Natural First Aid for Cuts


Posted by Helen (NY, NY) on 01/08/2008
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A year ago my husband had one too many drinks, and tripped and fell hard backwards onto a sharp edge of a railing, which split open the back of his head. The wound was three inches long, and so deep....I was afraid to look at first, for fear that he had cracked his skull and would slip into an unconscious state. We were living on a remote island in the Bahamas at this time with no emergency people on hand, certainly no doctors or health care providers. A helicopter typically took 45mins to get you to a hospital.( If the last emergency was anything to go by) So I pulled myself together and instructed my eight year old son to keep Daddy awake by talking to him, no matter what! I tore my kitchen cupboards apart looking for the magical pepper I had read so much about year or two earlier.
I finally found the small bottle of cayenne pepper. I figured the whole bottle should slow the bleeding in time to find help.
Well.... not only did it STOP the bleeding, but after holding the wound together and having my son tip the entire contents of the bottle onto my husbands head the wound looked as though it was starting to stick together like glue! We sat holding the wound together for a further few hours for good measure, Then used thin strips of tape across it to act like stitches.
My son and I took turns waking my husband through the night, about every half hour to check he was ok, and to make sure the wound hadn't started bleeding again. To our amazement not only was there no pain after the first hour, but the burning sensation was very mild considering the depth of the cut..
The following day no one on the island would believe how bad the wound had been, and certainly felt there was no need to rush to the hospital.
Two days later we took the tape off. The wound had sealed with no infection, only a big orange crust from the cayenne pepper!
A further five days later, my husband had a shower and washed off the crust to reveal a lond thin line that looked like an old cat scratch!
To this day no one understands my decision to trust the magic of cayenne pepper. All I can say is........ we had no choice!
What a blessing to discover something so powerful.
I know it will travel with me every where I go for the rest of my life! And people often ask why I take strange capsules filled with red stuff.. I just smile......if only they knew!

Posted by Sue (Montreal, Canada) on 08/10/2007
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Hello everyone. This is what I know about cayenne pepper...big zero except that my husband shaves his head and one time he cut himself and like most guys was walking around with a little piece of toilet paper on his head. I remembered reading that cayenne was not only good sor my spaguetti sauce but if you apply it to a cut it stopped the bleeding. He did that and it stopped. Another time he did it again and used the cayenne right away and it worked. I don't think I would try it on a deep cut but I know it works on a cut when shaving. Again, I must say this site is really interesting and well made.

Posted by Elizabeth (Gulfport, Mississippi) on 12/11/2006
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I used cayenne pepper on a fresh cut on my arm. The cayenne pepper stopped the bleeding. The cayenne pepper will only sting for a second.

Replied by Ann
Indianapolis, In
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I have to add my experience with cayenne. I was cutting potatoes for dinner and the knife slipped. I ended up taking a big chunk out of the side of my finger. It bled profusely.... Through at least 4 bandages. I was panicking, thinking I needed to get stitches and decided to see if there were any alternatives first.

I finally got the courage to try the cayenne pepper. I packed the wound full of the stuff--and there was a huge hole in my finger tip---and wrapped it with a fresh bandage. Now, I have to disagree with those who said it stings for a little bit. It stung like nobody's business for a couple of hours then subsided to a dull throb, but the bleeding stopped immediately. I left it alone for 24 hours. After that I rinsed it with cold water and rebandaged it. Three days later, the gaping hole has closed itself and there is only a fine reddish line where the wound itself was. It's a bit sensitive to touch, so I keep it covered at work, but otherwise it's as if the tip of my finger was never sliced off. Everyone who saw the wound before the cayenne is totally amazed that a "folk cure" worked so well and quickly. Thank you!

Posted by Douglas (Monticello, FL) on 09/03/2006
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Cayenne pepper stops bleeding and heals the wound, even one that the bone could be seen in the heel of the hand. The scar is almost nil.

Posted by Jane (Poulsbo)
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Applying powdered cayenne to a wound stops the bleeding within minutes! I've read that you can also take it to treat internal bleeding. I think the recipe is 1/4 teaspoon in a glass of tomato juice.

Coconut Oil

Posted by Maasmusik (Eugene, Oregon) on 12/14/2012
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I want to share about another wonder of coconut oil. I discovered that applying coconut oil to a cut immediately heals the cut. Absolutely amazing. A few days ago, I had two small, paperlike cuts with one bleeding to where I needed to use a bandaid. I applied coconut oil on the cut and covered up the cut with the bandaid. Two days later, the cut without the application of coconut oil still hurt while the other cut that was bleeding was completely healed. I immediately applied coconut oil on the hurt area and it healed immediately. Then two days ago, I was cooking dinner for 100 and I accidentally cut into my finger, cutting the nail and bleeding. I immediately applied the coconut oil and used a bandaid. This was a rather deep cut. The next day, I could still feel the pain. However, two days later, it completely healed. It's an absolute miracle.

Posted by Sandy (Bangalore, India) on 03/05/2008
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For overnight miraculous healing of wounds, apply coconut oil to it. This will also ensure that no scar is left behind.

Replied by Dean
Los Angeles, California
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2 weeks ago I cut my middle finger right in the inside of my middle digit. It was very deep and bleed for over 24 hours. I knew I didn't hit a main artery but it was just flowing out at a steady rate not squirting. I wrapped it up with some non-stick gauze and tape and the next morning I washed off most of the blood and put some coconut oil over the wound, I wasn't too sure if it would help due to the fact that blood was till coming out of the cut but not as fast as the night before. I took off the bandage again that night and the bleeding has stopped so I put some ACV on a paper towel and wiped my finger down and put the coconut oil back on the wound and continued to change the bandage and reapply the coconut oil for the next 3 days.

