We have all experienced a wound at some point in our life, but who knew that the answer to a hasty recovery could be found right in our fridge or cupboard.
Here are my top 15 natural home remedies for cuts, scrapes, and bruises!
Honey is a great way to speed up wound healing. According to some findings, honey is actually more effective than antibiotics! In lab tests, honey has been found to kill off the majority of bacterial cells and can prevent infections from occurring in the first place. Make sure you use raw honey to dress your wound (honey that is cooked will not have the proper enzymes to do the trick).
When honey gets diluted with the blood and tissues of the wound, hydrogen peroxide is produced via a glucose oxidase enzyme reaction. This is released slowly, and provides antibacterial activity, while keeping tissue healthy and undamaged! Spread some honey on a dressing, and apply this to the wound. If the wound is deeper, the wound bed should be filled with honey, then wrapped with a dressing pad.
Allicin in garlic has been shown to be as effective as a one percent penicillin solution! It is a great antibacterial, and antifungal and can help heal almost any wound. Garlic can cause damage to the skin, so make sure you don’t leave it on the skin for longer than 20 to 25 minutes. You can make a mix of three crushed garlic cloves and one cup of wine, blended, let stand for two to three hours and strain. Apply to the wound with a clean cloth one to two times a day.
This beautiful little flower is considered a vulnerary agent (a substance that promotes healing). This plant is an anti-inflammatory too, and is slightly antimicrobial. It can be used topically to help heal abrasions, skin infections, and infected internal mucous membranes. You can buy calendula salves at health food stores, and you can use this to apply to your wounds. For internal infections, make a calendula tea with one cup warm water and one tablespoon calendula flowers
Another flower with great wound healing properties —chamomile! Also known for its awesome relaxation properties, chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind! The dried flowers contain many terpenoids and flavonoids, making it a powerful herbal medicine. Chamomile has even been found in some studies to be much faster at healing wounds than some corticosteroids. Make a chamomile press for your wound by soaking some chamomile tea bags in water. Lightly drain some of the liquid, and then wrap these tea bags around your wound with some gauze. Alternatively, you can find chamomile tinctures or natural ointments in your local health food store.
5. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root is not the same as the sugary white cylinders you can find in the candy section at your grocery store—this plant is actually incredibly healing to wounds inflicted on the body. Marshmallow is great for drawing out toxins and other bacteria found in wounds when used as a poultice, and it can shorten the healing time by drawing out impurities. It can also be used to heal burns and bruises. Creating a poultice with marshmallow and applying it to your wound can speed wound healing!
6. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is great for helping blood to clot faster at the site of your wound, and also disinfects the wound due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Cayenne pepper will stop wound bleeding in ten to twelve seconds, and if the wound is more severe, having the afflicted individual consume an eight-ounce glass of water with one teaspoon cayenne can significantly help out too!
Potatoes can heal wounds? That was the first thing I thought too! Potatoes have this type of gravitational pull that draws out infections from any type of wound or abscess. Make a raw potato poultice with shredded potatoes and maintain this throughout the day, changing it every four hours or so (and rinsing with salt water in between). This will ensure that inflammation is reduced and that there will be no chance of infection! To make a poultice, shred raw potato with a grater, and spread this onto a clean cloth. Apply to the affected area, and cover with gauze and then some saran wrap or other material of choice. Leave overnight and remove in the morning. Clean affected area with salty water, cover with clean dressing and continue until healed.
The amazing benefits of lavender were accidentally discovered by a French scientist, René Gattefossé, who was severely burned in a laboratory accident and immersed his hand in a vat of lavender. He found that this oil promoted hasty tissue regeneration without any scarring! Use lavender essential oil to help promote natural wound healing. Use topically two to five times per day by applying two to four drops on the wound area. Dilute as required!
9. Aloe Vera
We all know aloe vera can help heal burns, but the sap from an aloe vera plant can also be used to treat cuts, scrapes, and other sores. Simply cutting off a stalk of the aloe vera plant and applying it to the wound every couple hours can significantly reduce healing time.
This plant is known for its antiseptic and astringent properties. It can be used for cuts, wounds, infections, bites, and stings and is also used internally to help treat sinus infections and inflammation of the stomach and intestinal tract. The main components of goldenseal are alkaloids called berberine and hydrastine that help destroy many types of bacterial and viral infections. Use goldenseal ointment on your wounds (found in local health stores), and watch your healing time drastically reduce!
11. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is one of the best ways to treat a wound to help prevent infection. It is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Tea tree oil is so effective that is can actively attack and eliminate staff infections such as MRSA. The aborigines of Australia used tea tree leaves to heal skin infections, wounds, and burns by crushing tea tree leaves and holding them in place with a mudpack. Thankfully, we can just use tea tree oil applied three to five times a day to effectively heal our wounds quickly and efficiently.
12. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can effectively heal wounds (one of a million other things it can do)! It has amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties and can even prevent scarring of wounds too! Use coconut oil on your wound to help speed recovery—apply coconut oil under a Band-Aid and refresh two to three times a day. Watch your cut heal in no time!
13. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a wonderful astringent that contains procyanidins, resin, and flavonoids, all of which make it a very soothing, anti-inflammatory plant. Soaking a cloth in some witch hazel and applying it to cuts, bruises, and other wounds can significantly reduce swelling and speed up recovery time. Witch hazel can also control bleeding—to help reduce bleeding, apply witch hazel to a fresh wound and wrap it up in gauze.
14. Juniper Leaves & Berries
Juniper berries, which were used as a flavoring for gin back in the 17th century, are also very useful in the treatment of inflamed joints and wounds. These berries are very rich in B vitamins and vitamin C, which make them great for speeding up the recovery time of cuts, scrapes, and other wounds. Juniper berries contain antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well, so they are great for treating numerous wounds or sores like psoriasis, eczema, and other skin problems!
15. Comfrey Root
The genus name for comfrey is Symphytum, which literally means to “unite or knit together.” Comfrey contains a substance called allantoin, which helps cells grow faster, and so it literally improves healing time of broken bones, mends wounds quickly, and helps burns heal quickly with little scarring. In fact, comfrey is often called knitbone! Allantoin is also found in the placenta of pregnant women to help the baby grow and develop in a decent amount of time. Use comfrey as a poultice next time you break a bone or get a bruise, cut, scrape, or other wound.