It’s the kind of thing that sounds like it comes from your “out-there,” granola-eating, tree-hugging cousin. You know, the wacky one with the healing crystals and salt lamps.
Well, it turns out that maybe that cousin ISN’T so wacky after all.
Those healing crystals won’t do much, of course. And a salt lamp’s only real use might be as a night light. But there’s something else that gets lumped in with those things. And it isn’t as “out there” as you might believe.
New research finds the essential oils that are often used in “New Age healing” might be able to heal in every other age, too. And that includes at whatever age you’re in right now.
And, in fact, essential oils might even help with something ugly that’s been making a BIG comeback. A crucial compound in some of these oils might help stimulate healing in hard-to-treat wounds.
Essential oils could become a first-aid essential
There was a time when any old wound could turn into a life-or-death battle. And that was especially true if they became infected.
Now, with stronger bacteria and failing antibiotic drugs, wounds are turning into a big threat again. And for folks with a compromised immune system, including many seniors, the risk is worst of all.
For people with diabetes, slow-healing wounds often become an unwanted constant companion. And they can lead to ongoing battles with pain, frequent doctor visits, infection, and in some cases, even amputation. But experiments on mice reveal that essential oils could change the game forever.
Researchers have found that a compound called beta-carophyllene can work on wounds in two ways…
- Cell migration, or the process of rushing cells to the site of the wounds to speed repairs.
- Cell growth, or the process in which new cells move in to replace damaged and dead cells in old wounds.
The scientists behind the study say that if this turns out to be the same in humans, as many believe it will, this could lead to faster and more complete wound healing with less scar tissue left behind.
Slow-to-heal wounds meet their match
Beta-carophyllene is found in many commonly used essential oils including…
- ylang ylang
- black pepper
Now, DON’T head to the healing crystal shop, buy some lavender or pepper oil meant for a diffuser, and dump it into an open wound.
But if you struggle with slow-to-heal wounds, DO talk to an integrative medicine doc about ways you may be able to use essential oils in your treatment plan.
Wound-healing potential isn’t the only benefit essential oils bring to the table either. Other studies have found they can help lower stress, boost mood, enhance sleep, relieve pain, and even fight off cold and flu bugs.