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Cut Thumb Received Helichrysum For Healing


Author: Nancy C.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 03-27-2006
Views: 5,562
Word Count: 503
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 1272-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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While preparing Thanksgiving dinner, in a moment of distraction, I cut my thumb. I will skip the details, but suffice it to say, I thought I would have to go to the emergency room for stitches. First, I decided to see if Helichrysum essential oil, known for its ability to stop bleeding, amongst other things, would help. Fortunately, my husband, Bob, walked into the room while I was trying to open the bottle with my teeth!

When I uncovered the cut, he poured several drops of Helichrysum on my thumb. I applied pressure for a few minutes, and then we repeated the application of Helichrysum. It took 4 or 5 rounds of this for the bleeding to slow enough so I could put a bandage on. I changed the bandage every hour of so, applying a drop of Helichrysum. I did not need to go to the emergency room. And dinner was only delayed about 45 minutes!

I continued to put a drop on the cut every time I changed the bandage. I also added a drop of Melrose (a blend of oils that helps the body fight off infection). One interesting thing about the way Helichrysum helps the body heal is that it heals from the inside out. A benefit of this is, since tissue near the skin does not close over the wound, infection does not get sealed deep inside. I was careful to keep it clean and dry. I applied the oils several times a day. Within a few days, I was "all better". Once the skin healed, I added some Geranium oil to encourage the nerves to heal.

I decided to not use more Helichrysum after this, as I wanted the scar as a reminder of how important it is to stay 'present' and focus on what I am doing in the moment. Too often, I find myself doing one thing while my mind is thinking about other things. Not being present when in the presence of sharp objects can be dangerous!

As a footnote: I have 2 or 3 different 'brands' of Helichrysum in the house. I used Young Living's with my Thanksgiving wound, as I know that this is a very high quality, therapeutic grade oil. As it costs about $1.00 per drop, I have tried other brands that cost much less and come from companies who have good quality control and good products. A couple of weeks ago, I used those oils on a small cut. One of the other Helichrysum oils worked better than the other, but not as well as the Young Living. This confirms, for me, that paying a premium price for a top-quality therapeutic grade oil is well worth it. When I realized how much a co-pay for an emergency room visit would have cost me, the half bottle of Helichrysum (about $30-$40) I used on my Thanksgiving injury was a real savings!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: cut-/-laceration-/-incision — "[A] literature review of evidence on the influence of essential oils on wound healing and their potential application in clinical practice... focus[ing] mainly on tea tree, lavender, chamomile, thyme, and ocimum [basil] oils."Link
2.Associated topics: cut-/-laceration-/-incision — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
3.Associated topics: cut-/-laceration-/-incision — "Topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.... Tea tree oil has broad-spectrum antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity in vitro. These properties have formed the basis of its use in the treatment of a range of superficial dermatoses such as cuts, insect bites, boils, and dermatophytosis [ringworm]."Link
4.Associated topics: cut-/-laceration-/-incision — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
5.Associated topics: bleed-/-hemorrhage — "[T]he level and duration of menstrual pain and the amount of menstrual bleeding were significantly lower in the aromatherapy group than in the placebo group. These results suggest that aromatherapy is effective in alleviating menstrual pain, its duration, and excessive menstrual bleeding. Aromatherapy can be provided as a nonpharmacological pain relief measure and as a part of nursing care given to girls suffering of dysmenorrhea or excessive menstrual bleeding."Link
6.Associated topics: bleed-/-hemorrhage,cut-/-laceration-/-incision — "[A] pulverized mixture of four herbs including Agrimonia Eupatoria (A), Nelumbo Nucifera Gaertn (N), Boswellia Carteri (B) [Frankincense], and Pollen Typhae Angustifoliae (P)... was first described in Chinese canonical medicine about 2000 years ago for treatment of various trauma disorders, such as hemostasis [bleeding], anti-inflammatory, analgesia [pain], and wound healing, etc.... [W]e showed that local ANBP treatment not only significantly enhanced wound healing by relieving inflammation, increasing formation of granulation tissue, and accelerating re-epithelialization, but [it] also reduced scar formation by decreasing collagen production [and] protuberant height and volume of scars and [by] increasing collagen maturity.... [Results show that ANBP] promot[es] wound healing and alleviat[es] scar formation, which may be an effective therapy for human wounds at the earliest stage."Link
7.Associated topics: cut-/-laceration-/-incision — "[T]he influence of essential oils (mainly tea tree, lavender, chamomile, thyme and ocimum [basil] oils) on wound healing and their potential application in clinical practice."Link
8.Associated topics: helichrysum-oil — "...its flowers and leaves are the most used parts in the treatment of health disorders such as allergies, colds, cough, skin, liver and gallbladder disorders, inflammation, infections and sleeplessness... In vitro studies characterized Helichrysum as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. Its flavonoids and terpenes were effective against bacteria (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus), its acetophenones, phloroglucinols and terpenoids displayed antifungal action against Candida albicans and its flavonoids and phloroglucinols inhibited HSV and HIV, respectively.... Regarding Helichrysum italicum in vivo activity, the highlight goes to ...the anti-inflammatory properties exhibited by its flavonoids, acetophenones and phloroglucinols, as seen in animal models."Link

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