Diabetic Leg Ulcers: Home Remedies to Heal Leg Sores

| Modified on Oct 12, 2021

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Malcolm E. (Port Miresby, Papua New Guinea) on 10/12/2021
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I have this Ulcer on my right leg., (about 6cm in diameter). Being a tropical ulcer, it weeps and defuses bad odor where ever I went., Thus making it harder for me to travel in public vehicles.., it's also very painful and caused inflammation to my right leg, that walking short distance is avoided.., into the third week of this misery a good friend of mine came for a visit and saw me in this misery., that friend suggested using Coconut Activated Charcoal therapy., and he advised me how to build a simple Charcoal Kiln and process the Activated Charcoal,, now I'm on this therapy and I'm satisfied with the results.., the oozing had stop and almost 95% of the odour is gone,, currently I'm on the mend, after 3 days of consumption and sprinkling the the charcoal onto the ulcer.

Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 06/22/2021
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Hello Fellow Sufferers,

My senior Partner (She who must be obeyed) suffered from a leg ulcer for the very first time in her life recently. These things are really serious and cause extreme, debilitating pain. She is not diabetic and thinks that "something" bit her whilst working outside the house and standing on the decking.

There is a narrow gap between the top of a concrete platform and the underside of the wooden decking that has gaps between the boards. We know that some "critters" "lurk" down there, such as cockroaches and skinks (a very small native lizard) but I am wondering if one or more white-tailed spiders may have found their way there. These things are a recent Aussie import unfortunately, and are poisonous. Some people also experience additional complications after being bitten such as narc.... (whatever that flesh-eating bacteria is called?).

So... SWMBO told me that she felt this painful bite and then it quickly subsided and nothing much happened until many days later when the bite site became red and inflamed and the pain started. Then the ulcer appeared.

She was in a lot of bother and strife and attended the doctor's surgery. They prescribed an application of Mupirocin (Bactroban) as well as a Silver covering (Hydrofilm).

This was to be covered with a sterile pad and then covered again with a bandage, which she was told to keep on and DRY for four days, at which time she should change the dressing and repeat.

This worked (after a loong time)!!

I see other posters have also sung the praises of SILVER, so there you go.

Cheers from Down Under


Vitamin E
Posted by Alma (Baton Rouge LA) on 06/21/2021

Harvey in Winnepeg: Please explain exactly what healed your leg ulcers...was it the application of Vitamin E oil only? Also, how often did you apply the oil?

Posted by Kelly (Washington) on 04/20/2021
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Baby Aspirin for Diabetic Leg Ulcers

In perimenopause, I'd become pre-diabetic, with fasting blood sugar hovering in the 110 - 115 range, and developed sores on the skin around both ankles that wouldn't heal. I read somewhere that baby aspirin would help the sores go away, only one 81mg dose a day (too much is counter-productive).

Within days, the ulcers started healing, and now a month later, they're completely gone, no trace!

Colloidal Silver, Potassium Permanganate
Posted by Jenn M. (Cobborra, Australia) on 02/23/2019
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Some years ago I was given a radical idea to try. At the time I didn't take any notes etc but it worked! I had 5 cellulitis ulcers on one leg and I was told to drink 1/4 cup of Colloidal Silver every 5 hours and spray my leg frequently with same. To do it over a 24 hour period. I did it and within 10 days I had only had the original ulcer left. Which hasn't been oozy for years.

So in that time frame, I lost 4 ulcers that have never returned. In 2017, one of my 2 specialists told me to use potassium permanganate ( aka Condy's Crystals ) to wash my legs daily and use the amount of crystals that would barely fit on the edge of a matchstick... He told me it kills sepsis and pseudomonas. Other Dr was delighted and told me that before the arrival of penicillin, doctors used Condy's Crystals as a wash for ulcers.

Vitamin E
Posted by Mama to Many (United States) on 02/22/2019

Dear Harvey,

I would try a salve with comfrey in it. It helps cells to regenerate. It even helps with old scars. I use comfrey all the time at my house!

