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Posted on: 2/27/06 4:07 PM
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If you've ever had a burn on your fingertip you know what a challenge it can be to continue sewing. The pain, blistering and ensuing scab can make finger work miserable for days.

Recently, I grabbed my hot iron in the wrong way and got a big second degree burn--a blister on my finger. I ran cool water over it while thinking--what to do? I have a friend that swears by lavender for skin irritaions. It occurred to me that I could try some lavender essential oil (lavandula augustifolia) to make it feel better.

I was shocked that the pain IMMEDIATELY was relieved and I could immediately go back to sewing--pain-free.

The next day the blister was evident (though mild) and remained completely pain free. And disappeared soon thereafter.

If you decide to try this tip, please be sure to get Lavandula augustifolia as there are a couple of different kinds of lavender essential oils and another may not work as well.

I am new to the site and want to thank all of you for your wonderful ideas, education, enthusiasm and kindness.

I feel like you are all new friends.

Carla



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SewVeryTall said...
Thanks for the tip, Carla, and welcome to PR! I've always taped a juicy hunk of aloe plant on my burned fingers [which works great to stop the burn], but this oil would be lots less messy...I'll have to try this!
2/28/06 6:25 AM
SewVeryTall said...
p.s. and with essential oil, you can make Linen Water :)
2/28/06 6:33 AM
AnneM said...
Sounds like a (relatively) pleasant way to sooth the burn.
2/28/06 8:52 AM
Gigi Louis said...
Thank you for this helpful tip! I burned myself on a soldering iron the other day (I burn myself a lot this time of year, lol) and sure could have used this. Hopefully I can find the oil at Whole Foods.
2/28/06 12:34 PM
vasallese said...
Thanks, I will be on the look out for this. I am a klutz & need all the remedies I can find.
2/28/06 3:04 PM
beangirl said...
If you can find comfrey oil, mix it with the lavender and it will really heal fast! Great tip, Carla!
2/28/06 10:01 PM
Alifaust said...
Wow! This is a great idea! It seems like I am always getting burned on my fingertips, not so much through sewing, but when I make photoalbums (with fabric, batting and a hot glue gun) I burn my hands pretty badly. I will defintely keep this tip in mind! Thanks!
12/15/07 11:32 AM
 
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