Sunday, October 16, 2016

Essential Oil Combination for Treatment of Skin Infections

Hey folks...last week I was hailing the properties and benefits of Clove EO (essential oil). I now have another remarkable use for essential oils.

After I was discharged from the hospital several weeks ago, I started to experience inflammation and pain in a once benign sebaceous cyst, which is located on my upper right back. I've had this cyst for almost 30 years and never had any problems with it. For the past 2 weeks, the cyst has doubled in size and become very painful. I believe the number of new drugs I was given in the hospital is the reason for the inflammation. I suppose I should have it surgically removed...but I'd prefer to not to go that route. I needed to find a way to facilitate drainage without cutting. Since this is an epidermoid cyst and located in the skin layer, I hoped that I could find a way for the pores in the skin to expand and drain.

So I went searching for information...and found the following article:

Recently, a close family member developed a nasty abscess on her back near the spine. Thinking it was a cyst, she fussed with the sore lump trying to get it to open…only to find the infected skin boil getting worse and intensely painful as days passed.

Mid-week while visiting us (before the recent Mothers Day holiday), mentioned she couldn’t lean back against her car seat when driving due to pain from the pressure. She was getting alarmed. The skin boil was so close to her spine, she feared the infection might become systemic. She was also afraid of what a doctor might do, attempting to lance the abscess, etc. and really didn’t want to make a medical appointment.

I asked if she would be willing to give gentle, strongly antibiotic, therapeutic-quality essential oils a try at least through the weekend to see how her body responded? Told her how essential oils bolster our immune system, infusing the body with natural compounds to fight and neutralize infections*. Despite having been an essential oils skeptic and naysayer, she now was willing to give them a try.

Four anti-infectious oils came to mind: CLOVE EO, LEMON EO, and two wonderful essential oil blends – one made from spices and another favorite blend with Tea Tree and Rosemary essential oils (my favorite reliable go-to choice for infections). Our relative has very sensitive skin, so I hesitated to offer either CLOVE or the spice blend, both ‘hot’ oils (skin and sensitive tissue-irritating)….which would need dilution.

Decided to check via dowsing, which essentials oils would be most effective to heal her skin boil…..a LEMON+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY essential oil blend was indicated. Further dowsing determined a 75% LEMON EO with 25% TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO ratio as best for her. So I made this custom mix in a little 2.3ml bottle for her use. A bonus was its wonderful fragrance!

She gave me permission to apply the essential oils gently to the swollen, red, angry-looking abscessed skin boil twice before she left. In the couple of hours between applications, I could see a visible change in the surface texture of the abscess…the hard inflamed surface was softening. Suggested she carry the little bottle in her purse, continuing to apply the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend am/pm after her morning shower, when she got ready for bed, and whenever she thought about it during the day.

The next morning (Thursday) her mother suggested applying a hot compress to the skin boil and within 10 minutes the skin broke open, so the abscess could begin draining. My relative was really surprised at the quick results, happy the infection would now begin healing. In doing further research on-line, we found hot compresses are a classic remedy to use on boils and abscesses.

She did make a doctor’s appointment for the following day (Friday). The doctor examined the abscess, confirming it was very good it was draining and to keep it open. A lab test sample was taken to check for staph (a common cause of skin infections) or other bacteria. (I never heard the results of that test.)

My family member asked if the essential oils may have helped the skin boil start draining so quickly? The doctor, unaware of therapeutic essential oils anti-infectious properties, assured her they likely had helped by ‘softening the skin.’ The MD advised her to continue the hot compresses, morning and evening; to wash her hands well, before-and-after touching it; and prescribed a dose of antibiotics to prevent systemic infection.

By Sunday, 4 days later, the sore had begun itching…a sure sign of healing. Putting on the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend relieved the itching. The next time we saw her, nine days later, her skin was well on the way to recovery. She was being erratic with applying hot compresses, was taking the antibiotics as prescribed, but experiencing diarrhea from intestinal disturbances, and applying the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend at least morning and evening. Once the course of antibiotics is complete, she will have to repopulate healthy intestinal flora by taking a probiotic for several weeks, since she doesn’t like to eat yogurt.

Heal Abscesses and Skin Boils Quickly with Essential Oils and Old-Fashioned Remedies

If I had a skin infection, my choice would be to not take an antibiotic prescription. Rather, I would use strongly anti-infectious, therapeutic essential oils frequently: bolstering my immune system by putting 3-6 drops of an immune bolstering essential oils blend on the soles of my feet, morning and evening. I would apply a gentle essential oils blend on and around the sore, often. And definitely apply the comforting hot compresses once or twice daily to speed the healing process.

In researching healing protocols for abscesses and infected boils, came across an old-fashioned remedy: applying a thin slice of raw potato over an infection will draw out the toxins! I wouldn’t leave it on longer than 30 minutes, flipping the slice over or changing to a new potato slice with each application. Our relative remembers using grated raw potato poultices over skin infections as a child to help them heal, something she learned from her mother. Simple old folk remedies often work, if we give them a try! - Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist

I started using the Lemon EO + Tea Tree EO + Rosemary EO combination 3 days ago. Within 24 hours, the cyst started to drain. I combined the oils in these proportions:

70 drops Lemon EO
25 drops Tea Tree EO
25 drops Rosemary EO

I used these oils for only 24 hours (applying every 4 hours). I now have covered the area with heavy gauze which I change every few hours because of drainage. Lon

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Benefits of Clove Oil

As many of you know, I am fond of essential oils for their medicinal / aromatic uses. I've touted lavender oil and tea tree oil, but recently I have been using clove bud essential oil...particularly for direct pain relief on inflamed areas of the body. It's probably the best substance I have found for shingles. It has a pungent odor...but has many benefits.

