Saturday, August 10, 2013

Clove essential oil for splinters

My seven year old had a splinter / sliver in his hand last week, and we were having a very difficult time removing it and it was causing him a lot of pain. We even tried soaking his hand in warm salt water for 10 minutes and we still couldn't get it out.

Then, I remembered that clove essential oil can be used as an anesthetic, so we mixed 1 drop of clove with 1 drop of fractionated coconut oil and applied it to his splinter with a Q-tip.

And, guess what? It worked! It definitely helped to numb the pain and we were able to get the splinter out. Clove is my new favourite essential oil!! Last week, it helped with my skeptical husband's toothache too!

We then put a drop of lavender oil on my son's hand to help it to heal. 


I also read this tip about essential oils and splinters: rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out. Maybe we'll try that for next time!


Lori shared this infection blend on Everything Essential's FB group:
12 drops lavender
8 drops melaleuca
8 drops thyme
10 drops OnGuard
Fill the rest of the 15 mL bottle with fractionated coconut oil.

Several people have found that putting this infection blend on the splinter will bring the splinter to the surface of the skin.