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.

HERBAL TREATMENTS

  • 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

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENTS

  • 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

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

  • 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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