~Mama to Many~

Vitamin E
Posted by ORH (Ten Mile, TN) on 02/22/2019

HI U HARVEY,,,,,,,,,,,,

my experience is that wounds that do not heal are due to lack of oxygen or circulation. You can do a Hydrogen Peroxide IV or to start...... spread ozonated oil on the wound. Go with the best first and that is the IV.


Vitamin E
Posted by Harvey (Winnipeg, Canada) on 02/22/2019
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I had leg ulcers but now healed. Healing left me with three new scars with new skin a white color, like baby skin. No problem, very happy I healed. But skin around some of the area on my ankle is discolored and looks like a heavy tan….I still put lotions to moisturize the area.

When healing, I put on a lot of Vitamin E oil which I have had tremendous success over the years with several scars….that disappeared. I am going to use Vitamin E oil again. I have been using 100% aloe vera oil lately. I am hoping the discoloring will fade in time. Any suggestions? will be much appreciated….Harv

Posted by RSW (OH) on 11/25/2020

Julia Schopick, in her book “Honest Medicine, ” wrote a section on Silverlon, which she used to heal her husband's head after repeated surgeries. I have seen it for sale on Amazon, as well as other places.


Bets wishes.

Posted by Donald D. (FL) on 11/21/2020

What kind of Silver Pads did you purchase? I have the same problem with my left foot. Many nights without sleep and tons of pain.

Cumin, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
Posted by Homeopathic Junkie (California) on 12/24/2017
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The open ulcer in the leg. The very best treatment is to mix curmin, baking soda and coconut oil. Any amount will do. Apply to affected area by using cotton and leave it overnight wearing socks. My cousin had this major problem for 10 years. I went to Africa and did the treatment for her. Almost 1 year now, no problem.

She used to have it worse during rainy season in Africa but thanks to GOD ALMIGHTY, no problem. Just make it like paste. I pray that GOD cures all human beings, regardless of color, creed, or race. GOD Bless you all!!!

Horse Chestnuts
Posted by Jenn (Cobbora) on 10/06/2017

I have heard that in Europe and the UK they use these nuts for ulcers but I have never tried them, having tried heaps of other things.

I've had leg ulcers now for nearly 4 years and at times I despair that I ever will be healed...

Whilst up to about 6 months ago fruit was still ok to eat with the exception of melons, grapes, grapefruit, and berries..

Now apples are the only fruit I can eat.I have been off sugar for about the same time too and expected to see an improvement in my legs but have instead now noticed a bad biofilm and extensive pain as a new infection takes over. It is called Pastuerella Mitocida, supposedly caused by feline animal bites (?) I have 3 very elderly gentle cats who have lived outside for 4 yrs. That is the limit of my contact with cats! When I got my first ulcer in 2013, I developed an allergic reaction to their fur so I certainly wouldn't let them touch me.

Anyway I may have some HC tea somewhere which I will start drinking and will keep you posted.
With the nuts themselves, how do you boil them?

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 05/15/2017

HI U MI,,,,,,,,, diabetic ulcers can lead to amputation and messin with home cures usually don't work. What does work is a H2O2 IV or cup the area using ozone. You will have to find a Integrative Doctor for this because it is not approved by the FDA.

If you insist on trying a home remedy, then I would try ozonated olive oil. The wound won't heal because of the lack of oxygen via your blood. Your question is why my integrative doctor left his Thoracic Practice because he got tired of cutting off arms and legs when they could be healed using integrative measures.

I wish you well. ====ORH=====

Posted by Ml Ferguson (Kansas) on 05/15/2017

Post from 2008 - does anyone know the ratio of water to salt Omar used? Also, any special kind of honey? Thanks.

Sugar Compress
Posted by Trisha (Calif.) on 09/08/2016

Didn't this sugar burn? Like the honey from the doctor stung like a son of a bees wax.it was the medi honey, but it stung so much I had to quit it.

Posted by Rsw (Oh) on 05/14/2016

Silverlon can be purchased on Amazon in various sizes:


Best wishes.

