Natural First Aid for Wounds

Gotu Kola and Sea Buckthorn Oil
Posted by Pocahontasspirit (San Luis Obispo, California) on 01/19/2018
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Skin abrasions, Road rash, Skinned knees, Burns. (Probably Cuts and Incisions.)

Buy online and Twice a day (am and before bed) apply:

Gotu Kola (non-alcoholic extract! )PLUS Sea Buckthorn pure oil. Just put enough drops to cover wound. A typical knee scrape is about 2 drops of each. Touch the oils lightly on the skin with your finger to ensure absorption. Cover with Bandaids until oozing stops, then cover only at night to prevent rubbing of wound until skin looses it's pinkness.

Amazing combination for difficult abrasions and burns!!!

I've used it many times with quick, non-scaring results. Pass it on...

(I imagine it would work great on cuts and incisions, I've just never have had the opportunity to try it on those yet.)

Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/23/2018 236 posts

Update on using honey for wound, no scar.

Posted by Zark (Emerald City) on 02/02/2015
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+1 for Cayenne (we just call it 'chilli' in oz).

I had tried out some home made black salve on a mole (it works by the way but is so very potent and must be used with great care and in small amounts) and the wound it left was healing a bit too slow for my liking. After reading this page on EC I tried chilli powder - the speed of healing is astounding. Just in one night a very noticeable healing.

There is only a mild stinging from the chilli which is comparable to a mosquito bite. Previously I was just using turmeric as a precaution against staph, but now I use mostly chilli with a little turmeric.

Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 03/26/2013

Dear Rick, I am very appreciative that you took the time to write us last night about your experience with cayenne pepper so soon after returning from the ER. I was so impressed with your bravery, your level-headedness, and your generosity to report back on your experience. We were very happy to hear that cayenne stopped the bleeding after only a few minutes.

All of us at Earth Clinic wish you the best and send you our prayers and blessings.

With appreciation and kindest regards,


Posted by Sonia Azooz (San Antonio, Texas) on 12/30/2008
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I had cut my finger with a knife while cooking, I was worried because I am a diabetic, it wasn't healing properly. I decided to cook another day and I was chopping some garlic, the juices got on my cut finger and like a miracle my wound was completely healed and dried like the next day.

Oregano Oil
Posted by Michelle (West Palm Beach, Florida) on 03/05/2008
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I couldn't find this one so here goes. Best for kids, as it helps whatever is causing the fever, especially virus. Two drops of Oreganol Oil, on each foot rub it in and fever will break in a matter of five (5) minutes. I have four kids and have used this on ALL of them. It has absolutely always worked.

You can rub a few drops on chest for congestion or sinus trouble too. I have used two drops behind ear (rub all around area) for curing ear infections, ear pain, etc.

You can't beat it for cuts, they will never get infected! Best for little finger cuts as they are hard to keep clean! Also cures toenail fungus, especially seriously infected ones, drop several drops around nail bed, under nail, and around affected toe, with in hours, the pain is gone! Three times a day and the toe infection will be gone in a few days. My friend 6'11" male, was about to go to the ER when I told him to try this, he could barely walk! It was easy to walk in a matter of hours and completely cured in a few days! Three times a day several drops. Epsom salt soaks help to draw out infection and help pain too.

Earth Clinic is my Favorite for everything!

Posted by Omar (Khobar, Saudi Arabia) on 02/23/2008
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Hello, My name is Omar, and I am from Saudi Arabia. First of all I'd like to express my appreciation for such valuable rich site. What I want to share with you is about using honey on the skin of a diabetic. As you know, an injury could be very fatal for a diabetic. My father developed a very late stage of diabetes. Once he had an injury in his hand, and the wound developed very badly. The doctor put him under a very strict diet with daily dressing for the wound, by water and salt. We know from our relegion that Honey is a cure, in general, and for specific health problems like dierea. So we tried to apply honey, after washing the wound and surrounding area with water and salt, on the wound(externally on the skin) that had 1.5 cm height full of buzz. We did this every day, continously for 10 or 15 days. We were amazed to see the wound noticably decreased in height and buzz material started to disappear from the first day of application. The wound was completely healed with no scars or a trace that there was a wound in that area.Thank you for readig and hope this was useful.

