In the above series of pictures you can see the burns from hot apple cider. We live a half an hour from the hospital and the wait in the ER averages 3 hours. Our son was in extreme pain and we had oils available so started application immediately. We used a cold cloth to start, then applied the following essential oils, Melaleuca and Lavender directly onto all burned areas. We then used Peppermint on the outside of the area. We used Peppermint on his feet and forehead to assist with pain relief. A balance blend was used on his feet. We made up a mixture of a balance blend, Cypress and Lemongrass with honey and a little water for him to drink for pain. Within a half hour of starting the application, his pain was under control. He was uncomfortable but not in intense pain. We continued to apply Lavender and Melaleuca to keep it moist. Later toward evening we added Frankincense to the regiment. We also used Geranium periodically. When the blisters developed on his lips and and chin we put Lavender with coconut oil and applied it so that it wouldn't dry out and split open. At bed time, we covered the open wound with a non-stick pad and wrapped him up. We also gave him the mixture for pain and added a germ fighting blend for infection protection.
Day 2 found the blisters on his lip and chin really big. We applied Lavender and Roman Chamomile. The blisters started to ooze but generally we ended up without big open areas. We continued to apply Lavender and added Frankincense, Helichrysum and Roman Chamomile. By the end of the day the blisters were decreased and just oozing. We covered everything at night again and gave him the pain concoction with OnGuard.
Day 3 we took the bandage off in the morning and put him in a tub with Epsom salt. He soaked the area with a wash cloth. He was able to stand quite a bit of water on it and the last pictures are of after his bath with Immortelle on it. He is itching tremendously which indicates his body is healing itself. We will continue with the oils and continue taking pictures.
We have continued using Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile and Peppermint. His skin became a little irritated with the direct application so we added a carrier oil, coconut. He soaked in the Epsom salt bath tonight with the intention of really working at getting the dead flesh off. He was super brave and rubbed the dead stuff off with a washcloth. We put vitamin E oil on it first as a carrier oil and then used a blend of Frankincense, Immune blend, Peppermint, Lavender, White Fir and Roman Chamomile. The blisters on his lip and chin are hard now and we are leaving them intact to let the new skin underneath grow in so he isn't so sore when it comes off. All in all, looking at the 4th day after the event, this is amazing.
Day 13 I decided I should post and let you know that he is completely healed. He has pink new skin to mark where the burns were, but they are GONE!!!! No infection, probably no scars, minimal pain through out and now only 13 days and he is healed. WOW Thank you Essential Oils. Thank you God for the gift of your oils. This last picture is day 13. I hope this has helped you and that you will be given encouragement if you are dealing with burns and wondering what to expect.
SummarySecond and third degree burns require immediate professional medical attention. First-degree burns and sunburns (and some follow up for more severe burns) benefit greatly from both the pain relief and healing of essential oils. Bacterial infection is often a problem with burns. Almost all essential oils offer protection against this. Most recommended is lavender and white fir is sometimes used for pain relief.
Classification of BurnsThe severity of burns is indicated by the degree of the burn. The higher the degree number the worse the burn. A description of the degree of burns is included below:
First-Degree Burns – Only affects the outer layer (epidermis) of the skin with redness and discomfort. Since the epidermal layer is not compromised the skin can still protect the body from infection and help control body temperature so, although there may be pain, there is not risk of consequential problems.
Second-Degree Burns – Extends into the second layer (dermis) of the skin. As the epidermis is damaged it separated from the dermis and fluid accumulates. This blistering is the most common characteristic of second-degree burns. Eventually the separated epidermis will come off and the dermal layer will be exposed. This increases the possibility of infection and the other functions of the skin are affected leading to secondary problems.
Severe second-degree burns can take weeks to heal, can cause scarring, and may require skin grafts to restore function and appearance. This is also the most painful of burns since the nerve endings in the dermis may be exposed.
Third-Degree Burns – Extends through the epidermis and dermis and into the subcutaneous tissue of the skin. Since the outer layers of the skin are completely compromised the normal functions of the skin cannot be accomplished. Protection from infection must be provided. If the area is great the temperature regulation of the body will be compromised. Nerve endings may be destroyed with this type of burn such that there is no feeling in the area.
Forth-Degree Burns – In very extreme cases damage extends below the skin layers into muscle and bone tissue.
Oils, blends & products recommended:
Oils & Blends: Frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, melaleuca, peppermint, white fir
Essential oils based products:
Also consider: Geranium, marjoram
Suggested protocols:The quicker, the better. Cover the affected area with lavender oil. Then, if possible, cool the area with peppermint or a cool compress. If the burn area is too sensitive to apply the oils directly, then use a water spritz with lavender and peppermint.
• If blistering occurs or the skin is compromised use frankincense or melaleuca to prevent infection.
• White fir is also recommended to minimize pain and prevent infection.
• As healing begins use helichrysum to promote tissue regeneration and prevent scarring.Special Precautions: Severe burns should receive professional medical attention. Do not use “hot” oils on a fresh burn.