Got a Cut? Reach for the Onions!

The summer season is here and that mean cuts and scrapes are more prevalent. Here are a few natural remedies to help them heal more quickly.

Cuts and scrapes happen every day. Most don’t need a doctor’s attention and can be treated with some very basic first aid remedies so cuts don’t get infected.

Cut Yourself?

  • If the cut is bleeding, use a clean cloth, and apply pressure. Then clean out the cut to avoid infection.
  • If the cut is deep, won’t stop bleeding, or was caused by stepping on something rusty, a doctor’s attention should be sought immediately—a tetanus shot may be on order.

Natural Remedies for Minor Cuts and Scrapes:

Here are a few alternative remedies to antibiotic creams you may want to try for minor cuts and scrapes (As with any natural remedy, be sure to keep allergies in mind):

  • Garlic has been used for years when treating cuts. It contains antimicrobial agents that can protect you from infections. To use, mix three cloves with a cup of wine. Put the mixture in a blender. Then leave it there for three hours. Strain it. Apply the mixture to your cleaned wound. Perform twice a day.
  • Onions have the same antimicrobial element called allicin. Cut the onion into halves, and crush one part using a blender. You can mix it with honey for best results. Apply it on the wound and leave on for about 20 minutes, then wash off. Apply the mixture three times a day.
  • Apply lavender essential oil to the cut. The oil usually doesn’t create any additional pain and may help alleviate the pain from the wound. Lavender speeds healing and kills germs.
  • Place raw honey on the cut, and then cover it with a bandage. Raw honey has been used for over 2,000 years to prevent and heal infections. (Raw honey is available in most grocery stores.)
  • Get white vinegar from your kitchen counter, and mix it with a pint of water. Soak the affected area to remove scabs. The solution will kill all bacteria already present in the cut. Vinegar may sting, so be very careful.
  • Aloe can be used with almost all types of skin problems, including cuts. If you have an aloe vera plant, break off a leaf, and apply its juice on the affected part. Repeat after a few hours.

Sandi Duncan is the Managing Editor of the Farmers' Almanac. Click here to read Sandi's full biography.

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