Herbs & Natural Remedies:
Aloe (Aloe vera), tea tree, calendula (Calendula officinalis), honey, and vitamins C and E.
Aloe vera: gel scooped from the plant. Tea tree: oil. Calendula: flowers. Honey: bulk honey. Vitamins C and E: tablets.
How it Works:
Aloe vera has antimicrobial action that helps prevent infections. It reduces inflammation, stimulates skin regeneration, and contains vitamins C and E. Tea tree oil is antiseptic—it prevents infection. Calendula stimulates the growth of new skin and blood vessels. Honey has antimicrobial action that helps prevent wound infection. Vitamins C and E speed wound healing.
Aloe vera: cover the wound with a layer of gel. Tea tree oil: apply 100 percent pure oil to the wound. Calendula flowers: use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried flowers per cup of boiling water. Steep until cool and apply using a compress, or mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of tincture in a cup of water and apply. Honey: apply a thin layer to the wound. Vitamin C: 1,000 mg per day. Vitamin E: 400 to 800 IU per day.
Do not ingest tea tree oil. Large doses of vitamin C may cause diarrhea. Vitamin E has anticoagulant action. Use it cautiously if taking other anticoagulants including garlic, ginkgo, willow bark or aspirin.
To stop bleeding, press firmly on the wound. Wash all wounds thoroughly with soap and water.
San Francisco health writer Michael Castleman is the author of 11 consumer health books. Visit www.mcastleman.com .