Treat superficial burns with lavender oil… an amazing all-natural healing alternative home remedy.
Lavender oil - an amazing treatment for burns on your skin
The first step in treating a superficial burn to the skin is to run under cold water for at least ten minutes. Don’t ever use ice directly on the skin as it could cause shock to the area.
If you have an aloe vera plant at home cut off a nice thick leaf, scoop out the contents and add about 10 drops of lavender oil to approx. ½ cup aloe.
This is an amazing healing mixture because the lavender will desensitize your nerves, relieve pain and heal, whilst the aloe is cooling on the skin, sealing in the moisture and pushing the lavender into your skin.
More serious burns - second or third degree burns - need to be seen immediately by a doctor.
Is lavender oil good for burns?
Because lavender oil has antiseptic, antibacterial and circulatory stimulating properties, it’s the ideal essential oil for treating minor burns to the skin.
Scarring and infection are a direct result of bacteria and germs, so using lavender oil for burns will help prevent this and ensure a speedy recovery.
The history of using lavender oil for burns treatment
Back in the early 1900’s a man called Rene Gattefosse was researching essential oils and one day suffered a large burn to his arm whilst working in his lab. To cool his burn he immersed his arm into a large vat of lavender essential oil, noting that his arm healed very quickly and without infection or scarring.
Lavender oil and burns - what are the benefits?
The main benefit of using lavender oil to treat burns to the skin is it’s all natural. There are many ‘burn creams’ on the market, but most of them will contain harmful chemicals.
If you care about your health and wellbeing then essential oils like lavender are a great alternative home remedy to treat burns on the skin.
How to use lavender essential oil for burns
Apply neat to burn area
One way is to apply lavender oil ‘neat’, which means directly to the burn area without any dilution. Do this 2-3 times daily until the burn has healed completely - this works really well on small areas.
Lavender oil spray
Make your own spray by adding 10 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 cup of distilled water. Place in a spray bottle, shake well to combine and spray on the burn area of your skin.
Lavender oil and aloe
Add about 10 drops of lavender oil to approx. ½ cup fresh aloe gel from your plant, or some store-bought aloe gel. Apply this mixture to your burn. If necessary, apply every couple of hours if needed to reduce pain - lavender and aloe make a wonderful healing combination.
If you need a dressing on your burn, apply a few drops of lavender oil onto a sterile gauze patch and cover, changing the dressing every few hours.
Always be careful of infection when it comes to burns… lavender oil contains natural antibiotic qualities – another great reason to choose lavender oil for treating burns at home.
If your burn is not healing properly, always seek advice from your health care professional as further medical treatment may be required.