What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are fragrant plant extracts that have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. They contain compounds called terpenes which give them their aroma and flavor. These chemicals act like natural medicines against various ailments, including skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, acne vulgaris (pimples), and other inflammatory conditions. There are many different types of essential oils with varying effects on the body. Some are used for pain relief, others for fever reduction, and still others to treat certain infections.
How do I Use Essential Oils For Burns?
There are several ways to use essential oils for burns. You can apply them directly on your burned area or you can soak it in a carrier oil before applying it. Carrier oils are those that have already been diluted with water so they don’t cause a reaction when applied topically.
If you want to get the most out of using essential oils for burns, then you need to put some on your hands first. Apply them directly onto the affected area. Make sure not to rub too hard because this could irritate the skin further.
Leave these on for a few minutes and then wash off with warm water. Do this twice daily until healing takes place.
If you want to use carrier oils, then this is your best bet. Add several drops of essential oils into your bath water and soak in it for about twenty minutes. Do this twice a day to get quick relief from your burn.
Things to Remember When Using Essential Oils For Burns
The common rule of thumb with any essential oil is the simpler, the better. Don’t complicate things by adding a bunch of different oils because this could lead to a negative reaction. If you want to get the best effect, choose one or two oils at most and stay away from those with a really strong aroma such as nutmeg and anise, which can irritate your skin.
If your burn is on your hand or another finger, then apply or soak it in carrier oil for 5-10 minutes. If it’s on your face or another sensitive area, then apply the carrier oil for about 15 minutes.
If you still feel pain after using essential oils for burns, then seek medical attention because it could be a sign of something more serious.
If you continue to have issues with burns after a week of using essential oils, then you should call your doctor because this is not normal and could be something that requires pharmaceutical treatment.
Essential oils are a natural and effective way to deal with burns. They can be purchased pretty much anywhere. Even the grocery store will most likely have what you need.
Using them to their fullest potential, however, requires a little know-how. Pay attention to how you’re using them and make sure you’re getting the desired effects you’re looking for when you want to treat a burn using essential oils.
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