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Pets: Wound Remedies

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Posted by Meg (Coromandel, New Zealand) on 02/25/2007

[YEA]  I have little faith in vets and I try to find things that work and have some luck - manuka honey is really good as antibiotic internally and externally for animals and they like it. Chamomile teabag soak for any eye problems. These are 2 tried and trusted ones for me.

Hydrogen Peroxide
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Posted by Linda (Bisbee, Arizona) on 09/06/2009

[YEA]  My ex, myself, and our magnificient and curious miniature australian shepherd were renting in what was "Dog Heaven". Acres and acres fenced to run in and a water reclamation system that included a series of sedimentary ponds, the largest and last full of Koi, pond vegation, and unbeknownst to us, bufos. We lived in the desert and water was scarce so even with fencing we dealt on a regular basis with mule deer (great sport for Roxy), along with vicious and deadly javelina. Needless to say she chased the deer off of the property gleefully, was not so gleefully ripped to pieces by a large javalina male and two females (treated that after throwing myself onto her and into the middle of the javelina's blood lust who would just as well kill a human as a dog (not smart). I got lucky making awful noises and they retreated. I treated this after carrying her into the house by filling and filling deep the gore holes that simply swallowed two bottles of the only thing on hand which was hydrogen peroxide and stuffed the wounds with dressing to put pressure inside hoping to stop the bleeding....yes, I know this is about bufos. The bleeding was totally stopped by morning and slowly she began to heal.

And now, the Bufo toads, One morning I went to drink my morning coffee with her while she took her morning swim, herding the koi from one end of the pond and back, something she did daily and for hours and I noticed a white film covering the enire pond. Then I looked at Roxy and could see her struggling to get on shore. By the time I had her in my arms she was convulsing with eyes rolled back. I checked her gum color for oxygen and they were very gray...all the meanwhile rubbing her everwhere trying to keep her blood flowing. Again, grabbed the only thing on hand which seemed close to appropriate, this time it was a full adult size benedryl pried her mouth open and opened the whole capsule in her mouth rubbing it into her tongue both top and bottom, on her gums thinking that from under the tongue on a human goes straight to the brain. Within just a few minutes her eyes began focusing and I began walking her just like a puppet thinking it might help keep her blood flow going, soon she began to try to walk on her own but needed help. She did show a rapid significant improvement with the benedryl, she weighs 29 to 34 lbs depending on how spoiled she is at the time. I am just sure the benedryl turned the tide. Roxy and I are moving back into this rental which was really paradise and peace for both of us so now I want to know....Exactly just how much benedryl I can give her at the max possible dosage, also does it come in a gel cap (haven't seen any) because in liquid form it would absorb much more quickly into her system.

I will definetely keep large amounts of vinegar for killing the toads and for her to drink and I very much appreaciate both this site and the information from all participants. I will also use the tub and light solution and lower the population. One more problem. It is my understanding that other frogs do not co-habitate with bufos so all of the guppies in differing stages are bufos. Roxy sticks her whole head into to the water trying to bite and catch them. Are they poisonous at this stage? During her second incident she crawled halfway from the pond headed towards the house when I found her. We went through the whole poisoning thing one more time and the benedryl once again brought her up quickly. Now I will use both prevention and cure. Bathub and lights and motor oil. I will make it my mission to lower the bufo toad population which it seems given the choices here will be a steady but doable new defense.

Thank you,
Linda A.
Bisbee, Arizona

Posted by Tamsen (Brothersville, GA) on 12/30/2006

[YEA]  Hydrogen peroxide cured a hole as big as my fist in the belly of my daughter's beloved cat. The cat showed up one day at the back door unable to stand up or hold it's head up, we found a hole in her belly that was opened and was gangreen, you could see her stomach and intestines, i wanted to put the cat down, but daughter refused and said she would nurse her back toThealth, husband said that daughter needed to get infection under control and said to clean it with HP, we used HP up to 5 or more times aday, in the meantime for days I seeked something of a miracle at the vets, drug stores as well as the farmyard stores to help this poor cat, by the way the vet said to put her down also after seeing her, anyways, as days went by the cat got stronger to the point of being able to walk and we noticed that the gangreen had all but disapeared and a few days after that something of a nasty looking mass fell out of her belly , which i believe was the rotten meat, and the hole started to heal all the mean time daughter cleaned the wound several times aday, and now about 4 months later, the wound is healed and she is healthy and living back outside, during the time of healing about 30 days, the cat was confided to the kitchen, we used HP bought right off the shelf in any store the 3% kind w/o diluting it

Replied by Mmm
Spring, Texas
Same thing happened to my goat. I went to the feed store and bought Penicillin and syringes too. Everyday my husband had to push pus out of his wounds but he made it through...

