Everyone encounters small cuts and abrasions. Hopefully not on a daily basis, but most everyone will have some sort of ‘boo boo’ every now and again. Children of course are much more prone to these minor accidents.
Most small cuts - such as paper cuts or catching yourself on something sticking out and scraping off a little ‘hide’ still need attention. Children may easily fall on the pavement or outdoors and put dirt and debris into the top few layers of skin.
An explanation of the meaning of the minor cuts we are talking about include: a break in the skin where there is usually a small amount of bleeding or a puncture to the skin such as removal of a splinter or other puncture- tear type wound or grazes where the top layer or two of skin is abraded and may ooze a clear liquid with a few small bloody spots.
Again, the skin has been compromised and you should seek the aid of your First Aid kits.
Severe bleeding or a true gash through all the layers of skin will require suturing - Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth and seek medical attention.
Back to our minor cuts and abrasions. Common sense tells you to wash and cleanse the area with warm water to remove any dirt particles.
A simple and easy Antiseptic wash involves placing a couple drops of Lavender and Tea Tree in a basin of a couple of cups warm water. Gently wash the affected area. The Lavender will help with pain and the blend of both oils are great as the first line of defense against bacteria.
After cleaning the area and patting dry you may want to apply a single drop of Lavender - ‘neatly’ to the wound. Optional, if you need to apply a bandage or other covering, is to apply a drop or two to the gauze pad of the bandaid.
Change the bandaid as needed. Using Essential Oils on the bandaid will aid and speed the healing process.
Other Essential Oils that have been used include a Helichrysum (this one is great especially when there is a little bit of bleeding or an area that has been grazed - these can be more painful and the analgesic properties of Helichrysum works wonders as does it’s property for controlling bleeding; Lemon; Neroli; Frankincense; Myrrh; other aromatherapists write the following can also be useful Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Douglas Fir or Siberian Fir needles, Pine needle, Geranium, Rosemary, Bergamot, Thyme, Juniper, Patchouli and Lemongrass
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