It has been said that lavender essential oil is powerful enough to transform a burn overnight. In my personal experience, this is the case with only 100% pure lavender essential oil. I have burned myself on the stove many times, and a quick application to the burn prevented it from bubbling and scarring. The next day it was as if nothing had happened! No scar or mark of any kind!
The healing advantages of lavender essential oil was shown in a 2012 study. This randomized control trial was conducted on 120 women who had just given birth and received an episiotomy. They were randomly allocated in case and control groups. Case group received lavender oil and controls received Povidon-iodine. Incision sites were assessed on the 10th day postpartum. 25 out of 60 women in lavender group vs 17 mothers in control group had no pain . There was no significant difference between two groups in surgery site complications. However, redness in lavender group was significantly less than controls. This study suggests application of lavender essential oil instead of Povidone-iodine for episiotomy wound care showed the effectiveness.
Ask any essential oil lover and they will swear by this wonderful oil. But because essential oils cannot be patented and profited from like pharmaceuticals, it is difficult to find controlled studies on their wonderful benefits.
Lavender is commonly recommended for it's pain-relieving properties, the ability to reduce inflammation, and antimicrobial activity which make it optimal for wound repair of all kinds, but especially for painful burns of all severity (*please consult physician for severe burns for safety).
Next time you burn yourself, be sure to grab your lavender oil from your home apothecary and apply it to the area immediately- the sooner the better. A 2016 study clarifies why:
"Although previous studies have suggested that lavender oil promote wound healing, no study has examined the molecular mechanisms of its effect. In this study, we investigated the effect of lavender oil on various steps of wound healing and its molecular mechanism, focusing on transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)." (2)
"Topical application of lavender oil on wounds in rats induced expression of type I and III collagen at 4 days after wounding, accompanied by an increased number of fibroblasts, which synthesize collagen... This study demonstrated that topical application of lavender oil promoted collagen synthesis and differentiation of fibroblasts, accompanied by up-regulation of TGF-β. These data suggest that lavender oil has the potential to promote wound healing in the early phase by acceleration of formation of granulation tissue, tissue remodeling by collagen replacement and wound contraction through up-regulation of TGF-β."
Burns are especially tricky because they take a long time to heal and they are painful, often leaving scars.
How to apply
There are many ways to apply lavender essential oil to a burn. The best way is to take a clean dropper, apply a couple drops of the pure oil onto the burn covering the effective area, and massaging into the area.
If the burn is too painful to touch, simply allowing the lavender oil to sit on the burn and dry would be sufficient. You will notice a relief of pain and inflammation within minutes.
You can also create a spray for sunburns and more mild burn irritation using distilled water and few drops of lavender essential oil. It's cosmetic benefits are plenty too!
Bathing with lavender essential oil is easy as well, a few drops to an oz in a warm bath of filtered water will not only provide aromatherapy and relax your senses, but your skin will receive the gentlly transformative effects of this amazing oil.
Where to find pure lavender oil
Pure lavender is not sold in the super markets or from multi-level marketing companies. The best source is from farm itself or a bulk supplier.
Lavender angustifolia is the most common variety for wounds and therapies. Sign up for our updates below in our footer to get an email when we launch our pure lavender essential oil!