Foods for Healing Cuts, Scrapes, and Other Minor Wounds

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Foods for Healing Cuts, Scrapes, and Other Minor Wounds

Food benefits the body in many ways and foods for healing cuts, scrapes, and other minor wounds are not difficult to locate. Bumps, bruises, scrapes, and cuts are a part of life. Some of us have received more than our fair share and no matter how careful we might be, they just seem unavoidable at times. Although severe wounds or injuries may warrant a trip to the emergency room, many wounds can be treated at home with foods you may find in your refrigerator or cupboard.

Protocol for Healing Cuts, Scrapes, and Other Minor Wounds

The first order of business for healing cuts, scrapes, and other minor wounds is to stop the bleeding. A sprinkling of sugar or turmeric powder can be used for this purpose. Ice can also be carefully rubbed on the wound. Ice will constrict the blood vessels and allow the blood to clot.

Cleansing is the second thing that should be done. Soap and water is the best cleanser. Use fragrance-free soap, if possible. Also use a clean cloth, paper towel, or cotton swab.  If you have been eating a nutrient-rich diet, the wound should be able to heal on its own with little effort on your part. If your body is lacking in nutrients, the wound may take longer to heal but you can use foods to build the immune system and promote healing.

Foods for Healing Cuts, Scrapes, and Other Minor Wounds

The following foods are good for healing wounds and are not difficult to locate in your local supermarket if you don’t already have them on hand.

  • Garlic — Garlic has natural antibacterial effects. Crushed garlic can be applied to cuts or scrapes to prevent infection.
  • Cloves — Cloves can also be used to keep germs away. It has a spicy scent and is rich in eugenol. Eugenol has antiseptic as well as painkilling properties.
  • Thyme — Thyme is another natural antiseptic. It has been used successfully for years for burns and other skin wounds.
  • Citrus fruits — Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit contain vitamin C, which is important for healing. Vitamin C is also important for building the immune system.
  • Pineapple — Pineapple contains bromelain, which is good for healing wounds.
  • Cranberries — Cranberries contain hippuric acid, which is helpful for pulling toxins out of the infected area.
  • Spinach — Spinach promotes healing due to the zinc it contains. Zinc helps with the growth and repair of tissues.
  • Honey — Honey can be used to seal out dirt. It is also a great antiseptic. It not only cleanses the wound, it is very soothing.
  • Calendula — Calendula tea is good for promoting healing of cuts and even scars.

Do you know of any foods for healing cuts, scrapes, and other minor wounds? Please share them below.

 

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Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk "health" with you. View all posts with Health Tips.