Here I am sharing two remarkable natural antiseptic and healing treatments for abrasions, cuts, and minor burns!
A healthy body in most cases can easily heal itself. Often when you wound yourself there isn’t much need for any treatment other than a good general salt cleanse and letting it dry out and heal. However, if you need a little extra care, these two additional treatments are a great natural way to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction, while speeding up the healing process.
What is a Antiseptic?
To understand antiseptics, one should first understand the root of the word. Consider the word “sepsis,” which is a medical term meaning there are microorganisms alive in the blood and/or the tissues of the body. If a person is septic, then he is in big trouble because the infection is often global, meaning it is throughout the body, having been carried by the circulatory system. Sepsis must be treated very quickly and aggressively. “Aseptic” simply means “not septic.”
Antiseptics are defined as antimicrobial substances that are nondamaging to living tissue/skin while reducing the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction.
Essential Oil Antiseptic Treatment
Aromatherapy is one of the natural therapies which use essential oils as the major therapeutic agents to treat several diseases. The essential or volatile oils are extracted from the flowers, barks, stem, leaves, roots, fruits and other parts of the plant by various methods. It came into existence after the scientists deciphered the antiseptic and skin permeability properties of essential oils. Here’s some scientifically proven antiseptic oils:
- Lemon – its constituents have antiseptic, astringent and detoxifying properties.
- Peppermint – studied and documented for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, carminative, fungicidal effects, nervine stimulant, vasoconstrictor, decongestant and stomachic properties.
- Tea tree – it is an immune booster due to terpinen-4-ol while cineole is responsible for its antiseptic character. The tea tree itself possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, insecticidal, and immune stimulant properties. Further, in treatment of respiratory associated problems it has been used for tuberculosis, cough, bronchitis, asthma, catarrh and whooping cough; also it is used in females for vaginitis, cystitis and pruritus treatment. Cold, fever, flu and chickenpox have called for its use.
- Lavender – shows its antibacterial and antifungal properties against many species of bacteria, especially when antibiotics fail to work, but the exact mechanisms are yet to be established. When talking about its use in aromatherapy, it is well documented for the treatment of abrasions, burns, stress, headaches, in promotion of new cell growth, skin problems, painful muscles and boosting an immune system.
ANTISEPTIC ESSENTIAL OIL TREATMENT
2 drops lavender oil
2 drops tea-tree oil
1 drop lemon oil
1/2 cup boiled water
Add the oils to the water and stir well.
TO USE: Swab the wound gently with cotton wool dipped in the water. Leave uncovered to dry out if possible.
Since ancient times, people have used fresh and dried herbs for the preparation of medicinal herbal infusions. Although they are based on different theoretical, cultural, and religious principles, all models of traditional medicine, such as Ayurveda, Chinese, Unani, Tibetan, Amazonian, and African, integrate phytotherapy ( herbal medicine) into their doctrine.
Calendula is one of the best healing ingredients and has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of wounds, promoting tissue regeneration and re-epithelialization, and has also shown some antimicrobial activity. The effectiveness of calendula blossoms in the treatment of skin inflammations is well documented. Although the active principles have not been clearly defined, it contains both anti-inflammatory flavonoids and retinoids
For a wound healing herbal treatment, I use this simple herbal blend:
1 tablespoon distilled witch-hazel
1 cup cooled strong calendula tea
Mix together and use to wash any dirt from the abrasion/ wound. Smooth honey or aloe vera gel over the area and cover if needed.
These both can be made into herbal ice cubes to provide an instant treatment, instead of waiting for your blend to cool down. You just pop the ice cube into a little boiled water and use the melted liquid to swab the wound clean.
This week I challenge you to make some of your own healing and antiseptic treatments for your home herbal medicine cabinet! I would love to know what you made, let me know in the comments below!
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