We hear about essential oils so often and they have such a wide variety of uses that perhaps it’s no surprise that in addition to everything else, they are able to help draw out splinters and generally help splinter removal easier.
- 1 What is a Splinter?
- 2 Why is it Important to Remove a Splinter?
- 3 What are Essential Oils?
- 4 Which Essential Oils Should You Try?
- 5 Other Home Remedies for Removing Splinters
- 6 What are Other Uses for Essential Oils?
- 6.1 Use lavender essential oil to help you sleep:
- 6.2 Use tea tree oil to scrapes and cuts:
- 6.3 Rosemary and tea tree oils to deal with smoke odors:
- 6.4 Cedarwood bath:
- 6.5 Cedarwood or lavender oil in a diffuser:
- 6.6 Rosemary, lemongrass, or lavender essential oil to repel insects:
- 6.7 Lemongrass oil for a fresh smelling fridge:
- 6.8 Lemongrass, sage, or frankincense oil to stay alert:
- 6.9 Sage or lavender oil can help with a headache:
- 6.10 Basil and Epsom salt bath for tired muscles:
- 6.11 Rosemary detoxifying bath:
- 6.12 Use basil or lavender oil to deodorize your shoes:
- 6.13 Basil or jasmine in a diffuser:
- 6.14 Basil, rosemary, or sage oil for menstrual cramps:
- 6.15 Help to alleviate a fever:
- 6.16 Make your own air freshener:
- 6.17 Nausea:
- 6.18 You’ll Know What to do the Next Time You Get a Splinter
What is a Splinter?
A splinter is a foreign body that becomes embedded in the skin, either partially or fully. The most common material for splinters is wood, but it’s possible for plastic, glass, and metal pieces to also become splinters.
In this article, we will list a wide variety of home remedies for removing splinters, including ones involving essential oils. Remember that even if you think that a splinter has been removed, there is a possibility that you might have accidentally left behind a tiny fragment. If you notice any signs of infection, make sure that you go to see your doctor right away.
While the majority of splinters can safely and easily be removed at home, there are certain situations in which medical attention might be necessary. One type of splinter that needs a doctor’s attention is one that is under a fingernail. You should be aware that like any other splinter, a splinter beneath the nail will harbor bacteria that could cause an infection. You will need a doctor’s expertise to remove a splinter positioned in this way. Also, splinters that seem to have gone very deep into the skin might need medical attention and professional removal. It may be necessary for an anesthetic injection to be used to numb the area. If you have a large splinter that is in any way impeding movement or reducing sensation, this can lead to severe puncture wounds. See a doctor right away if you think that this is your situation.
It is also essential that you see a doctor if you feel that a splinter has caused an infection. Below are some symptoms that this might be the case:
- Swelling and tenderness
- Red streaking
- Discharge (pus)
It is essential that you thoroughly wash the affected area with soap and water before attempting to remove a splinter.
Why is it Important to Remove a Splinter?
It is potentially dangerous to fail to remove a splinter from your skin. This is because almost all splinters will have some bacteria on them, and this bacteria will lead to infection.
If you realize that you have a splinter that you are unable to remove yourself, you should make plans to have it seen to by a doctor within around 48 to 72 hours. Some of the splinters that can end up causing the most serious complications in terms of infection are ones made of vegetable matter (such as wood).
When a splinter enters the skin, it will generally bring with it bacteria. This applies to any splinter, but splinters made of a vegetable material (like wood) might actually have bacteria or fungi already attached to them. Splinters from rose thorns can be especially troublesome. Rose thorns are often covered with Sporothrix, a fungus. If such a splinter is not dealt with, it can lead to an infection that will require long-term anti-fungal treatment.
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria sometimes found on plant material. If you have a splinter with this bacteria on it and it causes an infection, you will likely experience inflammation of the lymph vessels and will see a red streak on your skin. Chills and fever are typical signs of infection that must receive medical attention immediately. Eventually, such infection could lead to blood poisoning (septicaemia).
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are extracted from specific plants through the process of distillation. Steam or water distillation is usually used. These oils have the healing properties and therapeutic benefits of the plants from which they are derived. Essential oils have been used by a variety of cultures all over the world for thousands of years.
Which Essential Oils Should You Try?
There are several different essential oils that can help to draw out your splinter and/or make it easier for you to remove it. Remember to dilute the oil of your choice with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) before applying it to the skin.
Clove essential oil
Clove oil is derived from the buds of the tropical Eugenia caryophyllata tree. The buds are dried before the oil is extracted. Clove oil has antibacterial qualities and is full of antioxidants. It’s important to remember to dilute clove essential oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil), as will be too irritating to the skin to use otherwise. Mix one drop of clove oil with half a teaspoon of carrier oil before application.