Posted by Candice (Victorville, CA) on 11/12/2006

[YEA]  Hello. I have 10 cats and 3 dogs and at least one of them, are always getting hurt some how. Anyways everytime I use to take my dogs or cats to the doctor for wounds or stitching, he would always tell me to clean it with Hydrogen peroxide. I would just soak a qtip in hydrogen peroxide and then clean the wound. A couple of times the wound, would be so bad that he (the vet) would have to put a dranage tube in, he would then tell me to use a syringe (not the needle ones) filled with peroxide to flush it all out, 3x a day. The dogs really DID NOT like this, but it worked nontheless. I have also used it on stitches and then applied neosporin. My pets would try and lick of the wound even though the peroxide was on it, so I did use an Elizabethan (E-collar) on them but even when they were able to lick it off, they never got sick. Just dont let them lick it continually as this may upset there stomache amongst other things. I just believe that hydrogen peroxide works for animals as it does for people. Good luck! I am not sure if you already have this method on your cures list for pets, but I tried it and it worked. Thanks!

Kerosene, Raw Linseed Oil
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Posted by Trixie (Hutch, Kansas) on 08/19/2009

[YEA]  Hi all! I just came across this site and have been searching for pet remedies for mange and different types of fungus. I wanted to share with you a remedy that will work for any type of cut, gash, wound, etc. I have used it many times on many different types of animals and iw works wonderfully!. It is half kerosene and half raw linseed oil. Has to be raw. I know it sounds like it would burn, but I have used it on myself, and there is no pain. It will heal any type of major wound, and fast. There is no proud flesh grown, and it is a natural insect repellent, so the flies won't be bothering your animal. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me, and I can answer your questions. Like I said, I have used this many, many times. My vet told me to put Amy down, after being nearly ripped apart by a male. She healed completely after using this on her. You can apply it as often as you like, no side effects, and if you miss a day or two, its no big deal. Hope this helps someone out there.

Replied by 3rivers
Tulsa, Oklahoma
I have a question on the kerosene and linseed oil? I have a goat who was attacked by dogs and now she is in the house due to half her back thighs missing most of the meatty area. She acts as though nothing is wrong with her so I am continuing treatment which has been sugar and iodine mixed. I have been packing it and trying to wrap it. But am trying to find a better way as the sugar just melts and it is just about in possible to bandage the area.Will this mixture help with this severe of a wound and will it fill back in after time. I run a rescue and I have a ton of animals. Would this work on any animal? For wounds etc.??
Replied by Mansij
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Hey Trixie...

We Did Use Kerosene oil on our dog's wound.....

And I have no idea how our little nino is feeling right now... The wound got wayy badd in just a matter of days... Im gonna use both Kerosene oil and Linseed oil tomorrow... I hope it works... I just want him to recover.... Hes in PAIN... and is very tired .

Me and my Parents are praying that he gets well ... because we love him a lot... And hes just a kid...
Pls Reply ASAP if you have any Further Suggestions... Thank You!

Replied by Eliza1
Niagara Falls, Canada
At some point you would think you would use common sense and seek professional help instead of letting this animal suffer. Why would you let them continue to live in such pain? Go to a vet!
Replied by Bev Berard
Gatineau, Quebec
Hi there, could I use the Kerosene and Raw Linseed Oil on a wound that has maggots in it?

I have a stray cat that was attacked by something, the flies will not leave her alone. Please help me.


Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Bev!

While kerosene, linseed oil and turpentine can be an excellent wound remedy, I would hesitate to use it on cats because cats lack a liver enzyme that helps them break down certain compounds and flush them out of their system; this in turn can lead to liver failure.

