Natural First Aid for Wounds

Arnica Gel
Posted by Amy (Reno, Nevada) on 05/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy Cream
Posted by Blaseyblase (San Francisco, California) on 02/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

The first time I used this cream I was six years old, and had been scalded on half my body very badly. My mom immediately applied the cream and you couldn't even tell the next day. I still use it all the time, for burns and bruises. Its amazing. Do note, the older it is, the better it works.

Posted by Taozen (Nyc, New York) on 12/30/2009
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I had a gash on my palm and it was a bleeder. I knew of the Cayenne paste cure and tried it.I used aprox 3 tablespoons and made a paste after cleaning the wound with peroxide. I made a tight bandage of gauze and left it alone for at least two days before I checked the wound. I removed my bandage very slowly so as not to disturb the caked on cayenne powder. It was much better and I re-wrapped the wound after more cayenne. I added tape to the fresh gauze covering and went three more days and it was almost completely healed and the scar is almost non visible today.

Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 11/03/2009
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This happened over a year ago, but I forgot to put my feedback on Earth Clinic until I read Amydearmas's post. This is my cautionary tale about using cayenne for deep wounds.

I opened the fridge one summer day in 2008 and a mayonnaise bottle came crashing down onto the kitchen floor, smashing into large pieces. I was barefoot and one of the thick glass shards sliced into the side of my foot. Blood gushed out of the 1 inch wound. My husband suggested I immediately go to the Emergency Room and get it stitched, but after reading all the YEAS on Earth Clinic about cayenne for deep wounds, I decided that cayenne was the way to go, not stitches. So, after sterilizing the wound and making sure there was no glass left in my foot, I slathered cayenne on the cut. It burned like no tomorrow, but I dealt with it. I did this day after day, one day cayenne, the next day neosporin.

Long story short, the cayenne worked okay, but the wound, which was quite deep, took a couple weeks to heal. I was then left with a nasty scar and lingering pain for months. My lesson, get deep cuts stitched up ASAP! We have an ER only 1 minute from our house, so it was pretty idiotic that I didn't go. The wound would have healed far more quickly with stitches and left a much smaller scar.

Posted by Amydearmas (Las Vegas, Nv) on 11/03/2009
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Update: My finger stopped bleeding about 10 minutes after the cayenne. The wound sort of "seared" shut. I kept it clean, changed my bandages daily and I actually healed in a week. My finger nail has not returned yet, but the healing was really amazing! The finger healed to normal! I also applied ozonated olive oil. I highly recommend the cayenne- but be prepared for the burning if it's a bad cut.

Posted by Amydearmas (Las Vegas, Nv) on 10/12/2009

I cut off part of my finger chopping green onions. I put on organic cayenne powder. The cayenne BURNED LIKE I WAS ON FIRE. HOLY COW! It is still bleeding. I put on a feminine mini pad and I'm pressing. Hope this works!!

EC: Chopped off part of your finger? Sometimes stitches are a better idea than cayenne!!

Posted by Don (Southwest, Michigan, Usa) on 10/11/2009
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Cayenne Pepper For Cuts

I had a piece of loose cuticle skin on the side of my left thumbnail. One evening while watching a movie I did a stupid thing and tore it off. I tore the top two or three layers of skin off the entire side of my thumbnail leaving raw skin. I cleaned it with peroxide, put on some ointment and a bandage and forgot about it. Three weeks went by and it did not heal. Usually if I keep it pulled away from the nail it will heal up ok. But three weeks went by and now my thumb was swollen and an ugly purple color and hurt bad. I had some antibiotic on hand and after taking that I began to feel better but the ulcer had formed under the cuticle. I knew the ulcer had to be removed before the skin would heal. I got a new razor blade and every thing I would new to clean it and moved to the bathroom sink to do the operation. The cuticle was still raw, ugly and painful but it had to be done. After removing the top half of the ulcer I let it bleed out to self cleanse the wound.

