Wounds & Cuts: Natural Home Care
Aloe Vera Gel *
Balm of Gilead *
Black Walnut *
Boswellia (Frankincense) *
Coconut oil *
Comfrey Root *
Copaiba Balsam *
Cypress Oil *
Elm, Slippery *
Gotu Kola *
Lady's Mantle *
Oak Bark *
Salad Burnet *
Sea Buckthorn Oil *
Shea Nut Butter *
Shepherd's Purse *
Solomon's Seal *
Sweet Woodruff *
Tamanu Oil *
Tea Tree oil *
White Peony root *
White Willow Bark *
Witch Hazel *
Knowing how to use simple home remedies for healing and disinfecting cuts and
scrapes an important part in taking care of your family and yourself. Once you determine
an injury doesn't merit a trip to the emergency room for stitches, you can break
out your home herbalist kit. Honey is a time-honored wound healer because of its natural antibacterial properties, and kids and pets love it. Use a good quality raw honey
cover with gauze and tape in place.
Rose and more so rose bark are astringent, and help staunch bleeding. Yarrow is a good first aid herb for nosebleeds, wounds and cuts. Best if used fresh. Simple remedies like a dusting of cayenne powder
to stop bleeding, or dabbing on some fresh aloe gel on a cut. Knowing which
leaves make the best field dressing can save the day. Speedwell is a simple and effective as a lotion or skin wash applied to the skin to speed wound healing and relieve itching
You can also be prepared with herbal oils, salves and balms that are soothing,
anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial - these homemade preparations can heal
wounds of all kinds very effectively. Plantain's juice is in fact antibacterial and quite soothing when applied to a burn. Like comfrey, it contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that speeds wound healing, stimulates the grow of new skin cells, and give the immune system a lift. (Duke,James, Ph.D.)
See Also :
- Used as a skin wash, agrimony can effectively stop bleeding from cuts and scrapes. Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and pimples,rashes, blotches, etc. (Grieve, Maud)
- Aloe vera gel is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, use it liberally on cuts, scrapes and wounds of all kinds.
- Anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic, calendula creams,lotions and infused oils promote new skin growth and slows down bleeding. Use calendula tea made from the fresh flowers as a skin wash.
Chickweed poultices are useful for cooling and soothing minor burns and skin irritations, and rashes particularly when associated with dryness and itching.
- Comfrey salves, ointments and teas
are best know for the topical treatment of burns, skin ulcerations, abrasions,
lacerations, flea and insect bites, and just about any skin irritation. Add
berberine containing herbs such as coptis,
barberry, goldenseal, or Oregon grape to kill bacteria that could cause infection.
Goldenseal is used in skin care applications for its wide spectrum antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Goldenseal makes a good topical antiseptic for minor injuries. The high mucilage content of slippery elmis responsible for it's effectiveness in herbal medicine for treating itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin as well as cuts, scrapes, scratches, and minor burns.
- Essential oils contain natural antibacterial compounds to prevent and treat infection and reduce inflammation. Cinnamon and clove reduce pain and disinfect wounds. Geranium oil can be applied to stop excessive bleeding and hemorrhaging. These essential oils make a great addition to your first aid kit. (Ericksen, Marlene)
- Tea tree oil, Chamomile, Lavender
essential oil are mild enough to use without diluting and work wonders
on rashes, burns, cuts, skin abscess and boils. They also make good antibacterial
skin washes in either herbal tea or oil form.
- Witch hazel is one of the best general and all purpose remedy for scrapes, cuts and abrasions, scalds, sunburns and other inflammatory conditions of the skin. In Pacific island folk medicine, tamanu oil is applied liberally to cuts, scrapes, and sores.
- Bruises/sprains :Life is full of bumps and bruises, from childhood on into old age. Bruises are
the result of bleeding when the tiny capillaries under the skin are damaged,
usually by an injury.
- Burns : Minor burns can be treated at home and will heal on their own. The best thing you can do is reduce the heat, by applying cold water or ice.
- Fever :Herbs that reduce fever are used extensively in herbal remedies for colds, flu
and viral infections.
- First_aid :The most important ingredient in any home first aid kit would have to be common sense. Once you make a good judgement call that the situation doesn't warrant professional attention, delve into your well stocked herbal medicine chest for some of these home herbal remedies.
- Insect/flea Bites :Herbal oils make excellent after-bite remedies because they
calm the inflammation, reduce itching, are antibacterial and regenerative to
- Nausea :Use these simple remedies for quick relief of nausea, nervous stomach, motion
sickness, morning sickness and quell nausea of all types.
- Pain Relief :Herbal remedies can bring blessed relief without having to resort to pain killers.
- Sunburns :Herbal remedies like St. Johns wort and tamanu oil offer protection and healing in cases of sunburn.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Gotu kola speeds healing of wounds of all kinds and deters scarring and keloid formation.
- Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) A lotion made from calendula flowers is most useful for sprains and wounds, and a water distilled from them is good for inflamed and sore eyes.
- Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Vol 1" Harcourt, (1931) The tincture of Arnica is used for external application to sprains, bruises, and wounds,
- . Balm of Gilead , Moutain Rose Herbs, (): Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, creams containing Balm of Gilead buds are used to treat frostbite, sunburn, superficial injuries of the skin, and external hemorrhoids.
- Charles F. Millspaugh. "American Medicinal Plants" Dover Publications, (0000) The famous Portland powder,(a combination of tonic and bitter herbs named for the Duke of Portland who made the remedy public) once noted for its efficacy in gout, has wormwood as its principal ingredient. A decoction has ever been found a most excellent application for wounds, bruises, and sprains, relieving the pain nicely in most cases; every reader will recall 'wormwood and vinegar' in this connection.
- Atherton, P . Aloe Vera Revisited , British Journal of Phytotherapy, (1998): Aloe contains a number of different minerals, including magnesium lactate, which blocks the formation of histamine. Histamine is released into skin and mucous membranes during an allergic reaction, producing itching and pain. The blocking of histamine prevents itching. Aloe vera kills most wound pathogens, Candida albicans, and some fungi and viruses,