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Herbal remedies for minor wounds & bruises

Minor wounds, bruises and grazes are part of everyday life and the remedies listed make effective home treatments. Witch hazel is a very good astringent for minor grazes, bruises and swellings, protecting and soothing the damaged area. Arnica can be used to relieve bruising, pain and swelling, and it combines well with witch hazel. Wounds can be cleansed with aloe vera gel which, like comfrey, is an excellent wound healer. Comfrey ointment is helpful in clearing old scars.

Cleansing wounds
Yarrow: Make a yarrow lotion, allow to cool and use as a wash.

Marigold: Make a marigold lotion with 2 heaped tsp of herb to 1 cup of water, or use the tincture neat or diluted in water. Apply either preparation to the wound.

Note: Marigold tincture will sting strongly, but it has a greater antiseptic action.

Aloe vera: Cleanse the wound with the gel and cover with a dressing soaked in gel. Change frequently.

Witch hazel: Apply distilled witch hazel to the affected area 2-3 times a day.

Healing wounds
Comfrey, aloe vera: Apply comfrey ointment at the edges of the wound or, once a scab has formed, use a comfrey poultice. Use aloe vera gel to cleanse the wound.
Arnica, witch hazel: Apply arnica ointment to bruises and swellings 2-3 times a day or use distilled witch hazel, as above.