Essential Oils

The 4 Best Essential Oils For Burns & Skin Healing

Updated on 30 July 2020 • 4 minute read
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Overview 

Burn wounds are most commonly caused by an open flame but can occur for other reasons: 

  • Cold burns (frostbite) 
  • Thermal burns (scalds) 
  • Sunburn
  • Chemical burns (from solvents or acids) 
  • Electrical burns 

 

First-degree burns (minor burns) affect only the top or outer layer of the skin. 

You typically experience pain and redness but no blisters or permanent damage. 

Second-degree burns affect both the outer layer and the layer underneath (dermis). 

With these types of burns, you experience bright red and swollen skin that can appear shiny or wet. Blistering usually occurs. 

Third-degree burns destroy two entire layers of your skin and can appear black or brown or even white. 

This type of severe burn usually involves little pain due to nerve damage and require urgent medical attention. 

While there are effective home remedies to treat minor burns, anything more serious will need medical advice and supervision to ensure the maximum healing process. 

As far as natural options go for minor burns essential oils appear to be effective tools with great healing potential. 

 

Essential Oils As A Natural Remedy

Essential oils (EOs) are highly concentrated plant compounds extracted from different sources such as tree bark and resin, plant leaves, roots, stems, flowers, nuts, seeds, and even fruit. 

The therapeutic application of EOs is referred to as aromatherapy. 

Thanks to their multi-faceted healing properties the use of essential oils can be traced back hundreds of years and throughout various world cultures. 

Today, EOs are widely used in the food and skin care industries.

Research shows EOs can be effective at: 

Because of their many medicinal properties such as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic, there are certain EOs that work well for healing burns. 

 

The 4 Best Essential Oils for Burn Relief & Skin Healing

These are the best essential oils to treat burns: 

  • Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) 
  • Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita)
  • Chamomile oil (Matricaria chamomilla, Chamaemelum mobile)    
  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

 

Other EOs that can be helpful for burn healing are: 

  • Frankincense essential oil 
  • Helichrysum essential oil 
  • Geranium essential oil 
  • Oregano essential oil 

 


 

Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) 

  • Lavender essential oil is a potent pain reliever with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This helps keep burnt skin clean and lowers the risk of infection. 
  • Its main active components linaool and linalyl acetate are both known to reduce inflammation and help accelerate wound healing while reducing scarring. (1)
  • Lavender essential oil is gentle for most sensitive skin types

 

Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita)

  • Since peppermint essential oil acts as a local anesthetic it’s a good choice for pain relief.  
  • It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and thanks to its main active compound, menthol, it offers a cooling sensation that can be soothing for burns. 
  • It’s also antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic. 

 

Chamomile oil (Matricaria chamomilla, Chamaemelum nobile)     

  • Chamomile oil is soothing to the skin and helps lessen redness and swelling because it’s an anti-inflammatory. 
  • It’s gentle enough for most sensitive skin types and can help heal and nourish skin cells as they regenerate. 
  • It can help lessen pain while speeding up the healing process. 

 

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • Tea tree is a strong antiseptic and antimicrobial and it can keep your burn area clean.
  • It helps accelerate wound healing and can help minimize the appearance of scars. 
  • Tea tree is strong and should never be applied directly to the skin without first diluting with a carrier oil. 
  • It may cause irritation in sensitive skin types. 

 

Safety Concerns 

When used mindfully and with care, EOs offer little to no side effects. 

You want to make sure you’re using 100% pure essential oil that is undiluted and certified organic. 

This ensures the highest healing benefits and potency and can also protect you against potentially harmful chemicals and solvents. 

When using EOs directly on the skin such as with wart treatment it’s very important to dilute the oils with a carrier oil. 

You do not want to apply the neat oils directly on the skin as this can cause skin irritation and adverse reactions particularly if you have sensitive skin. 

This is especially true if you’re dealing with burned skin. 

Always perform a patch test on a non-affected area and wait 24 hours before proceeding to the affected area. 

 

How To Use EOs for Burns 

The best way to use EOs for burns is to apply topically. 

As mentioned, always use a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil before using an EO on the burned area. 

Stick with a ratio of 1 drop of EO per teaspoon of carrier oil.

You can mix the oils and EOs to create a healing salve or lotion. 

 

Make This DIY Soothing Burn Treatment Spray To Help Skin Heal

  • 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel or juice 
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil or olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil
  • 4 drops of lavender oil 
  • 4 drops of chamomile oil 
  • 4 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2-4 drops of tea tree oil 


Mix the aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and coconut or olive oil in a bowl and whisk or use an electric mixer on low speed for about 1 minute to thoroughly combine.  

 

Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils together in a non-BPA plastic spray bottle (dark glass is best.) 

 

References: 

(1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0944711304701804#:~:text=The%20results%20obtained%20indicate%20that,are%20potentially%20anti%2Dinflammatory%20agents.

 

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