Essential oils in studies for wounds, bleeding


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Nicknamed Vandry oil, or Miracle oil, St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM has been a positive product.  Although a goal for a top medical study would be a goal, there are medical studies on essential oils.  The funding for more research is what is needed.  Essential oils have been researched for pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and 101 other studies.  Although those goals are a use of essential oils, wound healing is also in the NCBI and PubMed medical journals relating to essential oils.  When we researched the oils in our product, we found positive studies on wounds, inflammation, infection and related uses.

Abrasion injuries most commonly occur when exposed skin comes into moving contact with a rough surface, causing a grinding or rubbing away of the upper layers of the epidermis.  This deep abrasion on the ankle did not initially heal.  These photos show a wound that was observed, and Miracle oil was applied around wound, and photos are from a 32 hour timeline.

Photo 1 of wound was taken 7/7/2014 at 12:08pm

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July 7, 2014 at 12:08pm

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July 08, 2014 5:57 AM

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July 8, 2014 at 7:55pm

Third photo shows impressive wound comparison and was taken 7/8/2014 at 7:55pm.  As seen for anecdotal comparison, a similar wound photos on the Before and After page display over two weeks recovery time of natural healing.  Although our studies are anecdotal on the wound, they are still impressive.  Studies give hope on Myrrh, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Geranium for future research on wound healing, sealing, infections and wound management. 6 out of the 9 St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM product show in studies, and all 9 oils work on inflammation, infection and other additions to wound healing needs.

Effect of myrrh (Commiphora molmol) on leukocyte levels before and during healing from gastric ulcer or skin injury.  Myrrh (Commiphora molmol) has been widely used as an anti-inflammatory and wound healing commercial product(1)

In addition to anti-inflammatory effects, Frankincense has been shown to have wound healing, antiulcer, and anti-diarrheal properties.(2)

From PubMed, this paper reports on a literature review of evidence on the influence of essential oils on wound healing and their potential application in clinical practice. It focuses mainly on tea tree, lavender, chamomile, thyme and ocimum oils. (3)

Among the PubMed claims made for lavender oil are that is it antibacterial, antifungal, carminative (smooth muscle relaxing), sedative, antidepressive and effective for burns and insect bites. (4)

This study on PubMed compared the effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), saline solution (SS), povidone-iodine (PI), and lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) through expression of growth factors in a rat model of wound healing.  Wound closure progressed more rapidly in the TENS and lavender oil groups than in the control and other study groups.(5)

A natural polymeric composite films made of essential oils (EOs) dispersed in sodium alginate (NaAlg) matrix, with remarkable anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Namely, elicriso italic, chamomile blue, cinnamon, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and lemon oils were encapsulated in the films as potential active substances.(6)

In this study the tested geranium oil was efficacious against Gram-negative pathogens responsible for problems with wound treatment. The results suggest that geranium oil may be considered an effective component of therapy in the case of frequent recurrences of infections caused by resistant pathogens.(7)

This complimentary study also discusses the use of myrrh in wound management.(8)

Wintergreen acts as an anti-inflammatory agent (9). inflammatory, and antimicrobial, among others (10), inflammatory and analgesic properties (11), and pain relief assessment (12), inflammatory and analgesic properties (13), anti fungal effects (14).

Geranium has shown temporary relief of neuralgia pain (15).

Clary Sage in pain relief on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea (16).

Frankincense was used for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (17)

Myrrh oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity (18)

More funded studies would be needed.


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4. Phytother Res. 2002 Jun;16(4):301-8.

5. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:361832. doi: 10.1155/2013/361832. Epub  2013 Jun 3

6. Int J Pharm. 2014 Mar 25;463(2):137-45. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2013.10.046. Epub  2013 Nov 5.

7. 2014 Aug;40(5):1046-51. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2013.11.002. Epub  2013 Nov 28.

8. use of Myrrh in wound management, J Vasc Nurs. 2010 Sep;28(3):102. doi: 10.1016/j.jvn.2010.06.001.

