Natural First Aid for Wounds

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Man (Sojouring America) on 02/27/2014
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I have a painful under fingernail unhealing thing going on. I spray Hydrogen Peroxide on them twice a day and it heals but then the issue returns.The stinging of the H2O2 under the finger nails is every time I spray H2O2. Like an infection under my finger nails, all of them). I have a wound on the thumb, a slight cut that will not heal. It keeps on painful and comes and goes. It heals and then if I do any work with my hands, the thumb wound opens up again.

Epsom Salt, Turmeric, Charcoal
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 11/26/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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~

Castor Oil
Posted by Edna (Ca) on 10/02/2013

Hi, for any cuts, its always safe to use the old Neosporin ointment right at the beginning and then daily with dressing change.

Cold expressed Castor is another natural cure from Edgar Cayce that could draw out pus. Warm castor oil - soak cotton ball, apply over the cut, cover with plastic wrap then apply heat on top for 15 min, daily. This also works for tooth abscess. Castor Oil is safe to get into the eye area.

Kelp, Himalayan Salt
Posted by Hercy (Brownwood, Texas) on 07/20/2013
5 out of 5 stars

A skin wound on my forearm became infected. The arm swelled up to the elbow, and an angry red color ensued around the site. The Ocean has healing power, so in West Texas, I adventured to prepare a solution of Ocean Water:

I combined Kelp and Himalayan salt in water, dipped my arm in solution covering the wound site for approx 15 minutes... Amazing how the swelling was descending, so repeated soon thereafter. Then the next morning I prepared a fresh solution of "Ocean Water". Repeated treatment thru a 3rd day, and the problem was solved.

Today we use this solution on any fresh wound to accelerate healing.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Miracles (Santa Monica, Ca, United States) on 07/11/2013
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So I've used Earth Clinic for a few cures since I discovered it and loved it! I even turned on my clients to this wonderful site - as I totally believe in holistic healing & alternative medicine - and would prefer to do something natural than put chemicals into my body!

But something happened this past week that made me think, I must first listen to and follow my intuition! In my excitement to "test out a remedy" from EarthClinic, I ignored my intuition and pain - I have a high tolerance for pain!

One week ago, I was not paying attention to where I was going (another message to pay attention and stay in the moment! ) - and I slipped on asphalt while wearing my barefoot tennis shoes. I scraped both knees and they were bleeding profusely. I cleaned it up with apple cider vinegar (or so I thought! ). And put comfrey and calendula on the wounds. Then I went about my merry day working out and having fun! I wasn't sure whether to keep the wound dry or wet so I kept a bandage on it and then, removed it to let it air out!

A week later --- one of the knees healed beautifully and started scabbing. The other knee, however, got infected and it was hurting even more. I was tempted to not go see a Western medicine doctor - but when I visited a homeopathy pharmacy, both technicians there recommended I go see one as it looked infected. I immediately went to Urgent Care!

The Urgent Care doctor said I must keep my knee wet at all times - covered by a bandage - and clean it with just water and soap three times a week - then, apply the antibiotic ointment he prescribed (stronger than Neosporin which I had been using as well).

In short, all is great and healing - but I just wanted to let everybody know - first and foremost, run every remedy by your intuition - and don't risk your health or anybody else's. Each person must listen to his/her intuition when it comes to his/her body's wisdom.

Thank you so much to Earth Clinic and everybody who writes in with their remedies/cures!

Arnica Gel
Posted by Elsaeasterly (Elsewhere, Ca) on 04/20/2013

DC-girl, When I saw your post, I could not believe that it had already been nearly 3 years since I posted my comment. Shortly after I did so, I took on a HUGE responsibility in my personal life which sidelined a lot of other activities and pursuits. That responsibility is about to come to an end, though, and hopefully I can get back to a normal routine.

