Bumps and Bruises – Natural Remedies for the Common Ouch #WellbeingWednesday
The summer is such a wonderful time to be outdoors, but it is also a time we see an increase in minor accidents causing bruises, bumps, scrapes, cuts, burns and bites. Conventional medicine is limited when it comes to healing these situations, relying mostly on time to heal wounds or antibiotic creams to ward away infections. I’m happy to share with you natural treatment options that can speed up the healing process, so everyone can get back to having lots of outdoor summer fun.
This is a great remedy to take at the onset of an accident. This product has been researched to reduce anxiety and stress in acute situations, calming an emotionally upset individual, immediately. This is one remedy I always have in my handbag. You simply place a few drops directly under the tongue. It is safe at any age, excellent for children, and can be taken with any medication.
Arnica, is a well known homeopathic remedy, used acutely when trauma occurs. It is the first remedy to be thought of when hurt, as it not only works on an emotional level by relieving shock, but physically by reducing inflammation, swelling and bleeding, accelerating the healing process. It’s amazing for bruises, cuts and broken bones to help them heal quicker. It can be purchased for internal or external use and is safe to use at any age and with any medication.
This beautiful yellow herb is from the pot marigold flower. It has been used for centuries by Native cultures and is one of the best herbs to heal minor wounds and skin irritations. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-fungal properties and is perfect for superficial cuts, wounds, bruises, burns and rashes. You can purchase calendula as a cream, lotion or salve and can apply it to the affected area. It’s very gentle and soothing to the skin and can be used even on a newborn’s skin.
Fresh aloe, is a classic burn remedy that goes back in time. Research shows, that aloe heals partially burned skin faster when compared to other methods. Aloe’s medicinal properties help relieve pain and itch, and reduces both bleeding time and healing time. This is a great medicinal plant to have at home where you simply cut the leaves or you can purchase aloe in a gel form and apply as needed.
Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree is a great oil to apply directly to any cuts or scrapes, for its anti-bacterial and disinfectant properties of cleaning the skin. You can purchase the oil diluted as you don’t want to apply the undiluted oil directly on the skin.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender oil has been used as a bug repellent for centuries and can also prevent bites from mosquitoes and other insects. The diluted oil can also be applied directly to bites to relieve itching and inflammation.
I hope you find these suggestions helpful, not only during the summer months but all year round. Time to have a happy, healthy and safe summer season with lots of outdoor fun.
You can find these products around the neighbourhood? Try these great Local Shops:
Evergreen Natural Foods – 513 St. Clair Avenue West
Noah’s Natural Foods – 322 Bloor St W, 2395 Yonge Street
Qi Natural Foods – 1001 Eglinton Ave W
QLiving – 1622 Bayview Avenue
Rachel Schwartzman is a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist and birth doula. She is passionate about bringing health to children and families in simple and effective ways. rachelschwartzman.com