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.
Cut your finger while slicing onions in the kitchen or hurt your foot while exercising? While leaving the cuts open might heal them, try these home remedies to 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 will help stop the oozing of blood and also prevent infections. Turmeric also has properties that help reduce inflammation and purify the skin and blood. There is no better natural remedy to cure cuts and wounds than powdered turmeric.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been used as a method of treating wounds for centuries. With its anti-itching properties, Apple Cider Vinegar is a good option to heal cuts and wounds. Do not substitute vinegar for antibiotics or use it medicinally in any other way without consulting your doctor.
The excessive intake of sugar may be harmful to your body but the same granulated sugar can actually work wonders on your wound. It absorbs the water present in the wound. Sprinkle it on the affected area, but make sure you clean the wound in the next 15 minutes.
Honey acts as an antibacterial agent on superficial cuts and wounds. It helps clean the wound, prevent further infection as well as reduce the swelling. According to various studies, burns treated with honey healed, on average, 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 bruise. 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. Applying aloe vera gel on the open wound for a few days can heal it completely.
Aloe vera gel also has phytochemicals which help ease the pain and reduce inflammation. To heal the wound quickly, apply aloe vera gel on the affected area and let it dry.
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. Applying a drop of tea tree oil on an open wound can heal it really quick.
Onions have allicin, an antimicrobial compound, which prevents the wound from getting infected. Onions also have anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing inflammation and healing wounds. You can make a paste of onions and apply it on the open wound. It will help kill bacteria before it infects the wound. Mixing garlic and onions in one paste 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 heal them completely and can treat burns 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. You can try this remedy twice or thrice a day for quick relief.
The strong antibacterial properties of cinnamon can also help heal wounds. Cinnamon has the ability to fight infections and reduce inflammation. Cinnamon has a component which helps with pain relief. Additionally, cinnamon is also known to help cure burns and heal the skin by cooling it down. It heals open wounds at an incredible pace and is great for healing in general.
Eating garlic helps combat infections that are caused by bacteria that can be spread through the air or food. Making a paste out of garlic and applying it on the open wounds can help treat external infections. Garlic has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help stop bleeding, lower the pain, and heal your wounds faster.
Avoid Foods that Slow Healing cuts
Then there are some foods you’ll want to avoid to encourage healing, including:
Alcohol: It can increase inflammation.
Refined grains: These promote inflammation and can slow healing.
Hydrogenated oils: Hydrogenated fats decrease the ability of your body to heal.
Processed foods: These can contain hydrogenated oils, chemicals, dyes 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. You can use coconut oil as a carrier oil. Also, before trying out any remedy, you can consult a doctor.
Always seek emergency medical care if:
You have excessive bleeding from a wound, or the bleeding is difficult to stop.
It’s a wound caused by the bite of an animal or a human.
Your skin is pulled apart due to a wound. You may require stitches.
It’s a wound accompanied by numbness. This may be indicative of nerve damage.
As your wound heals, do not pick or scratch at any scabs that form because this can lead to scarring or infection.
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