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.
You can learn more about oils which inhibit blood clotting here.
* 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 helicrysum would be helpful.
This is a great recipe to help with scarring.
Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, 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 the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.
Lea received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England. Lea is a contributing writer for Natural Herbal Living magazine, and blogs about herbs and natural living on her website, Nourishing Treasures.
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Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Harris CCA.