The wounds may be due to a cut, a scratch or a fall. All these marks are mainly caused by small domestic accidents or when we do all kinds of activities, work with cutting tools like sewing or cooking. They are often caused by a lack of attention.
In this article, we’ll show you the best natural remedies to heal wounds faster.
Why do wounds appear?
The wounds are lesions of the skin, caused by various factors. The body locks upon their occurrence, a natural healing process by increasing the production of a substance called collagen.
The problem is that some people may take a longer time to heal.
Some population groups are more sensitive than others to injuries affecting the epidermis.
This may be due to several factors:
- Age: blood circulation is less efficient with age, causing a lack of oxygenation of the cells.
So they have more difficulty to heal. In addition, tissues lose their elasticity and their texture with the passage of time.
- Stress: when a person suffers from this disorder so common these days, the body secretes corticosteroids, substances that alter the DNA (composition) of the cells.
This means that stress hinders the cells to correctly fulfill all their functions, including that of healing.
Indeed, they don’t produce any collagen they should, and the tissue repair process is much slower.
- Medication: Medications that cause steroid secretion by the body are the ones we’re talking about.
Especially drugs that are prescribed for urticaria as anticoagulants and anti-inflammatory.
- Metabolic diseases: these include diabetes, obesity, cholesterol and high blood pressure.
These conditions prevent the body from properly produce collagen, which is responsible for “resealing” this sore on the skin.
- Tobacco: cigarette smoking results in impaired blood flow.
Nicotine narrows the arteries and the amount of blood that nourishes the organs is less. The less oxygen, the less collagen.
Those with a smoking habit must reduce their consumption of tobacco on certain days of the week, before undergoing surgery or undertake “dangerous” work for example.
- Nutritional deficiencies: for the body to produce collagen, it requires “raw materials”, that is to say vitamins A and C, and zinc.
It is advised to regularly consume foods that contain them, such as papaya, kiwi, carrot, guava, lemon, orange and grapefruit, to be able to accelerate the wound healing process.
It is also important to consume proteins contained in dairy products, eggs, white meat, soy and beans.
Some home remedies for healing wounds
- Garlic: it is a food that can heal wounds faster.
This power is due to its antibacterial properties, which protect against infections.
If you decide to use it, we recommend you to apply on your skin carefully, as it may cause irritation.
Its juices have very powerful effect. Do not let a clove of garlic more than 20 minutes in contact with your skin, and if you feel that you burn a lot, remove it immediately.
You can mix three cloves of garlic with a glass of wine, and let this remedy stand for two hours.
After this time, you can apply it on your wound, which has to be cleaned and dried beforehand. Repeat twice a day.
- Honey: germs are attracted by the food produced by bees. This effect occurs in beehives, also occurs with the wounds of the human skin.
Honey dehydrates pathogens, and leaves the skin clean, without infections.
Once you have properly disinfected and dried the skin, apply a little honey there, and place sterile gauze on top.
Let your skin completely absorb the substance before removing the gauze.
- White vinegar: Dilute a spoonful of white vinegar in four cups of water.
With this mixture, clean the crusts that form on your wound, to kill bacteria and cleanse your skin thoroughly. This may sting slightly, but this is quite normal.
- Onion: Onion is similar to garlic regarding its compounds and properties, with the notable difference that does not irritate the skin.
Put half an onion in the bowl of your mixer, with one or two spoonfuls of bee honey.
Apply all over the wound to be treated and leave for at least half an hour. Do this three times a day until healing.
- Plantain leaves: they are well known in the natural medicine thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties.
Crush a few leaves of this plant for a juice or a paste and apply it directly on the wound, at least once a day.
- Aloe vera: This plant is a great natural remedy for healing wounds. It is also effective against burns.
Take a plant stem and cut it in half. Squeeze out the gel and apply it directly on your skin.
Let your skin absorb it and then repeat the operation several times a day.
Aloe vera relieves pain immediately, and in no time, your wound will be healed.
Homemade smoothies to heal wounds
- Mix half a cup of papaya, a cup of blueberries, mango juice and half a of plain yogurt. Drink this smoothie every morning on an empty stomach.
- Mix a melon slice, half a cup of carrot juice, juice of one orange and one lemon. Drink this smoothie every day.
- Mix half a cup of strawberries, an orange juice and half a cup of guava juice. Mix well and drink every morning for breakfast.
- Mix two peeled kiwis, half a cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of honey. Drink this smoothie every day.
Sources: livelovefruit.com, nyrnaturalnews.com, vkool.com, prevention.com