Other potential benefits of clove oil include its ability to: improve skin health and address acne; fight candida; boost the immune system; improve cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure; improve the health of the digestive system; and alleviate toothache.
Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from an Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. It has been used for thousands of years, and the oil has outstanding antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is tea tree’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation that make it especially useful for splinters.
Other potential benefits of tea tree include its ability to: alleviate skin irritation; improve skin health and reduce the symptoms of acne; and kill head lice.
Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil is extracted from the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra tree’s resin. This essential oil has anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial properties, and it can boost the immune system.
Additional ways that frankincense oil use can benefit your health are in its ability to: reduce acne symptoms and the appearance of scars and stretch marks; promote the healing of wounds; fight wrinkles and the signs of aging; and relieve stress and anxiety.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is sourced from the lavender plant’s flowers. Lavender oil not only has a beautiful and relaxing aroma, it also offers anti-inflammatory properties and can promote healing of the skin.
Using lavender essential oil has several other benefits, as well. These include its ability to: soothe eczema; strengthen the immune system; boost blood circulation; help with respiratory conditions; alleviate pain; and reduce the symptoms of acne.
Thieves essential oil
Thieves essential oil is a combination of several oils, including rosemary, radiata, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, and lemon. This essential oil blend has excellent anti-bacterial properties.
Other potential benefits of Thieves essential oil include its ability to: help improve respiratory health; soothe aching muscles; and boost the immune system.
Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil has anti-bacterial and drawing properties. It is extracted from the leaves of Rosmarinus officinalis, an herb. Rosemary belongs to the mint family.
Rosemary essential oil can benefit our health in other ways, too. These include the oil’s ability to: reduce cortisol (“stress hormone” levels in the body; help with gallbladder and liver functioning; strengthen memory; and encourage hair growth.
Cedarwood essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil has drawing properties that can make it useful in dealing with splinters. This oil is extracted from cedar wood pieces, and it has antiseptic properties.
There are many other ways that cedarwood essential oil can improve our health, as well. These include its ability to: alleviate spasmodic conditions; reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis; reduce dryness and flakiness of the scalp; minimize hair loss; and soothe eczema.
Lemongrass essential oil
Lemongrass essential oil has antibacterial, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and drawing properties. The oil is extracted from the plant lemongrass, which has the scientific name Cymbopogon.
Lemongrass essential oil’s other benefits include improving energy levels, soothing muscle pain and abdominal discomfort, and alleviating headache.
Sage essential oil
Sage essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the sage plant, which has the scientific name Salvia officinalis. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and drawing properties that should make it easier for you to remove your splinter.
Some of sage’s other beneficial qualities include the fact that it is rich in antioxidants, has antispasmodic properties, and can help with digestion.
Cypress essential oil
Cypress essential oil is extracted from the cypress tree (Cupressus sempervirens). The oil has antibacterial, detoxifying, healing, and drawing properties.
Some of cypress essential oil’s other potential health benefits include its ability to alleviate cramps, soothe respiratory conditions, and address anxiety.
To use essential oils to draw out your splinter, follow these steps:
- Use warm water to wash the area of skin with the splinter. Use a soft towel to dry it.
- Choose one of the essential oils we have listed here and put a couple of drops of it on the pad part of a band-aid, and then place the band-aid over the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours.
- After you have taken off the band-aid, gently squeeze the area where the splinter is using a pair of tweezers or your fingers.
- If the splinter still won’t come out, keep doing this procedure a few times a day until the problem is resolved.
Other Home Remedies for Removing Splinters
There are many other home remedies that you can use to help you remove your splinter. Let’s go over some of them here.
To use this remedy, add a tiny amount of water to baking soda to make a paste. Put this on the affected area of skin and allow it to sit for about half an hour. Once the splinter comes to the surface of the skin, it should be easy to remove it with some clean tweezers.
Apply some castor oil to the affected area and put on a bandage before you go to bed at night. You should find in the morning that the splinter comes out easily.
Put the area of the skin with the splinter in some hydrogen peroxide. If it is your finger, you could put the hydrogen peroxide in a cup. This will have a helpful softening effect on the skin.
Epsom salt bath:
Add some Epsom salt to warm water and immerse the affected area in this for around 20 minutes. You should find that the splinter can be readily removed afterwards.
Banana peel and tape:
To use this remedy, you will need banana peel, tape, and tweezers. Put the white side of the banana directly on the are with the splinter. Use tape to secure it. Allow this to sit for about 10 minutes. After you have removed it, use tweezers to remove the splinter.
Pour some white vinegar into a small basin or bowl. Immerse the area of skin with the splinter in this for 15 minutes. You should find that the splinter is much easier to remove.
Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties that can help you with your splinter. Apply a bit of fresh honey to the area of the splinter.
