERS they pose.
The skin is the body's first line of defense against infection, which is why proper wound care is so important. The faster the skin can heal after being wounded, the less likely it is that disease causing agents can enter the body at the site of the wound. In addition to anti-infection benefits, proper wound care can also reduce the appearance of scars. This blend of essential oils may help speed wound recovery, and may even reduce the appearance of scars on the skin.
Recommended Essential Oils:
Lavandula angustifolia (true lavender) - 7 drops
Eucalyptus citriodora (lemon eucalyptus) - 1 drops
Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) - 1 drops
Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) - 1 drops
Recommended Carrier Oil:
Persea americana (avocado oil) - 1 American Tablespoon
In a small, clean mixing glass, combine essential oils and carrier oil and store in a dark amber glass bottle with drip stop lid or appropriate substitution. If necessary, a small funnel may be used to transfer the final blend from the mixing glass to the amber bottle. This formula would slightly overfill a 15 mL bottle.
If a wound is bleeding, the first priority should be to stop the bleeding - seek medical care if you cannot stop the bleeding.
Once bleeding has stopped, clean the area of the wound, then use the tip of a clean and covered finger (covered in a plastic, latex, or other medical grade glove) to rub a thin layer of this formula around the outer edge of the wound. DO NOT apply this formula directly into broken skin.
Next, apply this formula to a wound dressing, and then dress the wound as normal. Apply two drops of this formula to approximately every square inch of the dressing that will come in contact with the wound.
Whenever you change the wound dressing, repeat the first two steps - spread a thin layer of this formula around the outside edge of the wound, then apply the formula directly to the wound dressing and dress like normal.
When you are advised by your doctor that you can stop dressing the wound, at which point the wound should be sufficiently closed, then you can use the tip of a clean and covered finger (covered in a plastic, latex, or other medical grade glove) to massage one or two drops of this formula directly over the area of scar formation, once per day, for up to 21 additional days.
Inclusion of Lavandula angustifolia (true lavender) in this formula is supported by research conducted by Mori, Kawanami, Kawahata, and Aoki, published in the journal BMC Complimentary Medicine and Therapties, a journal affiliated with the International Society for Complimentary Research, and Cochrane Complimentary Medicine, an international researcher network. Rats were wounded under controlled conditions, then Lavandula angustifolia essential oil was topically administered to the treatment group. Researchers concluded that "...topical application of lavender oil promotes wound closure, with a reduction in wound area" (Source #1).
Inclusion of Eucalyptus citriodora (lemon eucalyptus) in this formula is supported by research conducted by Alam, Shakeel, Anwer, Foudah, and Alqarni, published in the Journal of Oleo Science, a journal published by the Japan Oil Chemists' Society. This study examined the wound healing effects of Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil in rats. Rats were wounded under controlled conditions, then Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil was orally administered to the treatment groups. Researchers concluded that pure Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil, as well as an emulsion optimized with Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil, "...facilitated wound contraction significantly" (Source #2).
Inclusion of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), and Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) in this formula are supported by research conducted by Labib, Ayoub, Michel, Mehanny, Kamil, Hany, Magdy, Moataz, Maged, and Mohamed, published in the journal PLOS One, a journal published by the Public Library of Science. This study examined the wound healing effects of Melaleuca alternifolia and Rosmarinus officinalis essential oils in rats. Rats were wounded under controlled conditions, then Melaleuca alternifolia and / or Rosmarinus officinalis essential oils were topically applied via chitosan carrier to the wound area. Researchers concluded that Melaleuca alternifolia plus Rosmarinus officinalis (1:1 blend) in a chitosan carrier displayed "...advanced wound healing process resembling the positive control samples" (Source #3).
Inclusion of Persea americana (avocado) in this formula is supported by research conducted by Oliveira, Franco, Barreto, Cordeiro, de Melo, de Aquino, e Silva, de Medeiros, da Silva, Goes, and Maia, published in the journal Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, a journal published by Hindawi, one of the largest publishers of open access journals in the world. Researchers concluded that Persea americana, when applied topically, promoted "...increased collagen synthesis and decreased numbers of inflammatory cells during the wound-healing process" (Source #4).
All formula proportions would assume use by a physically mature and healthy adult, and are NOT recommended for children.
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