Thursday, 10 September 2009

Question Time: Essential Oils for Scarring

I regularly get asked questions by existing clients and people via email regarding wellbeing, complementary therapies, and various ailments. So I decided to include some of these questions and my answers here on my blog. For the first Question Time post, the question is:

“Are there any oils that I can use to help speed up the healing of wounds and help reduce scarring?”

Arnica is good for helping reduce any bruising that may be surrounding the wound, it is an anti-inflammatory, and helps scar healing and reduction. Helicrysium is an excellent anti-inflammatory and helps with tissue regeneration. Rosehip Seed oil and Hazelnut oil are also good choices for the carrier oil.

As for the essential oils, I would definitely use lavender. When wounds start healing, the area can often itch so I would recommend perhaps including German chamomile to help counteract this. Mandarin and sage are also good for scars as is carrot seed, frankincense, patchouli, and vetiver.

For a 30ml blend, I would recommend mixing 15ml Rosehip seed with 15ml of either Hazulnet or Arnica then add 20 drops of Helicyrsium (1ml) and 20 drops of lavender. Then 15-20 drops split between the other essential oils that you decide to use – perhaps 10 drops frankincense, 5 drops mandarin, 3 drops German chamomile, and 2 drops sage. It is quite a strong blend so it shouldn't be used all over the body - just on the affected areas 2-3 times a day. It will help speed up the healing process, reduce any redness and inflammation, and hopefully reduce the scarring.

Always perform a patch test first.

If you would like your question to feature in a future Question Time post, please post your question as a comment or email me.

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