Posted by Joseph (Texas) on 05/14/2016

Did anyone get info on what Dina meant about the "silver pads"'?

Posted by Carole (Chicago Il.) on 05/01/2016
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Thanks Sue, that indeed was helpful. My ulcer is tiny upon my right foot heel. It's dried now, still hurts a wee bit.

Methylated Spirits
Posted by Cecil (North Carolina) on 12/12/2015

Do it really work...I suffer with small blisters on my legs, some has turn into sores.

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Karen (North Carolina) on 11/19/2015

How do u put it on? Does it burn? Does it heal the wound?

Raw Food Diet for Leg Sores
Posted by Sarah (Nairobi) on 09/18/2015

This sounds interesting. Will try it on my mum.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne
Posted by Elisabeth (Santa Barbara, California) on 09/02/2015

When you put the peroxide on the ulcer wound, then you do the mix of the oil and cayenne pepper, massage the leg, do you put something else on the wound and cover for during the day when you are working? Can you please tell me What I need to do and get to heal my wound. Thank you.

Posted by Carmen (Portland, Oregon ) on 07/07/2015
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My podiatrist recommended Sugar with triple antibiotic paste mix for the stubborn Diabetic ulcer on my foot, and it healed it within a month. It's an inexpensive way to heal a stubborn wound.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Joanne (Mississippi) on 05/17/2015

Comments on leg ulcers - they are heart breaking, and the hospitals don't provide an array of usable medicine.

I use colloidal silver, internal and external as it was one of the first antibiotics used for burn patients in the US. It worked. I cleaned all sores, and those emerging. Fine spray the leg daily.

Colloidal Silver, Serrapeptase
Posted by Deiddrich (Meridian, Mississippi Us) on 05/10/2015
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I have used Colloidal Silver to disinfect leg ulcers with a spray, use one or twice daily. Use Serreptase once or twice a day of 40,000 to 80,000. This will close the emerging ulcers and established ulcers. A white cream made with colloidal silver for dressing the leg ulcers and surrounding the ulcers will heal these wounds.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne
Posted by Yolonda (Texas, US) on 04/22/2015

Does this also help with the swelling of the leg and foot?

Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 03/14/2015


Here is the link to Silverlon. You can read more about it in Julia Schopick's book, "Honest Medicine." Her husband's doctors had been trying to heal his head from repeated brain surgeries for over 8 months without success, and she found out about Silverlon and brought some into the hospital for him. He skin was healed over night. Best wishes. http://www.silverlon.com/silverlon-us

Posted by John (Knoxville, Tn) on 03/13/2015

hey Dianne I have leg ulcers. I am a diabetic and its been going on for a year. Where can I buy the siver pads at to help heal my leg ulcers. I have tried everything ointments antibiotics, nothing is helping.

Tamanu Oil
Posted by KS (Mumbai, India) on 01/25/2015

I suffer from diabetic foot ulcer on my big toe from last 1 year and it's not healing. I am in pain and lots of burning. Pls let me know about tamanu oil and how to use it. Or any other treatment. Thanks.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn.) on 01/13/2015

HI U BARRY, , , , , , , , thank you for this information. Met a man in our chelation group that had the same situation and 3 Hydrogen Peroxide IV's avoided the amputation of his leg. Pocket Ozone will work also. The wound just needs oxygen in any way it can get it. Blood flow is paramount and the lowly supplement, L- Arginine will do that. It's the poor man's Viagra. I will say no more as my wife reads my posts.

Our allopathic doctors will change to natural remedies in time, but not in my time.


