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Cuts

General characteristics

General characteristics

A cut is an injury to the skin (usually quite minor) that results in the loss of blood, often caused by ripping the skin against a sharp surface.

The priority is to stop bleeding, prevent infection from entering the cut and to facilitate scab formation and healing.


Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

A diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits etc will always promote better healing of the skin and other wounds such as breaks, fractures, sprains, bruising etc.

Foods rich in zinc such as seafoods, pumpkin seeds, wholegrains in particular and watercress are excellent for promoting speedy and efficient wound healing. Vitamin C will also help.

Drink a teaspoon of cider vinegar 2-3 times daily to encourage blood flow to and from the cut and speed up healing.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs

If you are out and about with no first aid to hand you can look for plant leaves or material that have astringent qualities such as oak bark, blackberry (bramble) leaves, dock leaves, yarrow and ribwort plantain.. Pick a few leaves, chew them up to moisten and release their juices and apply to the wound.
The following herbs promote healing......plantain leaf, marigold flowers, myrrh, st johns wort, comfrey leaf and root, horsetail, fenugreek seed, slippery elm, golden seal, geranium leaves, in fact most non-poisonous green leaves from wild plants will help.
If bleeding is profuse bathe or dust the wound with cayenne powder, agrimony, shepherds purse, witch hazel, oak bark or yarrow tea, apply gentle pressure and raise the cut above heart level.
Comfrey root and leaves are incredibly good at promoting the growth of new cells whether they be bone cells, stomach lining cells, muscle or skin cells. Whatever it touches it regenerates and helps to prevent scar formation. Comfrey powder is very useful to keep in a jar in the kitchen to dust onto wounds and cuts as it will grow into the wound and form a strong protective crust like scab over the wound.
Fresh aloe vera pulp or a good quality gel will slow bleeding and help healing.

Natural healing

Natural healing

If nothing else is to hand then a small handful of cobweb or fresh spider web applied to the cut will act as a plaster and stick the cut skin surfaces together. It is an old country remedy that works well. Cobwebs and spiders webs are also antibacterial.
Honey is a a good healer and is antibacterial also. It forms a protective and soothing coat to cuts and grazes. Honey will also help reduce unsightly scars from forming.
Antibacterial essential oils include lavender and tea tree.
Apply a pad soaked in cider vinegar and hold in place for a few minutes to stop bleeding and promote healing.
Sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper on the cut to stop bleeding, clean the area and speed up healing.
Try to rest the part of the body where the cut is, movement can trigger bleeding and slow healing.

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