Burns: Essential Oils for Skin Burns

Let me tell you a story.

One night, I was making dinner for my family. It happens sometimes. 🙂 I had two different pans in the oven, one on the lower rack, and one on the upper rack. The oven was set to 450 degrees fahrenheit. As you must with a conventional oven, I cooked the food for about half the cooking time, and then needed to rotate the pans to switch racks so that they would cook evenly.

I grabbed my oven mitt, took the first pan out of the oven and placed it on the stovetop. I took the other pan and moved it to the other rack.

Then, with my bare hand, and without thinking, I grabbed the pan from the stovetop and went to move it to the oven.

Of course, I didn’t get that far. I had one of those surreal moments where I looked at my hand and looked at the pan and thought “This is going to be bad.”

Then the pain kicked in. That was a 450 degree pan, and boy could I tell. I dropped the pan, yelped a bit, and put my hand under running cold water. Blisters had immediately started to form.

I told my husband to get me the Lavender and Helichrysum, and he ran and grabbed them. My throbbing fingers were still under cold water. When he returned, I took my hand out of the water and dried it off, and we dripped a drop of each oil on each place that was blistering. I spent the next 5-10 minutes slowly massaging the oils into my burned hand.

When I was done, the blisters were gone. The throbbing had stopped. The skin was only slightly red, and it was nearly impossible to tell that I had been holding a 450 degree pan with my bare hand only minutes before. If I angled my hand just right, I could see that the skin looked a little bit shiny in those places, but that was all.

I was dumbfounded.

I work as a professional quilter, and had thought as I ran my hand under water, that this injury would have a profound effect only my upcoming deadlines. Obviously having a burned hand and constantly using that hand wasn’t going to work. I was stunned that after using two simple oils, I was completely injury-free.

I kind-of wondered if I was some kind of freak of nature, or if the pan really wasn’t that hot. You know, all the ways we rationalize when something miraculous and logic defying happens. But then, a few months later, my cousin’s husband called me in a bit of a panic, and told me that his wife (my cousin) had had an accident with a hot glue gun a few hours earlier. She had severely burned several of her fingers and was in agonizing pain. He was on his way to my house.

I gave him two little sample bottles of lavender and helichrysum, and told them to put the oils on the burns immediately, and then every hour or so as needed.

The following is a text I received from my cousin the next morning:

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“This pic is from this morning. Thank goodness for the oils! This is undoubtedly the worst burn I’ve ever had. I can’t imagine what it would look like today without your help last night. The image doesn’t really show how remarkable it is. If you could have seen how truly intense this burn was last night you would shudder. The red spot [in the picture] inside white spot is a second degree burn where the blister itself has fused back to the flesh underneath. It was horribly blistered by the time K [her husband] got back last night, and even putting the oils on was enough to send me through the top of the pain scale. I’m pretty tough so that says a lot. Nevertheless at this point, having used the oil since last night it’s virtually painless unless I press against it directly. It’s not even swollen!!”

And another text, 48 hours later:

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“I can’t wait for you to see it up close.  I just have to show this to someone. Literally nothing short of a miracle. It looks like I’m not even going to lose the skin!!! No blisters, no peeling, it feels a little stiff like a callous. I’m dying to tell the world!!!”

Turns out, I’m not a freak of nature.

These oils are miraculous. I am so relieved to know I have the knowledge and the tools in my own home to help heal my family with natural, safe, from our own Mother Earth oils.

 

Burn Blend:

1 drop Lavender

1 drop Helichrysum

Directly on burned area (or around if direct contact is too painful). Repeat hourly or as needed.

 

Are you ready to start healing yourself and your family? Click here to get started, and learn all about how it works.

Feel free to email me with your name and any questions you have. I’d love to help you start healing.

Oils for the Win!

April

PS Please be aware: I had these awesome results using only doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. I do not suggest and strongly advise against using other brands. For more information on why, click here.

 

Essential oils for Healthy Thyroid Support: Part 2 Follow Up

As I explained in a past post, I have struggled with keeping my thyroid hormone levels in check. It’s been a problem for quite some time. I would have days, and even whole weeks at a time where it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed in the morning and not crawl back in any chance I got.

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I craved sugar and carbs like crazy, and kept enough stubborn weight around my middle that I was constantly being asked “When are you due?” (That’s horribly embarrassing, by the way.) My hair was constantly falling out, and my mood was all over the place. I was cold all the time, until I was enough overweight that then I was hot all the time. Despite exercising and eating well, my weight continued to creep up.

I’m sure some of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

Medications

I went to my doctor, who was willing to help me address the issues in the most natural way she was familiar with, and I’m grateful for that. I was put on NP Thyroid medication, and it did an ok job. I wasn’t quite as exhausted, my moods weren’t quite as volatile. All my doctor could suggest was upping the dosage, which didn’t sit right with me. I wanted to solve the problem, not mask it.

So, as I always do, I started researching.

I was already familiar with herbs, and homeopathics, and essential oils, and I came across a blend for thyroid support that I thought I’d give a try. I posted it back in this post here. As I learned more about the oils, and their amazing properties, I knew I needed to add Frankincense and Myrrh to the blend. So I did. I used the blend religiously, even keeping a little roller bottle in my pocket so I could apply it during the day.

I started noticing improvements. Getting up in the morning was getting easier. I wasn’t falling asleep at 2:30 in the afternoon while sitting up doing something. My hair wasn’t falling out. I started to believe that I could naturally support my health and not take a prescription for the rest of my life.

