Herbs For Healing Skin
Skin blisters seem to come out of nowhere. Maybe you were
blissfully working on the garden all afternoon, or maybe you
couldn’t resist wearing those too-tight shoes.
Or maybe you went all out to make a big dinner and
accidentally burned yourself on a hot pan. However it may have
happened, chances are you will find yourself with a throbbing
Blisters are small areas on the skin where the skin cells
have broken, causing fluid to leak. The fluid leaks and then
pools, and then causes the outer layer of skin to separate from
the underlying skin tissue. This results in a painful
If you find yourself with a particularly painful skin
blister, the best thing to do is to leave it intact. If you
touch or break the blister, there is a much higher chance that
it will eventually become infected. Take a hands-off approach
to skin blisters and let it heal on its own.
However, if you want to help nature along, there are many
easy and gentle herbal remedies that you can use to help repair
the broken skin cells.
Lavender Essential Oil: The
essential oil from the lavender plan is believed by many
herbalists to contain many skin cell-rejuvenating properties.
Many herbalists and naturopath doctors believe that lavender
essential oil can help speed the healing of a blister.
Although lavender essential oil is powerful and effective,
it also stands as one of the few essential oils that can be
applied directly to the skin without first diluting it in a
carrier oil. Simply put a few drops of pure lavender essential
oil onto a cotton ball and apply to the blister. You can even
cover the cotton ball with an adhesive bandage for long-term
Make sure you are using pure lavender essential oil, and not
perfume or lavender fragrance. You can apply lavender essential
oil to a blister up to two or three times a day.
An Interesting Herb Fact
Wash Sickness Away with Lavender
Lavender has been one of the most popular medicinal herbs since time immemorial. Lavender's name is derived from the Latin word lavarre, which means to wash. In ancient Arab medicine, lavender was widely used as an expectorant. In the folk medicine of Europe, lavender has held a reputation as a useful wound herb. The most common types of healing lavenders are L. angustifolia and L. spica. French lavender, L. stoechas, is perhaps one of the most commonly used varieties of lavender.
Horse Chestnut: To reduce skin blister
swelling, the herb horse chestnut can help draw out the
collection of fluid in most blisters. One naturopath doctor
recommends adding one teaspoon of horse chestnut tincture to
one cup of cool water, and then letting a clean cloth soak up
the liquid. Apply the cloth over the blister for 20 minutes or
so. You can do this for up to two or three times a day until
the blister has been emptied of fluid.
Calendula: The herb
calendula is known as a soothing and calming herb that can help
the skin heal in case a blister has broken open. You can use
calendula oil or a calendula tincture to help heal broken
blisters. If using calendula oil or a tincture, first combine
one part calendula with ten parts distilled water. Apply the
mixture directly on the broken blister and cover with an
adhesive bandage until the skin has healed.
Yarrow has been used in the past as an
emergency styptic to stop bleeding. These
Yarrow is mostly used to treat colds and
flu's, but it is also used to treat problems
with the circulatory, digestive and urinary
Dandelion: Use the
fresh stems of the dandelion plant to enact faster skin
healing. The sap of the dandelion stems is known to contain
high levels of vitamin A, which can help speed up the healing
time of most blisters. If you have dandelions in your yard,
make sure they are pesticide-free before picking them for