Cuts

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Cuts:

  • Burdock Root
  • Echinacea Angustifolia
  • Echinacea Purpurea
  • Witch Hazel

Natural Cures and Remedies for Cuts

Arnica is not suitable for internal use as it can be quite toxic, unless it is in a homeopathic form. For the same reason you should not apply it to open wounds and cuts, as too much arnica can then be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, applying the ointment well away from the cut is acceptable: keep a 2-3cm gap between the margin of the cut and the cream application, and apply arnica in a thinner layer than you would to unbroken skin, where it can be applied quite liberally. There is little point in applying arnica to injuries that are more than one day old – arnica is very much a first-aid item that must be applied as soon as possible after the injury to prevent local haemorrhage and swelling.

Small cuts, scrapes, and burns are common injuries: I cannot tell you how many times my husband has burnt himself in the kitchen, only to shrug o? my o?er of a little burn salve. I often look at him perplexed, not understanding why he wouldn’t accept the simple act of a quick swipe of cooling goo to soothe the stinging burn. But I pick my battles. Whether it’s a burn, a cut, or a scrape, we need to be proactive. A little salve goes a long way to promote skin repair, fight infection, and cool inflammation. Most salves, including the formulas here, have antimicrobial action, meaning they fight infections of all types. Whenever I have a cut, I apply my salve 4 to 6 times per day. Bandages are rarely necessary, because the salve acts as a protective barrier, and bandages often increase unwanted heat to an injured area.

Burdock Root, Echinacea Angustifolia, Echinacea Purpurea, Witch Hazel

Salves are basically herbal oils remade into a con – venient, nonliquid form. ey are a great way to deliver herbs deep into tissues. Although rubbing a salve onto a?ected tissue is recommended, I often use them for cuts and scrapes and leave a bit unab – sorbed on top to create a protective layer—sort of a natural bandage.

Poultices and fomentations are suitable for strains, sprains, cuts, stings, burns, skin conditions, abscesses, and pain. Depending on the problem, I typically recommend using one or the other for 10 to 30 minutes at a time. I’ve found it helpful in some cases to apply gentle heat over the herbs or saturated cloth. When possible, combining an external treatment such as these with an internal treatment is your best approach to healing.

50g calendula ointment – for sunburn, cuts and small wounds, blisters, insect bites, skin rashes, fungal infections, ulcers (including tropical ulcers), sores or bunions.

10-20g calendula ointment – for sunburn, cuts and small wounds, blisters, insect bites, skin rashes and fungal infections.