Horse Chestnuts
Posted by Barry (Fenton, Mo) on 01/13/2015
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I had a leg ulcer about the size of a half dollar with a deep crader that I been battling a year. The doctors in the US could do nothing, but my wife and I started eating about 4 horse chestnuts a day, and within a month it cleared up. If you look online it says they are hazardous, but if you cook them they are edible. Now you can buy them in a powder form, and add to juice, or use creams on your legs with horse chestnuts. We found out Europe uses them for ulcers, venous disease, varicose veins, and Hemorrhoid.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Barry (Fenton, Mo) on 01/13/2015

I had an ulcer about the size of a half dollar with a deep crater that I been battling a year. The doctors in the US could do nothing, but my wife and I started eating about 4 horse chestnuts a day, and within a month it cleared up. If you look online it says they are hazardous, but if you cook them they are edible. Now you can buy them in a powder form, and add to juice, or use creams on your legs with horse chestnuts. We found out Europe uses them for ulcers, venous disease, varicose veins, and Hemorrhoid.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Papaya (Warsaw, Poland) on 12/18/2014

My aloe is plain green. I think that eating a spice also plays significant role in rebuilding collagen damaged by corticosteroids. I've also read some posts written by people suffering from corticosteroid induced skin atrophy about applying yoghurt and avocado on these sensitive skin areas but I haven't tried it yet.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/18/2014

Papaya, is your aloe plant plain green or spotted?

Aloe Vera
Posted by Papaya (Warsaw, Poland) on 12/17/2014
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After using very strong corticosteroid on my infected leg ulcers, my skin became thin and easily damaged, not to mention, it is more prone to infection (impetigo). I started applying fresh aloe vera gel from a cut leaf and I see it slowly regenerates.

Silver Nitrate
Posted by Irene Terrill (Rural Kansas) on 09/20/2014
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Please remember folks that IF you use Colloidal Silver in any form other than with water, it will deteriorate in 10 days to 2 weeks. That being said, I will never forget how well silver nitrate salve worked on my mother's near gangrene leg; the hole, the sore was brown all around.

Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil
Posted by Louan (Springfield, MO) on 08/13/2014

I want to help several patients with ulcers in our dialysis unit. Where do you purchase tamanu oil are there any side effects and how long did it take for relief and healing. Thanks for your help. Louan

Hydrogen Peroxide and Testosterone
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn. ) on 08/06/2014

HI U GOD FEARING PEOPLE DOIN, , , , , , , , , , ,

Got diabetes myself and know this problem is coming one of these days . I know personally that Hydrogen Peroxide IV has cured this problem for several people in my chelation group.

One of my medical news letters had another remedy. This doctor healed his dad's leg ulcer by rubbing natural testosterone directly into the wound. He also gave him injectable testosterone . His stage 4 ulcer , which went to the bone, was healed in 6 weeks. I have no clue.

Was I a nice person this time or not?

======OLE ROBERT HENRY======

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 01/05/2014

Dear Nara,

People apply Tamanu Oil straight to wounds. I used it on my daughter this week for a skin irritation and the results were pretty impressive. It was my first experience with it.

Tamanu is native to Malaysia, so you should be able to find it where you live, but it may be called something else. This website has some information and includes some alternate names.


Activated charcoal is also really good for diabetic leg ulcers. Here are some encouraging stories.


Both of these remedies could be used together.

Wounds will heal best if you are also getting plenty of water, have a nutritious diet, and your body is eliminating regularly. If you would be able to add fresh vegetable juice, like carrot, to your diet, that would be very helpful.

I hope you are able to get your ulcers healed soon!

~Mama to Many~

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Dnara14 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on 01/05/2014

Greetings, I am in my 60's, I have this Ulcer wounds above the ankles and below the ankles on both my legs for many years now. Can you please suggest how the use of Tamanu oil help to heal this type of wounds. Where can one get this oil. Thank you for your help. Best regards. Nara

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne
Posted by Kate (Tonga) on 11/12/2013
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My husband had really bad ulcers on his lower leg, which had lasted about 9 months. Every evening, he was in so much pain, he couldn't sleep. He tried every remedy - both natural and allopathic - that he could think of, with only minor improvement. People kept commenting that perhaps he was diabetic, but he refused to go and get tested. Thinking along these lines, I devised a treatment for him, which we applied morning and night.

