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Boiling Chicken Broth Damaged My Hand

Author: Alice R.
Skill: Naturopath
Date: 08-22-2013
Views: 1,947
Word Count: 665
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 8826-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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The broth had been boiling for 45 minutes, cooking the chicken. I had added some olive oil already. I was beginning the process of pulling off some of the broth and putting it into a half-gallon mason jar. I had the jar in my left hand over the boiling pot of broth, I took my ladle and got my first load of steaming goodness, lifted it over the jar and promptly missed the jar and poured that boiling chicken broth over the back of my left hand.

I am a Massage Therapist and for an instant I was mortified because I envisioned months of painful recovery time. I held firm the jar so that I didn't add lacerations to my foot or boiling broth to my face by dropping it. I put the jar very carefully on the counter across the kitchen and rinsed the burn with cool water and a dash of soap. By now it was hurting at about a level of 22 on the pain scale of 1 - 10!

I immediately remembered the story of how Aromatherapy got it's beginnings, with a scientist burning his hand in the lab and sticking it in a vat of Lavender Essential Oil. So I got my bottle of Lavender and put drops everywhere it was hurting. From the web of my thumb to 3 inches up my forearm. It was about 5 drops.

It stopped the pain for about 10 seconds. So I repeated the application every time it began hurting again for the next two hours. By that time, the pain was removed for up to 10 minutes and I was able to apply only three drops over the area. I repeated this for the next two hours, then I went to bed.

When I woke the next morning it was burning still at a level of about 11 on the pain scale. So I grabbed the Lavender and applied three drops to the area. I noticed that the skin was pink all over the area, but no blisters had formed, and the skin was smooth and there was no visible swelling.

In about three hours, the pain had reduced to an intense sunburn type stinging on the inside whenever I needed to reapply the Lavender oil and that was happening about every hour now. However, all morning my thumb joint felt like it was separated and popped several times. So I knew even though I didn't see any swelling on the outside, there was damage on the inside.

By the end of the day, my thumb joint over to about mid-hand and down about three inches of the forearm began aching like the muscles were overworked. The stinging continued to be my signal that I needed to apply the Lavender, but between those applications I began to apply Valor (just two drops) to the area to begin rebuilding the muscle and repair the nerves.

I continued this over the next week and I was able to apply only three times a day.

On the first day of the second week, I tried giving a one hour massage. Even though I protected my thumb joint as best I could, it was hurting like I had sprang the joint. So I continued working only giving Raindrop Techniques and NO massages.

At the end of that week, the thumb joint had a slight nerve burning around it and the muscles were hurting at about a 7. So I called my chiropractor and she applied Laser Therapy to the entire injured area. That was on a Friday, and over the weekend the joint felt good with minimal pain. I went in again on Monday for another treatment and on Monday evening resumed massaging clients.

My skin was healed and kept in perfect condition with the Lavender oil, but the tissues within sustained damage. So it was a bit like having major surgery laparoscopically.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: joints — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
2.Associated topics: joints — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
3.Associated topics: nerve-pain — "The patient was successfully treated with topical peppermint oil [for postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles].... The authors believe this is the first evidence of peppermint oil (or menthol) having a strong analgesic effect on neuropathic pain."Link
4.Associated topics: nerve-pain — "Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."Link
5.Associated topics: burns — "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
6.Associated topics: burns — "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
7.Associated topics: muscles — "[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."Link
8.Associated topics: joints,muscles — "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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