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Unread 01-04-2012, 11:21 PM
anybody using essential oils post-op?

I am wondering if anybody has used or plans to use essential oils for post-op healing? I know there are oils that are supposed to be great for healing things, but don't know any specifics. Anyone have any input?
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Unread 01-05-2012, 09:56 AM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

Never heard of it, but I am more than positive you can follow up on the subject via internet.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 09:59 AM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of Bio-Oil before my surgery. It smells so good and helps with scars.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 12:19 PM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

My husband bought me some Bio-oil, because friends had told him that it helped healing and scar tissue.
I asked my GP at a post op check. At a conference of plastic surgeons, they said that there was no medical evidence that bio-oil does help healing.
His advice was to use it if I felt it helped me, perhaps like aromatherapy.

What I have found is, when I get a swelly belly, at the end of the day it is lovely and soothing to stroke bio-oil over my tummy.
The hard lumps, probably internal stitches, seem to settle, and the aroma helps with sleep
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Unread 01-05-2012, 12:29 PM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

The nurse had a little trouble getting my IV into the top of my hand before surgery, so I was bruised up quite a bit. I rubbed some of the Bio-Oil on it and it made it feel a lot better. I think it just softens the skin and of course the scent is great! Great on my tummy, too!
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Unread 01-05-2012, 12:35 PM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

Thank you all for your input. I'll look into that oil . . . it seems a friend of mine uses something like that.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 12:40 PM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

I use essential oils all of the time & have for many years.

There is no proven evidence that they work either but I like the fact that I'm using something natural, chemical free & free of cancer causing ingredients.

If you are wanting to use them for the scars, make sure they are healed. Wait a good 4 weeks IMO before using anything. I found that when you use oils, etc. too soon, it does soften the scar but it will also soften it to the point it stretches & that will make it wider.

You can try pure Vitamin E oil but there is a risk of it giving you a slight rash.

I use Jojoba oil and Lavender oil, then switch it up to Vitamin E for a while. I can't really tell if its helped but it does feel good rubbing it in.

As for Bio-oil, I've read the ingredients and there seem to be some bad things in it. Its not COMPLETELY natural so I decided to not use something like that on a new surgical scar, even if many people say it works.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 02:29 PM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

Keltec,
I see what you mean about the ingredients--thanks. I'm looking into frankinsence. There is a lot of info on the web, but not sure what is trustworthy.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 03:55 PM
Re: anybody using essential oils post-op?

You want to use something mild. Some of those oils are very harsh and should not be applied directly to the skin unless you use a "carrier" oil like jojoba, olive, almond, etc.

chamomile & lavender can be applied directly.

Just google essential oils for scars and you should be fine.
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