I was excited about this progress, and started looking at what else I could do to continue to give my thyroid what it needed.

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It was about this time that I learned about and first purchased my Lifelong Vitality vitamins. I am not kidding when I say that these vitamins changed my life. These, along with doTERRA’s Mito2Max supplement, gave my body exactly what it needed. Simple as that. I still can’t believe it. A roller bottle and some phenomenal vitamins changed my life.

I have had a healthy thyroid for over a year now. I wake up in the morning when I want to. I am awake and alert and full of energy throughout the day. I can exercise without exhaustive muscle fatigue. I don’t crave sugar, or carbs. With the help of Slim and Sassy and TrimShake, and exercise, I have reduced my weight by over 30 pounds–that wouldn’t budge before no matter how hard I tried. My hair is thick and full again, and my body temperature is good. I have so much more patience for my children, and feel much more happy and vibrant.

No one has asked me if I’m expecting in almost a year.

My body is healing and my life has improved drastically. On the days when I forget my vitamins or for whatever reason can’t take them–I don’t crash. I don’t regress. I notice I don’t have quite as much energy, but it’s like a misplaced yawn or two, not a wall of crushing exhaustion.

I still have my little roller bottle, but really only use it when I’m feeling really stressed out. It seems to calm my system and give me a boost against all that cortisol.

If you are suffering like I was, PLEASE, give essential oils and LifeLong Vitality a try. I can’t even express to you what it’s worth to feel alive again–but I know I don’t have to. You know how you feel, and what it would mean to you to feel amazing. You can’t afford NOT to do this.

Here’s what you need to get started:

Lemon Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Clove Essential Oil
Myrrh Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Mix equal parts of each oil in a roller bottle (I did 10 drops of each), and then top the bottle off with the Fractionated coconut oil. Mine was a small roller, maybe 2″ tall. If you use a larger roller, I would suggest using more drops of each oil. Use the roller several times a day, right over your thyroid area (that little hollow in your neck, just between your collarbones).

Then, take 2 capsules of each of the following, twice a day.

Lifelong Vitality Vitamins
Mito2Max

Before you purchase your oils retail though, be sure to learn more about your options for getting great discounts and free products. Since you’ll be taking the vitamins daily, you’ll be a great candidate for the Loyalty Rewards Program–which will earn you up to 30% back in free product credit.

Feel free to email me with your name and any questions you have. I’d love to help you start supporting your own health naturally.

In (so much better) health!

Oils for the Win!

April

PS Please be aware: I had these awesome results using only doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. I do not suggest and strongly advise against using other brands. For more information on why, click here.

History of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used throughout recorded history for a wide variety of wellness applications. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and religious ceremony.

Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.

tradeBorrowing from the Egyptians, the Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Essential oil extracts were used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their anti-bacterial and fragrant properties.

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In modern times, the powerful healing properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burned hand with pure lavender oil.

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Dr. Jean Valnet

A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to successfully treat injured soldiers during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

doTERRA Purify Oil: Let’s stop the chronic coughing, shall we?

So, here’s just one of my latest adventures.

My boy-child, Beckham, is a pretty darn healthy kid–but every spring for several weeks he gets this sad, sad, chronic cough. No fever, no congestion, no sore throat. Just this dry, raspy cough that keeps him up at night. The doctors say it is allergy-induced asthma, and handed me some Tylenol with codeine to help him sleep, with the offer of a steroid inhaler.

Um.

I’m not drugging my child with steroids and codeine every night for a few weeks each spring, thank you very much.

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Instead, I use Breathe and On Guard on his feet at night just in case there is something sinister going on, and have been diffusing Purify blend in his room at night and in our kitchen during the day. Purify is a cleansing blend that helps eliminate airborne pathogens, eliminates odors, and cleans the air.  Read: allergens are toast.

The first night? Coughing time is reduced by half, easily. The second? NOTHING. Cough is gone, no where to be heard. And just like that, we were done with what has been a weeks-long ordeal in years past.


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So much for steroids and drugs.

Thank you, doTERRA. I’m loving this adventure.

Oils for the Win!

xoxo

April

PS Are you ready to start your own adventure with doTERRA essential oils? Get yours here or contact me for more details.

Deep Blue: The best essential oil after a workout.

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Really, the title says it all. I’ve been going to gym with my friend every morning for quite some time, but just recently, we decided to step up our workouts. Adding in running, weights, squats, and planks. It’s fun times, and we’re seeing results, but I’ll tell you what–squats can make a girl more than a little sore, well, pretty much everywhere. Lucky for me, I took advantage of a sweet deal (that’s still going on) last month to get some Deep Blue Rub and a Deep Blue roll-on FREE. I’ve been using it on my legs, especially–and it’s worked like a charm–despite the unfortunate incident where I put WAY too much on, and was freezing for the next several hours. It’s also possible I smell like a wintergreen Lifesaver.

Small price to pay for muscles that don’t ache, I’d say.

The best part? Natural medicine helps HEAL the problem, not just mask it. So while I could have gotten relief from an over the counter pain reliever, instead I got relief and healing with no added ingredients that aren’t good for me. My sore muscles are ready for another go the next day, instead of keeping me down for several.

I’ve gotta say it, I’m in love. doTERRA essential oils for the win!

xoxo

April