Natural healing cuts and scrapes is nothing new, we are just rediscovering some old tried and trued solutions again.
Now that we our in the midst of rushing about getting ready for work and/or school; it is likely we may pick up a few scrapes or cuts. The widespread of antibiotics has given rise to strains of bacteria that is highly resistant to most conventional drugs. Here is a list of natural remedies to heal your ailments the all-natural way.
- Apply a drop or two of lavender oil directly to the wound, always after it is cleaned
- Cayenne pepper can be used on minor scrapes and scratches for quick relief, but never on open wounds. Cayenne contains capsaicin which helps speed healing and blocks pain messages to the brain. Wipe off when pain is lessened
- To help kill bacteria and speed healing, sprinkle on granulated sugar. Smear petroleum jelly around outside of wound to help hold sugar in place. Apply 1-2 times daily
- An aloe vera plant is a living first aid kit. Break off a leaf and squeeze gel directly on affected area. Aloe vera seals injury, relieves pain and provides quicker healing. Re-apply 3-4 times daily
- Calendula ointment and/or 20 drops of calendula tincture and 20 drops of Hypericum tincture diluted in four ounces of water. Apply 2-3 times daily
- Limes have been proven to have an antibiotic effect and call kill bacteria. In West Africa they are used to protect against cholera
- St. Johns Wort has capabilities to help heal wounds
- Chamomile has an overall soothing effect, relieves pain and prevents infection
- Echinacea has been proven to help heal bacterial infections
Treat bruises with compresses soaked in cool water, spiked with lavender oil. This reduces swelling, controls bleeding under the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also a sage tea compress.
Always see a medical professional if the cut is very dirty, bleeding profusely, in a place where you want to avoid a permanent scar, large, open or needs stitches, or becoming infected with redness or pus.
To avoid any allergic reaction to any essential oil always test with a cotton swab on the inside of wrist or inner elbow.
Here are a couple books I keep in my bookshelf for reference purposes:
- The encyclopedia of healing foods by Michael Murray
- Miracle cure: dramatic new scientific discoveries revealing the healing powers of herbs, vitamins and other natural remedies by Jean Carper
Most of all try to ease in to a new routine which includes school and all the other extra curricular activities your family enjoys.