Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How I Healed a Wound with Essential Oils

I healed a wound and prevented infection using essential oils!! It WORKED #health
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 infected. It was still open, oozing, and starting to feel warmer than the rest of my fingers. In a last ditch effort, I stopped that antibacterial cream and started using essential oils on the wound then scheduled a doctors appoint for 5 days later.

Within 24 hours everything was starting to heal, 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!! 

Essential Oil Healing Ointment
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?

Why It Works
  • Melaleuca/Melrose: This oil fights germs so it really helps to prevent infection and promote natural healing. It was even used during WWII as a way to treat battle wounds.
  • Lavender: It also has the ability to kill germs and reduce inflammation, but also speeds up the healing process and aid in stopping minor bleeds. 
  • Frankincense: Reduces scarring, promotes healing, and acts as an antiseptic. It also has fabulous anti-aging properties so if you accidentally get some of this ointment on your face…. well, that might just be okay. {wink}
If you're interested in purchasing these essential oils, please read this post explaining why I recommend Young Living and how to get 24% off the retail value.
 
Remember: if you are planning to use this for your wounds or 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! 

You can get two of these oils (lavender and frankincense) in the Young Living Premium Starter's Kit which just happens to be my current GIVEAWAY which will end on May 10, 2014. Questions or concerns? Leave a comment or email me at Sherri@overthrowmartha.com

If you want to learn more about essential oils please join my Facebook Group (Overthrow Martha's Oily Shenanigans). You don't need any prior knowledge about essential oils to join or you could be an expert-- everyone is welcome! The goal is to learn, ask questions, discusses topics and find out how the oils are working for each other.

If you want more DIY healing 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.

How I healed a wound and prevented infection using essential oils
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. 

6 comments:

  1. Wow - Amazing timing! I just had a similar (stupid) accident & am going to try these essential oils on my fingers right now! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    1. Wow! That is amazing-- I'm so glad that you found the website and are going to try this out! It blew my mind! I hope you like it as much as I do!

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  2. Two days ago, I sliced my finger while cutting bread...but I used the correct bread knife!! :(

    I was cutting cubes for bread pudding. Big tip: kitchen shears are awesome for making bread cubes much more safely.

    Need to go shopping for some essential oils now...

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    1. Raquel, I feel for you!! Those bread knives can be vicious too!!! Haha.. I am going to go buy a high quality pair of kitchen shears ASAP!

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