We use this as a replacement for traditional triple antibiotic ointments like Neosporin. There are worse products out there than Neosporin, but it’s not great. If you check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database entry on Neosporin, you’ll find that it contains methylparaben, and like all parabens, this mimics estrogens and is classified as a potential endocrine system disruptor. It’s used as a preservative in this case, and it’s a pretty nasty one.
Correct-X, on the other hand, contains some of my favorite essential oils: helichrysum, frankincense, melaleuca, cedarwood, and lavender, as well as lots of other beneficial ingredients. Let’s examine some of the benefits of these oils, and it will become evident why they are a perfect foundation for a wound care ointment.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
The main benefits of this essential oil (which is also commonly known as Everlasting or Immortelle) are its pain reducing, analgesic, and cell regenerating effects.
“Applied externally….everlasting (Helichrysum italicum) can give spectacular results for healing wounds or promoting the generation of new tissue.” (Schnaubelt, Kurt. Advanced Aromatherapy, pg. 27)
“[Helichrysum italicum] is especially effective when used together with rose hip seed oil. The triple unsaturated fatty acids strengthen the cell membranes and, combined with the regenerative qualities of everlasting oil, heal wounds with minimal or no scarring.” (Schnaubelt, Kurt. Advanced Aromatherapy, pg. 102)
The brains behind dōTERRA’s products clearly know what they are doing, as Correct-X also contains rose hip seed oil.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii, frereana, and sacra)
Frankincense essential oil is commonly known as the King of Oils, but I affectionately refer to Frank as the Grandaddy of Oils. Oh, and I call him Frank, too. Research has shown anti-inflammatory effects, as well as promising anti-tumor activity, in frankincense essential oil. Frankincense oil is commonly used in first aid applications, skin care regimens (including reducing the appearance of scars and acne), and mood support applications. Historically, it was used in religious ceremonies, and the fact that it was given as a gift from the wise men to baby Jesus confirms how valuable it was back in the day!
Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia) aka Tea Tree Oil or TTO
Melaleuca has a long history as an antiseptic used for wound care. It is antibacterial & antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, astringent & disinfectant, making it perfect for treating wounds, as well as bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. It has very broad spectrum activity and has at times succeeded in eradicating problems that pharmaceutical antibiotics failed to address. This one goes everywhere with me (except when I accidentally run out- then it’s pandemonium).
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Cedarwood’s purpose in this application is for relief from pain & itching. This oil is analgesic, astringent, & calming, making it perfect to help soothe whatever wound you’re treating!
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is well known for its calming effect, but it also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, disinfectant, and antibiotic properties! It’s a mild and gentle oil, but very effective. Using lavender aromatically while applying Correct-X to a child’s wound can really help them calm down and relax while having their boo-boos tended.
In addition to the oils mentioned, the ointment also contains bisabolol, which is known for its calming effects and ability to promote cell renewal. Jojoba oil most closely resembles our skin’s own sebum, making it a perfect addition! Correct-X is paraben-free, preservative-free, and petroleum-free. It’s a wonderful product and we use it for all kinds of wounds, including burns, cuts, scrapes and hangnails (those suckers can hurt!). I can’t recommend it highly enough, and with a wholesale dōTERRA membership, it only costs $12. While that is more than you would pay for Neosporin, you get what you pay for, and this stuff lasts for a long time. I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think! xo.