[Wound care with essential oils after enucleation of a chronic abscess]

Forsch Komplementmed. 2009 Dec;16(6):400-3. doi: 10.1159/000252815. Epub 2009 Nov 6.
[Article in German]


Introduction: Advances in wound care over the past years have led to a growing number of products, techniques and interventions which are extremely costly and tend to neglect the individual patient and their specific needs.

Objective: The present case report describes the post-operative care of a chronically infected wound by use of essential oils.

Case report: In October 2007, a 41- year-old woman suffered a minor, non-bleeding lesion between toes IV and V of her right foot during gardening. Within a few hours, an extensive phlegmona of the right forefoot developed extending almost up to the ankle. In April 2008, Corynebacterium diphteriae was identified in the pus. In May 2008, it was decided to enucleate the chronic abscess that had developed despite several oral antimicrobial therapies. Wound care with essential oils was started 5 days after enucleation of the chronic abscess and continued until July 2008.

Results: Granulation tissue and epithelisation were growing quickly and without complications, and scar formation was fine. The scar is bland, slim and at skin level.

Conclusion: The essential oils applied were selected according to their antiinflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial properties as well as their capacity to promote wound healing. Applied medical aroma therapy makes use of these properties to support wound healing.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / drug therapy*
  • Abscess / microbiology
  • Abscess / surgery*
  • Adult
  • Corynebacterium diphtheriae / physiology
  • Diphtheria / drug therapy*
  • Diphtheria / surgery*
  • Female
  • Foot Injuries / drug therapy
  • Foot Injuries / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Oils, Volatile / administration & dosage*
  • Oils, Volatile / pharmacology*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*


  • Oils, Volatile