Oregano Oil and Burns
What are burns?
A burn involves damage to the skin and its underlying layers caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, light radiation or friction. If the burn causes profound damage, especially in sensitive locations such as in the face or along the airway or the extent of the injury covers a lot of skin surface, the patient can die of severe complications such as shock, infection, respiratory distress and electrolyte imbalance.
Burns are classified based on the severity of tissue damage. Superficial thickness burns involves damage only to the epidermis and its classic sign is simply redness, with or without pain. Partial thickness burns can either reach only the superficial dermis, which manifests with blisters and clear fluid or the deep dermis, wherein a whiter appearance will be appreciated. Partial thickness burns are the most painful type of burns to have and produce the most inflammation. Full thickness burns reach the subcutaneous tissue wherein the patient will only experience minimal pain and eschar formation will be seen. Finally, subdermal burns involve complete destruction of the epidermis, dermis, subcutaneous fat and tissue and in some cases, even the fascia, muscles and bone are damaged. It’s not painful and its hard, leather-like eschar, as well as purplish fluid will be seen.
How can oregano oil provide relief for minor burns?
Oregano oil can stop the pain and speed up healing on your minor burns. Minor burns mean superficial thickness and partial thickness burns involving only the superficial dermis that are smaller than 3 inches in diameter and do not involve the hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks or a major joint. This type of burn usually heals by itself, provided infection is prevented.
In minor burns, proper care involves cooling the burn, cleaning and bandaging, as well as taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Because oregano oil is a powerful antiseptic (Hersch-Martinez, et al., 2005), it can kill and inhibit the growth of microorganisms that can penetrate your system because of the burnt area. Its anti-inflammatory properties (Landa, et al., 2009) can also help speed up healing and its analgesic properties will stop the pain after just a few minutes of discomfort following application. For partial thickness/second degree burns, blisters are expected to subside following topical application.
According to the book The Cure is in the Cupboard, oregano oil can treat burns by using the homeopathic principle of “treating like with like”. Oregano oil does produce a hot and sometimes burning sensation in concentrated solutions, and yet it works effectively against burns.
How should oregano oil be used for mild burns?
Mix 1 to 2 drops of pure oregano oil with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and apply it directly to the affected area. Applied immediately, it may even prevent the formation of blisters. You may repeat application as needed to stop the pain.
Before using oregano oil, make sure you have conducted a patch test and determined you are not allergic to it. Otherwise, severe allergic reactions may occur. If you are pregnant or nursing, using oregano oil is not recommended. Consult your health care provider if you’re being treated for a medical condition to avoid unwanted drug interactions.
Many people have expressed how quickly their minor burns have healed because of the use of oregano oil. In fact, there are even documented cases wherein it was used for third degree or partial thickness burns that extend to the deep dermis with great results. To experience for yourself how effective it really is against so many conditions, get your own bottle of wild oregano oil and you’ll surely be a happy customer.
Hersch-Martinez P., Leaños-Miranda B.E. and Solorzano-Santos F. Antibacterial effects of commercial essential oils over locally prevalent pathogenic strains in Mexico. Fitoterapia. 2005; 76(5): 453-457.
Landa P., Kokoska L., Pribylova M., Vanek T. and Marsik P. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of carvacrol: Inhibitory effect on COX-2 catalyzed prostaglandin E(2) biosynthesis. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 2009; 32(1): 75-78.