Natural and Organic Skin Care

Cleaning Cuts and Wounds Naturally

Growing up, whenever someone in my house got a cut or scrape, my mom would get out the hydrogen peroxide and pour it on until the bubbles subsided.  The only thing about her ways that made me think twice was knowing that the hydrogen peroxide was going to sting, but if it bubbled up, it meant it was dirty and in need of cleaning.  Remember those good ol’ days?!

I kept up that tradition for quite some time thinking that my mom must have known what she was doing, so there wasn’t any reason why I should do things differently.  Then one day I learned that while cleaning wounds with hydrogen peroxide isn’t bad, it doesn’t actually work very well as an antiseptic and the bubbles are really just something cool to look at, as opposed to any real indication of how dirty the area is (check out http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/science-questions/question115.htm for more info on that).  It was around this time that I started experimenting with herbs and essential oils, and came across what is  now the remedy that I turn to when someone in my household gets a cut or scrape.

To clean all cuts and wounds (unless very large or deep which would need medical attention) I grab an antiseptic solution of Witch Hazel and Melalecua (tea tree) essential oil.  To make, simply add 6-8 drops of Melaleuca oil for every cup of witch hazel extract).  If the area looks like it could use a really good cleaning, I turn to Dr. Kloss’s Liniment, which has been around for ages and is great, not only for cleaning wounds and soothing insect bites, but also for reducing inflammation of the muscles.  To make Kloss’s Liniment you will need:

  • 1 ounce echinacea powder
  • 1 ounce goldenseal powder
  • 1 ounce myrrh powder
  • 1/4 ounce cayenne powder
  • 1 pint rubbing alcohol
  1. Place the powders in a jar and cover with rubbing alcohol, leaving about a 2 inch margin above the herbs and cover with a tight-fitting lid.  Place the mixture in a warm location and let sit for 4 weeks.
  2. Strain and rebottle.  For external use only.

Comments

  1. Kloss’s Liniment sounds amazing! I think 3Girls Holistic needs to sell this stuff for those of us that would love to have herbal remedies but don’t have the 4 weeks to wait to make it! 🙂

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