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!!

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

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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!