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Frostbite On Fingers After Building Snow Fort


Author: Kathy E.
Date: 03-09-2014
Views: 5,535
Word Count: 367
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 9459-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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My son was outside playing in the snow on a cold day. He was trying to build a snow fort and got snow in-between the cuff of his coat and his mitten. When he came in the house, he was saying how cold his hand was. When I realized it was really sore and swollen, I knew he had a touch of frostbite on his entire hand and fingers.

I used Cypress and Lavender oils with epsom salts in a bath and had him soak in it for about 20 minutes to get the circulation going. Then I put Lavender, Cypress, Thyme, and the Melrose oil blend in layers on his fingers and hand. Before bed I put some Animal Scents Ointment on his hand.

He was awake on and off about every 1 1/2 hours most of the night because of the pain in his hand. I put Copaiba, the PanAway oil blend, and Peppermint on his fingers, diluted with coconut oil, but that caused him too much discomfort. I put these same oils on his feet about 2 hours later.

Around 2:45 am, I put Copaiba, PanAway, Clove, and Peppermint on his spine. He was finally able to sleep for 4 1/2 hours. When he woke up, the swelling was reduced, and the redness had receded to his fingertips and in-between the fingers (the places where it was hard to get the oils to stay on).

I kept applying oils throughout the day, and by the afternoon he said they were "all better now." I knew they weren't because they still had redness around the edges. I kept applying Animal Scents, Lavender, and Melrose for the next week.

After 7 days the skin on the tips turned white, and now the skin is starting to peel off his fingertips. He says it does not hurt. The skin underneath looks very healthy. I am sure the oils have helped regenerate the skin and build the tissue to help him have a successful recovery.

I think if I did not have all the oils listed, Lavender and Animal Scents Ointment would have been enough. But because I had them on hand, I used what I had to try to encourage more skin regeneration.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: swelling-/-swollen-/-puffy — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
2.Associated topics: skin — "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: skin — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
4.Associated topics: skin — "[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: skin — "Tea tree oil (TTO) (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used recently as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to a variety of aetiological microbial agents, including mainly bacterial infections. We detail... the successful treatment with TTO of a paediatric patient with warts on her right middle finger. TTO was applied topically once daily to the lesions for 12 days, with a successful outcome, including complete re-epithelization of the infected areas. The case highlights the potential use of TTO in the treatment of common warts due to human papilloma virus."Link
6.Associated topics: skin — "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
7.Associated topics: skin — "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
8.Associated topics: skin — "[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

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