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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A motorcycle burn & the healing power of essential oils

Today I accidentally leaned into the fiery hot muffler of a friend’s motorcycle right after I got on. I am aware I need to keep my legs from touching these hot parts; regardless, today I got the reminder loud and clear. I am now sporting a half-dollar sized burn mark on my calf. To say this hurts is an understatement, but what’s done is done. Now it’s time for the healing to begin.

Initially I put ice on it because I rode out to a restaurant and was unable to get to my arsenal of medications at home for a few hours. The ice did help and even numbed the area a bit, but I could still feel the heat of the burn deep into my calf. Once I got home I immediately put lavender essential oil on the spot and, as I knew it would, it took the burning pain away instantly.

Lavender has many attributes; one virtue is its quick absorption and healing ability. As with all essential oils, lavender has antibacterial properties. With any kind of skin injury, including today’s burn, keeping bacterial infection away is priority #1. Lavender is also soothing to cuts and scrapes as well as burns, whether it’s a sunburn or a burn from an oven, an iron, or a hot motorcycle muffler. In fact, lavender is said to be a contact healer, meaning that it soothes burns (and other injuries) on contact. I know this was definitely the case with me today.

I now have a large bandage (soaked in lavender) on the area, and I can’t even feel the injury. I will continue to put lavender on this place and eventually it should be OK.
  • Lesson 1: Don’t lean into a motorcycle’s muffler (or burn your skin in any other way)
  • Lesson 2: Use lavender essential oil if you do
This and many essential oils can be found in most health food stores. Lavender is in my personal medicine cabinet as one of the essential oils I reach for often.

The next thing to do for my skin injury is to keep it covered, away from sun exposure. Learn more about the importance of this and how to keep hyperpigmentation away:
For more detailed information on this essential “medication” see: