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Son's Facial Cut Required Stitches

Author: Angie S.
Date: 06-14-2009
Views: 12,182
Word Count: 665
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 3604-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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My 6 year old son managed to injure himself on the potty. This is the most ridiculous of all statements, but it is true. He wanted to go to the bathroom, but the older brother was in his bathroom so he had to use mine.

We were putting up streamers in the living room that afternoon for his birthday party that was scheduled for the next day when he came running out of my room crying, with blood streaming down his face. What in the world I thought as he screamed and cried that he had fallen off of the toilet.

I was a little in a panic because of the fact that so much blood was everywhere. My husband is in the medical field (nursing) and he said a facial wound will always have a lot of blood and asked me to calm down so he could better evaluate the situation.

His right eye brow had a gash and my husband checked his pupils for equal dilation and contraction and said he would try to bandage him the best he could to avoid stitches in the Emergency Room since my son was so scared. All my son would say is don't take me to the hospital, I'm scared of the hospital.

As we took him to the bathroom I grabbed the laptop and my essential oils reference book. I've always used Lavender oil on our wounds, cuts and burns because it helps to soothe the pain and mend the area quickly. I didn't have Lavender oil so I looked through my box of oils and I read that Cypress helps to stop bleeding and can be used for cuts.

My husband cleaned the gash with alcohol and I placed Cypress on the area. It started to slow the bleeding and then it stopped. I was scared the Cypress would sting, but my son immediately became very calm and relaxed and said, "Mommy, that feels cold, I like that oil".

We bandaged up the wound and proceeded to the pharmacy with the oil, my book and son, to find some Steri strips and liquid bandage.

The gash was deep and once we tried to put on the strips it started to bleed a bit more, so we decided to go to the ER. We went to an urgent care clinic and before we went in, my son asked for more oil. I took off his bandage and I put some more on the gash. He said it felt better.

I want to note that when I took out the oil, I think the smell of it also calmed him and made him feel relaxed. He no longer was terrified and hysterical like when he first saw the blood and thought about needing stitches.

He needed 3 stitches, and he very easily went into a papoose board which tied him so he couldn't move. He was so calm during the five shots in the eye brow area and whole procedure he just calmly said "Ow, that hurts, in a manner of fact voice" when he was getting those shots. Everyone was amazed at how calm and good he was.

We returned to the same clinic 3 days ago to get his stitches removed and there was a buzz about the office that their favorite patient returned. Apparently the doctors, nurses, and staff had shared the story about how he reacted so well to getting stitches that they were very happy to see him again.

They asked us to bring him back if he ever needed anything and two nurses gave him packs of stickers and lolly pops on the way out the door.

No doubt that the Cypress I placed on his deep cut stopped the bleeding, soothed the injury site, and calmed his nerves.

I have so many stories of these oils that I've used for different cuts and wounds or stitches for myself and my children. I will post them all sometime, but this testimonial for Cypress oil really blessed my son and me recently!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: wound-/-gash — "The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."Link
2.Associated topics: wound-/-gash — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
3.Associated topics: wound-/-gash — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
4.Associated topics: wound-/-gash,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
5.Associated topics: wound-/-gash — "Melaleuca Alternifolia [tea tree] Hydrogel... was compared with tap water as a coolant following application onto a fresh, deep, partial-thickness hot water burn.... Effective cooling of the burn wound and an increased rate of wound healing was achieved by both repeated tap water compresses and by immediate or delayed application of Melaleuca Hydrogel. Cooling is an effective means to reduce tissue damage and increase wound healing."Link
6.Associated topics: wound-/-gash,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
7.Associated topics: wound-/-gash,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
8.Associated topics: wound-/-gash,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

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