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Lavender Use On My Mole Incision


Author: Melissa P.
Date: 02-04-2005
Views: 5,209
Word Count: 278
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 613-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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My dermatologist recently removed a few "suspect" moles from my back. For one of those moles, he decided that more needed to be removed. When all was said and done, he left a 1-1/4" long incision that required stitches. As I was leaving their office, I was given a prescription for an antibiotic cream, a prescription for pain killers, and an appointment to return and have the stitches removed.

When I returned for that follow-up appointment, the nurse took one look at my back and began to scold me for delaying the removal of my stitches. I was dumbfounded. I told her that I was there at the exact time they set my appointment for. She scoffed and checked my chart only to find that I was being truthful. She then looked at my incision again and asked me if I had used the antibiotic cream prescribed. I sheepishly admitted that I had shredded both prescriptions and had used Young Living's Lavender oil on the incision twice a day. She was very surprised. She said that she'd never seen an incision heal so quickly. She felt that I should have been there three days earlier to avoid her having to DIG the stitches out. Needless to say, she dug them out and I continued to use Lavender and then Idaho Balsam Fir to finish the healing (from the digging) and hopefully minimize the scarring. I'm still working on it, but I have to say that the scar looks much better than I ever thought it would. It's pretty faded and I hope one day gone!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: antibiotic — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link
2.Associated topics: moles — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
3.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
4.Associated topics: cut-/-laceration-/-incision,scars — "[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
5.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
6.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
7.Associated topics: cut-/-laceration-/-incision,scars — "[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
8.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

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