All Natural Wound Care
When Things Go "Ouch"!
Cuts, scrapes, burns, lacerations, minor skin irritations…they plague us all from childhood on and if not taken care of properly, a little abrasion can quickly turn into an infection.
While there are plenty of commercially made preparations for wound care, too many of them contain harsh ingredients, like parabens and alchohol, that come with their own long list of side-effects and don't actually aid in your body's innate ability to heal itself.
Using holistic treatments to clean and disinfect minor wounds is not only extremely effective, but also devoid of added toxins that can end up causing more harm than good.
All Natural Wound Care
Some of my favorite all-natural wound care products are honey, tea tree oil, aloe vera, calendula, lavender essential oil, and witch hazel. These holistic treatments not only naturally disinfect your wounds, but also work with your body to aid in faster and optimal recovery. They are a must-have in your holistic first aid kit!
Raw or Manuka Honey
One of the most effective wound healers found in nature is honey, with Manuka Honey being the most beneficial and organic raw honey coming in at a close second. High in antibacterial properties, honey goes to work instantly disinfecting the affected area while soothing the skin, drawing out excess moisture and allowing it to heal promptly. Simply spread a layer of honey onto your wound and cover with a bandage, changing as needed.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil has been touted for generations for being one of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial agents. This oil derived from the Melaleuca Arternifolia tree contains high quantities of phytochemicals which act as antibacterials, antifungals and antivirals…a triple threat to impending infections! Dabbing a bit of tea tree oil on your wound will effectively and immediately cleanse, sanitize, and soothe your skin. As this is one of the gentler essential oils, no dilution is necessary.
Aloe Vera has always been the common go-to for sunburned skin, yet it can also be used to speed up healing and soothe any other type of skin irritation or wound. Taken directly from the aloe vera plant or bought in 100% pure form, aloe vera calms inflammation, eases pain and promotes healing . Rich in phytochemicals, polysaccharides and glycoproteins, aloe vera is a perfect treatment for a myriad of skin upsets.
Calendula, also known as pot marigold, has been used for centuries as a healing salve due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, immunostimulant and astringent properties. It can be found in several preparations such as creams, salves, oil and dried which can be made into a poultice. Applying Calendula to a wound speeds up the healing process incredibly well. When used on an older wound that has already formed a scab, calendula will soothe and smooth the area accelerating the rate at which the scab will fall off and lessening the chances of scarring.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil is another wonderful option for all natural wound care that has also been used historically for tending to a multitude of skin and health issues. Some of the healing benefits of lavender essential oil include that it is an anticoagulant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, analgesic and it aids in the regeneration of skin which in turn minimizes scarring. Lavender oil is also the perfect go-to for soothing and healing bug bites and stings.
Rather than grab for the hydrogen peroxide, keep some Witch Hazel at hand for cleaning out scrapes and cuts. Made from the leaves, bark and twigs of the spotted alder, witch hazel has been used for centuries by Native Americans as an antiseptic astringent. Witch hazel is high in tannins which help to tighten skin tissue and help it regenerate itself while calming itch and irritation.
As Nature Intended
While we may not be able to avoid getting cuts, scrapes, minor burns and the like, we can avoid using products to treat our wounds that are full of chemicals that can actually hinder our body’s natural healing process. Using holistic treatments like the ones mentioned above help your body heal itself as nature intended….simply, purely, and effectively.