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Essential Oils for Cuts, Wounds, Scrapes and Bruises!

If you are here because you are looking for the best essential oils for cuts and wounds, then you are at the right place

Best Essential Oils for Cuts, Wounds, Scrapes and BruisesWhether, it is a small paper cut, a scrape, a bruise or an old wound, you will find the essential oils featured here helpful.

Cuts scrapes, bruises and wounds are quite common. And it is important to treat them urgently and effectively to avoid infections that may lead to more serious health problems.

Fortunately, essential oils have been found to be effective for cuts and wounds.

I was introduced to the world of essential oils a couple of years ago. Although I was sceptical at first, I’m now a TRUE believer.

This is because I personally have benefited from their immense healing powers. And essential oils have become a staple in my natural health medicine cabinet.

I even make my own essential oil diys such as headache relief balm, homemade pain relief salve and wake up roller blend.

Ok, enough of the digression! Let’s go back to the best essential oils for cuts and wounds.

7 Best Essential Oils for Cuts, Wounds, Scrapes and Bruises

#1. Lavender

The most versatile essential oils, lavender is my go-to EO for a lot of things. And most importantly it is one of the safest and gentlest too.

However, it is also strong and good for virtually everything. It is good for stress relief, pain relief, sleep problems, skin nourishment and much more.

Lavender has antiseptic properties, which helps to disinfect a cut or wound, thus preventing infection.

And not only is it an amazing healer, but it also prevents scarring.

Research shows that lavender promotes wound healing by accelerating the “formation of granulation tissue, tissue remodelling by collagen replacement and wound contraction through up-regulation of TGF-β”.

#2. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial and antiviral agent. This is why it is very helpful for a variety of conditions including cuts and wounds.

Although the aroma may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is one of the best essential oils for cuts and wounds.

It disinfects the wound and prevents infections, making it possible for the wound to heal faster.

#3. Eucalyptus

Although eucalyptus is commonly used for treating respiratory problems, it is also an effective EO for cuts and wounds.

This is because of its antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and analgesic properties. Thus, it inhibits infections and relieves pain – exactly what you need for cuts and wounds.

Plant Therapy USDA Certified Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. 10 mL (1/3 Ounce).Plant Therapy USDA Certified Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. 10 mL (1/3 Ounce).

#4. Manuka

Although it is in the same family as tea tree, studies show that manuka essential oil is much more potent than tea tree and has many medicinal uses.

Manuka is choked full of healing properties, making it effective for cuts and wounds. It’s antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic helps to keep infections at bay

It also promotes new cells growth, helping to heal wounds faster and reducing scarring effectively.

#5. Myrrh

One of the ancient essential oils, myrrh has been used in skin care blends since the time of the ancient Egyptians.

Myrrh works as an antiseptic for cleaning and treating wounds. It also helps to stop bleeding, which is vital for fresh cuts, bruises and scrapes.

Myrrh promotes new cells growth, thereby speeding up healing, rejuvenating damaged skin and reducing scarring.

Other conditions you can utilize myrrh for include soothing irritated skin and treating bug bites and stings as well as burns.

#6. Rosemary

Rosemary is rich in antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties that make it effective for treating cuts and wounds.

Plant Therapy Rosemary 1,8-Cineole Organic Essential Oil 10 mL (⅓ oz) 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic GradePlant Therapy Rosemary 1,8-Cineole Organic Essential Oil 10 mL (⅓ oz) 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade

#7. Helichrysum

Great for the skin, helichrysum is one of the best essential oils for cuts, wounds, bruises and scrapes. It promotes healing, repairs damaged skin and reduces scarring.

How to Use Essential Oils for Cuts, Wounds, Scrapes and Bruises

The best way to utilize essential oils for cuts, wounds, bruises and scrapes is topical application. Be sure to dilute the essential oils before using topically.

Below are two blend recipes for treating cuts and wounds. You will use the first blend for cleaning the affected area, then apply the second blend after cleaning.

Essential Oil Blend Recipe #1



Dilute the essential oils in the carrier oil and add to 100 ml of warm water. Swirl the water to disperse the oil. Bathe the affected area with the water.

Blend Recipe #2


  • 2 drops lavender
  • 3 drops helichrysum
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil


Blend the essential oils and carrier oil together in a glass bottle (you can use an empty essential oil bottle). Apply a small amount on the affected area several times a day.

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Safety First When Using Essential Oils

If you have never used a certain essential oil it is important to do a skin patch test prior to topically using! See my sections on topical use and other essential oil safety concerns:

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.


  1. Patty says:

    Are there any oils to use on the elderly to help prevent the thin purple skin which often causes the bleeding. Something to toughen up the skin perhaps?

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Patty,
      You can try using frankincense essential oil diluted in jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is great for aging skin – it is an emollient, stimulates collagen production (which helps to tighten the skin and make it thicker) and speeds up the healing of wounds. And not only is frankincense a good astringent, but it also strengthens and tightens the skin. Simply add 6 drops of frankincense to an ounce of jojoba oil and use as needed.

      I hope you find this blend helpful, but it is important to note that thinning skin is just a normal part of the aging and sometimes we just can’t escape it.

  2. Bernadette says:

    For the cleaning recipe, are you using 1/4 teaspoon? Cup? Mills?

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Bernadette,
      Sorry about the confusion, it was a mistake on my part. I have updated the post to add the missing information, it’s 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil.

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