Before I did the operation I went to this site to see what others had used to heal cuts and I read the post by the women who was stuck on an outpost island for two days and put cayenne pepper on her husbands severe head wound. Up to this point everything I had used, ointment, iodine, peroxide, etc, had not worked. So I went to the cupboard and got the cayenne pepper and poured a generous amount over my raw and bleeding cuticle. It absorbed into the wound and stopped the bleeding immediately. I let it set for a couple minutes then shook off the excess and lightly put a bandage over it. Over the next few hours I could feel a slight stinging in the wound but I could also tell my thumb did not hurt as bad.

The next morning my thumb did not hurt at all so I removed the bandage and discovered my thumb was a nice healthy color and not swollen at all. I could not believe it!

The cayenne pepper had form a very healthy looking closure to the wound. When I washed my hands the pepper remained so I decided to let it stay a couple days to keep the wound clean. Two days later my thumb was completely healed so I washed off the pepper and everything look nice and healthy.

From now on when I get a cut or scratch I am NOT reaching for commercial ointments or salves, I am reaching for the Cayenne Pepper.

Best Wishes for a Peaceful World,

Posted by Bee (Mo, Usa) on 09/28/2009
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Last nite I cut my foot on a nail sticking out of my carpet and came straight to this website. The cayenne had lots of Yeas so it caught my attention. I cleaned the wound which was bleeding profusely with some ACV, but it still bled. So I figured why not? Stuck some cayenne and it worked like styptic powder to stop the bleeding. It was impressive to watch and I was surprised that it did not hurt/burn like I expected. It stings a bit, but very tolerable. My only mistake was removing it too early. I would say make sure you keep it on even after the bleeding stops and bandage it.

Posted by Brandy (Troy, MI) on 05/22/2009
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I have found the best remedy for open lesions - Manuka honey. I have had two small lesions open up in the last few days - probably from the heat and greater activity level from me. I started putting the honey on the cleanesed area two days ago and I am already seeing major improvement. One is almost all the way closed, with no more discharge. Another is almost all the way closed with very little discharge. I have never had one of these clear up so fast. This is miracle honey - I keep calling it magic honey. Expensive, but the jar will last me forever and the freedom from bandages and smell is totally worth it!!

Witch Hazel
Posted by Tanya (Hailey, ID) on 05/15/2009
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Witch Hazel is in my "first-line-of-defense" first aid kit. ESPECIALLY for small cuts, bruises and scrapes.

Posted by Karin (Bloemfontein, South Africa Free State) on 05/10/2009

I want to know if the cayenne peppper will still work to reduce wounds after surgery? And if you dont put it in an open wound, if you gone for stiches, will it still work?

Say it will work, would it be enough just to intake the cayenne pepper or do you have to put it onto the scar?


Posted by Mary Lou Rogers (Brighton, Michigan) on 05/09/2009
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As a child, I fell riding my bicycle. The handlebar, on which my face hit, did not have a protective grip and the metal sliced my cheek completely. The wound was sutured and subsequently became infected. My mother applied plantain leaves to my swollen, red, painful wound. Within hours, yellow purulent drainage poured out of my cheek wound. The relieve and healing were rapid. It's been a long time, but I think I was better in two days, no antibiotics. My mother calles them pig leaves and learned of them from her Lithuanian mother. As a nurse, I so wish I could use them on the horrific wounds I see.

Posted by Phyllis (Milton, FL. USA) on 02/18/2009
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God Created Cayenne Pepper for our health, along with other herbs. I have been an avid user of CP for 20 years. I make my own tincture of 2 oz. cayenne pepper powder and one pint vodka. Mix on new moon and keep covered for 14 days. invert bottle twice a day to mix. Strain through cheese cloth. Keep in a dark glass bottle or out of direct light. Will keep for evvvver, it seems.

I put tincture on an incision after bladder surgery in 1995. I applied once daily with a Q tip. When I went to get my stitches removed 10 days later, the Dr. was astonished to see how well I healed. I have NO SCAR at all. He said he had NEVER seen anyone heal that well or fast.

