Burns

child could get burnt on stoveWhether it is a burn from a stove, a chemical burn, or a sun burn, burns do happen and essential oils can help.

Definition: Injury to tissues caused by the contact with heat, flame, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. First degree burns show redness; second degree burns show vesication; third degree burns show necrosis through the entire skin. Burns of the first and second degree are partial-thickness burns, those of the third degree are full-thickness burns.

Burns are classified as first-, second-, or third-degree, depending on how deep and severe they penetrate the skin’s surface.

First-degree (superficial) burns

First-degree burns affect only the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. The burn site is red, painful, dry, and with no blisters. Mild sunburn is an example. Long-term tissue damage is rare and usually consists of an increase or decrease in the skin color.

Second-degree (partial thickness) burns

Second-degree burns involve the epidermis and part of the dermis layer of skin. The burn site appears red, blistered, and may be swollen and painful.

Third-degree (full thickness) burns

Third-degree burns destroy the epidermis and dermis. Third-degree burns may also damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. The burn site appears white or charred. There is no sensation in the area since the nerve endings are destroyed. (lpch.org)

Suggested Oils to Use

Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Melaleuca, Peppermint, White Fir

Also consider: Geranium, Marjoram

Lavender is perhaps the most recommended oil to use for burns whether they be from fire or even a sun burn. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Gattefosse was working in the laboratories of the cosmetics firm owned and named after his family (of which he was to become head, and which is still in business today). He badly burned his hand during an experiment and plunged his hand into the nearest tub of liquid which just happened to be lavender essential oil. He was later amazed at how quickly his burn healed and with very little scarring. This started a fascination with essential oils and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in the military hospitals. He used oils of lavender, thyme, lemon and clove for their antiseptic properties. Gattefosse noted an increase in the rate of healing in wounds treated with essential oils and that the oils seemed to be free from the disadvantages present with other antiseptic agents in use at that time. (oilsandplants.com)

Suggested Ways to use

First degree and some second degree burns can be self helped. For burns and scalds, hold the burned area under cool or tepid water or apply cool compress with 8 to 10 drops of lavender on it. Never use ice on a burn, because the skin is already injured and fragile. Also take off rings, watches, etc. from the burned area. Lavender actually helps fight infections, lessens blistering and scarring, promotes healing and helps to you to relax.

If the burn is from hot tar, wax, or melted plastic, you may need to try ice on the substance to harden it enough so you can take it off from your skin.

Add some lavender to aloe or aloe gel and apply this to your burn. About 10 drops or more to 1/2 cup of aloe. This makes a wonderful healing combination. Apply often, hourly if needed, to help reduce the pain and help the area heal.

Some people often get burns in the kitchen from steam or touching a hot pan. People have expressed great results with lavender oil and burns. Lavender works well for this kind of burn and when a burn occurs run it under cool water a couple of minutes and then grab the bottle of lavender essential oil and apply it directly. Lavender is now being used in hospitals to treat burns.

For larger areas you can mist skin with lavender water or lavender in distilled water, or apply directly. If you need a dressing on it, cover it with a sterile gauze with a few drops of lavender on it and change this every few hours.

Watch for infections with burns. This is another reason why to use lavender on burns, it has antibiotic qualities.