WOUND REMEDIES


Wound Remedies

TREATING MINOR WOUNDS AT HOME

Minor wounds, like a superficial cut or laceration which do not require stitches, can easily be treated at home with natural remedies. Here are two ways of doing this:

Raw Potatoes

Raw Potatoes
Raw potatoes are good for such wounds. They are highly moisturizing in nature and hence, encourage fast healing.

• Grate 1-2 potatoes.
• Wash the wound thoroughly with warm water.
• Take the grated poultice and place it on a clean piece of cloth.
• Keep this on the wound for 4-5 hours.
• Remove and clean the wound area.
• Repeat till recovery.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing in nature. It prevents infections and promotes healing.

• Wash the wound thoroughly with warm water.
• Apply extra-virgin coconut oil to the wound site.
• Wrap a thin strip of sterile bandage around the wound.
• Repeat twice, each time changing the bandage.
• Repeat this procedure daily till wound recovery.
• Continue applying the coconut oil even after healing to prevent scars.

WOUND HEALING & NUTRITION

Food plays an important role in wound healing not only because nutrition is important for overall health but certain foods provide an essential boost to the immune system. If a body’s immunity is strong, the wound recovery, especially those involving stitches, will be fast. Scientific research has pointed out that eating food rich in certain nutrients and vitamins helps speed up the healing process. These foods are found to assist in tissue production because of the high content of vitamins and nutrients.


Here are five such top “superfoods”:
Wound Healing and Nutrition
Broccoli

1. Broccoli

This leafy, dark green vegetable may not exactly be palatable but it is a very healthy vegetable to have on your dining table. Broccoli is rich in minerals and has several health benefits. It is found to have a positive effect on wounds because of high levels of phytonutrients. These are antioxidant in nature and help bring down inflammation as well as increase the body’s immunity. Broccoli also has a rich presence of zinc which helps in the epitheliazation of wounds.
Zinc reduces infections and lowers necrotic material through its strong local defense structure and collagenolytic behavior.

2. Tomatoes

Tomatoes provide a boost to the body’s immunity bringing down the risk of wound infection. They are rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Not found in many foods, lycopene protects from oxidation which can damage cells. These red fruits also contain high levels of Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A helps cellular growth while Vitamin C boosts tissue growth and repair. It also aids in the formation of new skin, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments all of which are conducive to providing the right environment for wound recovery.

Tomatoes
Soy

3. Soy

Soy is a good source of Vitamins A, C, D, E and K and including soy protein into your diet is a good way of promoting wound healing. Soy is found to havea two-fold impact on a wound – it improves the skin health and, at the same time, provides a boost to the body’s immune system. And because of its high protein content, soy aids in the formation of new, healthy tissues.

4. Bell peppers & citrus fruits

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an important requirement post-surgery for the synthesis of collagen which is crucial to wound healing, especially those with stitches. Vitamin C promotes the repair of collagen which is necessary for healthy skin and tissues. It speeds up wound healing because of its highly antioxidant qualities. Vitamin C provides protection to cells from damage by free radicals. Including bell peppers and all types of citrus fruits, such as oranges and strawberries, into your diet is a great way to allow stitches to heal faster and promote wound recovery.

Bell peppers and  citrus fruits
Nuts and Seeds

5. Nuts & seeds

Nuts, like almonds, peanuts and cashews, are high in protein and for those who have wounds eating these is one of the best ways to promote healing. Seeds of pumpkin and squash as well as sesame seeds are a good source of zinc and known to boost the body’s immune system. And more importantly, they also help in protein synthesis and cell growth which is necessary for wound recovery.

Videos