Diabetic Leg Ulcers: Home Remedies to Heal Leg Sores

| Modified on Jan 25, 2023
Activated Charcoal
Posted by Malcolm E. (Port Miresby, Papua New Guinea) on 10/12/2021

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.

Oregano Oil, Bentonite Clay +
Posted by HisJewel (New York) on 01/24/2023

I did not know what listing to find this under in EC; however, I wrestled with a leak in my leg before and won. I had a leak once before that lasted on and off for a few years. It would start running whenever I had water retention. The sore never really closed. It only sealed with a thin skin coating. When my leg would swell, it would break open and continuously drain again. Then one day when it was not leaking, I applied Oregano oil on it. After a few day of applying and taking Oregano oil the thin scab dried up and real skin covered it praise the Lord.

What I want to share with you is how I dealt with a leg leak that was in the process of draining. About 2 weeks ago, while I was about to go into the subway, somehow I hit just above my ankle up again the lifted cement as I went down the steps. It was not until the next day that I realized my leg was leaking. I put disinfectant on it. However, the draining continued. So what I did this time was plugged it in with Bentonite Clay and wrapped it, left it on all night and washed it off in the morning. The problem I ran into with that is when the clay came off, a slow leak started. So I went to the kitchen and put a little honey on and around it. The next day the leak had stopped, but the spot still had a little soreness. Therefore, I open a capsule of oregano oil and applied it a few days. Now the leak has stopped, plus the leg is healed under the wound, "isn't that wonderful! "


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Susan (USA)

One of the best remedies to heal dangerous leg ulcers happens to be activated charcoal. Sprinkling activated charcoal (mixed with water) directly onto an ulcer will start the healing process immediately.

Cumin, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
Posted by Homeopathic Junkie (California) on 12/24/2017

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!!!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne
Posted by Kate (Tonga) on 11/12/2013

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.

Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 06/22/2021

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


Posted by Kelly (Washington) on 04/20/2021

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!

Posted by Meg18 (Durham, England) on 10/15/2011

Do NOT use honey for skin ulcers - despite the claims that bacteria can not grow in honey, using it for a leg ulcer gave me a horrendous infection that swelled my legs to the size of telegraph poles, after which I lost all of the skin below my knee. Two years later the original leg ulcer still hasn't healed. Honey can apparently carry heat resistant spores for some really nasty diseases!

Posted by Omar (Khobar, Saudi Arabia) on 02/23/2008

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. Omar, Saudi Arabia.

Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 05/07/2022 84 posts

I'm surprised that, for ulcers, no one has recommended any herbs. If I had an ulcer, I would take the advice of Jethro Kloss (born in Wisconsin, in 1863), the author of "Back to Eden". He was a herbalist and healer who amassed a great deal of knowledge on Nature's many resources. On ulcers, he said the followings:

A light diet is necessary; the food must be well-digested. The bowels must move 2 or 3 times a day; use laxative herbs and high enemas. Steep one teaspoonful of Golden Seal and one-half teaspoonful Myrrh in a pint of boiling water. This solution is excellent for cleansing washes and dressings. Thoroughly wash the ulcer, using this solution as a cleansing wash. Internally, take a tablespoonful of this, 6 times a day. Dress the ulcer, by mixing together 2 teaspoonful of powdered Golden Seal and 1 teaspoonful of Myrrh, and by sprinkling it on the ulcer, after it has been thoroughly washed. Bandage loosely with bandaging. Internally, take any one of the following herbs. Or use 2 or 3 of the following herbs, mixing the equal parts thoroughly, and using a heaping teaspoonful to a cup of boiling water; strain and drink 4 cups a day, one an hour before each meal, and one upon retiring. Bayberry, Golden Seal, Ragwort, Lady's Slipper, Chickweed, Sage, Wood Sanicle, Slippery Elm, Bogbean, Ground Ivy, Bittersweet, Agrimony, and Raspberry Leaves.

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======

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.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Rob (Kentucky ) on 07/16/2022

I read an article about this sugar cure for wounds back in 1985 from a woman who was trying to heal her grandmother's bedsores. The earliest mention of sugar for wound healing that could be found in the medical literature was during World War I in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Sept. 4,1915). This treatment persisted as an old wives' tale until the mid 1970s when Richard Knutson, MD, began using sugar on hard-to-treat wounds (Southern Medical Journal, Nov. 1981).

His formula involved mixing 4 pounds of table sugar with 1 pound of Betadine (iodine) antiseptic ointment (know that you're not allergic to betadine) and 6.5 ounces of Betadine solution in a double boiler over low heat. He applied the mixture to a depth of one-fourth inch, changing the dressing and cleaning the wound daily. He treated over 5,000 patients over 15 years. Sugardine is simply a paste of granulated white sugar and betadine solution mixed to a toothpaste or peanut butter consistency, and it is a remarkably safe and effective wound dressing. Granulated white sugar heals wounds. Sugar has been used in Egypt and many other Middle Eastern countries for generations as a safe way to treat cuts and in some cases burns. Sugar draws water from the wound into a dressing accelerating the healing process, which is prescribed in African folk medicine.

The sugar kills bacteria through osmotic action, and attracts the body's "clean-up crew" of macrophages and other infection-fighting elements to the wound site, thus promoting rapid cleansing and healing of the wound. Ingredients for Sugardine: * Table Sugar * 10% povidone iodine (or the more expensive betadine)


* Mix one part 10% povidone iodine to two parts white sugar.

