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Skin wounds or injuries, like cuts, abrasions, and punctures, are often marked by bleeding, swelling, pain, and if infected, by pus formation. Bacteria and foreign elements that penetrate the skin through the skin tear can cause infections and hamper the body’s capability to heal the wound.

The body’s natural reaction to a skin wound is to cover the cut with a protective layer, a scab, to prevent the infestation of harmful bacteria. Medicinal herbs have been found to be effective in helping heal wounds through their antibacterial, disinfectant, and healing properties.

A physician, however, should always be consulted when wounds are major, near joints or the groin, contains a foreign object, or is not healing promptly.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

A powerful natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial remedy, grapefruit-seed extract can be used to reduce pain and promote the healing of skin wounds. Treat wounds with a few drops of the undiluted extract.

Chickweed and Dandelion Leaves

Ground or chewed and then applied to a wound, dandelion and chickweed leaves have been known to heal skin cuts and punctures.

Tree-Tea Oil

Famous for its disinfecting properties, tree-tea oil (1 part mixed with 5 parts calendula oil) applied three times day can help kill germs, dissolve pus, and heal skin wounds.

St. John’s Wort Oil

Used extensively to relieve pain and trauma, St. John’s wort oil can be applied to a fresh wound to reduce inflammation, redness, and tenderness.

Herbal Infusion

Combine equal parts of chamomile, calendula, comfrey and St. John’s wort -- the herbs that are known to disinfect, relieve pain, and promote healing. Mix two tablespoons of the herbal blend in a cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and cool the infusion, and then dip a linen cloth to serve as a dressing. Apply the moistened cloth on the wound and keep it in place with a gauze bandage. Change the dressing once or twice a day.

Please be aware that herbal mixtures can lead to infections in the wound causing serious damage.