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How to Use Essential Oils to Heal Cuts

Updated on August 9, 2013

The use of therapeutic grade essential oils can decrease the length of healing time for most small skin wounds, such as cuts and scrapes. They are a much better alternative to over the counter medications that contain petroleum based products.

The chemicals and additives that primarily make up many commercial ointments and sprays serve no purpose in the process of healing. Petroleum based products, for example, can actually clog skin pores instead of penetrating the top layer of skin where healing needs to take place.

Why are essential oils so effective?

When trying to heal a wound, it is important to use something with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. It also needs to be able to be easily delivered through topical application.

In order to get all of these healing properties from commercial treatment, you would need to use several different products. This is because most only contain one or two of the needed properties that promote quick healing.

Many essential oils, on the other hand, contain several of these healing properties in a single oil. They also have a lower risk of causing skin irritation, especially in people with sensitive skin.

Essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil before application, to prevent any unwanted effects. This is because essential oils are highly concentrated. A few drops mixed with a carrier oil are all that is typically needed to work quite effectively.

Which oils can be used to disinfect a wound?

There are many different essential oil options that can effectively disinfect a wound. These oils work just as well as hydrogen peroxide or iodine.

Tea Tree Oil

Oil of Oregano

Thyme Oil

Hyssop Oil

Thieves Oil (blend of clove bud, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, rosemary and cedar essential oils)

Purification oil (blend of eucalyptus, camphor and lemon essential oils)

Melrose oil (blend of tea tree, niaouli, rosemary and clove essential oils)

Which oils can help stop bleeding?

Bleeding can be reduced, or even stopped, by using a few different essential oils.

Helichrysum Oil

Rose Otto Oil

Geranium Oil

Helichrysum works the best for this purpose. Geranium oil could potentially increase bleeding at first, but this is because it will attempt to flush away toxins first.

Which oils can be used for treating and preventing infection?

There are several different essential oils that can be used for treating or preventing infection.

Clove Oil

Elemi Oil

Myrrh Oil

Melrose Oil (blend of tea tree, niaouli, rosemary and clove essential oils)

Melrose oil is very effective at preventing infection from occurring. It has antiseptic properties and helps tissue regenerate quickly.

Which oils can be used to promote healing?

When applied 2 to 5 times per day, there are a few different essential oils that promote healing.

Tea Tree Oil

Lavender Oil

Melrose Oil (blend of tea tree, niaouli, rosemary and clove essential oils)

Purification Oil (blend of eucalyptus, camphor and lemon essential oils)

Canadian Hemlock Oil

Which oils will prevent scarring?

Application of 2-4 drops, 2 to 5 times each day, of some oils will help prevent scarring, or at least reduce how severe the scarring is.

Lavender Oil

Geranium Oil

Cistus Oil

Have you ever used essential oils to treat a cut?

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      4 years ago

      Hi crazy oil lady it's me Dana! I am interested in sinigng up and you know I want to learn more about oils and I want oils period! Lemme see how I do selling all the stuff I made with my old oils i'll get back to you

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      4 years ago

      You're the graseett! JMHO

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This is a very interesting and informative article on the use of essential oils for treating cuts. You have also provided great tips. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Lena M. Christine 

      5 years ago from Winchester, KY

      I seem to be having all kinds of trouble with comments this morning. Regardless, to check for an allergic reaction I would test a few diluted drops on the skin. If you really are allergic, it won't take much to cause a reaction.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Very interesting. Just a quick there a way to test to see if one is allergic to these??

      Thanks for sharing. Shared

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      5 years ago

      Up! Interesting article.


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