Ground Black Pepper
Posted by JoJean Nelson (Oregon) on 10/13/2021
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my husband sliced his finger deep while cutting meat. I filled a shot glass with ground black pepper and had him stick his finger in it for 5-10 min. It built a crust and the bleeding stopped.

Aloe Vera, Arnica
Posted by Patricia (Downsville) on 11/29/2016 42 posts
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No pain from chainsaw wound with aloe vera and arnica. This is written 14 hours later 6:52 am November 29, 2016

Yesterday at 3:45 pm I was cut by a chain saw in between my ring and second finger. The owner of the house put juice from the aloe vera plant I just happened to have because me and my cat have been taking father romano zago's formula and am on the second ten day period of the on aloe cycle. Took 3 arnica tablets. The juice oozed out freely and he put a gauze pad on top and in two hours changed the bandage. I think the gauze stuck and it started bleeding. This time put a slice of the plant on top of the wound which was rough cut and a gauze pad on top of that. The only pain I have had is when the aloe touched the wound.

Took two more arnica tablets and have had nothing since. It is 6:46am the 29th and I still have absolutely no pain. The bandage has not been changed again yet and have taken no more arnica. I later remembered reading the history of aloe vera. It was given as gifts to ancient monarchs to use for soldiers' wounds so I felt that I had indeed done the correct thing. It should have had many stitches.

I am writing this with my bandage on to record this so I don't forget, and stretching to reach the keys as little as possible to hit the keys. Still no pain.

Posted by Dale (Raleigh, Nc) on 11/07/2015
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I tried cayenne on a knife cut I got on my pointer finger. The pain of the initial cut wasn't too bad, and washing it out with soap was bearable. There was no pain remaining and the bleeding had stopped a couple hours afterward when I read the post on Cayenne Pepper hoping to heal the cut faster. I sprinkled a little Cayenne in the cut, and on came the burn. It was an extreme pain, even though the cut was at the tip of my pointer finger, the pain burned through to my thumb and middle finger. I left it for about a minute thinking the "mosquito bite" type pain was under-exaggerated. It just got worse. I eventually washed it out with water, but the pain lingered. I applied neosporin, and the pain slowly went down and away in about 10 minutes. Wouldn't recommend this experience.

I tried to think of explanations because I'm the one Nay as of now. At first I thought the Cayenne I used had salt blended in. But that wasn't the case. Then I thought it was from the grains spreading the would open. That wasn't it either because with Neosporin, I can flap it all the way open without pain.

Posted by Marcjnr (Wellington, New Zealand) on 09/13/2011 1 posts
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My husband had a knee replacement and his wound had become swollen and red on the second week. The wound looked like it was going to burst because of the swelling and he was becoming ill as it had obviously become infected. One morning, before we decided to seek medical advise, I had some comfrey growing in the backyard, so I thought I'd give that a try. I picked a handful of the leaves and grinded them with water to make a thick paste. I applied this to his wound and covered it with gauze and left it on all day. When I came home in the evening, my husband asked me to remove the gauze as his wound was so itchy, but it felt a lot better.

I removed the gauze and was surprised to see the wound had completely healed up, the swelling had gone down considerably and the comfrey paste had become hard and dry that I had to peel some of it off his leg. After two days of applying this in the morning, his infection was gone. Great plant to have in the garden as it heals the body extremely well. I use it now for every injury, from cuts and bruises and eat a leaf at least 3 times a week to keep my asthma at bay.

Posted by Jake (Chicago, Il) on 12/11/2010
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This past summer my soon to be 94 year-old mother fell and sliced a three to four inch gash on the back of her hand just above the knuckles. The bleeding was moderate but there was about an inch distance between the two sides of the cut. Anyone would have said it cannot heal without stitches. But the skin was so fragile, I wondered too how any stitching would be able to hold together. Adding to the complexity of the moment, my mother is on blood thinning medication and I was a bit nervous to take the situation into my own hands.

I nonetheless packed the space with cayenne which in a short time stopped the bleeding. I bandaged her and each time in the days afterward - I cleaned the wound and reapplied cayenne, and I pulled the two sides of the canyon closer together in hopes that the skin would eventually reconnect. The wound oozed for weeks and almost daily my mother protested and was sure she needed to see a real doctor. She didn't see the daily progress that I noticed. When a scab finally seemed to take, I applied iodine to help the healing, and that seemed to speed the process fairly dramatically. Eventually she healed perfectly, no scarring, and I myself was amazed how clean the result turned out. I called it a work of art, and we both laughed.

