Long before Solugel and other synthetic products became the common household means to treat wounds, burns, and other typical injuries, housewives and herbalists had their own stock and store of different remedies that were employed as cures for such ailments. Though rudimentary, the effectiveness of such remedies has not dwindled with time. What were originally closely-guarded secrets of every family or school of medicine is today widely available everywhere and often in extremely affordable prices, so much that they’re even found in your very own cupboards. Here are some household remedies that every householder or urban survivalist ought to know:
Three Home Remedies for Every Household Contingency
Apple Cider and Balsamic Vinegar – it may come as a surprise to most people, but both apple cider and balsamic vinegar are powerful and ideal antiseptics for minor grazes and cuts. It may sting a little, but it’s the natural acids found in both types of vinegar are not only traditionally reputed to prevent infection, but also scientifically proven to help alleviate pain and hasten healing. Combined with herbs like rosemary, sage, garlic and thyme either macerated in the vinegar or otherwise slowly brought to a boil, it can likewise be employed to help facilitate the hastening of wound healing while providing some degree of pain relief, or to otherwise treat moist or mildly-infected wounds and mild to moderate scalding or burns.
Honey – not just a delicious treat for you and the kids or a healthier alternative to sugar, honey acts as a powerful antimicrobial, antiseptic, and emollient, making it perfect for treating open wounds and cuts, as well as mild to moderate burns. Long famed since ancient times for its capacity to promote wound healing and skin regeneration, honey is also employed to treat minor skin infections caused by fungi or other microbes. Because of its moisturising properties, it can even be employed to treat problems like eczema and psoriasis. Make sure you employ only raw (un-pasteurised) honey, since the pasteurised stuff don’t possess the same anti-microbial and antiseptic properties (although it can still be used as a nifty emollient and skin toner!).
Lavender essential oil – lavender is something you cannot ever run out of. Reputed since ancient times as a very potent wound-healer, lavender not only helps to disinfect open wounds, lacerations, and even burns, but it likewise soothes the skin and helps to prevent blistering. Its lingering aroma also helps to calm the nerves, thereby providing some measure of pain relief. Useful for eliciting sleep, lavender is perfect for kids who find it difficult to sleep due to a frightful experience that led to a small boo-boo. Lavender oil may be too strong to use on undiluted on extremely sensitive skin, so perform a patch test on the crook of the arm first, or otherwise dilute four to five drops of lavender oil in two tablespoons of virgin coconut or extra virgin olive oil, just to be super-safe.
While Solugel may be the newest and most accessible gel for wounds, scrapes and burns, it does pay to know what you can use as an alternative that can simply be scavenged in your cupboard in the event that you run out of synthetic remedies.
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