Bread and warm milk:
Soak a slice of bread in warm milk, take it out, and allow it to dry and cool. Put this on the affected area and secure it with tape before you go to bed.
Soak in warm water:
Soaking the affected area in warm water for about 15 minutes will help to soften the skin and make it easier to remove the splinter. After you have finished soaking, rub the skin over the splinter in an outward motion with a washcloth. Make sure you keep in line with where the splinter is positioned. This should cause the splinter to come out.
Needle and rubbing alcohol:
Use rubbing alcohol to disinfect a needle. Then, use the needle to gradually lift up the tip of the splinter. This should make it easier to remove.
After you have cracked open an egg, put the shell on the affected area, making sure the wet side of the shell touches the skin. Leave this on for two minutes. Hopefully, when you take off the shell the splinter will have repositioned to be easier to remove with clean tweezers.
Put some duct tape on the affected area of skin and leave it on for half an hour. Gently remove the tape. The splinter will probably have been removed with the tape.
It’s a good idea to apply ice on the skin before you try to take out the splinter. This will help to numb the area and reduce pain and inflammation.
Put a bit of Elmer’s glue on the affected area and let it dry. Peel off the glue. The splinter will probably come out with it.
What are Other Uses for Essential Oils?
Now that we’ve learned about essential oils and how they can help you with your splinter, and explored a number of other natural splinter remedies that you can do at home, let’s take a few moments to talk about other uses for essential oils and how they can enhance your quality of life. After all, you might have some essential oil left after you have dealt with your splinter. Here are some ideas for what you can do with the remainder.
Use lavender essential oil to help you sleep:
Place a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow before you go to bed. Adding chamomile oil will help to make this even more effective.
Use tea tree oil to scrapes and cuts:
After diluting tea tree oil with carrier oil (such as coconut oil), apply a small amount to the scape or cut. This will help to disinfect the area and encourage healing.
Rosemary and tea tree oils to deal with smoke odors:
Mix tea tree and rosemary oils with eucalyptus. Dilute and put this in a spray bottle. This will help if you have any smoke odors in your household.
Adding a bit of cedarwood oil to your bath will help to relax you. Just remember the bath might be slippery when you get out, so be careful.
Cedarwood or lavender oil in a diffuser:
Put some cedarwood or lavender oil in your diffuser to enjoy their relaxing fragrances all around the room.
Rosemary, lemongrass, or lavender essential oil to repel insects:
If you want to stop flying insects from coming through your windows, use rosemary, lemongrass, or lavender oil around the frame.
Lemongrass oil for a fresh smelling fridge:
Mix some lemongrass oil in a box of baking soda and put this in your fridge.
Lemongrass, sage, or frankincense oil to stay alert:
Breathing in the fragrance of lemongrass, sage, or frankincense oil will help you stay alert. You can use this while studying or before driving.
Sage or lavender oil can help with a headache:
Mix a couple of drops of sage or lavender oil with six drops of a carrier oil. Massage this across your forehead, behind your ears, and into your temples.
Basil and Epsom salt bath for tired muscles:
Add sage, basil, and eucalyptus oils and Epsom salt to your bath water if you have tired muscles. Be careful when getting out of the bath, as the bottom will probably be slippery.
Rosemary detoxifying bath:
Add rosemary and juniper oils and Epsom salt to your bath water. This should have a detoxifying effect on your body. The bottom of the bath will probably be slippery, so be careful when getting out.
Use basil or lavender oil to deodorize your shoes:
Add a few drops of basil, lavender, or geranium oil to the inside of your shoes to keep them fresh.
Basil or jasmine in a diffuser:
Put some basil or jasmine oil in a diffuser at work to help you feel lively throughout the day.
Basil, rosemary, or sage oil for menstrual cramps:
Mix rosemary, basil, or sage oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) and massage this into the abdominal area. Use a warm compress to cover.
Help to alleviate a fever:
Mix some rosemary, frankincense, or sage oil into your bath water. Be careful getting out of the bath, as the bottom will probably be slippery. If you don’t want to take a bath, you can simply mix the oil into warm water and use a sponge to wash the skin.
Make your own air freshener:
Add around 20 drops of the oil of your choice to water in a spray bottle. Shake before spaying to refresh the air in your home.
Massage a few drops of nutmeg or ginger essential oil on the soles of your feet until the nausea disappears.
Ease your achy joints: Mix wintergreen, vetiver, or juniper oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage into your painful joints.
You’ll Know What to do the Next Time You Get a Splinter
You now have a wide variety of effective remedies, including ones harnessing the power of essential oils, at hand for the next time you get a splinter. Think about keeping a supply of a few of the essential oils we have listed here (clove, tea tree, frankincense, rosemary, cedarwood, and others) handy in the house, so they’re there when you need them.
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