There is an obvious difference between a minor cut or abrasion and a deep wound that requires medical attention. A minor cut or abrasion only affects the topmost layer of the skin. There may be some bleeding, but the bleeding will not be profuse. Little nicks, scrapes, and scratches happen all the time in any busy household. A kid falls on the driveway and “skins” his knee, a busy mother nicks her finger while cooking, or a father scrapes his hand will making a home repair.
These injuries are not serious. There is no need to rush to the nearest emergency room for a minor cut or abrasion. You can easily treat cuts and abrasions at home with things that are already in your house — or should be.
The first thing to do is to stop the bleeding if there is bleeding. A little plain granulated table sugar poured on the wound will help to stem the blood flow and let the blood clot. Also raising the cut area higher than the heart will help to stem blood flow.
Once the bleeding has stopped, the cut or abrasion needs to be cleaned and any debris in the wound needs to be removed. (Note: if you cannot remove debris from the wound, see a doctor. Foreign matter leads to infection and must be removed.) Use plain clean water to clean the wound first.
The next step is to disinfect the wound. Plain rubbing alcohol is an excellent disinfectant. It’s true that the alcohol will cause a little burning or stinging, but disinfecting the wound must be done.
More Home Remedies for Abrasions
Turmeric Paste Recipe
1.Mix ¼ teaspoon with a bit water to create the paste.
2.Apply it straight on the wound.
3.Let it dry on the area and don’t cover it.
4.Repeat this twice daily for a couple of days.
Drink a glass of turmeric milk. Turmeric Milk comes from Indian cultures and medicine, turmeric being known as the “healing spice”. Drink a glass in the morning and before going to bed.
Turmeric Milk Recipe
•2 cups almond milk
•1 tablespoon honey
•1 teaspoon ground turmeric
•1 cinnamon stick or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
•a dash of pepper and grated ginger
Aloe Vera has been used as an antiseptic and provides great skin-repairing qualities. It keeps the skin moisturized and helps promote healing.
1.Extract inner gel from a freshly cut leaf .
2.Spread the gel on the wound and leave it on then repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
Honey helps in the fast healing of abrasions. It helps to prevent infection and reduce the chance of scarring.
1.Apply honey on the wounded area and cover with a bandage.
2.Leave it for about an hour.
3.Remove bandage and rinse with warm water.
4.Repeat couple of times daily for a few days.
Coconut oil provides a protective coating and contains moisturizing and healing properties.
1.Apply extra-virgin coconut oil on the abrasion.
2.Let the oil be absorbed by the skin. No rinsing is necessary.
3.Repeat couple of times daily until the wound has completely healed.
Calendula helps mend damaged skin and is a great disinfectant for treating abrasions.
1.Extract the juice from the flowers and spread on the wound and repeat twice daily.
2.You can also use cream or lotion that contains calendula from your local pharmacy.
Plantain leaves contains properties to help prevent infection, itching and pain from abrasions.
1.Grind 3 fresh plantain leaves to create a paste and spread on the wounded area.
3.After it dries, rinse with warm water and repeat twice daily for a few days
Indian lilac is also known as neem and very helpful treating abrasions. It helps in healing, reduces swelling, cleaning the wound and in preventing infection.
1.Use neem oil diluted with olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond oil on the wound and let it dry. Repeat twice daily.
Homemade salves and ointments made with tea tree, calendula and comfrey are effective in treating cuts and abrasions as well. Read On>>