Can you capture this cat and get her to a rescue scheme? Even if you captured her and held her inside your home in a cage, you could treat her wound and allow it to heal to the point where you could release her again.

The maggots, while gross, do serve a critical role in eating the dead flesh in her wound, but being pestered by a constant flurry of biting flies cannot be helping :-(

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Posted by Elizabeth (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 06/08/2010

[NAY]  I have an 8 1/2 year old alapah bull dog/terrier mix. Every year for the past 5 years he's devloped itchy open sores that become infected quickly. Durring this past week he went from not unusually itchy to having the worst open sore yet. This happened upon our return from Southern Oregon where it is terribly flea and tick infested, I checked him over for ticks several times finding none, and bathed him before coming home.

I discovered the sore the day after I got home when I had seen a small amout of blood and poured some 3% peroxide over it. I realized It was larger and he protested like crazy. I shaved the wound and around it, 7 days ago, he has not withstood even washing it with plain water (either cool or luke warm). He will not let me cut the hair back anymore at all. He has only barely tolerated (due to intoxication from marijuana oil in his food today) a pack made of a piece of clean linen with dried goldenseal sprinkled sprinked (maybe 1/8 teaspoon) topped off with 1/4 to 1/2 cups of raw russet grated potatoe. It looks a little better, but even intoxicated he won't stand for it to be placed more than 1/4 of wound at any time or in one setting.

I have tried plain water rinsing, a cool calendula tea rinse,thick cool oatmeal tea rinse, neosporin, and silversulfadiazine. But he just goes nuts and finds a way to rub off what ever I applied, or he has bulldozed his way out of the bath tub (he has never done this before) He has always had a high pain tolerance. And has never not let me do what ever I want to him, (except once after a fight where he got tore up quiet severely). But everything I have tried he acts like I am applying a flesh eating acid or something to the like to his sore.

It is now about 3 1/2 inches in diamiter, and seems to be growing maybe a quarter to a half in a day, with or with out him scratching at. It smells. It drains puss and blood almost continually,It's location is on the back of his neck over the left shoulder.The location prevents me from putting any kind of collar to allow me to cover his back toe nail to prevent him from scrating it any more.

I mostly feed him a homemade food comprising of approxametly 30% muscle meat,30% grain (usually oats, sometimes rice), 20% dark green or orange vegables,10% organ meat, 5% bran, 5% onoins, galic, cayenne pepper, or things like that. That in combitation with some of what ever I eat. He also suppliments his diet with what ever dry food my brother's dog is being feed at the time, when, for instance, I get ill (was outsleeping with flu for 4 days this week)

Please What can I do to give him some kind of relief now, and help him heal long term? What other information can I offer to help you help me help him. Thank You

Sincerely, Elizabeth

Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, Usa
If he is drinking,,boil some chicken and let him drink that broth,,just give him the meat juice and water to flush his system,,check his food for soy bean contamination
Replied by Rainman
Central, Vt, Usa
First of all.. .onions are known to be toxic to dogs. I think cooked onions are safer. But, your dog doesn't need them, I would eliminate them all together. Grains are another thing a dog does not need and tends to cause more problems (digestion and allergies). I would feed RAW 75% muscle meat, 10% meaty bones, 10% organ meat and if you are dead set on feeding vegetables.. then add them in as the remaining 5%. As it stands now... your dog is missing a big fundamental portion of the required diet: Bioavailable CALCIUM/Phosphorous. Not to mention all of the mineral goodies in Marrow. It's the best thing for their teeth and gum health too.

To the actual reason for posting... and without seeing a picture of it... sounds like your dog is suffering from a staph infection. I would start seeking help asap.

Replied by Jane
Pasadena, California
Hi, this sounds to me like a serious staph infection. I would take your dog to a vet as soon as possible. Don't mess around with home remedies at this point as they may make the condition even worse or spread. I had a dog with a small hot spot that turned into a staph infection. The only thing that worked was antibiotics and ointments from the vet. Don't wait on this, trust me!
Replied by Cat
Naples, Florida
I most definitetly agree with Jane from Pasadena.
Replied by Hawkeye
Richland, Sc
I know staph infections are nothing to mess with, but what would help cool this irritation would be putting some colloidal silver in a spray bottle and spraying it on the wound. Colloidal Silver was used for antibiotic properties before antibiotics came along. It disables the bacteria or virus from being able to replicate. They even sell bandaids with silver impregnated onto it. Apparently they know that it stops germs from multiplying.