I do not want to be one of those people that posts and never follows through. I am glad that you asked about it because your post renewed my interest in this product, and I ordered it online a few days ago! It will be delivered soon, and I will definitely report back my results. Remember, though, that the original poster had only had her "wound" for a few months, and I have had mine for many years, so I don't know if the outcome will be as good. But I will let you know.

Arnica Gel
Posted by Dc-girl (Detroit, Michigan) on 04/11/2013

To: Elsaeasterly from Elsewhere, Ca

How did it work for you? Did the dent fill in? I'm told that with cortisone sometimes it can naturally fill in on its own ever times; but that is usually 6 months to a year. Since you said you had it for "years" I'm very cursious so see if you had success. Please share!

Posted by Rick G (Woodridge, Il) on 03/28/2013

Update: I waited about 48 hours to change dressing so as not to disturb the cayenne pepper cauterization. Last night I took the bandage off and there was still no bleeding. I re-applied a heavy sprinkling of cayenne pepper onto the affected area as a precaution. I will keep this dressing on for 24 hours and then return to regular dressing changes.

This is the same general technique that several other Earth Clinic members have used successfully.

Thanks to all for your replies. As far as my cancer goes, I appreciate the suggestions, but it is beyond that.

Posted by Rsw (Uniontown , Oh) on 03/26/2013

Hi Rick, Thanks for the feedback on the cayenne pepper. Good to know.

I have seen several people on the LDN Yahoo Group who have done very well after discouraging cancer reports by using low dose naltrexone, IP6, DCA, PawPaw, fasting from Sunday morning until Wednesday morning with vegetable juicing and liquids and then the first thing Wednesday AM take baking soda mixed with a small amount of sugar or Maple syrup to carry the baking soda directly to the cancer cells who have continued to work (while normal cells slow down from the fast) and pick up the baking soda, causing cell death, and reducing chemo distress by taking the treatments on Tuesday while the normal cells are in slow-down mode from the fast and seem to not absorb the chemicals as readily. Best wishes and thank you for your thoughtfulness in posting your experience.

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 Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 03/25/2013

Good to hear that, Rick.. You might do a google search on Cayenne and check out how it causes cancer cells to go into suicide mode... Apparently it's not just Prostate cancer cells. The hotter the heat index the better. Cayenne must have some interesting properties, it stops post partum bleeding and gets a heart attack victim on their feet very quickly... anyway good luck from all of us.

Posted by Rick G (Woodridge, Illinois) on 03/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I am a cancer patient with a mass on my neck. I have to keep it bandaged because it weeps. I have had 3 occasions where it would start bleeding uncontrollably. The first two times I was able to treat myself. Today it happened and I was fortunate that my hospice nurse was already on her way for a routine appointment. The bleeding resembled an arterial bleeding with a steady stream shooting out of the side of my neck in two places. (I had a biopsy five days ago and two heavy bleeding events since the biopsy. ) She could not stop the bleeding either and called 911.

Having been a lurker at Earth Clinic for a couple years, I was aware that cayenne pepper stopped heavy blood flow. So I had my nurse sprinkle it liberally all over the site and then we re-applied pressure to wound. (I had been applying pressure for 45 minutes to no avail. )

About 6 minutes later she withdrew the compress to check it and lo and behold the bleeding had totally stopped. She was amazed! (Me too! )

I was transported to the emergency room as a precaution. Blood flow stayed stopped and ER Doctor ended up doing nothing. That was 8 hours ago and bleeding has stayed stopped. Note that I didn't have to make a paste or anything special, just heavy sprinkling of regular cayenne pepper on wound and compression for about 10 minutes after application. You can check your wound and if still bleeding repeat the process. I can guarantee this works!

Long story short, everyone was amazed about the cayenne pepper and none of them had heard of it before. They all asked, "doesn't it sting?" No, it doesn't sting at all. You don't even know it's there.

Earth Clinic has been very helpful to me and I hope this info can be helpful to others. I encourage you to keep cayenne papper in your first aid kit.

