Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DIY Ouchie and Scar Reducing Salve

A few weeks ago I did a stupid thing. A very stupid thing. In fact, it's so stupid that I don't even want to tell you what I did… but I will because I feel like it's my duty as a responsible blogger.

{sigh} I was chopping bread with the incorrect knife and my hand slipped. A lot. It slipped so much that it sheared off parts of two of my fingers. Ouch!!

But the positive thing about it was that I know how what I react in personal emergencies. I take pictures. 

Yep, I totally took pictures and somehow texted my boyfriend with (and I quote) "Babe, what do I do with skin flaps? {insert picture} Haha! It's crazy, right?" Blood everywhere. It's probably a good thing that I don't have kids because I know that taking pictures while become delirious is the wrong reaction to have when your kid impales himself.

Anyways, he wisely advised me to go to the ER. HA! That's ridiculous. Do you KNOW how expensive the ER is?! Plus, I'm a nurse and if you know any nurses you know that we do NOT go to the ER unless we are unconscious (someone else takes us), are actually dying, or if Ryan Reynolds happens to be there (he's hot). So I sat my happy little butt down and tried to fix it myself. Seriously. True story. (For legal reasons, I do not endorse this kind of behavior)

Afterwards, I took more pictures and made this Public Service announcement for my friends and family. Disclaimer: I may have an addiction to making memes.

PSA: Don't play with knives

For a week, I drank herbal teas and took mega doses of vitamin C to boost my immune system, changed bandages daily and used {gasp} antibacterial ointment. So unlike me to use synthetic products, I know, but seriously I was scared.

After a week, my ring finger was looking kind of okay, but my pinky was getting weepy, warm and red.  In a last ditch effort, I stopped that OTC cream and started using essential oils on the area then scheduled a doctors appoint for 5 days later.

Within 24 hours everything was starting to look much better, the warmth was gone, and no more oozing. I'm the first to say that I love essential oils, but even I didn't even think they would work as well as they did. Mind blown. Doctor appointment cancelled!! 

DIY Ouchie and Scar Reducing Salve
Mix all the ingredients together in a small cup and just use a little bit of the ointment 3 times a day or as needed. Since initially my wound was oozing, I began using the ointment under a bandage, but as it healed, I started to leave the wound open to air. 

Pretty easy right?

After it scabbed over, I stopped using the Melrose essential oil and I just used Frankincense and Lavender.
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops of frankincense
I would put this on twice a day-- morning and night. It really made a huge difference in the scar tissue and it really brought the raised scarring down too.

Remember: if you are planning to use this for skin care, just make sure that you buy high quality essential if you are planning on using them on your skin. Many brands can cause skin irritation, skin burns or other health concerns.  Read this for more information about how there is an increase in promoting adulterated essential oils! 

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If you want more DIY ideas check out:
The Paleo Mama's Healing Salve
10 Healing Herbs

For more information on Frankincense (one of my favorite oils) check out this blog post by my good friend from Cheerfully Imperfect: Frankincense or check out my DIY Anti-aging Clay Mask.

Disclaimer: I am not licensed to legally offer medical advice, diagnose, or offer individualized treatment plans. Please do not ask for medical advice or a diagnosis. If you are concerned about your wound, please seek the care of your primary care physician or in the case of an emergency, seek assistance from 911 or your local Emergency Department.