Using Essential Oils Before & After Surgery

Can I use essential oils safely before and after surgery?

You need to be very cautious when using essential oils close to the time before and after surgery.  Many essential oils are contraindicated with certain meds, interfere with anesthesia, some can inhibit blood clotting, etc.  Due to these issues, we suggest not using any essential oils for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after surgery.

To check for safety of possible drug interactions, the best resource would be Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.  We also have some helpful information in our files section of our UEOS Facebook group.  You will have to be a member of our group to see this information.  Essential Oils and Medications https://www.facebook.com/notes/using-essential-oils-safely/essential-oils-and-medications/1723038877955482

If you want to use essential oils after surgery to help promote healing of an incision, please wait until the area has closed up a bit so you aren't applying essential oils to an open wound. Please do not apply an esential oils to an incision until after the stitches have come out or the steri strips have been removed. At that point healing oils such as lavender or helichrysum would be helpful.

Lea's Anti-Scar Blend Recipe works very well to help reduce the appearance of scars and even stretch marks.

Always be sure that the oils which you choose are safe for your family's situation!

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Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and apps for essential oils and carriers. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.

Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England.

Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Harris CCA.

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