Thank you Earth Clinic for providing such a great website. You were a life-saver for me today.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Maasmusik (Eugene, Oregon) on 12/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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 Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 06/17/2012
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A tomato remedy that I learned at one of my old jobs - This is apparently an every day "cure" in traditional Mexican areas. I cut my finger on a broken coffee pot and one of my Mexican coworkers threw a tomato slice at me and told me to put it on there. It stopped the bleeding right away... I have no idea how but it did and it worked. She said leave it on for 5 minutes. Even the manager was amused.

Royal Jelly
Posted by P (Middle Of, Fl) on 02/13/2012

Hey! I too had an open wound about same size of your daughters and had put honey with the same success! I suggest you don't stop; keep going until wound is totally healed! I also suggest applying coconut oil & castor oil once its closed to minimize scarring!

FYI; I have read here on EC that cayenne pepper heals open wounds too with no scars! Awsome!

Royal Jelly
Posted by Kareng (Sugarland, Texas, Usa) on 02/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter had a 2inch wide 1inch deep gash in the bend of her leg; probably from an abcess. I searched EC for help but could find nothing on Open Wounds. I began with GoldenSeal and Honey from my own bees. There was no infection but I wanted to avoid Staph and get the wound closed up asap.

I finally went by my local Vitamin Store and asked for help. They suggested cleaning the wound with Black Soap and then applying Royal Jelly-also from those precious bees. I began applying only the Royal Jelly in the wound and after only 3 days the wound is almost totally closed. I only applied the Royal Jelly twice a day and bathed her once a day with the Black Soap.

Everyone needs to know how AWESOME this stuff is!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Dean (Los Angeles, California) on 01/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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 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 Ec6270 (South Florida, Fl, Us) on 07/20/2011
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Amazing results, a bad knife cut on my forefinger bled profusely for 45-60 minuted. After reading EC suggestions, I swabbed it with ACV and then put as much cayenne powder on the area as I could. Bleeding stopped immediately, wound stayed closed in subsequent days and healed much faster than expected. Thanks again EC!

Aloe Vera
Posted by Kate (Kingston, Ny) on 06/27/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Aloe is great! Topically applied, the gel from the cut stem of the plant dries to form a protective layer on the skin's surface, preventing any dirt or bacteria from entering. Aloe contains a concentrated mix of enzymes, anti-inflammatory fatty acids, and compounds that boost the immune system and speed healing. I found some good information on how to use aloe at home here:

Posted by Ann (Indianapolis, In) on 02/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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 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.

Posted by Leriejane (Seattle, Wa, Usa) on 07/17/2010
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If you have a cut, putting a piece of onion skin, the transparent film, onto it will stop it from bleeding immediately. I got this tip from a magazine and tried it when I cut myself chopping vegetables. The onion instantly stopped the bleeding. The cut was no longer than 1 inch, and not seriously deep, just enough to gross one out.

Epsom Salts
Posted by Diane (Everett, Wa) on 06/23/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Epsom Salts
Posted by Blanche (New Iberia, Louisiana) on 06/22/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Arnica Gel
Posted by Elsaeasterly (Elsewhere, Ca, Usa) on 06/07/2010


So glad to see your post!

Many years ago as a teen I was given Kenalog shots and was told by the nurse that they could damage the surrounding tissue. Just being a kid, though, I didn't really understand how disfiguring it would be. I have one "crater" that sounds a lot like what you describe (not discolored, just deep) and at least one smaller one that I attribute to these injections. There may have been discoloration at the time, but I just didn't look. I didn't know until years later how bad the damage was.

Just in the last year I searched the net looking for side effects of Kenalog injections and did not find tissue damage among them. In fact, I couldn't find a lot about Kenalog at all. And this is the first time I've heard anyone else describe having an experience similar to mine.

Even though it has been many years, I believe I will try the gel you had success with. I did a search and came up with TR by PM. I hope this is the same stuff you used.

Thanks again! At least I know I'm not the only one.

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