Are there plants that can cure and heal wounds?

01 October, 2020
The medicinal properties of some plants that heal wounds are a great aid in the process of cell regeneration. Find out how.

There’s a great variety of plants that heal wounds. Not only do they help protect it from external factors but they also provide nutrients to keep it healthy and fresh. In addition, there are specific plant varieties that promote efficient wound healing.

Of course, we’re talking about superficial wounds such as small cuts, chafing, and minor burns. Seek medical attention for any serious lesions that are visible to the naked eye. Here are 3 remedies made with plants that heal wounds for you to try.

Be careful, if you suffer from allergies, have sensitive skin, or suffer from any dermatological disorder such as dermatitis or psoriasis. In these cases, avoid resorting to remedies without the authorization of your dermatologist.

Here are the three alternatives you can try in case of an emergency if your doctor authorizes it.

1. Aloe vera: The most common option

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Aloe vera gel is a great moisturizer and also as part of the treatment of wounds, burns, and skin irritations. This pulp contains more than just water; it also contains acidic mucilage, organic salts, enzymes, saponins, tannins, vitamins, and a variety of minerals.

  • The topical application of aloe vera gel stimulates your body’s production of collagen. This process improves healing and angiogenesis, which is the formation of new tissue to heal a wound.
  • Thanks to the findings of several studies, it’s also known that this plant has therapeutic effects that help reduce both pain and inflammation.
  • You might be interested to know that aloe contains aloe emodin, an organic compound that fights viruses and bacteria. This allows it to heal wounds quickly and without the risk of infection.

Read: 6 Ways to Use Aloe Very for Better Health

Means of application:

According to popular belief, an excellent and easy way to take advantage of the properties of aloe vera is to freeze it. Here’s how:

  • Take a stalk from the aloe vera plant and cut it in half, lengthwise.
  • Remove all of the translucent gel from the inside and place it in ice cube trays.
  • Once you’ve filled the tray, put it in the freezer.
  • The gel will retain all of its properties while frozen. Whenever you need it, all you need to do is remove one of the cubes.

Cold aloe vera can be a great therapy for minor bruising.

2. Asian Centella is a great ally for skin and circulation

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Asian Centella is a medicinal herb used in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, sores, simple burns, and even small open wounds. This plant, which is very common throughout the Asian sub-continent, contains something that’s also found in the aloe plant: Saponins.

Thanks to these compounds, it can promote healing and even improve circulation to stimulate the production of collagen. It’s common for pharmaceutical companies to add this ingredient to topical treatments.

Read also Black Seed and Its Healing Powers

Application of the Asian centella

Before applying homemade poultices with Asian centella leaves, it is best to consult a doctor. That way, you’ll be able to avoid any adverse reactions (redness, irritation, itching, etc.).

On the other hand, it’s a good idea to evaluate resorting to a pharmaceutical product that contains centella. That way, you’ll have more security and avoid adverse reactions.

3. Plants that heal wounds – chamomile

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Chamomile is one of the plants that can help you heal and scar your wounds.

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) approved the use of chamomile a few years ago. When used topically, this herb is very effective when it comes to healing wounds, treating eczema, and alleviating all types of inflammation.

In addition, among its advantages is the fact that it’s antiallergenic. Below, we explain how to take advantage of its benefits.

How to apply chamomile:

This is very easy. The first thing you need to do is buy some dried chamomile from a natural store or herbalist. Or, you could use tea bags.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp of dried chamomile
  • 1/2 c. of water

Preparation

  • Heat the water and when it reaches a boil, add the tablespoon of dried chamomile.
  • Once you have let it steep, strain off the liquid and save it.
  • While it’s still warm, use a cotton pad to apply this healing, medicinal liquid to the wound.
  • You can repeat these steps several times a day. It typically has excellent results.

Don’t you love to be able to support the processes that help you heal your wounds with your doctor’s approval? Don’t hesitate to include these plants in your pantry.

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