Burns are common injuries in our daily activities. You can get burnt by hot vapor such as steam or touching a hot object. Radiation, electricity and some chemicals are also known to cause burns. Burns comes in various degrees of severity. The extent and severity of the burns determine the kind of oil to use, and whether you need further medical attention.
First degree burns are the most common. The burn affects only the top-most layer of the skin. However, you may still have some swelling, reddening and lots of pain. Fortunately, these burns heal quickly and do not require medical attention. A common example is sunburn.
Second-degree burns affect both the outer layer of the skin as well as the underlying tissue. This burn is also called a partial thickness burn. It causes swelling and blistering of the area since the second layer of the skin is affected. This is the most common burn caused by hot water at home. Nonetheless, sunburn that causes blistering is a second-degree burn.
A third-degree burn affects all the skin layers as well as the underlying muscle. This is a full thickness burn that causes blackened or white skin. The surrounding area may be numb as nerves are severed. This burn is susceptible to infection since the skin's defense is damage. Doctors prescribe antibiotics and a regular change of bandages.
You need a few drops of essential oils on the affected area. Despite being natural, most of the concentrated oils may damage the skin if used excessively. Here are some of the best essential oils for burns:
Clary sage has anti-inflammatory properties, and also acts as an analgesic. The oil sucks the heat out of the burn and numbs the nerves around the burnt spot. Moreover, the use of the oil reduces the urge to scratch the area which may open up the wound and lead to an infection.
Blend a few drops of clary sage oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and apply directly to the burn. You can also consume a few drops of this oil with your water or soup for speedy healing.
Manuka oil has antiseptic properties that help prevent skin scarring from first and second-degree burns. The oil also stimulates the skin healing mechanisms of the body, thereby speeding up the healing process. The oil is also great for reducing pain and inflammation.
Manuka oil is best used undiluted for speed and effective results on the burnt area. However, if you have sensitive skin, consider mixing the oil with olive oil to reduce any adverse effects.
Rosewood oil has long been used as antibacterial oil and has very few side effects. Therefore, it is effective in reducing infection in the area of the burn. The oil is also known to improve the skin elasticity as the wound heals, as well as increase the skin’s ability to produce collagen. These properties speed up the recovery process and reduce the appearance of scars after the area has healed.
Rosewood oil is best used topically over the site of the burn. Consider blending the rosewood oil together with antiseptic carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil for effective results and reduce the adverse effects of the burn.
Tea tree oil is a popular essential oil as it helps deal with several types of pain. It should be part of any first aid kit. The oil has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it ideal for preventing secondary infections on the skin.
For the best results, consider using the oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. Apply it at most twice each day. Tea tree oil is highly potent and can be toxic if inhaled or ingested. Therefore, take caution when using the oil.
Peppermint has a refreshing sensation and feels like you are cooling the skin. This is why it is used for a variety of health problems. The oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps stimulate the blood flow to the burn which ultimately helps the wound heal quickly.
You can use peppermint oil both internally and topically. The topical application helps soothe the wound and eradicates pain, while ingestion stimulates blood circulation along with other body healing mechanisms. You do not need a carrier oil to apply it.
Frankincense oil combines antioxidant properties with antiseptic properties which help in cleaning the wound and getting rid of the infection. Moreover, it also stimulates the body’s healing mechanism to promote faster healing and minimize oxidative stress which slows the healing process.
Blend frankincense oil with carrier oils like coconut or jojoba oil and apply topically on the wound and the skin around the burn. You can add a few drops of the oil into bathwater to soothe pain and aching muscles as you take a shower.
This oil can reduce inflammation, swelling and pain, and moisturizes the area around the burn. In addition, the oil is good at stimulating the production of tissue in the area of the burn especially if you have a second-degree burn.
Add a few drops of calendula oil to warm water and soak the burn for about 20 minutes. The oil is ideal for larger burns. However, for small burns, you can apply the oil directly onto the skin. Apply it in limited quantities just once a day as it is highly potent.
Neroli oil is an antioxidant and helps reduce the scarred skin after the healing of the wound. Moreover, it helps speed up the healing process of the skin by reducing the oxidative stress and stimulating the growth of new cells in the area of the burn. You can use it after the burn has been healed to remove all the scars and marks left by the wound.
Put some oil into a container. Dip a cotton swab into the oil. Dab the oil drops onto the site of the burn. Do this two to three times a day until the wound and the scar disappear. This may take a few months.
These essential oils are good at treating burns but can also be toxic and worsen the wound. Use them in moderation. If you experience an allergic reaction on the site of the wound, discontinue using the oil. In addition, if you have severe burns or the superficial burns turn septic, visit a physician for inspection and treatment. If you have extensive burns, speak to the doctor before using any essential oils for burns.