So why am I writing a page on biker oils. Well, my husband and I are avid riders and some of our best friends are avid riders too. My 19 year old daughter has been riding since she was two. My husband owns a blue 1996 Harley Electra Glide Classic and a black 2009 Harley Road King Trike and coach by Tombstone for his business Hometown Hearse Company.
Bikers have problems that they develop while riding and healing oils can help. There are manufactured products they could buy, but there are oils that can address their problems in a more natural way without the use of chemicals. And I think some are better!
Sunburn and Windburn
This oil is good for healing burns. It is one of my favorites because it regenerates the skin.
If you apply coconut oil before going out it helps to protect the skin. You are less apt to burn and will be more likely to brown instead. You can also apply to your skin if you get some burn or windburn.
This oil speeds up burn healing time and has anti-inflammatory properties, so helps relieve pain. It has also been used as a sunscreen.
Sunburn or windburn can also be treated with this oil.
Tea Tree Oil
Add a few drops of oil to sweet almond oil and apply to the sunburn area two times a day.
This is a good oil to apply in between rides.
This oil is also a good oil to use.
You can apply a little emu oil to chapped lips. This is a good one if your lips are sore because of the anti-inflammatory properties it actually relieves pain. Don’t forget to shake the bottle, because this oil separates into 3 layers.
Tea Tree Oil
This is the best oil to use while riding, because it’s available in a lip balm that can be carried in your pocket. Take it from me I wouldn’t use any other lip balm!
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This oil regenerates the skin by restarting vital functions of the cell. It’s a good oil for burns and also helps promote healthy skin and aid in inflammation.
Appears to encourage faster burn healing with less pain and scarring.
According to Dr. John Griswold, Director of the Timothy J. Harner Burn Center, Lubbock, Texas, “Care for the re-epithelialized burn wound is one of the most important steps in the total recovery of the burn patient. This care includes topical applications of burn salves to aid elasticity, lubrication and the continued physiological processes of healing of new and applied skin.”
Numerous studies on burn victims have been conducted. The oil and cream have been applied soon after the burn accident. Some of these cases have involved third degree burns. Pain was actually reduced and healing was a lot faster with less scarring. Emu oil has also been used on radiation burns of cancer patients with great success.
It promotes healing and prevents scarring; very effective in the treatment of burns and scalds. It also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly.
Bruising, Sprains and Muscle Pain Due to Falls
The oil massaged into the affected area a number of times per day can offer faster relief from pain than other commonly prescribed dressings or balms.
Tea Tree Oil
Gently cleanse the area with a mild soap and water. Apply a couple drops of oil to the area two times a day.
Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba Oil
Take 2 ounces of jojoba oil and add 40 drops of tea tree oil and massage the area with the oil two to three times a day.
Hemorrhoids and Chapped Bottom Area
Tea Tree Oil
Apply a few drops directly on the hemorrhoid. You may also soak in a tub with 10 drops of oil added.
For the bottom area apply a couple drops to a warm wash cloth and cleanse the area or add 10 drops to bath water and soak. A good way to dry the area is with a warm blow dryer. Keep it moving and be careful not to touch your skin with the hot end of the dryer.
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
Hopefully on a road trip you won’t run into any of these noxious plants, but if you do...
Tea Tree Oil
Wash the area with Fels-Naptha heavy duty laundry bar soap to remove any ivy oils. Then make a paste of baking soda and 5 to 10 drops of oil and apply to the affected area. Do this two to three times a day.
Cuts, Scrapes and Other Wounds
This is one of my favorite oils for cuts and other wounds. It has anti-inflammatory properties and actually helps with pain. It’s a significant wound healing agent. Doctors have used emu oil on their patients when other ointments, ever prescription, have not worked. Amazingly the wounds in these patients have responded and healed at a fast rate.
It’s bacteriostatic so helps reduce healing time and scarring.
Other oils that can be applied to a new scar are argan and lavender.
Tea Tree Oil
If you wear a callus on your foot…. First apply oil directly onto the callus with a Q-tip. Then massage into the callus a mixture of 10 drops of tea tree oil and 1 teaspoonful of grapeseed oil. You can also soak your foot for 5 minutes in a basin of warm water that 5 drops of oil and 1 and 1/2 teaspoonsful of olive oil have been added.
Safer Insect Repellant
How to make an insect repellant spray:
• In a hand-held spray bottle, mix 1/4-1/2 teaspoonful (1.25 to 2.5 ml) of essential oil of catnip (Nepeta cataria), 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, and 1 cup of water.
• Shake well and then spray lightly on clothing, arms, and legs, being careful to avoid eyes or open cuts.
• Do not use on the skin of small children. (apply to their clothing instead)
• Some persons may be sensitive to catnip oil.
• Keep the contents of the spray away from children and pets.
What to Pack
If I had to pick out a couple oils to take on a road trip I would pack emu and tea tree oil. I would also take along tea tree oil lip balm. If you are going to be camping take some catnip oil insect repellent. In addition, add a little baking soda and a bar of Fels-Naptha and you should be ready for just about anything.
For the Ladies
To help keep your face hydrated argan oil is probably the best oil to use. It restores the cutaneous barrier and neutralizes free radicals. It slows down the appearance of wrinkles. It’s also great for your hair, restoring shine to dull, lifeless hair. It protects your hair from the damage done by the sun.
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