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Essential Oils for Basic Wound Care

April 04, 2014 35 Comments

Essential Oils for Basic Wound Care

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I love this elbow, it belongs to a stubborn man.  Back in January my husband showed me his elbow one morning and said, "look at this".  What the?!  My mouth dropped open in concern of course but I wanted to smack him at the same time.  

Two weeks before this revelation Mike was shoveling snow and slipped on an icy patch, scraping layers of skin off of his elbow even though it was covered with a jacket on impact.  I couldn't believe he waited so long to show me his messy elbow, really Mike?

My first thought was for the infection and how to stop it, the angry wound was much too red for my liking and, it was hot.  I gathered a few key anti-microbial essential oils that I keep out on the counter.  Why?  Because consistent use of essential oils is key when treating any infection so make them convenient but safely out of reach from your little ones.  I also collected a bottle of colloidal silver, manuka honey, some gauze pads and vet wrap.

Essential Oils

Melaleuca is an anti-microbial cleanser, and one your want on the front lines of wound care. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10735256

Lavender Never underestimate the powers of pure Lavender essential oil!  Commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues.  Lavender has pain relieving properties as well. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/11/lavender-oil-has-potent-antifungal-effect.aspx

Frankincense is effective as an antiseptic, and even the fumes or smoke obtained from burning it have antiseptic and disinfectant qualities that eliminate the germs in the space where the smoke filters out. It can be applied on wounds without any known side effects to protect them from tetanus and becoming septic. It is equally good on internal wounds and protects them from developing infections. http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-frankincense-essential-oil.html

Helichrysum does not allow your wounds to become septic. It can be safely applied on wounds, cuts, pricks, and any other open sores that could become infected. Helichrysum along with Myrrh and Geranium are coagulants which mean they'll help stop the bleeding, important pure oils to have in your home.  http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-helihtml

 

Other Natural Alternatives

Manuka Honey Watch this clip from Dr. Oz. Colloidal Silver is another natural antibiotic – use for seven days under tongue and can be used directly on any wound. Fortunately, silver’s powerful infection-fighting qualities are finally gaining the attention of many top medical researchers and practitioners. For example, as Dr. Joseph Weissman, M.D. board certified immunologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School has recently stated:
“Today, many antibiotics are now losing the battle with germs. Fortunately, the best germ killer, which was discovered over 2,000 years ago, is finally getting the proper attention from medical science - natural silver. I sincerely recommend that everyone have electrically generated colloidal silver in their home as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent.”

It's always a good idea to record what you used and small details that you might forget about later.  This was my journal entry:

First day: applied and layered:

  • CW Frankincense 
  • CW Melaleuca
  • CW Lavender with a small bit of All Purpose Healing Salve and covered the wound with Manuka honey all day. I held it in place with a patch of gauze then wrapped with elasticized veterinarian wrap.  1 teaspoon of Colloidal Silver under tongue 3x / day. Unwrapped that night, reapplied oils (no honey) and used a hot compress of Epsom salt water, scab slid off the wound. The area around the wound became redder in a wider circle and slightly swollen, no fever, however.  Left wound uncovered to breathe during the night.

2nd morning: the swelling and redness were reduced greatly and Mike slept well! Reapplied oils by layering them once again.  Applied a small bit of Manuka on a small band-aid over the opening that will eventually fall off (I knew it).  More Colloidal Silver 3x daily.  Sent a bottle of Helichrysum and Frankincense with Mike to work....instructed him to touch one drop of each to wound every 3 hrs. Mike will wear a long sleeve shirt all day.

2nd night:  More Frankincense, Melaleuca, Lavender followed by warm compress of Epsom salt water. 3rd morning:  Repeat the second day without manuka honey as

3rd morning:  Repeat the second day without manuka honey as wound is closing nicely. 3rd night:  Repeat the EO protocol, no need for Epsom salt compress. 4th thru 7th day:  Repeat

 

Leaf Cross

I recommend keeping pure Frankincense, Melaleuca and Lavender in the house, this is one of my favorite healing blends.  Manuka Honey is a must at our house for its anti-microbial activity. I know it's pricey but it's an amazing healer. Colloidal Silver is a favorite as well for knocking infection.  

I need to drive this one fact home before I close. When using natural remedies like essential oils, consistency is KEY.  Yes, it may be more trouble than popping pills but the benefits far outweigh any inconvenience.  What are those benefits?  You keep a strong immunity, no synthetic antibiotics to strip the good flora. That said, I believe that there are times when prescription antibiotics are necessary just stay on a good probiotic, eat right and stay hydrated. Always seek medical attention when necessary, infection is nothing to take lightly these days.

You can find CW Essential Oil, Herbal Salves, Serums and Balms in the CW Shop!

www.campwander.com

 

 




35 Responses

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Kimberly, thanks for the catch! I’ve updated to day 7…blogging in the middle of the night can be hazardous ;-)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Carla, click on the link ~ I’ve hyperlinked Colloidal Silver :)

Kimberly
Kimberly

May 10, 2017

The after photo is labeled Day 2. Is that correct? From your description it sounds like it was much later in the week.

Tammy
Tammy

May 10, 2017

Thank you for all the helpful information. I’m just getting started with essential oils. Is there a book you would recommend for this journey?

Carla Elliott
Carla Elliott

May 10, 2017

I am curious what colloidal silver you use, and where you get it.

