Burn Treatment

For any burn treatment to be effective you will need to act fast. Essential oils can ease or eliminate pain when applied quickly.

Lavender, Helichrysum, Peppermint and Tea Tree work well together to assist with a quick recovery and can be very effective for ongoing treatment

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If possible your first step should be to run cool (not cold) water over the burn for approximately 10 - 15 minutes in order to reduce the penetration caused by heat. Getting the temperature down quickly will go a long way to improve your recovery time.  

The next step should be to determine the degree of the burn.

How Serious is it?

Very serious burns should not be addressed using a home remedy. Cool water and essential oils can be applied to mitigate the seriousness of the burn but should be followed up with immediate medical attention.  Click here to see disclaimer

First degree burns are hot and painful but there should be no blistering. Second and third degree burns will involve blistering and possible damage to the skin including charring.

For the purposes of this page, the information I am providing is for cases of minor burns and sunburns only; burns that would be referred to as first degree burns. 

After obtaining medical treatment you can employ essential oils (with your doctor's blessing of course) to a serious burn in order to reduce your recovery time.

Lavender Essential Oil

My favorite oil for a burn treatment has always been True Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender provides immediate relief of the pain and will noticeably reduce your recovery time; in many instances, when employed quick enough, the pain is entirely removed and recovery time is reduced to nil.

In cases where ongoing treatment is necessary mix lavender with rose hip carrier oil in a 1-10 solution and spray it on the injury as needed until full recovery is attained.

Lavender Essential Oil is incredible for treatment of minor burns. I keep a bottle near the stove in our kitchen so it can be applied immediately when I accidentally touch a hot pan.

The pain almost instantly disappears and does not return. The sooner you apply it the better the affect.

True Lavender can be used to cool your skin from a sunburn and help regenerate the tissue so you heal quicker.

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Helichrysum Essential Oil

Apply Helichrysum Essential Oil undiluted to your burn for immediate relief and no scaring.

Helichrysum possesses anti-inflammatory and tissue-regenerating properties.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

If you experience a burn the first thing you should do if possible is to cool the area in some cold tap water.

Secondly, determine how serious the burn is. Anything above a first degree burn should be referred for medical attention, especially if it covers a large area. What's the difference?

Assuming your burn is not serious you can use Peppermint in a burn treatment blend with other oils with Lavender being the prime ingredient. 

Peppermint is a cooling oil which will help ease the pain.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Radiation Treatment

Tea Tree Oil is very effective for recovery from radiation therapy when applied in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil.

Tea Tree Oil is a broad spectrum antimicrobial and can be useful as a burn treatment for minor burns. It can be used undiluted for small areas but for larger ones like a sunburn you should add it to water and spray it on the area of concern.

Used as an antiseptic it is perfect as a secondary oil to others such as Lavender or Helichrysum.

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A Great Burn Treatment Blend

All these oils work well together to assist with a quick recovery and can be very effective when applied for ongoing treatment as follows:

  • 5 drops of True Lavender 
  • 1 drop of Helichrysum - Helichrysum helps in healing tissue as well as reducing the pain of a burn.
  • 1 drop of Peppermint -  Peppermint is a cooling oil that is very effective at reducing pain 
  • 1 drop of Tea Tree - Tea Tree is a major broad spectrum antimicrobial, antibacterial as well as antifungal oil that serves well for all kinds of skin injury
  • 1 cup of water 

Spray the blend on your burn every 15 minutes for the first 3 or 4 hours as needed then daily after your morning shower.

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