Burns or Sunburns
BURNS OR SUNBURN
In most aromatherapy books there is reference to the famous story of a French chemist, Professor Rene Maurice Gattefosse who, in 1920, burnt his hand badly in a laboratory explosion while doing tests. He immediately plunged his burned hand into the first cold liquid he could find which happened to be neat oil of lavender. It healed within a few hours leaving no scar. This resulted in soldiers being treated during World War I with lavender. His book Aromathérapie was published in 1928, and he coined the term “aromatherapy.” The oils listed are soothing and healing to burns or sunburn and may reduce scarring.
Suggested essential oils: Chamomile (German or Roman), lavender, niaouli, tea tree, benzoin, frankincense.