Carla Elliott
Carla Elliott

May 10, 2017

I did. One links to a 404 error on your website. The other links to a great article on Mercola website, but I can’t find silver on their website.

Sakina
Sakina

May 10, 2017

Thanks for sharing, as always useful information. Can you take a picture of his elbow when it is healed?

Rubymarie
Rubymarie

May 10, 2017

I am also a beginner in EO’s, and totally fascinated! Along with Tammy, I would also appreciate any book recommendations you might have. Thank you so much for sharing.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

This is good resource Tammy…

http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-Contemporary-Therapeutic-Essential-Hardcover/dp/B0099WAY6A

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Stef
Stef

May 10, 2017

Hi, Rebecca. Thank you for another very helpful article on healing. I am always learning from you! I have also clicked and searched regarding colloidal silver, but the click in the article is leading back to that fascinating information someone else mentioned with no colloidal silver coming up in a search. Is there another link that would take us directly to a safe and reliable source to buy?

Carla Elliott
Carla Elliott

May 10, 2017

Thank you! You are awesome!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Absolutely, good idea!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Okay, problem fixed! Thanks for keeping me informed :)

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Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Jessica it could work for psoriasis, I would use a good quality organic coconut oil or Naked Salve as the carrier oil for when treating psoriasis. For oral wounds you can swab pure essential oils like Lavender, Melaleuca, Frankincense, Myrrh in a base of coconut oil. Once the wounds are closed, oil pulling with coconut oil and select pure essential oils would be a a helpful protocol too.

Jessica
Jessica

May 10, 2017

Would this kind of protocol work with other skin issues like psoriasis? Or oral wounds?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I think you’ll be fine with just the salve if you’re not fighting infection. All my best to you and your son tomorrow!

Nicole
Nicole

May 10, 2017

My toddler is having surgery tomorrow. I’ve been looking for more natural ways to help with the pain and healing process since he will be having stitches. I’m still a bit new to EO. Do you think this could work on the stitches area along with the salve? Thanks!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yes, if you have high quality pure essential oils – you can blend with an organic coconut oil or apply neat (undiluted). Exception! hot oils like oregano, cinnamon, clove, birch or peppermint should be used with a carrier oil.

Courtenay
Courtenay

May 10, 2017

Do you put the oil directly on an open cut? I recently cut a chunk out of my finger I’m trying to figure out what I can do to help it to heal it goes against my every being to put something on it.

nikita
nikita

May 10, 2017

my grandma would be so proud of me for starting this new journey with essential oils! :) anyway, my 18 month old daughter has eczema, any suggestions on which oils to try? and my 3 year old has a very hard time breathing through her nose, you can hear her from a mile away. her doc is trying different allergy medications and nothing seems to be doing the job. i would rather take a natural approach if i could anyway. please help!

Olivia
Olivia

May 10, 2017

Hello I have a question. I have some open wounds as a result getting caught in a car door and being dragged down a driveway. (Long story) I have tried lavender and it burns so bad! Any recommendations on something less painful?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Hi Annabell – have you tried this yet? https://campwander.com/2014/06/armpit-detox-optimal-diy-deodorant-performance/

Annabell
Annabell

May 10, 2017

Hi, do you know what I can use for stinky armpits? I tried switching to an organic deodorant but tht made me stink even more. I could not stand myself and went back to the arm and hammer one, which helps a little with the stink. I need help!

Nancy
Nancy

May 10, 2017

I am a wound care nurse, and I can say this is completely legit! We actually use a honey product (MediHoney) that is a “medical grade” honey (in other words, the FDA has to approve it for us to use in a professional sense). I also use LOTS of dressings with silver embedded in them. I will say this…silver is GREAT, but when the signs of infection are gone, stop using the silver and just work on healing the skin. Silver can be overused, just like antibiotics, and we want it to keep working!

Margie
Margie

May 10, 2017

Please do not allow doctor to prescribe Zytec as allergy help. My husband used only 4 tablets and lost taste and energy and hands are numb. I can’t imagine what it would do to a child.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

You might be interested in this blog post – https://campwander.com/2016/02/antibiotic-resistant-infection-care/

Barbara C Bull
Barbara C Bull

May 10, 2017

Have you heard of anything that will work on a staph infection?

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Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Oh no! I’m so sorry but grateful you’re on the mend! I would definitely use eos in a salve base like my All Purpose Healing Salve, to protect against skin sensitivity. EOs are small miracles in a bottle but they’re even more healing in a base of pure ingredients that create a wonderful restorative synergy.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Do you have All Purpose Healing Salve? Any of my salves?

Freida
Freida

May 10, 2017

My husband had a MOHs surgery on his head and we go to remove sutures tomorrow..
However, it is all healing nicely, except a half inch of scab, right in the center. I have
frankincense (which I was using several times daily before the biopsy, but . . maybe got
too late a start. It was a squamous cell and it grew very fast . )

Since the surgery, the wound was to be washed daily w soap + water, (shower) then rinsed
w diluted H202, then antibiotic ointment , then kept covered. I used silver gel which after
drying, used Calendula ointment.

The area where the scab has formed (since 2 days now that it isn’t washing off) was kind of oozy
blood, coming from the hole inside. (He also was on a week of AB, preventively. )
So now I have 24 hours to try to soften and release the scab. Yesterday I put goldenseal powder
which made it look less gooey. Im wondering: Manuka? (moistening antiseptic) Frankincense Oil?
stick to Calendula ointment? Its not supposed to dry, and Im typing while its gotten dry!

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