Wounds, Cuts and Scrapes

Our skin takes a beating every day and it is inevitable that we occasionally damage our skin. Here are some natural treatments we can use to help get our skin back to normal.


  • Aloe vera
    • Reduces inflammation, feels soothing and is antimicrobial
    • Contains allantoin which stimulates cellular proliferation
    • Slice a fresh leaf lengthwise and apply the gel or use a commercial preparation
  • Arnica
    • Use the flowers in a poultice to ease the pain in the wound site
  • Benzoin gum
    • Strongly antiseptic and astringent
    • Tightens and disinfect the wound area
  • Calendula
    • As an anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic herb, calendula promotes new skin growth and stops bleeding
    • Use fresh or dried flowers in a salve or compress or use commercial creams
  • Chamomile
    • As an ointment or cream helps heal wounds
  • Comfrey
    • Another allantoin-containing herb
    • Can be used externally in salve, compresses or poultices
    • To make a poultice, wrap fresh or dried leaves in a clean wet cloth and apply to injury
  • Marshmallow root
    • As a topical ointment to help wounds heal and fight infection
  • Myrtle
    • An infusion of the leaves can be used to clean and heal the wound
  • Tea tree
    • Antiseptic
    • Great for bacterial skin infections
    • Apply undiluted oil to the wound as needed
  • Witch hazel
    • Contains a great deal of tannins causing the tightening up of proteins in the skin
    • This creates a protective covering that creates resistance to inflammation and promotes healing of broken skin
    • Appears to help damaged blood vessels beneath wound site
  • Yarrow
    • Historically used to treat wounds
  • Cayenne
    • One of the active components, capsaicin, speeds wound healing, stops bleeding, improves circulation and fights infection
    • May burn open wounds
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions in how often to apply
  • Echinacea
    • Usually used internally because of its immune boosting abilities
    • Is mildly antiseptic, improves wound healing, decreases inflammation, and has a numbing effect
    • May take 1 teaspoon of liquid extract three times per day or 2 teaspoons of tincture three times per day or 300mg capsule three times per day
  • Garlic
    • Can apply raw crushed garlic directly to the wound site, tape into place and leave for a few hours
  • Gotu kola
    • The active compound, Asiatic acid, stimulates the synthesis of collagen, an important component of deeper layers of the skin
    • Take up to 8 400- to 500mg capsules per day or 20 – 40 drops of tincture up to twice daily
  • Grapefruit seed extract
    • Antimicrobial action against strep, staph and tetanus
  • Honey
    • Speeds healing and fights infection
  • Oregon graperoot
    • Anti-inflammatory and infection fighting
    • Follow manufacturer’s or physician’s recommendation for dosage
  • Plantain
    • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory
    • Another allantoin herb
    • Mash few leaves and make a poultice and apply to wound site
  • Thyme
    • Antimicrobial
    • Wash a wound with a tea made from the leaves (steep 1 teaspoon of herb in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes) or with a cup of water containing 3 – 5 drops of thyme essential oil
  • Potato
    • There is something magical about the potato that pulls infections out of wounds
    • Make a poultice and apply to wound area, leave on for 3 – 4 hours then remove poultice, clean wound area with salty water and apply another potato poultice; repeat for 24 hours
  • Lavender
    • Promotes tissue regeneration without scarring
    • Apply 2 – 4 drop of essential oil to wound area
  • Goldenrod
    • May lessen inflammation and fight infection
    • Use a tincture or extract
  • Coconut Oil
    • Antibacterial and antifungal
    • Apply coconut oil to wound and change dressing 2 – 3 times daily
  • Juniper berries and leaves
    • Rich in B vitamin and vitamin C so they speed up recovery time


  • Vitamin A
    • Helps fight infection
    • Controls inflammatory response
  • Vitamin C
    • Important antioxidant in wound healing
    • Increases the strength of the wound as it heals
    • Helps creates collagen in the skin
    • Helps create new blood vessels
    • Should take up to 200mg daily
  • Vitamin E
    • Promotes wound healing
  • Zinc
    • Synthesizes proteins and develop collagen
    • Take between 15 – 50mg daily
  • Vitamin B complex
    • May aid wound healing and skin health
  • Bromelain
    • An enzyme that comes from pineapples, reduces postsurgical swelling, bruising, healing time, and wound pain
  • Glucosamine
    • May encourage repair of connective tissue
  • L-arginine
    • Improves healing time after surgery


  • Arnica
    • Most common remedy for blunt wound injuries
    • 30c every 2 hours for 6 doses, then 3 times daily up to 3 days
  • Staphysagria
    • Useful for very sensitive wounds where the tissue is lacerated
  • Symphytum
    • Used for fractures
  • Ledum
    • Useful for wounds caused by sharp pointed objects
    • 6c every 2 hours for 6 doses, then 3 times daily up to 3 days
  • Urtica
    • Used for burns
  • Hypericum
    • Well-known remedy for blunt trauma where the nerves are involved
    • 30c every 2 hours up to 3 days



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