A scar is the resulting blemish as the skin repairs itself after a
wound from an accident, a disease or surgery. The
more intrusive or rough the wound typically the more visible
the scar. As a wound heals the area will be red and
may thicken at first. With time the visible
scarring will diminish. Essential oils will help the
body in this natural process of healing and will promote
repair of tissue to its original condition.
Remember with any open wound to:
certain the wound is clean and free of any debris or
possible infectious material.
Close the wound as carefully as possible. Butterfly bandage
may be required or for serious open wounds
professional medical help and stitches of course.
antibacterial oils/ointment periodically to protect the
area. Cover with clean bandage if necessary.
Follow the protocols suggested here to prevent scarring.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
FrankincenseC, HelichrysumEC, LavenderC
Essential oils based
Soothing Blend, EucalyptusE, GeraniumC,
MyrrhC, RoseC, Sandalwood, White Fir
Using a roller bottle (typically 1/6 ounce) add 6 drops
each Helichrysum, Frankincense, and Lavender. Add Vitamin E oil (empty 6 capsules) and the remainder with
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Apply consistently to the area 2 to 3 times daily.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Editor - Here is a
very interesting response from a Doctor after a patient used
oils following bunion surgery.
Bev. G. - I have a good experience
to share. My sister recently went through 2 different
bunion surgeries (about 7 weeks apart). After the first
week (because her foot was wrapped), she put Soothing Blend all
over her foot (except where the incision was). She put
Frankincense or Helichrysum on the scar. At her first
appointment with the podiatrist, he was in shock. There was
very little bruising and no swelling. "I've never seen
anyone heal so fast! Whatever did you do?" She showed him
her Soothing Blend roll-on. He was flabbergasted, "I've never
seen anything like it in all my years of practice." She was
thrilled. I thought I would share, in hopes that it might
help someone else out there.
Kathy - I have a
neighbor who has titanium plates in her spine that cause her
a lot of pain, mostly from scar tissue. I am going to
do the Massage Blend Technique on her with Birch for
inflammation and what should I use for deep scar tissue in
her spine? She says the problem started with a virus that is
dormant in her spine that flares up once or twice a year and
attacks her spine.
Pat - I would use Helichrysum for the
scar tissue and put her on the candida protocol for the
inflammation that keeps popping up. I think the Massage Blend
Technique is great but I would add Oregano after the Soothing Blend.
Marti - I am working with
a 9 year old girl who is going blind in one eye due to scar
tissue caused by a parasite. They believe the parasite is
now gone, and it's the scar tissue still doing the damage.
Any suggestions other than Helichrysum and Myrrh?
Pat - I would suggest using the Candida blend for a
couple of weeks just to make sure that the parasite really
is gone. Since this is affecting her eye, I would imagine
that the scar tissue is somewhere near the cornea. The
following is good scar prevention, but we have found that it
also helps to reduce scar tissue. 4 drops Helichrysum,
6 drops Lavender, 8 drops of Myrrh and 2 drops of
Sandalwood. Dot this blend around the eye bone, a couple of
times a day, being careful that she does not rub that area
and get it into the eye.
Rob - I like the blend Pat, another
application option would be to get an eye patch and put
drops of the blend you mentioned on a cotton pad, then put
the cotton pad over the closed eye and put on the patch.
Have her try to sleep with the eye patch. It will take a
few days to get used to, but the results might be amazing.
Penne - I am type II diabetic and have
used Lavender for burns and healing with great results. In
fact I had surgery a few months ago and (...) oils,
including Lavender, were instrumental in one of my incisions
healing with minimal scaring. Here is a test I did so I
could tell if the oils were doing what I thought they
should, I used the oils on only one incision. The incision
I used the oils on is dramatically different (in a great
way) than the one I didn't. Now I am in the process of
oiling the second site to get it as healed as the first one.
Use the Lavender!
Debbie - What do
you do to prevent scarring on the face? My grandson
took a bad fall and has two layers of stitches on his face.