Oatmeal Poultice
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Posted by Heather (Katy, Tx) on 05/21/2011

[YEA]  Here's one we've been using for years. Cheap and usually effective! Soak oatmeal in enough water to make a paste. Probably slightly less than a 50/50 mixture. Spread the paste on problem areas such as heat spots and small cuts, or irritated skin. Let stand for 5-10 minutes, or as long as your dog will let you. Rinse off, but don't scrub! Use water only to rinse, no washcloth or anything. PAT dry. Repeat several times every day until healed. Completely safe if your pet licks it afterward. If you're lucky enough to have a pet that doesn't lick at it - try dabbing straight aloe vera on it as well, afterward.

For anyone who wants to know why it works; oatmeal contains the chemicals avenanthramides and phenols... which are supposed to soothe skin.

Olive Oil With Turmeric
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Posted by Tehm (Deltona, FL) on 12/25/2006

[YEA]  i got 3 cats and one of them gets hurt more often then the others, i always tried olive oil for my burns and scraches so i thought i would try it out on my cat and it did work always. i also have teeid turmeric (root based herb from india) with olive oil mixed and applied on the injury. It takes some time but it cures very well.

Ribwort Plaintain
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Posted by Gabriele (Limestone, Maine) on 10/10/2008

[YEA]  For many years I have been using a weed which can be found anywhere in your back yard, or in fields -to heal sores, cuts, and small wounds. It's called ribwort plaintain, snakeweed or soldiers weed. I used it in Germany, my home country. Years ago, when I moved to the states, an old Indian pointed it out to me as the number one healing plant. 2 weeks ago I adopted a dog who had been spending 3 month in a clinic to heal him of his life threatening injuries. His owner had left him 7 days hanging in a barb wire fence, and then decided to shoot him. A neighbor rescued him, but by that time he already had gangrene. Anyway, Casper, the white shepherd, came via airplane from WI to ME. I was shocked when I saw the wound on his belly. The size of 2 hands, still totally raw, but with 3 skincrafts the size of a quarter in it. From day one, I picked ribwort leafs and made a compress every night for Casper. Very hard to do because it is on his belly, and I have to use ace bandages to keep it in place. My vet who really is not much into natural remedies, is now convinced that this plant is what's healing the wound very fast. Within 2 weeks it closed from the 2-hand-size to 1/3rd the size! She said yesterday to me: I wish we could put these leafes into his brain to cure him of being terrified of people. There is quite a bit on info on the internet; check it out- it will help you or your pet. Of course I use only leafs from my back yard which I know have not been sprayed with any poison.

Replied by Gabriele
Limestone, Maine
Hello, ribwort plaintain is safe for any living creature. You would not believe how fast it heals. It's also called soldiers weed- from what I have read in the civil war soldiers used it to treat their wounds. Also attached are two photos of my dogs' wound. Picture 001 is from 1 week ago, the 2nd one is from 2 days ago. All the pink skin is new, and grew within these past 2 weeks. When I adopted Casper 2 weeks ago it was solidly red, and raw, with 3 small skin crafts, the pink ones on the upper edge. My vet see's Casper once a week, the rest of the time I wash the wound and put the cream on it myself. Anyway, when she saw Casper this week, she said: Oh my God! scared me, and I asked, what's wrong Terry? She answered: "It's a good 'oh my god' -- I can't believe how fast it's healing."

About Elissa's horse -- with theses leaves I am positive he would heal. Let me know please.