The eugenol oil is a major ingredient of clove buds. This oil is extracted from dried buds of clove via steam distillation and it is rich in eugenol acetal and caryophyllene. The scientific name of eugenol is obtained from the scientific name for clove – Eugenia caryophyllata. It is liable for the flavor of cloves. It is the prominent component in the essential oil derived from cloves, which comprises 72–90% of the total content.

Benefits of Eugenol Oil

This oil is quite stimulating and aromatic in nature and is used in the form of powder or infusion for the treatment of vomiting, flatulence, nausea, languid indigestion etc. It is also considered to be potential germicide and antiseptic. Eugenol oil is more often than not facilitated in combination with other medicines.

Anti Microbial and Anti Viral: This oil is used to deal with toothache and other gum and dental disorders. It assists combating infections in gums and tooth decay and also protects against bad breathe. If decoction of clove along with ginger, basil leaves and cinnamon is used, it can treat cold, cough, cold and sore throat also.

Anti Septic: Eugenol oil, found in clove essential oil, is known for its antiseptic properties basically due to its anti-microbial characteristics. It can be used on wounds, any type of injuries (only externally) to offer them a protective layer of anti septic effect.

Anaesthetic: Eugenol oil is used for numbing and getting relief from certain pains. Because of this property, it is used to alleviate pain due to severe burns, skin sensitivity and any kind of inflammations.

Aphrodisiac: Eugenol oil also acts as an aphrodisiac, which catapults libido. Some ancient citations manifest that it was facilitated for treating impotency, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunctions specifically in China. Nonetheless, it is not scientifically proved but due to its stimulating characteristics it is considered to be an anti depressant and mood booster.

Sedative: Eugenol oil is also used as a stress buster. If a few drops of eugenol oil is added in one glass of lukewarm water and taken, it can work as a great remedy for warding off mental fatigue, stress and offering a sound sleep. Hence, it is used to treat insomnia.

Healing Properties of Eugenol Oil: This oil is often used in multiple ways as it is rich in ingredients that helps stabilizing blood circulation and maintain body temperature. If this oil is applied externally, it can provide stimulating effects on the skin, generating redness heat.

Antifungal properties: Preliminary research has manifested that eugenol can be rich in additional, more potential medicinal value. For instance, some studies indicated that eugenol combats bacteria and eliminates the development of several fungi, like Candida albicans, the pathogen instrumental for majority of yeast infections found in human being.

In cell cultures, this oil has been found to have 1.4 and 2.3 times better in fighting C. albicans and C. tropicalis, compared to those medications of the antifungal pharmaceutical nystatin. It is often also facilitated for combating fungal infections often witnessed on the skin, vagina, and ears in some of the countries, but this remedy may lead to some kind of irritation or dermatitis, hence it is advisable to try this remedy only after consulting your health care adviser.

Antioxidant: Preliminary study and research also exhibit that eugenol oils is a great fat-soluble antioxidant, eliminating the assimilation of fat peroxide component in red blood cells, regulating the functions of the body’s antioxidant enzymes and keeping them within normal level. The complete results of laboratory studies suggests that only small quantity of eugenol is required for a great protective effect as eugenol can be injected into cell membranes and can prevent lipid peroxidation instantly in place.

Digestive Disorders: Eugenol triggers flow of enzymatic and promotes functioning of digestive. They are facilitated in several forms of gastric dyspepsia irritability. Consuming the fried cloves powder with honey, can controlling vomiting tendency. The anesthetic properties of eugunol neutralize the stomach and gullet and thus cease vomiting episodes.

Eugenol Oil for Toothache: Eugenol is the primary content of the clove oil and it is a natural pain killer. Eugenol oil is used for centuries to getting rid of toothaches. A combination of eugenol oil along with zinc oxide has been recommended by dentists to soothe toothache. Several toothpastes and mouth fresheners are equipped with eugenol oil, due to its good aromatic effect.

Carminative: It expedites digestion process by triggering secretion of hydrochloric acid found in the stomach and by catapulting peristaltic motion. It is also considered to be a great source helping in expelling gas and provide relief from flatulence.

Depurative: The flavonoids found in eugenol oil are equipped with depurative; a component that is instrumental in purification of blood. It cleans blood by eliminating free radicals found in blood.

Potential Acne Healer: While eugenol oil's safe usage is yet to be determined, it has manifested the potential to combat bacteria. As per a study conducted in the year 2009 on the antibacterial properties of eugenol oil it has been indicated that it can be used in future in the form of a therapeutic agent useful for acne.

Precautions Using Eugenol Oil

This oil may lead to some sort of allergic rashes if administered to the skin or in the inner parts of the mouth. If consumed or applied in large quantities in its undiluted form, it may lead to some reported side effects, which may include vomiting, sore throat, sedation, breathing problem, seizure, liver damage, erectile dysfunction and few others.


Eugenol oil is the primary component of clove oil and is equipped with multiple health benefits and is used to treat several medical conditions. Blending with different other essential oils, eugenol oil can become even more effective in treating certain medical conditions. It is always suggested to take advice of physician before using this oil as it may lead to some side effects if used in excess quantity. -