How to Use Lavender on Burns

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Lavender (Lavandula officianalis) essential oil is made from plants native to southern France and Persia. Long used for skincare, lavender is generally gentle enough to use on baby skin and sensitive adult skin. For minor burns that have not blistered and for sunburn, lavender essential oil can be applied to speed healing. One French researcher, Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, burned his hand while in the lab working. He reportedly plunged his hand into a tub of liquid lavender essential oil and found that his burned hand healed quickly and without scarring. Since that discovery, lavender has been used in many skincare products.

Begin by cleansing the burned area with a gentle, non-abrasive soap such as liquid chamomile that is not scented. Glycerin soap without colors, dyes or any perfumes can also be used.

Allow the area to dry thoroughly. Dab directly onto the burned area several small drops of lavender essential oil. Allow the area to be saturated and allow to air dry. Cover with a bandage if needed.

Do not use other products that are called lavander oil but are, in fact, a synthetic perfume, or other products that may contain a small amount of lavender essential oil but also contain petroleum oil products.

Repeat application of the oil as needed each morning and evening after cleansing the burned area. If you spend time in the sun, use a sunscreen or keep the burned area covered with clothing or shaded under a hat.

Do not place butter, ointments or other products on an open wound or blister as this may create an infection and irritation. If you have a serious sunburn that begins to blister, get professional medical care.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lavender essential oil can make skin more sensitive to sunlight--and photoreact, creating irritation. Keep the burned area covered or shaded by clothing or a hat.

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