December 6, 2021

Natural wound-healing remedies

Nature benefits us in many ways. In this article, we will discuss a few natural gems with healing properties – many of which you will probably find in your pantry. Remember that the effectiveness of the following remedies will depend on the severity of the wound. In severe cases, we recommend visiting your nearest health care practitioner to determine a suitable treatment course.

#1 Turmeric

Turmeric contains an ingredient called curcumin. When applied to a wound, this ingredient reduces inflammation which can speed up the process of healing.

How to apply turmeric to a wound: 

  1. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a little bit of water until it forms a thick paste. Apply this paste to the wound and cover it up with a bandage.
  2. You can make a different paste by replacing the water with honey.

#2 Honey

Many studies have proved the effectiveness of honey in treating wounds, due to the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects thereof. Honey also keeps the wound moist, and its thick and sticky texture prevents bacteria from reaching it (Mandal & Mandal, 2011). 

How to apply honey to a wound: 

  1. Apply some honey on a dressing. 
  2. Apply the honey-saturated dressing on the wound.
  3. Cover the honey-saturated dressing with another dressing or a bandage to prevent leakage.

(Nall, 2019) 

#3 Aloe Vera

Due to the high water content found in Aloe Vera gel, its application increases the flexibility of your skin, making it less fragile (Hekmatpou et. al, 2019). Aloe Vera is also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and it increases immune functioning (Banu et. al, 2012). 

How to apply Aloe Vera to a wound: 

  1. Aloe Vera can be applied directly to your skin. 
  2. DO NOT apply Aloe Vera to an open wound. 

#4 Garlic

Garlic is another excellent wound healer – so much so that they used it in World War I to treat wounded soldiers (Kennedy, 2021). Garlic contains an ingredient called “Allicin” which gives it anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic is also known as the “natural antibiotic” due to its antimicrobial properties. This together with its ability to prevent infection can speed up wound healing (Alhashim & Lombardo, 2017).    

How to apply Garlic to a wound: 

  1. Clean the wound with warm water. 
  2. Grate a few cloves of garlic (depending on the size of the wound). 
  3. Mix the cloves with a little bit water (enough to form a paste). 
  4. Apply the paste to a clean dressing.
  5. Apply the dressing to the wound and secure it with a bandage. 

(Kennedy, 2021) 

Sources:

Mandal, M. D., 2011. Honey: Its medicinal property and antibacterial activity. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 1(2), 154-160. doi: 10.1016/S2221-1691(11)60016-6

Nall, R. 2019. Water: How, when and why honey is used for wound care. https://www.healthline.com/health/honey-on-wounds

Hekmatpou, D., Mehrabi, F., Rahzani, K., Aminiyan, A. 2019. The effect of Aloe Vera clinical trials on prevention and healing of skin wound: A systematic review. Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences, 44(1), 1-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6330525/

Banu, A.,  Sathyanarayana, B.C., & Chattanavar, G. 2012. Efficacy of fresh Aloe vera gel against multi-drug resistant bacteria in infected leg ulcers. Australasian Medical Journal, 5(6), 305-309. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2012.1301

Alhashim, M., &  Lombardo, J. 2017. Mechanism of action of topical garlic on wound healing. Dermatologic Surgery, 44(5), 630-634. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001382

Kennedy, S. 2021. How to heal wounds with garlic. https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-heal-wounds-with-garlic/