Have you used Essential Oils for Scarring?
Every year, more than 100 million people get a scar from an injury or medical procedure. It has been estimated that there are 4 million burn scars every year and 11 million keloid scars, and 70% of scars happen to children.
Reduce Scarring Using Essential Oils
The fact is that we can’t always prevent accidents from occurring, and avoiding surgery would be detrimental to our quality of life.
However, we can do something to try to reduce the appearance of scars and help the skin to naturally heal.
For thousands of years, people have used herbs and essential oils to help the body to repair itself. These methods are tried, tested and very effective. There are no harsh chemicals and no synthetic creams: just natural oils derived from plants.
Prevent Infection With Helichrysum Essential Oil
Bacterial infection in a wound or injury can prevent the skin from healing properly. Often it will take far longer to heal, and the skin will become very red, itchy and painful.
The first step to reducing scarring is to make sure that the wound is properly cleaned, and that you are treating the microorganisms and bacteria that cause infection.
Helichrysum essential oil is good for this - traditionally it has been used in Mediterranean countries for thousands of years. Both the flowers and leaves are used to make the essential oil.
Scientific research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Helichrysum has antimicrobial properties, killing bacteria. This prevents infection, and encourages the wound to heal quickly.
Potentially, this means that scarring will be reduced. Studies also found that this essential oil can also be used effectively to combat inflammation - if a wound is inflamed, it is more likely to leave a scar.
Need a bottle of Helichrysum? Here is a brand we like:
Promote Healing with Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is often used to help you get a restful night’s sleep and promote feelings of calmness. Both the leaves and the beautiful purple flowers are used in making the oil.
Lavender is also very effective to help reduce scarring following injury or surgery. A 2016 study found that when lavender essential oil is applied topically to the skin, it speeds up the production of collagen, helping the wound to heal naturally. On a molecular level, it promotes the growth factor TGF-B, which helps the skin to contract following an injury, encouraging new tissue to grow.
This speeds up healing time, reducing scarring. Here is our favorite lavender oil:
Boost the Immune System with Lemon & Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is used in traditional medicine all over the world. It is known for its antibacterial properties, and is good for keeping the skin clean. This is why it is commonly used in treatments for acne and other skin problems.
It helps to prevent infection, which can make scars worse. However, research has found that tea tree oil can also boost the immune system. If you have a strong immune system, then the body heals itself better, resulting in reduced scarring.
Lemon essential oil is also a powerful immune system stimulant - you can put it in a diffuser to help prevent airborne viruses. In fact, it is often used to treat e-Coli, some Staphylococcus strains, and influenza.
You should never apply lemon oil directly to the skin, though. It is best to always dilute oils before applying topically. Lemon essential oil is phototoxic if you keep the dilution under 2% (less than 12 drops per 1 oz) there are no worries.
Steam distilled lemon is not phototoxic so no need to use caution in the sun with it. Plant Therapy offers it here:
Scar Reducing Blend
- 4 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Helichrysum
- 3 drops Tea Tree
- 2 drops Lemon
- 1 oz Rosehip Oil
- 1 oz dropper Bottle
Add all ingredients into dropper bottle, place dropper top on. Blend oils together by rolling between the palms of hands. To use, place a few drops onto scar and rub in with clean hands. This recipe is 2% dilution.
The majority of people have scars. They are part of being human, and a reminder of how fragile and special life is. However, using natural, essential oils, we can reduce their appearance and help speed up the healing process.
Jacklyn Bell is first and foremost a mom to two daughters, and works as a writer. In a previous life she was a health and safety officer and is now a passionate advocate of environmentally sound/friendly methods of cleaning and living.
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