Burns and Essential Oils
Apply with Caution
The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties found in some essential oils, such as lavender, can help treat first and second degree burns, combat infection, and prevent scarring.
However, with it comet to third degree burns, keep essential oils away and leave the treatment of the burns to the professionals. When in doubt, always seek medical attention first.
First- degree burns affect the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) and are characterized by redness and some pain. Sunburn and minor burns from touching hot appliances fall into this category.
Second-degree burns affect the second layer of the skin (the dermis) and are characterized by broken skin and blisters.
Third-degree burns involve significant tissue damage and demand immediate medical attention to prevent infection and minimize shock. They also call for assessment to determine the requirements for long term treatment. Never apply essential oils to a third degree burn!
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Sources: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
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