For a lot of people, Neosporin is the answer to every scrape, cut, and wound. And while antibiotic ointments are certainly effective, did you know that there are plenty of antibiotic solutions that occur naturally in our environment? No need for a trip to the pharmacy, just head to your kitchen cabinet for a safe and easy healing.
But while your getting your all-natural first-aid kit ready, where to start? Here with fifteen home remedies for any wounds, it’s Live Love Fruit:
15 Natural Home Remedies for Wounds
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 un-damaged! 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 1% penicillin solution! It is a great anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal and can help heal almost any wound. Garlic can cause damage to the skin, however, so making sure you don’t leave it on the skin for longer than 20-25 minutes. You can make a mix of 3 crushed garlic cloves and 1 cup of wine, blended, let stand for 2-3 hours and strain. Apply to the wound with a clean cloth 1-2 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 anti-microbial. It can be used topically to help heal abrasions, skin infections and internal infected 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 1 cup warm water and 1 tbsp. calendula flowers.
You can find the complete list of fifteen natural remedies here, and with so many safe options stocked in the house and ready for an incident you’re sure to feel confident even with active kids in the house. That said, the first step after an incident is not to head for your natural healing kit. First things first, always check the wound yourself. Once you’ve seen that there won’t be any need for a trip to the hospital, you can relax and reach for one of many natural remedies.