Replied by Carla Jones
Homer, MI
I have a rabbit that has a huge infection around it's middle. I have the infection drained mostly, but wondered if this ribwort plant would be usefull in the healing of the wound. It says in your log that you had a pup with gangreen and used it to help heal the poor dogs wound. My question is was the gangreen still present when you started using the ribwort? and What did you do to make the compress? Please let me know. Good luck to you and your pup.
Replied by Carla Jones
Homer, Mi
pets-rabbits-ribwort plantain for infection

If you look up under pets and wounds you will find the remedy of ribwort plantain for more info.

pets-wounds-ribwort plantain

Update: I recently had a rabbit with huge swelling of his front leg and have been trying the ribwort plantain. All I found at the health food store was some caplets so I bought them. I took them home and on the first occasion I opened the caplets & made a paste and applied to the wounded area and applied bandaged.

Of course the rabbit took the bandage off and the next day when I looked at the wound the plantain paste was caked on the wound. Since I wanted to keep the wound clean I tried another idea.

This time I made a paste placed the paste in the center of a piece of fabric and tied it off with a rubber band. Now when I treat the wound I dip the fabric in some bottled water and squish the juice from the fabric on the wound. I usually do this and wait until it kinda dries then reapply a few more times.

My rabbit is also being given antibiotics (which I never had much luck with) baby asprin (for fever and pain) and flushing out the infection every couple of days.

When my babies get sick I will try anything and everything.

I will keep you posted on how it goes.

Replied by Sandy
North East, Tx, Usa
If anyones still on this site, please where about can I find Ribwort, Soldiers Weed or Snakeweed. I live in Dallas Texas. My dog Iris, part blue heeler part beagle, had a syliva duct blocked and it swelled and blew out of her throat. Her throat needs help healing and I come up with marajuana when I do searching on the internet. Why is it when you need something you can never find it?
Replied by Nh Gardener
Sanbornton, Nh, Usa
For Sandy from TX re. Dog Iris--Please try giving her food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) in her dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to rounded or heaping tsp. 2 X/day. It helps in decreasing inflammation, absorbs and eliminates toxins from the body. Check internet for places to buy it. One site esp. has great human and pet testimonials. It's worth a try; good luck.
Replied by Sandy
North East, Tx, USA
Thank You Nh Gardener from Sanbornton, Nh, Usa for replying. Thankfully she has healed up to a small scabbed over hole. Since there is a chance of her siliva gland doing this again I am copying your note just incase. Thank You! And I am going to look for the DE.

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Posted by Candice (Kingman, AZ) on 11/02/2008

[YEA]  Our wheaton terrior had a really bad wound on nape of her ear that was infected. Antibiotics, etc. did nothing. The vet suggested we pack it with sugar. 1 week later the infection was gone. They told me they had used it on a dog and it saved his leg! Honey works too but can be too messy.

Posted by Sandi (Oroville, CA) on 05/17/2008

[YEA]  Have you ever heard of using "sugar" to heal wounds? When I was young, our dog opened a large area near his scrotum that would not heal..My father suggested we pour sugar on it. The wound healed in less than one week. Has anyone else heard of this?

Torn Ligament
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Posted by Abedog (Kirkland, Usa) on 08/19/2011

Hello, Our 80 pound dog tore a ligament in his back leg. The vet says the only way he will ever be able to use the leg again is with surgery. She said that if we don't do the surgery, he will be in chronic pain. We love our dog very much and want the best for him. Has anyone had this happen and used alternative remedies to help the situation?

Replied by Virginia
Hamilton, Ont

Torn Ligament: I have the same problem with a 5 yr old Mastiff, torn ligament in rear leg at knee. Vet says best to put him down, claims it will never heal without surgery. Says the dog is too heavy for him to heal and only way is surgery which he told is $4,000. -5,000. Which cannot afford. Have you heard from anyone or does anyone have any suggestions how we can heal this. He is being crated right now, and only activity is going out on a leash for potty. thks.