On the 4th day I noticed the wound had closed with no sign of infection. I stopped wearing the bandage and just switched to a large athletic band aid and now 10 days later it is completely healed up with no infection. I have never used coconut oil on a cut before but it did speed up the healing process and I believe kept it free of infection. I get cuts quite a bit (I work with glass) so I have a good idea of how long a deep cut takes to heal and this time by using the coconut oil it cut down the healing time by at least half.


Posted by Marcjnr (Wellington, New Zealand) on 09/13/2011
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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.

Epsom Salt, Turmeric, Charcoal

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 11/26/2013
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Hi! Last week my husband stepped on a nail that was in an old board at work. It went through his shoe and foot. He cleaned it up and put on a bandaid. It didn't bleed much, as it typical for a puncture wound. While it was not a rusty nail, it was old and obviously not freshly sterilized! My husband has not had a tetanus shot since he was a teen. (He is now 47.)

When he got home from work, he soaked it in hot water with Epsom Salt. (This is what Herbalist Rachel Weaver says to do. She says she grew up on a farm and when they stepped on nails they treated it this way. They never had tetanus shots and never had a problem. But they soaked each wound many times and used very hot water.) I put a charcoal poultice on it overnight. I also put him on 4 capsules of turmeric 4x a day. (Turmeric is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a blood purifier.)

The next day he went to work without a charcoal poultice. When he got home his foot was sore and also red. Not hot and angry red, but red nonetheless. We did another Epsom salt soak and charcoal poultice overnight. He continued the turmeric. The next day he soaked it twice (he was home.) and we continued the turmeric and overnight poultice. The red was receding, as was the pain.

He didn't like using charcoal poultices during the day. So, during the day I would put 1 drop of turmeric essential oil diluted in some olive oil on the wound. (Which was just a puncture.)

So, it has been a week. We are no longer soaking it or poulticing it. (I think we did that for four days.) I still have him taking turmeric, just in case. The wound looks fine. It is still just a bit uncomfortable. (I think he had some soft tissue damage that is still healing.)

We made the poultices very large. The charcoal part was about 4x6 inches. I had it covering the area that was initially red and at least an inch beyond.

I think the turmeric essential oil was optional. Charcoal poultices during the day would have been as good, just not as convenient. Turmeric essential oil isn't the most common thing to have around, like the other things we used.

We were glad to avoid a doctor or hospital expense to get a tetanus shot. There are instances when I would consider one but I like to know other options and share them, especially since medical treatment is not always easy to come by, and is often not affordable.

I hope this story will help someone else to deal with a nail wound.

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Epsom Salts

Posted by Diane (Everett, Wa) on 06/23/2010
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Soak it in warm water with episom salts as often as possible and put some antibiotic ointment w/ bandage. It workes for me. If not better in 24hrs i would see a dr about getting some medication.

Posted by Blanche (New Iberia, Louisiana) on 06/22/2010
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What always worked for me is soaking the finger in a warm epsom salt solution for a few minutes, then gently pressing on it. If it is ready to expel pus, it will come right out. If not, wait another day and try again. Don't really measure but about 2 or 3 tablespoons to a cup of water.

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn.) on 11/09/2007
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Epsom salts will pull out infection from wounds. I mixed it about 1/2 cup to 1 quart of hot water. Submerge infected area in solution 4 times a day. If unable to submerge area, just use washcloth to dip in solution and apply over infected are (hot compress method) 4 times a day. I have seen this cure infection after red streak was running up arm (indicative of blood poisoning). No antibiotics were needed. I have many times bathed in 1-2 cups epsom salts in hot bath when muscles or nerves said "help". You really feel relaxed. I have used a saturated solution of ACV - epsom salts to clear up deep infected ulcers in scalp. No antibiotics were needed. Swab ulcers.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Posted by Myway (Usa) on 10/27/2015
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One of my cats took a swipe at my face yesterday morning and left a scratch about 3/4 inch long beside my nose. He was mad I had not fed him yet....anyhow, I cleaned up the scar with some soap and water, dried my face, then mixed one drop of frankincense essential oil and about 1/8th teaspoon of virgin, organic unrefined coconut oil in the palm of my hand. I applied this blend to my face and scar. I just rubbed it in to my whole face.

This morning I woke up - No visible sign of the scratch! I knew frankincense was powerful - but I sort of can't believe my eyes.

I purchased some frankincense and myrrh essential oils to make some organic face and body creams and tested my sensitivity to these oils on my skin with sweet almond oil a couple days ago but had no idea of the power of healing these oils had until I watched "The Truth About Cancer". I thought to myself, if frankincense could help people heal from cancer, it should work on a cat scratch! Wow!

From here on out, my skin care routine will always include organic lotion I make with frankincense and myrrh. Dr. Josh Axe has a recipe on his site that I will be using.

I'm sitting here....I still can't believe it.

MyWay :D

Fresh Broccoli Juice

Posted by Anna (Philadelphia, PA) on 09/17/2008
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Candied ginger helped my husband's sciatica so well (thanks EC!) that I want to share my family's secret "weapon" against all skin cuts - they heal faster and do not leave scars! Even those initially neglected that got infected. I wash the wound with fresh broccoli juice. I just grate some stems and squeeze juice over wound. Sometimes I keep the grated broccoli there longer. Then I forget it. Has worked thousand of times so far. Never failed.

Gaffer's Tape and Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 08/02/2016 164 posts

I've discovered two different types of tape that can be used on my skin, without irritation, without the expense of medical tape and without coming off, even in the shower. Gaff tape and kinesiology tape. Kinesiology tape is lighter and stretches but gaff tape is useful for hundreds of things. They both come in a variety of colors. Cutting clean old t-shirts into gauze squares, you'd have more bandages than you'd ever need.