Skin grafting surgery was not an option because it was not yet widely practiced, it would have been prohibitively expensive even if it could have been done, and the survival rate of skin donors was almost zero. Additionally, there was no donor available. As the burns began to heal, hopes were rising that she would, in fact, live. But her head was drawn so far to the left that her ear was almost touching her shoulder. The healing process was creating thick lumps of scar tissue that would never again allow her to look forward with her head upright.
Luckily, the family knew a woman who understood the healing properties of olive oil. This woman taught the family how to massage my grandmother's face, neck, and chest several times daily with warm olive oil. They were to use long, firm strokes to slough off the dead skin, and to loosen the bunching of scar tissue. This treatment went on for many months. Gradually, the skin continued to heal, and the scar tissue began to loosen until my grandmother was finally able to hold her head upright. The olive oil massages continued until sometime after the skin was completely healed, and the physical signs of the injury were greatly reduced.
When I knew my grandmother, she was always wearing long sleeves in public, and always wore turtlenecks or blouses with collars that were buttoned up tight. I always thought she was a little nuts because she looked fine to me! I would have never known of her accident if I had not asked her about the high button-necked shirts and turtlenecks. The telltale sign that remained in her older years was a simple discoloration of the skin. A portion of her face, neck, and chest were somewhat lighter in color than the skin on the rest of her body. She then related to me the story, and the miraculous properties of olive oil.
According to an article on Healing Daily, olive oil is a "healing fat" and may be internally beneficial in preventing heart disease and colon cancer, if taken daily. While I do use olive oil (organic, extra virgin, cold pressed) in the kitchen, I have for some time also used it to soothe burns, aid in healing skin abrasions, and as carrier for various home remedies. Now, I am also using it in place of lotion.
Recently, as you know if you follow my posts, I have been really looking at the chemicals that make up our household products, and I have found some offending chemicals in most commercial lotions. [Remember, do a search for (chemical name + MSDS) on the web to check individual ingredients.]
So, I decided to use my consumer voice to say NO
again to harmful chemicals.
To say YES to the healing properties of olive oil
and all the miraculous results it has to offer.
It likes a dark, cool environment, so is in a lovely brown bottle on my bathroom counter. The bottle has a dropper, which makes application quick and mess free. Olive oil makes my skin feel soft and nourished in a way that lotion never has. It seems to last much longer as well, and I don't need to reapply.
Are you on board?