An abrasion is a type of open wound caused by rubbing the skin against a rough surface. It’s also known as a scrape or a graze. Road rash occurs when an abrasion is caused by the skin sliding across hard ground.

Abrasions are very common injuries. They can range from mild to severe. Abrasions are most likely to occur on the:

  • elbows
  • knees
  • shins
  • ankles
  • upper extremities

Abrasions can be painful, since they sometimes expose many of the skin’s nerve endings. However, they don’t typically cause much bleeding. Most abrasions can be treated at home.

Abrasions are usually not as severe as laceration or incision wounds. These are cuts that usually affect the deeper layers of the skin. They can cause severe bleeding and necessitate medical attention.

Treating an abrasion with essential oils

Clean the area well with 5 drops of lavender oil diluted in a bowl of warm water. Apply 1 undiluted drop of lavender around (not on) the abrasion.

Or clean the area using 5 drops of thyme linalol diluted in a bowl of warm water. Apply 1 drop of chamomile roman around the abrasion and leave to heal.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: tea tree, thyme linalol, chamomile roman, *frankincense (Boswellia carterii), *myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), *manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)