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10 Medic for Minor Wounds

by Jennifer Cumberland, BSN RN

No matter how careful you are, you cannot escape minor cuts or wounds in life. A wound in which skin is torn, cut or punctured is known as a minor wound. It can include cuts, scrapes, incisions, puncture wounds, minor burns and pressure sores.

Causes of Minor Wounds

In most cases, these types of wounds are caused due to accidents or injuries. There are certain risk factors that may make a person more prone to wounds like:

  • Age
  • Illness
  • Steroid use
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive smoking

Symptoms of Minor Wounds

Some of the symptoms that accompany wounds include:

  • Bleeding
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Pus
  • Pain
  • Tenderness

When to See a Doctor

A wound that requires medical attention can include any of the following symptoms:

  • Inability to properly cleanse the wound
  • Inability to control the bleeding
  • Inability to properly close and cover the wound
  • A deep wound
  • Signs of infection (heat, redness, pus, and pain)
  • Any wound that will not heal

All wounds need proper care to prevent infection. Minor wounds can be healed at home with natural treatments. But serious, deep or infected, wounds require a doctor’s care.

Here are the top 10 ways to treat minor wounds.

1. Clean the Wound

Proper cleaning of a wound is essential to ensure optimal healing. The easiest way to clean minor wounds is with clean running water.[3]


Use cool water, under moderate pressure, and mild soap to wash the wounded area for 10 to 15 minutes. If you do not have filtered water, use boiled and cooled water, or distilled water.

This will help remove as much dirt, debris, and bacteria as possible. Gently pat the area dry using a clean towel, and then cover it with a sterile dressing or bandage.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can effectively heal wounds due to its amazing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and healing properties. Coconut oil can also keep infections at bay and prevent scarring.

  1. Apply extra-virgin coconut oil on the wounded area.
  2. Put a bandage over it to seal in the moisture.
  3. Reapply coconut oil and change the bandage 2 or 3 times a day.
  4. Follow this remedy for several days to prevent scarring.

3. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac, also known as neem, has a high content of essential fatty acids that build collagen, help maintain skin elasticity, and promote wound healing. Plus, it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

neem for minor wounds

  • Blend and extract the juice of a handful of neem leaves. Mix 1 tablespoon of this neem juice and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to form a paste. Apply this paste on the wound. Leave it on for several hours, and rinse with warm water. Reapply again and repeat for several days.
  • Alternatively, grind equal amounts of neem leaves, turmeric, and Chebulic myrobalan (Hartaki) together with a little lime juice. Apply it to the wound and allow it to dry. Follow this remedy 2 or 3 times a day.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic agent that can be used to heal minor wounds and prevent infection.

According to a study published in the Journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, the curcumin in turmeric improves wound healing by modulating collagen and decreasing reactive oxygen species.

  • If there is slight bleeding, you can apply some turmeric powder directly on the wound to help control the bleeding.
  • To promote optimal healing, mix ½ tablespoon of turmeric in enough linseed (also known as flaxseed) oil to form a paste. Apply it on the wound 2 or 3 times a day to reduce pain and prevent infection.
  • Mix ½ tablespoon of turmeric powder into enough coconut oil to make into a paste and apply 2 to 3 times a day to the affected area.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has long been used to treat wounds. It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties.

Also, its gel is rich in phytochemicals that can ease the pain, reduce inflammation, increase the moisture content in the skin and promote healing.

On the downside, scientific studies about its effectiveness show mixed results. In one study, aloe vera even seemed to delay healing in a surgical wound.

  1. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and extract the gel.
  2. Apply this gel on the wound and allow it to dry on its own.
  3. Clean the area with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  4. Repeat several times a day until the wound heals completely.

6. Garlic

Garlic has been used to treat wounds for years due to its antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. It can stop bleeding, reduce pain and promote healing. Also, garlic boosts the body’s natural defenses to prevent infection.

  • In case of slight bleeding, clean wound with water and apply a few crushed garlic cloves on the injury.
  • To help the wound heal, crush a few garlic cloves into a paste, and spread it on a piece of sterile gauze. Put the dressing over the wound and wrap a sterile bandage around it. Leave it on for 20 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Repeat twice daily until the wound heals entirely.

7. Calendula

Calendula can also be used to treat minor wounds. Calendula has anti-inflammatory and mild antimicrobial properties that can reduce inflammation and pain as well as encourage quick healing.

  • Crush fresh calendula flowers to extract the juice. Apply this extract on the wound 2 or 3 times a day.
  • You can also buy a calendula salve at any health food stores and apply it on your wound as directed.

8. Plantains

Plantains contain natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Plantains help heal minor wounds and can reduce associated itching and pain.

  1. Grind a handful of fresh plantain leaves into a paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the wound.
  3. Allow to dry, and rinse it off with warm water.
  4. Follow remedy several times a day until the wound is healed.

9. Honey

Along with the indefinite shelf life of honey, it is also antimicrobial and antibacterial in nature, which makes it excellent for treating wounds.

While all kinds of honey have the healing properties, the honey that is produced from the manuka bush (tea tree), known as manuka honey and native to New Zealand is known to have the highest concentration of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

  1. Spread honey across the cleaned wound.
  2. Repeat 2-3 times in a day.

10. Sugar

Sugar, also known as glucose, dextrose, fructose, galactose, sucrose, maltose, and lactose, has high osmolality. It can draw fluid out of the wound, and reduce water content in the wound, thereby inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Sugar is also helpful in removing the dead tissue while preserving the live tissue.

  1. Mix 3 parts of powdered sugar with 1 part of cooking oil uniformly.
  2. Apply a thick layer of this mixture on the cleaned wound.
  3. While the sugar dehydrates the bacteria and kills it, the oil will cover the outer bacterial membrane and thereby prevent the entry of bacteria or water into the wound.

Bonus Tip- Eat Healthy

Many vitamins and minerals can help in the healing process of different types of wounds.

  • Eat zinc-based foods like whole grains, meats, shellfish, dairy, eggs, nuts, and seeds to stimulate wound healing.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin A like carrots, sweet potatoes, greens, cantaloupe, pumpkin, apricots, and tomatoes to promote new cell growth.
  • Eat vitamin C-rich foods like broccoli, grapefruits, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, and bell peppers to help increase the body’s ability to make collagen and new skin tissues.
  • Eat foods with vitamin E like wheat germ, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and oil, almonds and spinach to promote healing.
  • Eat foods with B-complex vitamins like whole grains, meat, eggs, cheese, spinach, legumes, and fish to aid wound healing and skin health.

Additional Tips for Wound Healing

  • Apply ice to the affected area if there is bruising or swelling to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking as they can delay healing.
  • Soak a cloth in witch hazel and cover the wound to reduce swelling and speed up recovery.
  • Keep the wound clean and exposed to open air at regular intervals.
  • Do not scratch or excessively touch wounds as it can cause infection.
  • Avoid stress if possible, stress may slow healing.
  • If your doctor allows, do some light exercise to increase blood flow and supply nutrients to the site of wound.[17]


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10 Medic for Minor Wounds was last modified: October 6th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies

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