For a minor burn or sunburn, the best essential oils for burns might help you heal faster, manage pain, or even reduce the appearance of scars. To learn more, Bustle reached out to aromatherapy expert Cristin Smith, the founder and spiritual director of Saffron & Sage, an integrated holistic health club. Below, Smith discusses how to choose essential oils as well as the best ones for burns and how to use them.
For their sourcing practices and quality, Smith highly recommends DoTerra essential oils: “The quality ingredients are derived from traditional agriculture processes such as organically or biodynamically grown, free of pesticides and herbicides, and not premixed with carrier oils.” So, two of my picks are from DoTerra.
Smith also advises you to look for the supplement facts to ensure you're purchasing 100% pure essential oils, but to only apply them to burns with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil; "When you have a burn, you want easy application that won’t cause more trauma to your skin, and can be easily absorbed to work its magic,” she says.
According to Smith, the best oils for burns are lavender, frankincense, helichrysum, and peppermint, but more information on their properties below. She also recommends avoiding caustic essential oils, like oregano or cinnamon since, “[these] are hot oils that will surely aggravate the skin and will be extremely painful if they touch a burn.”
Read on to find the best essential oils for burns.
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