15 Natural Home Remedies For Wounds

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We have all experienced a wound at some point in our life, but who knew that the answer to a hasty recovery could be found right in our fridge or cupboard? There are many home remedies for cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, and other wounds that can help stave away infection and even help the wound to heal faster.

Here are my top 15 natural home remedies for cuts, scrapes and bruises! Leave a comment below as to how these plant-based products helped you with your wounds!

1. Honey

Honey is a great way to speed up wound healing. According to some findings, honey is actually more effective than antibiotics! In lab tests, honey has been found to kill off the majority of bacterial cells and can prevent infections from occurring in the first place. Make sure you use raw honey to dress your wound (honey that is cooked will not have the proper enzymes to do the trick).

When honey gets diluted with the blood and tissues of the wound, hydrogen peroxide is produced via a glucose oxidase enzyme reaction. This is released slowly, and provides antibacterial activity, while keeping tissue healthy and un-damaged! Spread some honey on a dressing and apply this to the wound. If the wound is deeper, the wound bed should be filled with honey, then wrapped with a dressing pad.

2. Garlic

Allicin in garlic has been shown to be as effective as a 1% penicillin solution! It is a great anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal and can help heal almost any wound. Garlic can cause damage to the skin, however, so making sure you don’t leave it on the skin for longer than 20-25 minutes. You can make a mix of 3 crushed garlic cloves and 1 cup of wine, blended, let stand for 2-3 hours and strain. Apply to the wound with a clean cloth 1-2 times a day.

3. Calendula

This beautiful little flower is considered a vulnerary agent (a substance that promotes healing). This plant is an anti-inflammatory too, and is slightly anti-microbial. It can be used topically to help heal abrasions, skin infections and internal infected mucous membranes. You can buy calendula salves at health food stores, and you can use this to apply to your wounds. For internal infections, make a calendula tea with 1 cup warm water and 1 tbsp. calendula flowers.

4. Chamomile

Another flower with great wound healing properties – chamomile! Also known for it’s awesome relaxation properties, chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind! The dried flowers contain many terpenoids and flavonoids, making it a powerful herbal medicine. Chamomile has even been found in some studies to be much faster at healing wounds than some corticosteroids. Make a chamomile press for your wound by soaking some chamomile tea bags in water, lightly draining some of the liquid, and then wrapping these tea bags around your wound with some gauze. Alternatively, you can likely find chamomile tinctures or natural ointments in your local health food store.

5. Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root is not the same as the sugary white cylinders you can find in the candy section at your grocery store – this plant is actually incredibly healing to wounds inflicted on the body. Marshmallow is great for drawing out toxins and other bacteria found in wounds when used as a poultice, and it can shorten the healing time by drawing out impurities. It can also be used to heal burns and bruises! Creating a poultice with marshmallow and applying it to your wound can speed wound healing!

6. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is great for helping blood to clot faster at the site of your wound, and also disinfects the wound due to it’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Cayenne pepper will stop wound bleeding in 10-12 seconds, and if the wound is more severe, having the afflicted individual consume an 8-oz. glass of water with 1tsp. cayenne can significantly help out too!

7. Potato

Potatoes can heal wounds? That was the first thing I thought too! Potatoes have this type of gravitational pull which draws out infections from any type of wound or abscess. Make a raw potato poultice with shredded potatoes and maintain this throughout the day, changing it every 4 hours or so (and rinsing with salt water in between). This will ensure that inflammation is reduced and that there will be no chance of infection! To make a poultice, shred raw potato with a grater, and spread this onto a clean cloth. Apply to the affected area, and cover with gauze and then some saran wrap or other material of choice. Leave overnight and remove in the morning. Clean affected area with salty water, cover with clean dressing and continue until healed.

8. Lavender

The amazing benefits of lavender were accidentally discovered by a French scientist, René, Gattefossé, who was severely burned in a laboratory accident and immersed his hand in a vat of Lavender. He found that this oil promoted hasty tissue regeneration without any scarring! Use lavender essential oil to help promote natural wound healing. Use topically 2-5 times per day by applying 2-4 drops on the wound area. Dilute as required!

9. Aloe Vera

We all know aloe vera can help heal burns, but the sap from an aloe vera plant can also be used to treat cuts, scrapes and other sores. Simply cutting off a stalk of the aloe vera plant and applying it to the wound every couple hours can significantly reduce healing time.

10. Goldenseal

This plant is known for its antiseptic and astringent properties. It can be used for cuts, wounds, infections, bites and stings and is also used internally to help treat sinus infections and inflammation of the stomach and intestinal tract. The main components of goldenseal are alkaloids called berberine and hydrastine which help destroy many types of bacterial and viral infections. Use goldenseal ointment on your wounds (found in local health stores), and watch your healing time drastically reduce!

11. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree essential oil is one of the best ways to treat a wound to help prevent infection. It is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Tea tree oil is so effective that is can actively attack and eliminate staff infections such as MRSA. The aborigines of Australia used tea tree leaves to heal skin infections and wounds and burns by crushing tea tree leaves and holding them in place with a mud pack. Thankfully, we can just use tea tree oil applied 3-5 times a day to effectively heal our wounds quickly and efficiently.

12. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, amongst a million other things it can do, can effectively heal wounds! It has amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties and can even prevent scarring of wounds too! Use coconut oil on your wound to help speed recovery – apply coconut oil under a band aid and re-fresh 2-3 times a day. Watch your cut heal in no time!

13. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a wonderful astringent that contains procyanidins, resin and flavonoids, all of which make it a very soothing, anti-inflammatory plant. Soaking a cloth in some with hazel and applying it to cuts, bruises and other wounds can significantly reduce swelling and speed up recovery time. Witch hazel can also control bleeding – to help reduce bleeding, apply witch hazel to a fresh wound and wrap it up in gauze.

14. Juniper Leaves & Berries

Juniper berries, which were also used as a flavouring for gin back in the 17th century, are also very useful in the treatment of inflamed joints and wounds. These berries are very rich in B vitamins and vitamin C, which make them great for speeding up recovery time of cuts, scrapes and other wounds. Juniper berries contain antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well, so they are great for treating numerous wounds or sores like psoriasis, eczema and other skin problems!

15. Comfrey Root

The genus name for comfrey is Symphytum, which literally means to “unite or knit together.” Comfrey contains a substance called allantoin, which helps cells grow faster, and so it literally improves healing time of broken bones, mends wounds quickly and helps burns heal quickly with little scarring. In fact, comfrey is often called knitbone! Allantoin is also found in the placenta of pregnant women to help the baby grow and develop in a decent amount of time. Use comfrey as a poultice next time you break a bone or get a bruise, cut, scrape or other wound.

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Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.

73 COMMENTS

  1. These are some really great ideas, I never would have thought that lavender or marshmallow root could help burns! I’ve used products for burn scars in the past, but it’s nice to know that some ordinary products at home can help for unexpected injuries. Will pass this along, thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing great ideas through this amazing articles. We really have to take care of our skin because wounds can be scars, which is not good to see. Have you heard about squalene that repair and regenerate damage skin cells.

  3. Carly, pls the aspect of the honey how do I apply? There's this stubborn wound on my ankle, I'v treated with honey before but that was a long time ago, it was successful but now seems the wound is back, how do I go about it? Please reach me through my email, tnks

  4. And of course, clay or bentonite. It pulls out all the impurities, pus and bits and pieces which may have gone into the wound and it helps close it without leaving a scar. To be changed when it gets dry and replaced by wet clay/bentonite. Used clay is to be disposed of like a dirty bandage. Never use again used clay.

  5. Turmeric is the best of all. Apply as dry, after cleaning the wound or mix with honey or coconut oil and cover with a gauze. Drink a cup of hot milk with 1 tsp honey and 1/4 tsp turmeric, twice a day to heal faster.

  6. very helpful….i dont even think that potato or honey could do the work
    i have some minor wounds in a bike accident…i tried some of the above mentioned remedies …
    it really help me
    THANKS A LOT

    • Put a little bit of honey on the cut, and wrap with gauze or put a band-aid on top. For the potato, slice very thinly and lay on top of cut, and wrap in gauze (seal with gauze tape, or any other kind of tape).

  7. Hi my daughter has had 2 operations on an anal abcess which will just not heal. She has also had MRSA and now it looks like she has another infection. Which would be the best to try to help her heal? Thanks

    • I would try coconut oil because it is soothing and anti-bacterial and healing. I also promote a plant-based diet, as it will improve healing recovery time. Lots of smoothies, greens (hide in the smoothie) and plenty of fresh fruit and veggies.

    • Hi Jade, which coconut oil did you use, if you don't mind my asking? It should always be Raw Unrefined Coconut Oil – (organic if possible)
      Also keep in mind (all of us) this is to treat minor, not severe open wounds!
      Hope this helps, I mean no offense of course, just throwing in my 2 cents 🙂

  8. Hi my daughter met.with an accident recently the wound is headed but the mark is seen more prominently pls suggest me home remedies to cure this

  9. I have used vitamin E for plenty of skin irritations, some doctors said would never go away!. I recently had surgery on my thumb, I'm using vitamin E on it twice a day, I massage it in to the area of surgery 5 weeks ago, I got out of brace a week ago. Will keep updating on progress with vitamin E.

  10. Can any or all of these roots,herbs, ect be used on cats that may have cancerous growths and open wounds that won't heal?

  11. Sir my interview is on next Sunday. It is very important to attend but my leg is wounded for 20 days. What should I do in some days to wear a shoe. Please help me.

  12. Comment: helo, i got burnt in 2013, it was petrol.dat caught fire, mi legs got burnt, bt up to now they are delaying to darken. pliz advice mi coz am tired of seeing mi legs like this.

  13. Hey! I can say Coconut oil is best and we use it everytime as first aid kit 😉 we can apply turmeric powder as an antibiotic. also applying tea powder is one of the best thing to do to stop bleeding. These are tried techniques.

