Ravensara Leaf (Ravensara aromatica), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Thyme ct.linalool (Thymus vulgaris)
Children? Suitable formula from Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Worwood, page 173-174.
Impetigo is a highly infectious skin infection caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. Bacteria grow on non-living hosts such as doorknobs and counter tops (as opposed to a virus that requires a living host such as people). It usually starts as a red area, which can be painful and itchy. After a day or so, the infected area may become crusty with a characteristic golden color. If not treated, the infection becomes more widespread.
Impetigo easily spreads not only from person to person, but the infection can be spread from one area of skin to another on the same person. Wash hands thoroughly after treating the lesion and dispose of used dressings. Wash all clothing, sheets, towels, washcloths in hot water. Adding essential oils to the wash may help prevent spreading of the infection.
Treatment with essential oils is very effective because bacteria cannot form a resistance to an essential oil like it can to an antibiotic.
Application Suggestions per Valerie Worwood (see Essential Oil Usage):
Topical: Add 50 drops to 2oz. filtered water. Shake vigorously, then soak a cotton cosmetic pad and dab it over the area of concern. Repeat as necessary. Dispose of the pad and bandages to prevent spreading of the infection.
1. Linda made the "Tea-Dab" for us because our baby had impetigo on his diaper area. This cleared it up very quickly, and it was harmless to my baby. - A.T.
2. I got aggressive with the Impetigo Tea-Dab blend and applied it undiluted to the infected wounds on my daughter's hands, but I diluted with a carrier oil when I applied it to the spot next to her lips. This stuff is amazing! She cleared right up.
3. Out of nowhere, our young daughter got impetigo on her neck, back and chest. The Impetigo Tea-Dab blend worked almost overnight. In less than a week, it was completely gone. - Linda
4. Thank you for great products and giving us hope. The Impetigo Tea Dab worked miracles, took the pain and swelling away immediately and I'm watching and waiting (recording too as it's been a battle for years trying to clear it up) to see when and if it will even return. I will definitely let you know. - Jennifer
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Worwood, Valerie, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, 2000, pages 173-174.