Methyl salicylate 2-O-β-D-lactoside, a novel salicylic acid analogue, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent on microglia and astrocytes.Lan X, Liu R, Sun L, Zhang T, Du G.J Neuroinflammation. 2011 Aug 11;8:98. doi: 10.1186/1742-2094-8-98.

9. A novel naturally occurring salicylic acid analogue acts as an anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting nuclear factor-kappaB activity in RAW264.7 macrophages. Zhang T, Sun L, Liu R, Zhang D, Lan X, Huang C, Xin W, Wang C, Zhang D, Du G.Mol Pharm. 2012 Mar 5;9(3):671-7. doi: 10.1021/mp2003779. Epub 2012 Feb 15.

10. Anti-inflammatory activity of methyl salicylate glycosides isolated from Gaultheria yunnanensis (Franch.) Rehder.Zhang D, Liu R, Sun L, Huang C, Wang C, Zhang DM, Zhang TT, Du GH.  Molecules. 2011 May 9;16(5):3875-84. doi: 10.3390/molecules16053875

11. Evaluation of the new anti-inflammatory compound ethyl salicylate 2-O-β-d-glucoside and its possible mechanism of action.  Xin W, Huang C, Zhang X, Zhang G, Ma X, Sun L, Wang C, Zhang D, Zhang T, Du G.Int Immunopharmacol. 2012 Dec 4;15(2):303-308. doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2012.11.014.

12. Mullally BH, James JA, Coulter WA, Linden GJ. The efficacy of a herbal-based toothpaste on the control of plaque and gingivitis. J Clin Periodontol. 1995;22(9):686–9.

13. Hajhashemi, V., Ghannadi, A., & Sharif, B. (2003). Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of the leaf extracts and essential oil of lavandula angustifolia mill. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 89(1), 67-71.(Lavender)

14. Pain relief assessment by aromatic essential oil massage on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial.  Ou MC, Hsu TF, Lai AC, Lin YT, Lin CC.  SourceDepartment of Applied Cosmetology, Hungkuang University, Taichung, Taiwan

15. Phytochemical composition of Cymbopogon citratus and Eucalyptus citriodora essential oils and their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties on Wistar rats.  Gbenou JD, Ahounou JF, Akakpo HB, Laleye A, Yayi E, Gbaguidi F, Baba-Moussa L, Darboux R, Dansou P, Moudachirou M, Kotchoni SO.  SourceLaboratoire de Pharmacognosie et des Huiles Essentielles, Faculté des Sciences de la Santé, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université d’Abomey Calavi, 01 BP 918, Cotonou, Benin.

16. Antifungal activity of the clove essential oil from aromaticum on Candida, Aspergillus and dermatophyte species Euge´ nia Pinto,1 Luı´s Vale-Silva,1 Carlos Cavaleiro2 and Lı´gia Salgueiro2

17. Curr Med Chem. 2003 May;10(10):813-29.Antibacterial and antifungal properties of essential oils.  Kalemba D, Kunicka A.SourceInstitute of General Food Chemistry, Technical University of Lodz, Poland.

18. 20Greenway, f, Frome & Engels, T. (2003). Temporary relief of postherpetic neuralgia pain with topical geranium oil. American J of Medicine, 115, 586-587.

19. Pain relief assessment by aromatic essential oil massage on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial.  Ou MC, Hsu TF, Lai AC, Lin YT, Lin CC.  SourceDepartment of Applied Cosmetology, Hungkuang University, Taichung, Taiwan.

20. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2013 Jan 30. Ayurvedic medicine offers a good alternative to glucosamine and celecoxib in the treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: a randomized, double-blind, controlled equivalence drug trial.  Source Center for Rheumatic Diseases, Pune, School of Biomedical Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune, BJ Medical College, Pune, Department of Rheumatology, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, SPARC Institute, Mumbai, Department of Medicine, KEM Hospital, Mumbai and Symbiosis International University, Pune, India

21. Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity of different extracts of Commiphora myrrha.  Source: Jiangsu Key Laboratory for TCM Formulae Research, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210046, PR China.