Whether we have been bitten by an insect, burned while cooking, or have woke up to one following a long day of travelling in uncomfortable shoes, we can all agree on one thing – blisters hurt!
Gone are the days in which we would normally drench our blisters in Neosporin before covering them with countless bandages.
Now, there are more natural and super effective ways to make blisters a worry of the past.
One of the most powerful groups of natural medicines is the majestic essential oils.
While there are plenty of them that will do the trick, here are some of the best essential oils to use for blisters.
Lavender oil is one of the most sought-after oils on the market as it is versatile enough to improve just about any situation.
Note that it is a mild anesthetic and anti-inflammatory so it will soothe the affected area, reduce swelling and relieve some of the pain and clear up any itching and sensitivity that may be associated with the blister.
In addition to soothing the discomfort that comes with your blisters, lavender oil has been shown to be a capable intervention for accelerating wound healing (1).
Furthermore, because of its vasodilatation and antispasmodic effects, any additional tension is also relieved.
Also, being that many blisters tend to become infected, lavender oil is a great one to use as it is a natural antibiotic.
Another plus for lavender oil is that it is one of the mildest essential oils out there and many individuals even use it undiluted but you should still err on the side of caution and dilute any essential oil you use.
To use lavender oil for your blisters, combine about 4 drops with about 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and apply on and around the target area.
Inhalation is also recommended, especially if you are in pain. You can inhale lavender oil directly from the bottle or by diffusion.
The pharmaceutical industry, as well as those who prefer a more naturopathic way of healing, will often swear by tea tree oil so greatly that it is commonly an active ingredient in many topic solutions.
The astringent quality of tea tree will shrink the pulsating blood vessels and dry the blister out making it less tender.
If the blister has popped or has begun to drain out, apply a diluted version of tea tree oil prevent infection.
Tea tree oil’s effect on blisters is so potent that it has even been found to have a notable antiviral effect on the notoriously stubborn HSV virus that causes cold sores (2).
But even after the blister has disappeared, you should continue to apply tea tree oil to prevent any scarring that may try to form.
While tea tree oil is probably one of the most undeniable cures of its kind, be careful when applying it directly to the skin as it may cause major stinging if not prepared properly.
Dilute it by combining about 3 to 4 drops with about 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil.
Alternately, you can apply a thin coat of the carrier oil on the blister before adding tea tree but start with only a drop or two, especially if you are known to have sensitive skin.
Peppermint oil’s star quality is its high menthol content which is a compound that, when applied to the skin, provides a natural cooling and tingling sensation which eases the associated pain.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties which further help to soothe the burning or irritation that may accompany your blister.
Like tea tree oil, a study also found that peppermint oil could potentially calm and reduce cold sore blisters, however, the study was completed under lab conditions so results may vary en vivo (3).
You will want to be careful when applying peppermint oil to a blister that has already been popped open.
It will cleanse the area and prevent any harmful invaders from infecting it, but it can cause a bit of burning when applied to an open blister so be sure to dilute it beforehand.
Dilution is similar to lavender and tea tree mentioned previously but for best results, you should also inhale peppermint oil’s aroma directly from the bottle or via diffusion.
This is because it’s pain relieving capabilities also work via our olfactory system.
It is an analgesic so, in addition to soothing your mind to dismiss the pain at-hand, it will also relieve it on a physical level.
As an immune system stimulant, eucalyptus oil sends signals to the brain and the rest of the body to encourage a faster recovery process.
Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities work together on thoroughly disinfecting blisters while simultaneously reducing the swelling.
Eucalyptus is also a potent cleanser that it has the ability to kill off some of the strongest viruses and bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.
Furthermore, this oil has great strength and a compelling scent of relaxation to it and is not often tied to complications.
However, you should still only limit yourself to using it four times per day.
Following the healing of the blister, you can continue to responsibly apply eucalyptus oil to repair any damaged skin that may have been left behind.
Like the other essential oils mentioned on this list, you can dilute eucalyptus oil by combining about 4 drops with about 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and applying it on and around the damaged area.
Though it can work miracles on any virtually any type of blister, it works best for those that arise due to friction, such as foot blisters.
If your blister has become infected or has popped but seems to be healing slowly, frankincense oil is a safe bet. This oil works on overdrive to return your skin to its natural state (or as close to it as possible) and remedy any physical damage that may have been left behind after the healing process has taken place.
Furthermore, it is a natural anti-bacterial so it attacks any outside threats and helps to ward off any oncoming ones.
The control that frankincense has over your mental state is so soothing that after inhaling the aroma, your brain will naturally begin to minimize the pain. As it has a strong hold on the body’s immune system, it can boost the repair rate of the blister leading to faster healing.
Often used to treat joint pains, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can be used for big jobs as well as minor blisters. Frankincense is also a great option for those with sensitive skin as it is not as harsh as tea tree or peppermint.
Each of these oils can help you get rid of blisters in little to no time.
Their different but synergistic anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic (pain relieving) and immune system boosting properties help to not only soothe and reduce blisters, but they also effectively repair your skin as well.
Needless to say, some essential oils are gentler while others can cause a great deal of burning during the healing process.
Before applying, it is always advised to dilute them with a carrier oil such as coconut, sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, or olive oil.
Dilution is recommended, even with the milder oils, just to be safe and it can help to prevent excessive use and improve absorption.
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