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Sunburn Made Me Raw Like A Tomato


Author: Katie T.
Date: 09-25-2009
Views: 4,017
Word Count: 230
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 3798-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 7

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It was around the second day of spring and I was enojoying the fine weather in Sydney whilst weeding my garden and didn't even feel myself getting burnt. I came in after an hour or so to find myself red raw like a tomato. I had a shower and immediately began applying Peppermint oil mixed with olive oil for the heat and pain and it was like applying an icepack... no pain!

Next morning I applied Lavender oil to heal the skin. I then mixed 3 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Peppermint in 1/4 cup of Olive Oil as this was all I had in the house (V-6 carrier oil would be better I suspect). I applied this combination morning and night for the next few days. Until the pain and redness went away.

6 days after getting burnt my skin got quite dry and itchy (like peeling but without any real flaking of the skin like it usually would after sunburn) this was easliy solved by moisturising with an essential oils moisturiser and after two days of that my skin was softer than I have EVER felt it. All up it took around 8 days to completely heal.

I also had Acne on my back and this went away during this period too... I think I will continue usuing the Lavender for my acne as well!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: acne-/-pimples-/-zits — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.Associated topics: sunburn — "Burn Healing Potential of Nigella sativa seed oil in rats.... Nigella sativa L. (Black cumin) has shown a broad spectrum of pharmacological effects like antipyretic [fever reducing], analgesic [pain reducing], anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.... The present study suggests the burn wound healing action of seeds may be due to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of major compounds in the oil."Link
3.Associated topics: sunburn — "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
4.Associated topics: acne-/-pimples-/-zits — "Tea tree oil... has become increasingly popular as an antimicrobial for the treatment of conditions such as tinea pedis [athlete’s foot] and acne....[T]ea tree oil can reduce histamine-induced skin inflammation."Link
5.Associated topics: acne-/-pimples-/-zits — "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
6.Associated topics: acne-/-pimples-/-zits — "[W]e suggest that Geumgamja [Korean Citrus obovoides] and Cheonyahagyul [Citrus natsudaidai] essential oils are attractive acne-mitigating candidates for topical application... against acne-inducing bacteria."Link
7.Associated topics: acne-/-pimples-/-zits — "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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