Adding more or less sugar makes it the consistency of thick honey or peanut butter. Put the sugardine in a container with a tight fitting lid. The mixture will need stirring now and then but it will never go bad. It is my understanding that with a large open wound you pack it with sugardine and then bandage it. Sugardyne can be safely applied to the wound without fear of any bleeding once clots have been given adequate time to form–usually 1 ½ to 2 days. A copious amount (¼ to ½ inch thick layer) of Sugardyne is applied to cover or fill the wound and then covered with dry gauze. Deeper wounds are packed full of Sugardyne to the brim. Dressings are changed once daily. Dressing changes continue until the wound if fully healed. As a rule, no skin graft will be required. Skin will automatically cover the granulation tissue (“proud flesh”) that fills the defect, completely.

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.


Colloidal Silver, Serrapeptase
Posted by Deiddrich (Meridian, Mississippi Us) on 05/10/2015

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.

Posted by Carmen (Portland, Oregon ) on 07/07/2015

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.

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=====

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.

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~

Everclear (Grain Alchohol)
Posted by Liz (Midland, TX) on 01/14/2009

My 80 year old mother had horrible looking sores on her legs. She asked me to pick up some everclear.(190 Proof). I was skeptical but she had heard of it somewhere and within two days her legs And foot looked better than they had for months and it did not BURN!!?? We just poured it over her legs first then we patted with washrag. I was amazed but it worked.

Posted by Juanita (N. O., La. USA) on 11/28/2008

Try using a paste of sugar and antibiotic ointment on leg sores that will not heal! Bacteria will not grow in sugar and it will heal the sore fast!

Posted by Sue (London, United Kingdom) on 11/13/2008

My father had a large leg ulcer which he had for some years. I bought him some manuka honey which he put on the ulcer everyday. It completely cured the ulcer and has left no trace of a scar. This took 6 months.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Maxime (US) on 07/14/2022

Look into these:

No: tea, coffee, soda, vinegar, unbuffered ascorbic acid, smoking

Heavy metal detox: Cilantro, garlic, onion, turmeric, lemons, things that detox metals like arsenic, etc., colon cleanse like senna, magnesium sulfate, oxygenated magnesium (OxyPowder), melatonin, parsley

Varicose vein remedies: Horsechestnut, butchers broom, yarrow, natural vit E virgin coconut oil/milk/cream (not those big cartons in the case by the milk, the small carton by the asian foods), raw whole lemons not vit c tablets, alkaline diet

Improve circulation: Garlic, onion, turmeric, things that increase circulation, niacinamide, magnesium

Kill infection: warm water with fresh crushed garlic - magnesium sulfate - maybe borax - baking soda - footsoak, goldenseal, comfrey

Keep it clean: fresh aloe gel topically, possibly castor oil (apply to bandage and lay over wound), betadine (apply with spray bottle)

Those are some things to consider/educate yourself about. Niacinamide tablets, and garlic and onion powder (maybe with a few spoonfuls of tahini each day - for example in a curry) and aloe gel and/or betadine topically are what I would do first were I in your position with the few facts you provided. I'm not a doctor, this is just from what I've read.

There is a gov study that showed that eating garlic detoxes arsenic from the body. It described the effects of arsenic poisoning which appeared strikingly similar to diabetes/heart disease.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Katzie (Canada) on 07/20/2022

I would be slathering that with Manuka Honey! I would then cover, but re-check it every few hours. If the area is dry, put more Manuka on it. I have found that wounds like that will "drink" how much honey it needs. It is worth a try, certainly. Best of luck.

Oh, and soak in Colloidal Silver, whenever you can, a few times a day. Or even a soaking wet cotton round over the area for 20 mins at a time will really help, too. Colloidal Silver could probably heal that all by itself, but Manuka is topically healing, and I would be drinking the Colloidal Silver. That sore would be under powerful attack two ways, and stands little chance of staying around. Please keep us updated.

As for brand and strength of the Manuka Honey and Colloidal Silver, get what you can comfortably afford. They're both amazing, even at their cheapest.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 07/20/2022 84 posts

Hi Lauren,

Sorry about your foot ulcer.

> my Dr. at the VA diagnosed me with foot ulcers. Nothing they gave me did much.

I would never rely on MDs for the healing my foot ulcer. More specifically - even if the MDs at the VA were free to me - I would never rely on them for the healing of my foot ulcer, as their expertise on foot ulcers is pretty much limited to the dressing and re-dressing of that open wound.

> I have tried wheat grass and colloidal silver cream wrapped in saran wrap, which has been the only thing that has made any difference at all. In fact, at one point the sores were almost gone. Then I had a problem finding the wheat grass. Do you have any suggestions on anything else I could possibly try?

Supplements are nice to have. However, what really counts is your lifestyle, the foods you eat, the drinks you drink, the drugs you take, and or any long-term health issues you might have. Please tell me about your lifestyle and health issues! Example: Give me a list of foods, drinks, drugs and smokes you have in a typical day! How many grams of complete PROTEINS do you have in a typical day? What is your WEIGHT? Diabetics, for example, if they get injured, often get leg ulcers that never heal. Others, too, with long histories of poor nutrition and lousy lifestyle choices, often get leg ulcers that never heal, if they get injured.

I hope this will help!

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