They told me I could start vitamin E in 2 weeks. I
thought of Helichrysum, Frankincense - looked it up and two
additional oils were Geranium and Lavender. I couldn't
get a good answer as to why to wait 2 weeks. Any
additional oils, thoughts, ideas? THANKS! ~Deb
Rob - The two week is likely to wait
till the skin closes, so nothing that can cause infection
will get into the wounds. They are not aware that (xxx)
oils are pure and highly anti-bacterial. Lavender,
Helichrysum and Geranium would be most helpful to
prevent scarring. I would also trust VCO as a carrier
if you use one.
Monica - Doctor may want to wait 2 weeks
on the vitamin E because while good for healing, is not
necessarily antibiotic/antiseptic/etc. If it were my
son, I would begin immediately with Frankincense, Myrrh,
Lavender, and Geranium. I would create a "custom
blend" using several drops of each, and gently apply to the
wounded area three or so times per day.
I suffered a severe burn on my chest last spring, and
used just the Frankincense and Lavender ((...) was barely
getting started, didn't even have product to ship yet, and
Justin had sent me samples of those, plus Lemon and
Peppermint... *instantly addicted*, but I digress....).
Anyway... the wounded area healed splendidly, and the scar
is only noticeable to people whenever I point out the area
when sharing my story. Only bad thing: I forgot to
take photos of the ordeal!!!
Now, I use the 4 oils mentioned above whenever I have a
skin injury, to facilitate the healing process...AND I use
them every day on my face as part of my skincare regimen.
I am nearly 43 and have noticed wonderful results in the
tone, evenness of color, and a significant reduction of
those wavy, deep things that start with a W (SHHhhhhh....
Don't say the wrinkles
Tamalu - Amen to Monica, and I use a lot
of White Fir. Burns, bruises, cuts, any kind of pain,
and...yes, even the W word! It has been referred to as
Poor Man's Frankincense for good reason! I would be
slapping oils on my boy immediately, as well!
Debbie - Thanks Monica and Tamalu!
I will get Myrrh, White Fir, and Geranium. I have the
Frankincense and Lavender. Any reason why I shouldn't
add the Helichrysum? There's no burning in any of
these particular oils is there? I love the regiment
for the "W's".
These oils are great, for example, just a few days ago I
was in an accident that could have easily left me paralyzed.
Long story, without all the gory details, I feel like a
walking miracle today because of the oils (Helichrysum,
Frankincense, Calming Blend, Lavender, Peppermint, Soothing Blend)
that brought me out of shock, curtailed the pain and have
been healing my body. Some of my kids saw the accident
and freaked out. I went to the ER to make sure I
didn't have neck fractures. By the time we got to the
hospital, about two hours later, my neck was moving and the
pain was minimal and I felt in my heart all was well.
Penne - I was told they like to wait two
weeks because of infection dangers. I had surgery on my
right elbow in December. Two weeks out I started
occupational therapy. However, I started using
Lavender neat within about 3 days. The therapist was
going to just use Jergens lotion with Vitamin E. I
told her not to, that I would bring my own oils in. In
one of the roller bottles I mixed Vitamin E (I poked a hole
in the end of 6 of the little caplets and squeezed out the
oil), 6 drops of Helichrysum, 5 drops of Frankincense, and 4
drops of Lavender, and filled the bottle up with the
Fractionated Coconut Oil. Toward the end of the
therapy I backed off of the Frankincense and added
Lemongrass. The therapy was twice a week for three
months. I also used Jojoba Oil and it worked really
well! It carried well and absorbed much quicker than
the fractionated coconut oil.
The attached photo is of my incisions. Because I
had two, and I wanted to see if the oils really did make a
difference, so I only used them on the outer SLP incision
(scar on the left side of photo), not on the inner Ulna
nerve incision (scar on the right side of photo).
WOW! THESE ARE THE GREATEST OILS EVER!!!!!
