Healing burns with virgin coconut oil & essential oils
In the Philippines, scooters and motorcycles are a major mode of transportation. On a recent trip to “town” I brushed my leg up against the tailpipe of a motorcycle parked against a shop wall. It only took a second to get a nasty burn the size a quarter, singeing thru a layer or two of skin. Ouch!
Sorry to say this is the second time I have burned a leg this way. The first time I let the burn dry and scab over quickly which made the skin tight and very sore to to move and touch. This time I am using Just Coco virgin coconut oil and Just Coco aromatherapy essential with lavender to heal more comfortably and reduce the chances of longer term scarring.
Research published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found virgin coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and skin penetrating properties speed healing from superficial and deep second-degree burn wounds when used alone and it offers a significant pro-healing boost to common topical burn medicines containing sulpha antibiotics without complications.
Pure lavender essential oils also has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Known for its calming effect on the nerves, lavender also helps restore skin health while releiving the pain of the initial injury. Lavender is one of the few essentials oils that can be used directly on the skin making it especially useful when treating minor burn wounds, including sunburns. And it is gentle enough to use with babies and children.
Virgin coconut oil blended with pure lander essential oil provides a gentle and effective natural healing massage oil for minor burns. It can be applied by hand or with a cotton ball/ swab to effected areas. For an even more soothing feeling, chill Just Coco lavender oil before applying (but not so much it solidifies!) I apply the oil to my burn 2-3 times a day, especially after a shower when I notice it feels tight and uncomfortably sore. The redness around the burn is lessening and the scab is much thinner this time due to this regular treatment. Fingers crossed that the burn will continue to heal with no scarring…and that I will be more careful around those motorcycles!