Cuts and scrapes are common wounds most of us experience here and there, but do you know the natural ways to make these wounds heal cuts well and fast? Most minor wounds are harmless and go away after a matter of days, but sometimes they can become infected, which is why it’s important to promote healing with proper wound care.
Have you had a situation when you hurt your foot while exercising or cut your finger while slicing onions in the kitchen? While leaving the cuts open might heal them, try these home remedies to heal cuts and treat the wounds faster.
However, you will have to be a little careful while trying some of these home remedies. The natural ingredients mentioned below should not be used near the eyes.
If you’re looking for some natural remedies to help heal wounds fast, here are some great ideas:
Home remedies to treat the wounds faster
Turmeric powder to heal cuts
With its high antiseptic properties, dabbing a generous amount of turmeric powder on a fresh cut prevents infections and also will help stop the oozing of blood. Turmeric also has properties that help reduce inflammation and purify the skin and blood. Powdered turmeric is probably the top choice for natural remedies to cure cuts and wounds.
Apple Cider Vinegar
For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used as a method of treating wounds. With its anti-itching properties, Apple Cider Vinegar is a good option to heal cuts and wounds.
Note: Do not use vinegar medicinally in any other way or for substitute antibiotics without having a consultation with your doctor.
The excessive intake of granulated sugar can actually work wonders on your wound. It absorbs the water present in the wound but at same time sugar may be harmful to your body if you take. First, make sure you clean the wound in the next 15 minutes and then sprinkle it on the affected area.
Honey acts as an antibacterial agent on superficial cuts and wounds. It helps reduce the swelling, clean the wound and prevent further infection. According to various studies, on average, if you treat burns with honey they will heal, in 11 days, which was four days earlier than burns treated without it.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is known for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is probably the most popular home remedy for cuts or bruises. If you have a plant nearby, remove the thorns and cut the leaf vertically in half. Gently rub in the gooey part on the wound. A wound can heal completely just by applying aloe vera gel on the open for a few days.
The phytochemicals in the aloe vera gel also help ease the pain and reduce inflammation. Applying aloe vera gel on the affected area and let it dry it will help heal the wound quickly.
Tea Tree Oil
A drop or two of tea tree oil is essentially all you need to get rid of pimples and blackheads. You can also treat open wounds and heal cuts with the help of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; it also has antibacterial properties and it helps provide relief from pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can heal it really quickly if you apply a drop of tea tree oil on an open wound.
Onions have allicin, an antimicrobial compound, which prevents the wound from getting infected. Onions also have anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing inflammation and healing wounds. You can make a paste of onions and apply it to the open wound. It will help kill bacteria before it infects the wound. Mixing in one paste onions and garlic can also help heal the wounds quickly.
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil can help keep infections at bay. Applying coconut oil on the wounds can treat burns and can heal them completely too. Coconut oil heals almost any kind of wound and hydrates the skin as well. Coconut oil also has skin-hydrating properties. All you will need to do is apply a few drops of coconut oil on the wound and cover it with a clean piece of cloth. For quick relief, try this remedy twice or thrice a day.
Cinnamon has strong antibacterial properties that can also help heal wounds. Cinnamon has the ability to fight infections and reduce inflammation. Cinnamon has a component that helps with pain relief. Cinnamon is also known to help heal the skin by cooling it down and cure burns. It is great for healing in general and it heals open wounds at an incredible pace.
Eating garlic helps combat infections that are caused by bacteria that can be spread through the air or food. Applying a paste out of garlic on the open wounds can help treat external infections. Garlic has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can help lower the pain, stop bleeding, and heal your wounds faster.
Avoid Foods that Slow Healing cuts
You’ll want to avoid some foods to encourage healing, including:
Alcohol: It can increase inflammation.
Refined grains: These can slow healing and promote inflammation.
Hydrogenated oils: These hydrogenated fats have negative effects by decrease the ability of your body to heal.
Processed foods: These can contain chemicals, dyes, hydrogenated oils, and other questionable additives that can slow wound healing.
Home remedies work well for cuts and bruises. However, they must be used with caution. When using any essential oil to heal cuts and wounds, you must mix a carrier oil with it. As a carrier oil, you can use coconut oil. Remember to always consult with your doctor, before trying out any remedy.
Always seek emergency medical care if:
You have difficult to stop bleeding or excessive bleeding from a wound.
It’s a wound caused by the bite of a human or an animal.
Due to a wound, your skin is pulled apart. You may require stitches.
It’s a wound accompanied by numbness. This may be indicative of nerve damage.
Do not scratch or pick at any scabs, as your wound heals, that form because this can lead to scarring or infection.
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