6 Natural Solutions to Cuts, Scrapes, Open Wounds and Bruises
No matter how hard we try to avoid injuries, accidents do happen.
That said, you can keep nicks, abrasions, and lacerations from becoming infected and turning into more severe problems by using the quick natural remedies highlighted below!
1) Try tea tree oil for scrapes
This oil contains potent antiseptic compounds and has been popular for healing wounds.
According to a 2013 study, nine out of the ten people who used tea tree oil in addition to conventional treatments showed a reduction in healing time compared to those who used conventional treatments alone.
Experts suggest diluting several drops of tea tree oil with a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil and applying it to the cut or scrape.
If you are suffering from acne, the antimicrobial properties in tea tree oil can calm the redness, swelling and reduce scarring.
2) Get clever with clove
Clove oil is rich in eugenol, a chemical that is both an antiseptic and a painkiller.
Additionally, you can sprinkle powdered cloves on a cut to keep it from becoming infected and stop further bleeding.
3) Dab honey on wounds
Honey contains three powerful wound-alleviating ingredients: sugar to absorb moisture, hydrogen peroxide to disinfect, and the nectar-based compound propolis to kill bacteria.
When dried, honey also forms into a natural bandage over the affected area.
4) Clean cuts with myrrh
Myrrh is a reddish-brown dried tree sap available in many organic supermarkets. It is a strong antiseptic known for its blood-moving properties that help with healing.
Add one teaspoon of myrrh extract to 118 ml of water and pour it over the wound. Remember to let it air dry before bandaging.
5) Go for garlic
Like its close cousins' onions and chives, garlic is also a natural antibiotic with many germ-destroying compounds.
If you have a deep cut, tape a clove of garlic directly on it to help speed up the healing. Although, if it starts to irritate your skin, remove it immediately.
6) Lose a bruise with arnica gel
Arnica is a plant supplement and a homeopathic remedy that has been shown to prevent and minimize bruising.
This topic topical treatment is very effective because it acts as an anti-inflammatory. It also helps dilate capillaries under the skin, letting blood and fluid move out of the injured area.
For a quicker recovery, apply this gel to a bruise three or four times a day.
Author: Drishti Bhagat
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