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PanAway Instead Of Stitches For Deep Gash

Author: Dawn R.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 12-06-2010
Views: 6,927
Word Count: 413
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 4993-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Our daughter cut her hand on jagged glass pretty badly today. It looked like stitches for sure. She said she felt it hit the bone, and I saw a deep place that could well have been near the bone -- the best description I can give is that it looked darkly bloody and meaty inside.

I put the PanAway oil blend on it and (on the way to the ER, in my mind) drove her to my husbands for a second opinion (he was 2 minutes away, in his truck preparing to leave). By the time we got there, the bleeding had completely stopped and it was closed up so well that it looked shallow to him.

Since there was never any heavy bleeding and no apparent nerve damage, and Young Living is our only health insurance, we decided to bypass the ER. By the time we got to the store (maybe 10 minutes more) for first-aid stuff, she was feeling well enough to bop along the aisles with her friend, looking at the Halloween clearance items.

We got home and he was dressing it (with more PanAway): Her eyes welled up with tears and I rushed over and asked if it was hurting again. No, she was just upset at the appearance of the bandage and felt embarrassed at the thought of being seen at choir practice that way!

This was just about an hour after it happened. The rest of the night, she proceeded to do anything with that hand that wasn't prohibited by the bandage, including eating with a spoon and keeping time to a song by tapping HER BANDAGED FINGER on her other hand.

When we changed the dressing at bedtime (more PanAway), the cut had completely sealed itself and looked dramatically different from the wound we'd seen earlier. Thank HEAVENS for PanAway!! And now I dare anyone to complain to me about the price of good, therapeutic grade oils. Even if the entire small bottle on her finger is used, that is a $45 wound instead of a $450 Emergency Room visit!!

12/1/10 Update: She's been using Lavender oil mixed into KidScents Lotion to prevent scarring; it is clearing up beautifully! She says there has been no pain at all since she got to quit wearing the splint on about the third day.

She hasn't lost any feeling at all, nor does she have that prickly-numb sensation that my hand still has after stitches 20 years ago.

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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,scar-tissue — "[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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