Use this topical spray to cut down on the risk of infection after your next boo-boo.
Germ Fighter Spray
- 12 drops tea tree oil
- 6 drops eucalyptus oil
- 6 drops lemon oil
- 2 ounces distilled water or herbal tincture
Combine the ingredients, and shake well to disperse the oils before each use.
Dispense this formula from a spray bottle as needed on minor cuts, burns, or abrasions to prevent infection and speed healing. As an alternative to the distilled water, you can use a tincture made from an antiseptic herb such as Oregon grape root.
If you do this, keep in mind that tinctures contain alcohol, which will make the essential oils disperse better and increase the antiseptic properties of the spray, but it will also sting more on an open wound. Apply immediately and then several times a day to keep the wound clean and encourage healing.
Simple cuts and scrapes can easily be treated with antiseptic essential oils. A mist of diluted oil is an excellent way to apply them. Herbal salves containing antiseptic essential oils are also effective in treating scrapes or wounds that aren’t too deep. See our article on Aromatherapy Treatment for Dermatitis for instructions for adding oils to a premade salve.
Need to protect your cut? Many of the resins and balsams such as benzoin, frankincense, and myrrh actually form a protective barrier over the wound that acts as an antiseptic “Band-Aid.” In an emergency, don’t forget that you can dab a little lavender or tea tree oil directly on a scrape, as they are among the least irritating oils.
Essential oils for cuts and scrapes: benzoin, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, rose, tea treeTo learn more about Aromatherapy and other alternative medicines, see:
- Aromatherapy: Here you will learn about aromatherapy, how it works, what part essential oils play, and how to use aromatherapy.
- Essential Oils Profiles: We have collected profiles of dozens of plants that are used to produce essential oils. On these pages, you will learn the properties and preparations for the most popular essential oils.
- How to Treat Common Conditions With Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can be used to treat a number of conditions, from asthma to depression to skin problems. Here you will learn how to treat some common medical problems with aromatherapy.
- Home Remedies: We have gathered over a hundred safe, time-tested home remedies for treating a wide variety of medical complaints yourself.
- Herbal Remedies: Herbal remedies and aromatherapy can be very similar, and they stem from similar historic roots. On this page, you will find all of our herb profiles and instructions for treating medical problems with herbal remedies.
Kathi Keville is director of the American Herb Association and editor of the American Herb Association Quarterly newsletter. A writer, photographer, consultant, and teacher specializing in aromatherapy and herbs for over 25 years, she has written several books, including Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art and Pocket Guide to Aromatherapy, and has written over 150 articles for such magazines as New Age Journal, The Herb Companion, and New Herbal Remedies.
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