Monkeez5 - We just had an amazing
experience with the oils. My 2 yr old daughter stepped
in a pile of hot embers/ashes- needless to say- very severe
burns requiring medical attention. I too, was told not
to use my oils until wounds healed (estimated to be three
weeks). For the most part- I did what they told me for
the dressing- with these exceptions: Foot soaks- I was told
to soak her feet daily before applying the dressings- well
of course I could not take a chance of infection from tap
water- so I dumped a few (Lavender, Frankincense,
Helichrysum) drops each into a stainless steel mixing bowl
with warm water. I let her soak and splash as long as
possible. Spine-I also rubbed the above three oils plus
Lemon (reproduction of white blood cells to speed healing)
along her spine a couple times a day. Internal- I also added
Lemon to her OJ thru the day (sometimes Protective Blend) and broke
the capsules up to dump about 1/3-1/2 each of the LLW to her
yogurt daily (to speed healing from inside as well).
With all of this- she needed very little pain medicine
(maybe first day is all). We went in for our one-week
check up expecting two more weeks of this only to hear the
burns were healed. She was not expected to walk for
three weeks. She walked out that day. Because of
the remaining skin and such (still looked yucky) I hadn't
even realized they were healed. I have continued by
applying this blend daily (usually twice, with coconut oil
to avoid drying out). It has been 4 weeks today- she
looks great- I don't even think she will have scars. I
am going to add the Geranium also which I avoided at the
beginning because I was afraid it would burn her a little.
I agree the warnings are to avoid infection or
complications but medical professionals are not aware of the
(xxx) of (...) essential oils so I can't say I blame them.
I would not have trusted any other oils in this situation.
This is my baby girl. I am just thankful for (...)
Sharon - Comfrey ointment and
Helichrysum work wonders for any scars!
Angela - I need some
help.....my husband has split his knuckle on his pointer
finger, he should have had stitches but didn’t. It has
healed to the point that the skin is hard but it never came
together, it is not infected but continues to be painful and
open? Do you have any suggestions as to what we
Tara - I have a scar right at my wrist line that is
from 25 years ago. After 2 weeks of applying Lavender
I started seeing a small scab and NOW it has shrunk to half
its size. It is still there, but I believe that it is
helping. After seeing that I put it on all my scars. Hope
Rob - I have heard that Helichrysum is
excellent for scars.
Koleke -I am using Lavender and
Frankincense together for a similar ailment
Lil - I would keep dropping White Fir on
it. He will be amazed at how quickly it will heal.
What Science & Research are saying
Inhibitory effects of essential oil
from rhizomes of Ligusticum chuanxiong on hypertrophic
scarring in the rabbit ear model.
Pharm Biol. 2011 Jul;49(7):764-9.; Wu JG, Wei
YJ, Ran X, Zhang H, Nian H, Qin LP.; Department
of Pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, Second Military
Medical University, Shanghai, P. R. China.
Hypertrophic scarring, a common proliferative disorder of
dermal fibroblasts, results from an overproduction of
collagen and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix.
Although the treatment with surgical excisions or steroid
hormones can modify the symptoms, numerous treatment-related
complications have also been established.
To investigate the effects of essential oil (EO) from
rhizomes of Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort. (Umbelliferae) on
hypertrophic scarring in a rabbit ear model.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
A rabbit ear model of hypertrophic scarring was
established. EO (5, 10, and 20%) was applied once daily to
the scars for 22 days. After 28 days of post-wounding,
excision of scars was respectively performed for both
histological examination and assays of the levels of
collagen I, collagen III, matrix metalloproteinase-1
(MMP-1), and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β₁). The
scar Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) index (SEI) was also determined.
After 22 days of treatment with indicated concentrations
of EO, hypertrophic scarring was significantly inhibited in
the rabbit ears. The levels of TGF-β₁, collagen I, and
collagen III evidently decreased and MMP-1 level markedly
increased in the scar tissue. SEI was also significantly
reduced. Immunohistochemical findings exhibited significant
amelioration of the scar tissue.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:
EO suppresses hypertrophic scarring in
the rabbit ear model and is a probably effective
cure for human hypertrophic scarring.