    One more best but bit painful is, heating coconut oil with a pinch of green chilli & crushed garlic. and apply the same oil a bit warm heat. repeat thrice a day. wound just disappears. My grandma had done this to me 😛

  14. Comment: Hi Mrs Carly. I'm going around looking for a healing. I've not found any since almost a decade now. I'm young but am wasting away,cux I can't do anything not even to go back to school and finish and become a doctor like yhu. can yhu help me because all I think about now is to end it all(if yhu know what I mean), is a wound around my ankle it won't heal. #Help
    please contact me as soon as possible [email protected]

  15. Wonderful article! Learned several very helpful new things. Just a note on comfrey. It can speed healing so much it seals the wound over and doesn't allow for drainage of deeper tissue. An abscess then forms.

    I use Green Earth Farm's Calendula Creme. It has comfrey in it. I used it following outpatient surgery to remove a cyst. Seven days later went to get stiches out. Nurse chewed me out for not coming back in sooner. She thought it had been at least 14 days based on healing of the wound. Poor thing was so embarrassed when she read my chart!

    I'm definitely going to explore more of the things listed here. I live way out in the boon docks, and getting to a doctor or pharmacy for prescriptions isn't always easy. Especially in the winter, we can get snowed in. So thank you bery much! Wonderful article!

      • Carly, I removed my raised mole using apple cider vinegar. My mole turn into a scab then eventually the scab is soft and ready to be pulled off, I pulled it. There is no wound at where the mole was but it looks a bit oily and like an open wound but there is no blood. And there is an inflammed circle around where my mole was, it looks like it was inflamed and burned bcs of the acid of the apple cider vinegar. What should I use for this? For the burned and inflamed circle and the open wound to be closed without leaving a scar and for the open wound not be infected?

  16. I cut my leg clearing trees in our yard, about 1 1/2 inches. I washed it and put a salve of coconut oil, lavender and tea tree essential oils on it, it turned bright red, just like it did when I used neosporin before I found out I was allergic to it. Could this be an allergic response to any of the oils? The wound looks like it is healing but is red all around it- like a thick red line. It doesn't hurt and isn't raw. Should I be concerned, keep using the oils or try something different.

    • tea tree is pretty intense on the skin, maybe make sure you cut it with another oil, like don't use direct. My skin reacts fine, but some people are more sensitive. You are fine, its just that you have more sensitive skin. Maybe cut back on the essential oils.

  17. I got a cut on my leg and it has been a month now and the wound is still there ….please what remedy shall I apply

  18. My wound is on the labia of my vagina. Scared of applying anything lest it hurts. I have been sitting on hot salty water steam for days now but the improvement seems slow. However, i will give a shot at the coconut oil this morning. Hopefully it will do d trick

  19. Comfrey salves should really not be applied to broken skin, as they can cause severe liver damage. Please research before use! Use only on unbroken skin for bruises and inflammation

  20. I have a grated potato on the cuts on my hand as I type. My cat deeply scratched me at around 2pm and until midnight the blood had still not clotted, so I followed your amazing inadvice & sprinkled some cayenne pepper over the wounds, although it stung quite a bit, I left it on for 1 min and hey Preston, surprisingly my blood had clotted. I then cleaned the area (with cooled, boiled water. Then grated a potato, made a makeshift plaster, then wrapped in a clean dressing! It really stung at 1st, but true to word the pain quickly subsided. Thanks to you Carly I will certainly sleep comfortably well tonight! Have you published any books? I would love to know more. P.s are there any natural holistic medines that can help to relieve symptoms for bipolar disorder? Insomnia? Anxiety?

    • Hey Cherrelle, glad to hear that worked! I do not have any books at the moment, although currently working on an Ebook of recipes. Look up the terms “insomnia” and “anxiety” in the search bar on my site, and you will find resources.

  21. CAYENNE PEPPER TESTIMONY: Picture husband 20′ up in tree with chainsaw. Good news he still has all his digits! But the saw became stuck and he was injured trying to remove it from said tree branch. Two fingers were injured by the chain. Blood everywhere. Deep cut on index finger about 1″ long. Treatment: Applied pressure with clean gauze. Injury elevated above head for a few minutes. Then washed cut to remove dirt. I then sprinkled CAYENNE PEPPER INTO CUTS. Within 10 seconds, the bleeding stopped. Pain lasted about the same and then was gone! No pain. No bleeding! Used 3 STERI STRIPS to close wound and wrap with clean gauze. Happy to say 2 weeks later, no signs of infection and wound has healed up nicely. And what could easily have been a trip to E.R. was handled very well at home! Cayenne pepper should be in EVERYONES Firt Aid kit!
    Works BETTER than Quik Clot – and a whole lot cheaper.

  22. Hi Carly i have big open wound in my letf breast its big a open wouns tumor, i been using honey mix with tumeric, i used wmuaid ,biominix, oxygenated olive oil, nothing happen ,it is very stubborn open wound,please help me, what is the best to heal and sealed or cure the open wound, it been 14 weeks never have progress..

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