Natural Remedies for Wounds That Won’t Heal
Our skin is designed to keep us in, and the germs and bacteria out; but when we receive a wound or cut, that safe barrier is broken, and infection causing bacteria can get in. In order to cause as little damage as possible, generally our bodies are very quick to start repairing the breach.
How does a wound heal?
Wounds heal in several stages:
- The blood will start to clot, forming a protective scab within a few minutes
- The wound will feel tender, and you may notice some redness around the edges
- There may be some clear fluid seeping from around the scab. This is your body’s way of cleaning the area
- Your white blood cells rush to the wound to fight off any infection and start the repair process. This takes approximately 3 – 5 days, depending on the size of the wound
- Gradually, over a week or more, the blood vessels start to produce collagen. These are tough fibers that form the basis of the new tissue growth
- Granulation tissue starts to form around the collagen fibers, filling in the wound
- New skin develops over this granulation tissue, pulling the edges of the wound closed
- Once this is complete and the breach is sealed, the scab will fall off
- The new skin can look shiny and stretched, and may well be very itchy. You may be left with a scar, which may or may not fade over time
However, in some cases, this process takes far longer than expected, and the underlying reasons for this should be investigated. Poor circulation or nutrition are the most common causes for a wound failing to heal. If you are concerned, it’s important to seek medical advice.
However, there are some simple home remedies that can encourage healing to take place.
Effective home remedies for open wounds and cuts
This common kitchen spice is well known for possessing antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Containing curcumin, the powdered spice can increase the production of collagen when sprinkled on the open wound. Apply twice a day, after gently soaking off the previous application and patting the wound dry with a clean cotton pad.
Honey, especially manuka honey, is used in many medical facilities and is widely acknowledged as having natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. Applied directly to an open wound, it can aid healing and minimize the risk of infections.
Another multi-purpose kitchen ingredient, garlic contains antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also said to be a natural painkiller. If your wound won’t stop bleeding, crush a couple of garlic cloves and spread them over the wound.
If you’re lucky enough to have this miracle succulent growing in your garden, or as a house plant, slice off a leaf and apply the clear gel to the open cut. The gel contains phytochemicals that can reduce any inflammation and provide effective pain relief.
With effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, the humble coconut’s oil can help with keeping the wound moisturized, allowing healing to take place. It can also help to prevent scar tissue forming, and can reduce the severity of existing scars, including stretch marks.
If you are concerned about a wound, or have an injury that won’t heal, it’s important to seek advice from your medical center.