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It is important to know how to treat cuts and wounds in order to protect your skin. This is the list of the best natural remedies you can probably find in your home.
1. Cayenne Powder
Cayenne powder, a very hot vegetable pepper, is made from dried cayenne peppers. This strong spice is mostly used in cooking and in food, although one must be very careful when handling it. Cayenne peppers have history in traditional medicine in Asia, usually for psoriasis.
How can you use cayenne powder as a remedy for wounds and cuts? One can apply it directly on the cuts and wounds. Additionally, one can also mix the powder with a glass of water and drink it.
How does it work? Cayenne peppers react with body to equalize the blood pressure, and when the pressure is equalized it slows the blood flow allowing it to clot quickly.
If you apply it externally, clotting happens even faster. Cayenne can also disinfect the wounds efficiently due to the antifungal and antibacterial properties.
2. Aloe Vera
An “old world cactus” is a plant known as a remedy for cuts and wounds, and probably is one of the oldest plants used for skin care. This plant regenerates fast, and that’s one of its best characteristics.
Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera can protect the skin effectively and accelerate the healing process. Aloe Vera gel can be used safely on cuts, scrapes and wounds of all kinds.
Agrimony is another plant known as a healing remedy. Its ability to help the formation of clots that staunch the bleeding makes this plant one of the most efficient natural remedies for scars and wounds.
Agrimony acts as an astringent on wounds, and it is effective for vulnerary for minor burns, scratches, and punctures. Crush some fresh leaves of the plant and apply them safely as a compress on the wound.
How can Calendula help with cuts and wounds? Calendula has been used for centuries as a topical application for open cuts and lacerations. This plant helps promote epithelial growth, improve proteins and collagen metabolism in tissue regeneration, improve wound contraction, and enhance the immune system.
One can apply it topically as an ointment or tea. To make a tea from tincture add one teaspoon in ¼-cup water, or one teaspoon of flowers in one cup of boiling water. Leave it to boil for 15 minutes, strain it, and cool it off.
Comfrey is a popular remedy for skin in traditional Chinese medicine. Its ability to heal cuts and wounds is due to the allantoin, a compound that can accelerate skin healing and help regeneration of the skin. This plant also shows anti-inflammatory properties, thus it is great against infections.
When comfrey is used to treat cuts, minor burns, and wounds, it is applied with gauze. One needs to crush the root and use gauze to apply in on the affected area. Other treatments include comfrey salve that is made with olive oil.
Ancient Greeks and Romans used a chamomile salve to expedite healing. Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile is good protection against infections, and due to its antioxidant properties, it is excellent for the immune system and skin.
As an ointment or cream, chamomile helps heal minor burns especially.
Honey is a miraculous cure for wounds, cuts and burns, and this should not come as a surprise because honey has been an ancient remedy for infections. There are several reasons for its extraordinary healing ability. Honey is produced from different floral sources, thus it keeps their beneficial nutrients and properties.
Honey has phytochemical antibacterial components that protect against a vast number of bacteria and fungi. Honey is a potent antibiotic and is able to draw fluid from the underlying circulation, thus it provides topical nutrition that enhances tissue growth.
Honey can remove dead tissue around the wound and make way for faster and healthier healing of the wound. Use the best natural honey you can find and apply it directly on the wound (you can also use a gaze).
Ancient Indian and Chinese civilization used clove widely to treat numerous problems: headache, nausea, respiratory problems, immune system, dental problems etc. This evergreen tree has numerous benefits for our organism, and one of the important benefits is the ability to protect skin and to keep it healthy.
Clove is rich in minerals and vitamins, and has excellent antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Clove oil, in particular, is used to treat wounds, cuts, bruises, and other types of injuries. The oil can be applied directly to open wounds and cuts, but it should be diluted due to its strong nature, and should not be used by those with highly sensitive skin.
When applied directly, clove oil immediately alleviates pain and reduces the possibility of infections and healing time. For minor wounds and cuts just sprinkling ground cloves will stop the bleeding and reduce the pain.
9. Essential Oils
Certain essential oils, due to its rich nutrient content and beneficial vitamins and minerals, are very helpful in treating minor wounds, cuts and scrapes. Those essential oils are lavender, tea tree and geranium oils. Lavender oil is famous in the cosmetic industry and it has been used for centuries to cleanse wounds and serious burns.
It has analgesic, antiseptic and antibiotic properties, therefore it is also excellent for the immune system and its protection. Tea tree oil can easily soothe the pain associated with minor burns, cuts and wounds. Native people of Australia used tea tree oil to heal wounds, abrasions and other skin problems.
Geranium oil is widely used to relieve stress and depression, balance hormones, improve circulation, reduce blood pressure, and reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin, as well as in aromatherapy. This oil is an astringent and vulnerary agent. Due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it is used to prevent bacteria, microbes and infections, and for regeneration of new cells.
For treating wounds and cuts, these oils should be diluted with warm water. Use cotton ball to apply it on the wound. Be careful because these oils can also have side effects if your skin is very sensitive.
Cinnamon has strong antibacterial properties, and due to the natural anesthetic oil called eugenol, it can relieve the pain and treat minor cuts and scrapes. Wash the affected area, pat dry, and sprinkle powdered cinnamon over the area. You can also bind or bandage the wound.
Repeat the treatment until the wound is healed, but be careful because cinnamon can cause skin irritation when taken in extremely high doses.
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