We have all cut or scraped some part of the body on more than one occasion. No one escapes the possibility of getting a small but painful wound. Therefore, we share practical tips and natural remedies that you can find in your kitchen, to avoid infections and accelerate recovery.
The skin works as a barrier against germs. However, when we injure ourselves, we are exposed to bacteria entering and finding an optimal environment to settle and develop. Therefore, you should wash your hands and the wound with soap and water. This simple measure will help prevent infection. Here are other options to protect yourself against invaders:
This sweet natural product that bees give us can be applied to the wound with very good results. The most used to heal injuries is manuka honey, which is produced in Australia and comes from the flower of the manuka tree. It is highly valued for its antibacterial properties and is approved by the authorities to treat wounds.
Used for centuries for medicinal purposes, it is considered the king of natural antibiotics and its antibacterial properties would be ideal for protecting wounds from infection. In addition, it would help in cell regeneration, although you must use it with care, as it can irritate the skin. It can be eaten or applied in compresses directly to the affected area.
When cut, the onion makes you cry, but when it comes to wounds, it can be the best ally due to its disinfectant and antiseptic properties. Its content of organic sulfur and enzymes would also allow it to relieve pain and reduce the risk of infection, which enables good healing. To take advantage of it, place the fine cloth between layer and layer over the wound.
4. Aloe vera
Aloe vera, or aloe vera, is one of the most recommended natural remedies by popular wisdom. Due to its healing power and deep penetration into the skin, it is one of the most used plants in cosmetics and ideal for injuries. Many experts say that applying its juice could accelerate the recovery of wounds.
Calendula is a plant that confers great medicinal value. Different investigations showed that its application would accelerate the healing of wounds, at the same time that it would stimulate epithelialization (a natural action of dermal healing) and help to produce collagen. It can be used as a tincture or ointment.
The ancient Greeks used vinegar to heal wounds and as an antibiotic. Its topical application is one of the home remedies most used by grandmothers to clean wounds and eliminate bacteria thanks to the antiseptic power of acetic acid. Remember to always mix it with water when applying it topically.
7. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is much more than a spice that adds a touch of spice to your dishes. Applying it to small wounds that bleed would help stop bleeding and ease pain thanks to its high content of capsaicin, a compound that numbs nerve endings and promotes blood clotting. However, more studies are needed to corroborate this link.
8. Gotu kola (Gotu kola)
This is a widely used medicinal herb in Asia, and according to professionals, it could be helpful in healing wounds as it increases antioxidant levels during the healing process. It could also stimulate collagen production. You just have to prepare an infusion and apply it to the wound.
9. lavender essential oil
Appreciated for its aroma, lavender is used in natural medicine to make numerous remedies. The oil that is extracted from its flowers contains linalool, acetone, esters, aldehydes and other antiseptic compounds that fight bacteria. In addition, it would be excellent for treating skin lesions due to its regenerative properties and healing power.
Tomato is not only a staple in the kitchen, it is a balm against burns and its rich composition makes it a safe remedy for the health of the skin, since it would allow wounds to heal. It also has a high concentration of water and antioxidant substances, which contribute to cell rejuvenation.
When to go to the doctor
Serious and infected wounds need first aid and medical attention. You should seek help if the wound is deep, if it cannot heal on its own, if it cannot stop the bleeding, or if it does not heal. Look out for the following symptoms: if the area around the wound is hot, red and inflamed, or there is pus and pain.
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