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essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Started by Linda
Posted: July 4, 2006 at 22:12
Hi guys,
Alot of you know who I am and my story. And in the past, each time I contracted MRSA it was in a wound site and the blood and I didn't have any other places on my skin. I had been MRSA free for 3 1/2 months and had to go in for a biopsy on june 22. And unfortunately by sunday the 25th the biopsy site was infected. I am back on IV vanc twice a day, but I noticed that I have 2 or 3 places on my arm and around the site that look like blisters, and very intense itching. I knew from all of the posts I've read that it was from the MRSA also and to try not to touch or scratch to avoid spreading. Since I'm a herbal pharmacist I know that tea tree oil is affective on the MRSA sores. I figured that the essential oils that I know are astringents and affective in healing wounds might be pretty affective in the proper combination. So I went back to my chemistry herb book and came up with a formula that might wind up being pretty affective on the boils and such. I used it on what I have and it seems to be shrinking them and really helps with the intense itching. Here is what I combined. I started out with tea tree oil, then added 1 tsp of sage oil, thyme oil, yarrow oil, rosemary oil, and peppermint oil. All of these oils all have antiseptic qualities in them. Then I added the oils to calendula salve with a little bacitracin ointment. I shook it all up well and put it in a small spray bottle. I sprayed it on and let it dry somewhat and then covered it with a bandage. I sprayed it last night to the incision site as it was very painful and had created a large blister in the middle of the mess because its located partially under my left arm, so every time I move, it rubs and irritates it. This morning the area didn't look near as inflamed, red, and wasn't as hard. So maybe this might be a good formula for some of you guys to try. It's showing signs of it being a good possible ointment for treating the boils. So I just wanted to pass this along so others who need something else to try will have the information. If you try it, let me know how it works for you. Linda
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Re: essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Reply #1 by Mina
Posted: July 5, 2006
Hi Linda,
The combination I use is essential oils, tea tree oil, lavender, and eucalyptus. They seem to work pretty good, on anything that may have the potential to be a MRSA lesion, pimples, bumps.
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Re: essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Reply #2 by Dave
Posted: July 5, 2006 at 04:37
Hi Mina,

Are you using equal parts of each oil? Are you as a salve, spray, or what? Thanks Dave
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Re: essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Reply #3 by Mina
Posted: July 5, 2006 at 07:50
Dave, I am using equal parts of each. I bought a small blue colored glass bottle to mix the three together. They are available in some natural foods shops, or online. I used it full strength, however it is strong, I only dipped a q tip in the oils and that was more than plenty. I used that on the inside of my elbow when I felt I needed to decolonize there.

I agree with Cathy. We have to be careful with essential oils. They can be very irritating, and should not get in eyes, or mucous membranes.

I think you can try the oil combination in a number of ways. You can add it to a carrier oil to dilute it's strength a bit.
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Re: essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Reply #4 by Linda
Posted: July 5, 2006 at 16:26
Dave,Mina, Cathy,
Yes essential oils are very potent, especially the ones whos active constituents are an antiseptic quality and blood cleanser. This is why I combined them with Calendula. It is one of the best things hands down for any form of skin irritant from the slightest scratch to the gaping wound. So adding essential oils to this already healing potential compound should be very effective. 3 of these oils also have blood cleansing abilities as well as antiseptic qualities. Calendula is easy to find and in several forms. You can get it in a cream, gel, spray and ointment(salve) I've used it several times combining it with tea tree oil and garlic oil for wrestlers with ringworm problems along with oral suppliment support and they've been cleared up in less than a week, which is important to them so they can compete in weekend tournaments. The big thing with the calendula is that it tends to tone down the abrasiveness of the essential oils so that you can use them full strength, which of course is going to be A much more effective and quicker treatment. Also, just using calendula and tea tree oil seems to be tolerable to use to swab the nostrils, which I'm doing this time around. I want to do everything I can to not remain a carrier of this terrible infection.
One more thing I will share with all of you that are into using essential oils and know how steep the cost of an ounce can be. For many of the oils that are harder to find and therefore seem to be the ones that cost an arm and a leg, you can make your own, but it takes 4-6 weeks minimum before it will have any potency to it. And them the longer you let it steep the more effective it will become. All you need to do is buy the herb in bulk form ( I purchase them in 1-4 lb bags) and then you use mason jars. You pack the jar with the dried herb and use as much safflower or walnut oil needed to completely cover the herb. Cover with lid and leave on a sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse for 2-3 weeks. Then you pour the mixture into a jelly bag or piece of muslin. sqeeze the oil through the bag. Then you repeat the process using the already once infused oil. Wait 2 weeks again and strain once more and then pour into storage bottles. This is very cost effective especially with eucalyptus, Lavender, and rare oils like St. Johns Wart, and sage, and yarrow. Lavender flowers will cost you about $14. for a 4lb bulk bag. I make my own oils, teas, and extracts of the herbs I use the most.
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Re: essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Reply #5 by Mina
Posted: July 5, 2006 at 19:38
Thanks for the info Linda. I've also used Calendula and I use it on my baby. I used it to help with cradle, with much success. I also use it for a base for essential oils, just like you've suggested. The one I like is Calendula in an olive oil base.
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Re: essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Reply #6 by Linda
Posted: July 11, 2006 at 14:24
Hi Guys,
just wanted to give everyone an update on the experimental essential oil blend I've been using. I saw my ID doc last thursday, and I had started back in the IV vanc on the monday evening. By that thurs, the infection site was looking 100% better. It had decreased to only about half the size that was infected. It had initially spread and swelled to cover almost the entire area under my left arm. But I had developed two spongy blisters that are about the size of the end of your little finger, so pretty good size. So I started using the oil blend on it, keeping it bandaged during the day and leaving it open overnight. The ID doc didn't like the looks of the blisters and wanted to see about having the surgeon open them up, but I reminded him that I had the very same thing on one of my breast incisions and nothing drained from it. And I'm thinking I don't need anymore cuts or opening to invite the infection into. This morning you can hardly see the blisters at all. They have reduced in size by more than half, and I know it's the essential oils that are doing it. So now I've bumped up how often I'm applying it in hopes that by thursday when I see him again, He'll take me off the IVs and pull my pic-line. This blend of oils are working against MRSA. So if anyone else out there wants to try it, here is the formula. 1-2 tbls calendula salve, gel, or ointment, 1 1/2 tsp bacitracin ointment, 1 tsp comfrey creme(optional) 2 tbls tea tree oil, 1 tsp eucalyptus oil, 1 tsp sage, rosemary, yarrow, lavender, and peppermint(optional- but really helps to relieve intense itching) Shake until blended and put in spray bottle. Apply one squirt and rub in well. Repeat 1-2 more times then bandage.
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Re: essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Reply #7 by Linda
Posted: July 11, 2006 at 14:25
OOPs, I forgot the thyme oil. I used 1 tsp of it as well.
Linda
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