First, I applied a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the actual ulcer. (It fizzes and foams for a minute or so).

Then I mixed a small amount (maybe 2 tablespoons) of extra virgin coconut oil with a pinch of cayenne pepper, and massaged the entire leg with it, especially the foot. (Be sure not to massage it onto the actual ulcer, as it will sting like mad! ). The idea behind this is to bring circulation, warmth and blood flow to the limb, to speed up healing.

Within a couple of days we could see an improvement. The ulcers were noticeably smaller. It took about 2 - 3 weeks for all the ulcers to be completely healed over.

Raw Food Diet for Leg Sores
Posted by Pbird (Wa, Usa) on 10/22/2013

I couldn't tolerate the Une boot wrapping. It enlarged my first ulcer by abut six hundred percent just from the pressure and rubbing. I had to take over the case myself and worked on this thing for most of a year. I used poltices of bentonite clay and activated charcoal to clean it up and then used Manuka honey, Amerigel, bismuth saturated gauze and best of all...tamanu oil to heal the openings in the skin that did not want to close.

Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil
Posted by Pbird (Wa, Usa) on 10/22/2013
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I used the charcoal early on in the process of healing my leg sores. It did clean them up very nicely and then I was able to go on to things like the tamanu oil to stimulate cell growth.

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Pbird (Wa, Usa) on 10/16/2013
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Regarding tamanu oil... I have used it to heal really stubborn leg wounds that would not heal for most of a year before I started using the oil. It was quite a process but worked better than anything else.

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Pbird (Wa, Usa) on 09/05/2013
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I am using tamanu oil to finish healing up a leg ulcer that has taken nine months to heal. This oil is the best thing I have used I think. Everything had its place. I used poultices of activated charcoal and also bentonite clay when the staph infection was active. I used everything from oxygenated olive oil to Amerigel, coconut oil, bismuth impregnated gauze, Manuka honey (very strong and effective on infection)... but the oil seems to be bringing it all to a nice end.

The only thing I did not use was colloidal silver. I just never got around to it and had a hard time seeing the use of it.

Posted by Cassim (Durban, South Africa) on 04/29/2013

Hello, I had some sugar ulcer sores on my left leg just above the ankle and below the just below the knee, I have tried doctors and other herbal treatment, I was introduced to cupping, and the on the first session the blood that was removed from the ulcer was a sponge type and looked like jelly, the ulcer began to heal, after three sessions of cupping the ulcers have healed but where the ulcer was, this portion of my leg has become black and the ulcer is ever so slightly returning, please may you be so kind and explain what is silver pads and where can I purchase some. Thanking you, Cassim

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Israel Stanley (Harare, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe) on 04/25/2013

Activated Charcoal is highly porous carbon with the ability to absorb toxins when applied on to an open ulcer. When applied on to an open ulcer, its purpose is to absorb as much waste material or toxins as much as possible so that when the ulcer heals there no unwanted toxins or materail are trapped inside as the wound heals. Most people rush to get medication to close the ulcers before thoroughly cleaning the ulcer of any toxins or unwanted material like clotted blood, serum, puss etc. So the activated charcoal helps in that regard.

In the absence of thorough cleaning of the ulcer, the supposedly 'healed' ulcers will reappear again.

Activated charcoal is a black powder and is available from chemists or pharmacies in powder form or tablets. When someone is suspected of having taken poison by mouth, activated charcoal is given as first aid in order to absorb the poison in the system and confine it to the digestive canal. When that happens, the poison is not absorbed into the blood system, and can be passed out from the digestive canal thru the normal system or by inducing the person to vomit.

Bread and Baking Soda
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 03/27/2013

Manuka honey the +16 variety, and cayenne to get the circulation going. Capsules might be better. The ulcers are usually varicose ulcers. Pack the wound with the honey and lightly bind it with a bandage.

Bread and Baking Soda
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West, South Africa) on 03/27/2013

Hi Debra, I have read that a dr from Zimbabwe places sugar on a wound that does not heal & then it starts healing.

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