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Posted by Jackie (Grandrapids, USA) on 07/12/2008

my cat got out and was gone a week, came home with her left cheek so swollen her eye couldn't open and there was a scab on her cheek.i wiped the scab off with a cotton ball soaked in a weak borax warm water solution, the scab wouldn't come off. then i took a little tumeric out of a capsule and mixed it with water to make a paste, and covered the scab. did this last night. at 10:30 this morning on the way to the vet, the swelling was almost all gone, and the swelling was huge and there was bloody drainage coming from her mouth, so i think the tumeric helped it to drain. she was given a long acting antibiotic shot and has pain med to take twice a day for 7 days, has to go back in 10 days but she will be ok. she had no fever. i think the tumeric helped immensely, and i will use it everyday til it's healed. i take tumeric myself, once for a boil, by mouth and by putting a paste on the boil. i take up to 4 capsules daily when i feel a cold coming on, it always helps. i'm very grateful for the earth clinic

Replied by Anastasio
Laholm, Sweden
Please tell me how you mix the turmeric with the water and if you cook it please tell me for how long time ?! Thank you for you may aswer back!
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
For all open bleeding wounds use straight turmeric powder. My big rescue dog had almost his entire back hairless, bleeding septic and infected. He healed very quickly and without pain or itch. Keep applying the powder daily as needed and protect items from getting a bright yellow. This also applies for deep wounds.

Do not wash as turmeric is antibiotic, making new blood as well. Later use coconut oil or ACV (apple cider vgr.) as you see fit. If there is ongoing itching later on see EC on staph infection for dogs.

Namaste Om

Replied by Samarra
Pacific Nw, Washington
My 1 yr old King Shepherd Dog has oozing and a red patch on his testicles (scrotum). I don't see anything that might have caused it. Although it's possible a deer or horse fly got him. I did read here that some people recommend giving 1-2 tsp of turmeric with the dog's food; and another recommended putting sugar on the wound. Does anyone have any specifics on either turmeric for internal or external use &/or sugar for external use? How much of either or both and what goes with it? How long does it take to see results? I live almost an hour way from a vet so any help or info you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Samarra!

If this were my dog I would bathe him and pay extra attention to the wounded area, making sure it was cleaned and debrided of scabs or crusty tissue. Then I would apply an over the counter wound cream or ointment, such as a triple-antibiotic from the drugstore. You may have to apply twice a day - making sure the wound is thoroughly cleaned before each application of the antibiotic ointment. Do this first and keep an eye on the wound. You can still do the turmeric in the food, but for sure clean the wound and put a top dressing on it.

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
Please, if your pet has skin issues that are oozing, red, inflamed, infected, etc., etc., PLEASE GET THEM TO THE VET!! If these skin issues are this bad it means an infection! Really needs to be healed first with antibiotics from your vet. Then AFTER they are healed with antibiotics, you can then try some of the recommended preventative treatments.

NOTE: if you can't afford your vet, ask your vet if he/she take CareCredit. Most vets do nowadays. It's an interest-free loan good for up to 6-months term.

White Bread and Milk Poultice
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Posted by Tonzzi (Bend, Oregon) on 08/03/2010

A friend told me about this. A horse rammed a stick into its chest, it's owner removed the crust off of a piece of white bread and soaked it in milk and used it as a poultice, re-doing it every day. It took 3 months to draw the stick out and the horse recovered! Tonzzi

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Posted by Robert (Martinez, Ca, Usa) on 03/02/2010

[YEA]  I experienced an injured dog on a hike, it had gotten into barbed wire & was bleeding profusely with the owners not knowing what to do I picked some wild,(of course), yarrow, (achillea millefolia), & applied it to the wound stopping the bleeding.Yarrow is easy to grow & is a very good friend/gift to have around. Identifying is easy & it has a pleasant distinctive odor. Pictures are available on the net. This would be my first choice in the field or at home as I once suffered a laceration which would have required sutures as so claimed my nurse friend. I picked my yarrow friend that I had grown in my yard & applied it with a dressing. The bleeding stopped & also the throbbing pain within minutes. I left it on overnight & when I removed the dressing the next morning. it looked as though it had been sutured! I have used plantain,(plantago), as a drawing agent for absesses & it is a good field remedy for poison oak or nettle sting as it is anti-inflamatory.It grows plentiful in most areas & easily identified, see net for pictures. There are 2-types, the large leaf & more narrow, lance-like, leaf. They grow tall stalks straight up from the leaves & the seed pods are at the tips which can be removed for planting in your garden. One pod can grow say 50 plants or more pending the size. Always remember to leave some for the outdoors so the population remains healthy & thank the creator for the gift when harvesting.