Herbs, from aloe to ice, are excellent treatments for everyday injuries. Most everyone had their share of accidental cuts and burns, from childhood on through adulthood, and most would be considered minor. If you have a serious injury, that is, if you are severely burned or are bleeding profusely, you should call your doctor promptly.
In most cases, however, a minor injury will heal quite nicely on its own, and there are numerous natural remedies that can both soothe the pain and promote healing.
The following are herbs that can help to speed up the healing process.
Aloe Vera – Of the more 600 species of aloe, the most currently popular is aloe Vera. Aloe vera has been renowned for its would healing properties as far back as the fourth century B.C, and it is benefits re touted in the writings of Hippocrates, the “father” of modern medicine.
Legend has it that Cleopatra used aloe gel taken straight from the plant to keep her skin smooth and supple. We rediscovered aloe in 1935, when an American medical journal reported the case of a woman whose x-ray burns were successfully treated with aloe gel. Aloe vera contains a number of compounds necessary for wound healing, including vitamin C and E, two potent antioxidants, and varying amounts of proteins, complex carbohydrates, glucose, and vitamins an minerals, all of which are essential for the growth of new cells.
Various studies have documented that this herb penetrates injured tissue, relieves pain, is anti flammatory and increases the blood supply to the injured area. Aloe may also help to stimulate the growth of new skin.
Some people keep aloe plants at home to provide a readily available source of treatment of burns and other wounds. A wide variety of aloe creams and gels are sold at a natural food stores and i think that one should be in everyone’s medicine cabinets.
Calendula – Calendula is an essential oil that can be used externally to soother burns and promote healing of wounds. Calendula creams are sold in natural food stores.
Comfrey – This herb was used by the early Greeks and Romans to heal wounds. In the 17th century, English herbalist Nicholas Culpeper recommended comfrey roots for wounds, sores, and broken bones. Comfrey contains allantoin, a compound that promotes the growth of new cells. Allantoin is the active ingredient in several other the counter skin creams, and prescription skin preparations.
There is some controversy surrounding comfrey because researchers discovered it contains carcinogenic and liver damaging chemicals, and while it may be advisable to not take this herb internally, but is safe and useful when used externally on wounds.
Bromelain – Bromelain is a protein digesting enzyme ground found in pineapple that is also a proven anti in pineapple that is also a proven anti inflammatory that can help to speed up the healing process.