Soothing Skin Recipe: Three Carrier Oils for Burns

by Andrea Butje on July 26, 2010

There are many wonderful carrier oils for burns that nourish the skin and speed its healing. Baobab oil, shea butter and tamanu oil are three of my current favorites.


Baobab: The oil is made by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit of the baobab tree (Adansonia digitata). Baobab oil is highly penetrating, deeply nourishing and softens dry skin. It is known to restore and remoisturize the epidermis. Baobab oil has a high essential fatty acid content.


Shea: Shea butter is extracted from the the Karite tree (Butyrospermum parkii), most often found in the tropical regions of West Africa. Shea is an excellent moisturizer. It is used as a lip balm, salve base, in body butters and in many skin care preparations. Great for sun-damaged skin and for long-term health of the skin.

tamanu-oilTamanu : The oil is made from the Calophyllum inophyllum tree, but it isn’t immediately present in the plant. The harvested fruits are crushed to extract the nuts. The nuts are then sun-dried for eight weeks. During this time, the nuts turn brown and lose a third of their original weight. Inside, their oil content becomes very high. Tamanu oil doesn’t actually develop until this period. Once dried, the oil is extracted from the nuts by cold pressing. Tamanu oil’s ability to heal damaged skin has been well researched. The oil is notable for reducing scars, stretch marks (it fades stretch marks with great results), minor wounds, skin irritations, rashes, bed sores and many other skin concerns.

Burn Soothing Salve Recipe:
In a double boiler melt a 1/2 oz of beeswax and then add 2 oz of Shea butter on a low heat and take of the heat as soon as the two are fully melted.  Mix in 1 oz of Tamanu oil, 1 oz of Baobab oil, and 30 drops of Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia). Stir, pour into three 2 oz glass jars, cover and allow to cool. Apply this butter to the burn.

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Gary Tjarks April 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I think the subject matter is really fantastic, thank you for your efforts.


Clara January 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

I had no idea these oils were good for burns. Just one more reason to try them.


Sonia September 19, 2015 at 11:45 am

Hi, Andrea.
Thank you for the recipe!
I’m from Catalonia, Spain. :)

I’ve read about Lavender latifolia spica and its outstanding properties for healing burns. Is Lavender angustifolia better than latifolia for this purpose?
Thank you so much. I absolutely admire your work.


Andrea Butje September 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

Hi Sonia, you’re welcome and thanks so much for the sweet compliment! Both lavenders are great for burns. I like using Lavandula angustifolia because it’s very gentle on the skin for most people.


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