Cuts & Scrapes
Minor cuts and scrapes usually don’t require a trip to the emergency room, but proper care is essential to avoid infection or other complications.
Caution: If cuts are gaping or there is any risk of infection such as tetanus, seek medical help.
1.Stop the bleeding: To stop cuts from bleeding, apply pressure for a few minutes. If the sides are gaping open, bring them together firmly with your finger and thumb. Apply teflon pad (which doesn’t stick) to wound and bind with surgical tape. If the cut is relatively minor, it is best left uncovered.
Note: If the blood spurts or continues to flow after 5 to 10 minutes of pressure, seed medical assistance.
2.Clean the wound: Cuts can be bathed with an infusion of Calendula flowers. Or you can use diluted tincture of Calendula. You can also use distilled Witch Hazel. Apply it to the cut on a cotton ball. It helps to stop bleeding and promotes healing.
3.Apply antibiotic: Apply an antibiotic to prevent infection and cover it with a clean bandage. There are three herbs that make great antibiotics and they are also anti-inflammatory. Goldenseal, St. Johnswort, and Yerba Mansa. Apply a poultice or tincture before covering the wound.
Note: There are several antibiotic salves that you can make yourself on the Salves & Ointments page.
Also antiseptic and healing is diluted oil of clove, lavender or eucalyptus, which can be applied with a cotton ball. If the cut is deeper, use a compress of St. Johnswort or apply St. Johnswort oil.
Scar tissue can be encouraged to heal by applying Comfrey ointment and Vitamin E oil daily.
4.Cover the wound: Exposure to air speeds healing, but bandages can help keep the wound clean and keep harmful bacteria out. Cover blisters that are draining until a scab forms.
5.Change the dressing: Change the dressing at least daily or whenever it becomes wet or dirty.
6.Watch for signs of infection: See your doctor if the wound isn’t healing or you notice any redness, drainage, warmth or swelling.