How to Treat Cuts and Scrapes with Herbs
Use herbs for minor cuts and scrapes
Regardless of how careful you might be, the human body is subject to all kinds of injuries, not the least of which are cuts and scrapes. Throughout history, people have used herbal remedies to treat minor skin disturbances. The ancient Romans made strange compresses using spider webs to treat their cuts and scrapes. Native Americans used sphagnum moss in a similar fashion.
Don't ignore basic first aid when it comes to treating a cut or scrape, apply pressure to stop the bleeding, and then clean the wound. Here is where herbs come in; they can effectively clean and soothe many common, everyday cuts and scrapes.
Check with your doctor if you have concerns about using herbal remedies.
Calendula was used commonly in the seventeenth century as a cure for the "plague". It has a strong background as a wound healer. It is considered an anti-inflammatory along with being an antibacterial. It also helps to stimulate the formation of healthy new tissue.Calendula is often found in skin creams that are available in most health food stores. Calendula is also sometimes found in something called a calendula succus, which is a low-alcohol tincture formula. Massage a small amount of calendula infused cream or ointment onto the scrape or cut. Alternatively, drop a few drops of the calendula tincture onto the scrape or cut. Cover both applications with a bandage. Once a scab begins to form, remove the bandage and allow air to penetrate the injury.
Rosemary can be made into a tincture by pouring boiling water over the dried leaves. Steep until the water is cool. Bathe an infected cut or scrape with an herbal rosemary wash. It is a powerful topical antiseptic; pour directly over the area or apply by dabbing with a soft cloth. Reapply several times a day until redness goes away.
Aloe vera gel has long been used to treat all kinds of skin irritations. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It dilates the blood vessels, which helps to speed up the healing process. Look for aloe vera gel in your local drug or health food store. Choose gel where aloe is the first ingredient listed on the label. Apply gel directly to the cut after it has been cleaned and every time after you have changed the bandage. Not only will it help ease the infection, it can help prevent scarring.
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