I used to be a dog handler and have been bitten on my hands several times, some very deep and to the bone. You will find no scars, tho some of the bites were evtremely severe. I never had stitches once or even went to a Doctor for the bites.I let the wound bleed and did not wash it. The bleeding was the cleanser of the wound. I then applied cayenne powder directly to the open wound and held it in place with a butterfly tape or two. Bleeding stopped instantly, with absolutely no burning sensation. AND no scarring. Healed each time in days.

I firmly believe that all military should and must carry a supply of CP in their first aid kits. It would save many many lives due to traumatic open wounds of all kinds. Cayenne pepper should be administered both topically and internally, if possible, in severe bleeding cases. Internally will almost always prevent shockin those cases.

A tea of 1 tsp CP and a cup of hot water 3 times daily prevented a friend from having to undergo a second baloon surgery for his heart. His Drs. did not believe his "cure" but him and I know what cured him.

Black Pepper
Posted by Doris (Orange County, CA USA) on 01/06/2009
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Black Pepper is loaded with vitamin E. It is a great healer for cuts and scars. Hiking and camping friends all take a shaker along. Once at campout, a climber cut along his finger while climbing. Looked like it could ahve taken 2 or 3 stitches. We watched him pull his salt and pepper shakers from plastic baggies in his backpack. He sprinkled just a dash of table salt in center of his palm, put canteen water in his palm and rinsed it over the cut (stung briefly he said). Then he spriinkled ground black pepper right out of the shaker right onto the cut (said it really stings, but only for a moment, then is numb). He wrapped a clean gauze 2inch square and taped it on (all we had was duct tape!). Next morning changed the bandage (no need to reapply pepper). Cut was half healed. Headed home, 3 days later his cut was gone - and no scar, no pain, full use of finger. Changed dressing daily or as needed. He didn't mess with or touch the wound, just re-dressed it and kept it clean. I wet a washcloth, sprinkled some on, and gently rub it over my old childhood leg injury scar. So far, scar looks stronger healthier, skin not so pale, frail, thin anymore.

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.

Posted by Juanita (N. O., La. USA) on 11/28/2008
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For years I have used sugar (straight out of the sugar bowl) mixed in a bit of antibiotic ointment to make a paste and applied it on a bandage to cure cuts... The sugar will not allow bacteria to grow... and will heal the cut twice as fast! When I was a kid (40 years ago) my grandmother used to make a paste of sugar, shaved pure Octogen soap (do they still sell it?) and a few drops of Mineral Spirits and apply that mix on a bandage to treat deep cuts and it worked like a miracle!

I modified grams recipe using the antibiotic ointment and it seems to work as well...

Sugar can also be used to treat bedsores with amazing results... I used it to cure my sisters bedsore after she suffered a stroke and was bedridden for 4 months... the doctors in the hospital tried to treat it unsuccessfully for 6 weeks! They would not allow me to put the suger mix on it at all in the hospital. When she was released, I used the sugar mix and it was well in a little over a week! Her doctor was very surprised at that result!

Thanks for this lovely site and to all those who contribute to the info! God bless...
Juanita B.

Posted by Rose (College Point, New York USA) on 10/20/2008
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Cayanne: This must be taken on a full stomach, because it will hurt. It can never be bad for you just use organic cayanne. Have this on hand its great for cuts stops the bleeding does hurt. But its great. Also brings the circulation back to limbs. I've seen this.

Once a large piece of glass fell right down on my wrist, the blood was on real I ask my girls help mami get dressed since it was early morning. Thought I needed the ambulance, then my daughter yells out mami the cayanne we have it on hand so she put it on took a few minutes and it stopped you could see the ligament cut I half I said I'm not having this fixed at an e.r. So with advice from my brother whom is an herbalist I packed the cayane with distilled water and cayanne powder with a gauze. It hurt but it healed the wound.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by James (London, UK) on 10/13/2008
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ACV is incredible with minor cuts/broken skin and mouth ulcers. Just soak some cotton wool or kitchen towel in it and keep it on the wound for as long as possible. It stops bleeding and starts to heal very quickly. The skin thickens slightly and turns white (almost pickled) and looks very clean, and bruising hardly even shows. Recovery time can be cut by days.

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