Natural home remedies for superficial wounds
If you have been cut all the way through the skin, consult a doctor for stitches.
- Gently clean the wound with just water. You can use soap around the wound to help remove debris and bacteria. Use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove any remaining particles.
- If you are bleeding, apply direct pressure with a clean, absorbent cloth (ideally). Use your fingers if that’s all you have available; wash your hands first if possible. Keep adding new bandages without removing old ones to avoid disrupting the healing process. If the blood doesn’t stop after a few minutes, try elevating the wound above the heart while applying pressure. This will work only if the wound is on a limb.
- If you choose, you can apply an ointment or dressing before bandaging the wound. Some natural dressings include:
- Aloe Vera gel
- An appropriate essential oil (sparingly)
- An herbal ointment
- Calendula salves
- Chamomile tea bags, tinctures or ointments
- Cocount oil
- Marshmallow root poultice
- Shredded potato poultice
- Cover the wound firmly without cutting off the circulation. Don’t use a tourniquet unless you are a trained medical professional.
- Change the dressing when it is wet or dirty but at least once a day.
The suggestions below are self-treatments that others have found helpful for this condition and are offered as information for your further research.
During the process of wound healing, your body needs the support of nutritional support. Supporting your immune system also minimizes the risk of infections.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Bone Broth
- Extra protein
- Foods rich in Vitamin A
- Foods rich in Vitamin C
- Foods rich in Zinc
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID
- Excessive ginger
- Excessive turmeric
- Medications: some impede wound healing
- Processed sugars
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Lemon balm
HERBS AND SPICES
- Aloe Vera
- Curry spice
- Gotu Kola
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath. Dilute in water and use the mixture for a compress.
- Frankincense, antiseptic
- Geranium, a coagulant
- Goldenseal root powder
- Helichrysum, a coagulant and antiseptic
- Juniperus (specifically, the oils from J. Oxycedrus and J. Phoenicea)
- Melaleuca, anti-microbial
- Myrrh, a coagulant
- Tea Tree
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. Exercise has been shown to help wound healing and it becomes especially important as you age because age is a limiting factor in wound healing. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Stress slows down the healing process because it deregulates the immune system. Stay calm. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow. See the Stress post for relaxation techniques.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
There was a late 70’s study of treating 605 wound, burn and ulcer patients with granulated sugar and povidone-iodine, with excellent results, reducing the need for skin grafting and antibiotics. Knutson, Merbitz and Snipes. Google “How to make Sugardine.”
- Chinese Medicine
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for hypoxic wounds
- Massage for scar tissue
- Depending on the wound and how you got it, your doctor may recommend a Tetanus shot.
- Hydrogen peroxide may not be a good substance to use on wounded tissue.
- If you have been cut all the way through the skin, see a doctor for stitches. The sooner you get stitched up, the less scarring and risk of infection.