Suffering from a cut, scrape, or scratch? You’re not alone– together, Americans get nearly 18 million lacerations per year. Learn how to heal that painful wound with the following natural remedies.
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Aloe Vera – If you have an aloe plant, break off a leaf and squeeze the gel found inside directly onto your wound (you can use store-bought aloe gel as well). Aloe vera quickens healing and relieves pain. Do this 3-4 times per day. Learn more about the health benefits of aloe vera here.
Calendula – Acts as an anti-inflammatory, astringent, and anti-septic. Calendula lotions, creams, and oils slow down bleeding and increase new skin growth.
Cayenne Pepper – Only use this for minor cuts and scrapes, not on open wounds. The capsaicin found in cayenne pepper speeds healing and thwarts pain messages from being sent to the brain. Wipe off the pepper when you feel a decrease in pain.
Honey – This powerful anti-microbial reduces the chance of infection. Apply honey to the wound and cover with a bandage. Change the bandage every 4-6 hours.
Lavender Oil – Lavender oil is one of the best essential oils to have on hand because it is effective at treating almost anything that happens to your skin. Add one or two drops to the wound after it has been cleaned. Purchase lavender essential oil online here.
Limes – Use this fruit to kill bacteria on the wound.
Sugar – Kill bacteria and speed healing by sprinkling sugar on the wound twice daily. Apply petroleum jelly around the outside of the wound to keep the sugar in place.
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