Cleaning your cuts or any other minor wound using lukewarm water and a mild soap is one of the best ways to prevent skin infections. However, if your wound has already got infected, this method will no longer be of any use. But, despite this, you can try a few natural treatments to cure the infection and protect your skin. Even so, if the wound is continuously bleeding or looks unpleasant due to pus, you must seek immediate medical treatment.
Having said that, let’s learn about the natural and scientifically backed ways to treat an infection at home:
Aloe vera is proven to be beneficial for curing sunburns due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. But, in addition to this, the gel is also effective for speeding up skin tissue healing and regeneration.
It is also effective for treating acne, burns, and rashes. Not to forget, you can also use aloe vera as a moisturizer to keep your skin healthy.
Did you know that honey is one of the widely studied natural remedies? Yes, you read it correctly!
It helps in preventing infections and healing minor wounds. In fact, manuka honey is medically used honey especially used for bandages and ointments. It helps in curing wounds and boosts the production of special cells that help repair the damaged tissues. Moreover, the antibacterial properties of honey make them well suited for inflammation.
Lavender, especially in the form of essential oil, is another natural remedy for healing wounds. It is also scientifically proven to reduce stress. Nevertheless, it is always recommended to use essential oils by diluting them with a carrier.
If you wish to use lavender oil, you can use a carrier, namely olive, jojoba, and almond oil. It contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It will help you get better fast.
Turmeric paste is an age-old homemade and effective remedy. It contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. When applied topically, it will help in healing wounds. Making this paste is also very easy.
Simply mix turmeric with warm water. Make sure the consistency is not too thin. Apply the paste in the affected areas, and cover the wound using a bandage or gauze.
Warning: DO NOT consume turmeric supplements by mouth. It can lead to bleeding risk. Only use a paste to treat the wound. If you want to consume turmeric, mix it with warm milk and drink it. Even so, make sure that the quantity of powder is not a lot.
According to the studies conducted in 2016, marigold or calendula help stimulate collagen. In addition to this, it also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can consume the marigold as a brewed tea or use an ointment.
Nevertheless, it is recommended to do a patch test before actually using the marigold. It is to ensure that you are not allergic.
These are some natural treatments that you can try to treat the wound and prevent it from getting infected. Nevertheless, if these treatments don’t seem to be working for you, you must consult the doctor immediately.
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