Comfrey is great for treating shallow cuts and grazes. This herb has allantoin that helps heal cuts and grazes. Plus, it promotes the growth of healthy new tissue and reduces the risk of scarring.
- Add 1 tablespoon of dried comfrey to more than 1 cup of hot water. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and allow it to cool. Use this solution to clean the affected area 2 or 3 times a day.
- Fresh comfrey leaves also can be rubbed directly on minor cuts, or you can apply comfrey ointment on the affected area several times a day to promote healing.
Onion has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and helps treat minor cuts quickly. Plus, it has chemicals like sulfur compounds and quercetin that can reduce pain.
- Cut a fresh onion into thick pieces and rub them on the affected skin.
- Repeat several times a day to reduce swelling and speed healing.
- Cover the affected area with an adhesive bandage or gauze-type bandage to promote healing and reduce the chance of scarring. Don’t cover the cut too tightly, as a bit of air circulation is necessary to facilitate healing. Change the bandage daily to prevent infection.
- Keep the area moisturized to speed healing, prevent cracking and reduce the chance of scarring.
- If a scab forms, don’t pick at it as it may lead to infection and interefere with the healing.
- Protect the area from direct sunlight to avoid skin darkening.
- Eat foods rich in vitamins A, C and E to aid in the healing process.
- Boost your protein intake to speed up recovery time.
- Drink plenty of water to keep the body and skin hydrated.
See a doctor if the cut is too deep, bleeding cannot be stopped or there are signs of infection like redness, swelling, pus, fever and extreme pain.