Arnica Gel
Posted by Amy (Reno, Nevada) on 05/11/2010
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Five years ago, while I was in my early 20's, I went to the doctor to get a Kenalog shot hoping that it would help relieve my chronic allergy symptoms (sneezing, rashes, etc.) to animals and pet dander. While there, an assistant administered the injection to my right buttock area near the sciatic nerve. I can't remember exactly how long it took, but within a couple of days to a week the tissue around where the shot was given turned purple and seemed to cave inward in the shape of an inverted cone. The area of this purplish necrotic tissue was about 2 inches in diameter. At first I thought this was a severe bruise, so I chose to ignore it for a while, hoping it would heal on its own. I experienced local pain and also pain that shot down my leg at random times while walking, which I believe was caused by the close proximity to the sciatic nerve. After a couple months of no improvement I went back to the doctor. While there I was told that there was nothing that could be done and that I might have the wound for the rest of my life. After hearing this I stopped looking for a cure. Luckily, six months after receiving the injection, someone suggested that I try massaging arnica gel into the wound 3 times a day for 5 minutes while thinking positive thoughts until it healed. I didn't use a specific dose, just enough to cover the surface area and I remember that a little bit went a long way. At first rubbing the wound was very painful, but I persisted. Within a month the cavity filled in, my skin returned to it's normal color,the pain went away, and it was as if I had never had the wound in the first place. To this day, it has remained fully healed and I am grateful. This experience has led me to look into many more natural remedies whenever I have an issue, many of which I find right here on Thanks, EC for such a wonderful site. I hope this helps someone else who may be looking for an answer.

Posted by Paul (Brisbane, Australia) on 03/04/2008
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I wanted to share the excellent result I got from using "organic" cayenne pepper to stop the bleeding on my foot. Yesterday the 04.03.08 I got a cut on the top middle of my right foot about one inch long and all the way through the layers of my skin. You could see inside my foot! It was very unsettling as I've never had such a deep cut before. I'm a regular reader of Earth Clinic and have been familiar with the uses of cayenne pepper for a long time so my first instinct was to grab it and smear in about 1/3 of a teaspoon into the cut until it completely sealed the cut. Let me say that reading others testimonials is one thing but seeing it personally in action was remarkable. The bleeding stopped instantly and only the slightest pain remained. My family wanted to take me to the hospital to get stitched up but my intuition told me that it would be fine. After about ten minutes there was still no bleeding so I smeared a thin layer of manuka honey(Its rating was UHF 30 ) over the cut and covered it with a large bandaid. The next day I checked the cut and it had rejoined and is healing nicely without any stitches required. I cleaned of the gunk from the previous day and applied a fresh thin layer of manuka honey over the cut and thin layer of organic cold pressed coconut oil to keep it free from infection. Much Love and Gratitude to Earth Clinic and all the people who take the time to share their experiences so that the rest of us can be enlightened on the healing powers of Mother Nature!

Aloe Vera
Posted by Joanne (St. Louis, MS)
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I find fresh aloe to be an amazing cure-all for burns and cuts. I recently discovered its fast healing power for a deep scratch I had on my hands from cutting roses in the garden. After applying antiseptic, I dabbed the gel from a fresh piece of my aloe plant and wow! it healed remarkably fast. The scratch turned a deep crimson color in the process.

Posted by Maryellen (Boston USA) on 08/03/2021
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My mom had a vein removed from her arm to use in a live reconstruction of her jaw from cancer. They used medihoney. It was flat piece of medicinal honey that you applied to the wound and then covered with gauze bandage. It worked great. Closed up the wound, which was 1.5 inches wide by 8 inches long.

Zinc Wrap
Posted by Barbara B. (Denver, CO USA) on 08/03/2021
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I had something similar that wouldn't heal. After a few months of visits to dermatologists to find an answer, I finally went to a sports doctor. She applied a zinc wrap around the affected area, and it healed it quickly and easily. Within two weeks it finally started to make new tissue. And it was painless and not expensive. I think they can be purchased online through amazon, and possibly other sites. The bandage comes with the sink ointment already in it. Hope this helps! Good luck

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