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.
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!