Just like anything in life, occasional cuts, scrapes and grazes are inevitable. Good thing there are lots of remedies you can use to heal minor lacerations fast! And most of these home remedies can be found in the kitchen. The next time you sustain minor injuries, consider these home remedies:
Honey is one of the best remedies for minor cuts and bruises. That’s because it’s packed with skin-friendly enzymes and anti-bacterial agents that promote healing and speed up cell turnover! Just dab the right amount of honey on the affected area, dress the wound then leave it on for at least an hour. Remove the bandage with warm water then continue re-applying until the injury heals.
Garlic is a rich source of antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. It will heal minor cuts and wounds faster while reducing pain! Garlic also contains allicin, a compound that inhibits infection. To use garlic to heal scrapes, crush about 3 pieces of fresh garlic. Mix a little honey then apply on the affected area. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes then remove and dress the wound.
White vinegar is traditionally used to heal minor cuts and scrapes as well as bruises and other skin trauma. Because it’s mildly acidic, vinegar is an excellent disinfectant. It will prevent infection by killing viruses and bacteria. To use vinegar to heal cuts and scrapes, mix a teaspoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of salt. Keep mixing until the salt dissolves them apply on fresh cuts. Applying the solution will sting at first but eventually, it will heal the injury.
Aloe vera is one of the best remedies for cuts and scrapes. It soothes injured skin with its inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also moisturizes the skin to reduce pain as the injury heals! To use aloe vera, get it fresh straight from the source! Just slice open an aloe vera stem and scrape the gel. Apply the gel on the affected area and let it dry on its own. Repeat several times per day until the skin heals completely.
Tea Tree Oil
Apart from healing acne breakouts and inflammation, tea tree oil is also an excellent remedy for occasional skin injuries. This healing oil is teeming with antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Just dab a little of the oil on the affected area before dressing the wound. Tea tree oil is guaranteed to bring down inflammation and curb infection.
Raw Coconut Oil
This kitchen staple is a miraculous skin healer thanks to its antibacterial and antioxidant properties! It will soothe inflamed, painful skin laceration. It will also speed up healing for faster recovery. Just apply a little of the oil over the affected area. Then, dress the wound and continue applying each time you change the bandage.
Another kitchen staple, turmeric is a popular spice that imparts a distinct color and foavor to your favorite dishes. But we bet you didn’t know that turmeric is a skin healer too! Thanks to its amazing antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, turmeric reduces pain, stops bleeding and prevents infection.
To stop blood flowing from a cut, dab enough turmeric powder to cover the wound. Press gently with a clean cloth until bleeding stops. To heal scrapes and cuts, add a teaspoon of turmeric with enough water to make a paste. Apply on the affected area then leave on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water then repeat for several days until the skin heals.