Pictures from a burn treated with a home-made natural remedy that you can make too!
Since my cancer diagnosis 6 years ago (feels good to write that!) I have been researching and developing my own personal care products to use instead of submitting myself to synthetics and chemical preservatives. My research has led me to find amazing natural ingredients that are extremely powerful.
One such ingredient is sea buckthorn seed oil.
Native to Europe and Asia, the sea buckthorn bush produces a bright orange berry. Oils are taken from the pulp of the berry (sea buckthorn oil), or from the seed (sea buckthorn seed oil). The oils from both are used widely for many ailments. It seems to have strong healing properties especially on the mucous membranes, like the inside of your mouth, and many use it to heal canker sores and mouth ulcers. It also works wonders on burns. Interestingly, when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident happened in 1986, sea buckthorn seed oil was collected and distributed by the Soviet government to those suffering radiation burns because of it’s effectiveness, low incidence of side effects, and ease of use.
There have been no reported or noted negative side effects from using the oil.
I am currently developing, through my company, MOON Organics, a serum for those undergoing radiation therapy for cancer. Radiation treatment can sometimes produce burns and irritation on the skin which can be annoying and painful. (anyone who has had a bad sunburn can relate…but this one can last for weeks) I am using sea buckthorn oil along with other powerful natural ingredients to help heal and soothe these burns.
From time to time, myself or my family will have a skin issue that needs treatment. Being a registered nurse, I know what needs medical treatment, and what I can help myself. On April 15th at about 8pm, my daughter was at a friend’s house and bit into a microwaved “hot-pocket”. (not the dietary item I would feed my own child, but you know how that goes with teens) The contents spilled out onto her lip and chin causing second degree burns. Second degree burns involve the second layer of the epidermis causing redness, swelling and blistering of the skin, and usually take about 2-3 weeks to heal (sometimes more if infection is a factor)
Second degree burns can leave a scar, so I really didn’t want one on her beautiful face. I knew I had to heal it fast.
I immediately made an ointment from Sea buckthorn seed oil, kukui nut oil, and aloe butter (equal parts aloe and kukui nut oil… 2.5 ml each, with 8 drops of sea buckthorn seed)….all powerful healing and soothing plant ingredients. She began applying the ointment 2-3 x /day. I instructed her NOT to pop the blisters , but let them go on their own. The trick to reducing scars is to keep the area moist. When the area was no longer “open”, she applied tea tree oil as well. (tea tree oil has been a well known healing oil used for hundreds of years…available at most pharmacies in the US) The ointment was discarded after 1 week.
Here is the same area April 20th 8pm, 5 days later.
These types of burns can sometimes take weeks to heal. She will continue to apply the tea tree oil until it is completely gone.
The purpose of this post is to show you that there are many natural ingredients that can do the same job or better in treating minor issues than over-the-top triple antibiotic ointments with chemcials and preservatives.
One example of the power of nature…my cancer was treated with a chemotherapy (Taxotere) that came from a component of the yew tree that grows in western United States.
This is not meant to be used as medical advice and I certainly , under no circumstances, mean for this to serve as encouragement to ignore medical treatment as ignoring medical treatment in certain instances can have severe consequences. For ANY burns that involve an area larger than the palm of your hand or for ANY second degree burns on children ALWAYS seek medical help as the burns can cause fluid loss and serious effects inside your body.
However, for minor issues, there are usually great remedies…sometimes in your own pantry.
For more information on burns click here
For purchasing natural ingredients go to Mountain Rose Herbs (click the link to the right)