The natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of plantain help heal minor wounds. It can even reduce associated itching or pain.
- Pound a few fresh plantain leaves into a paste.
- Apply the paste on the wound.
- Allow it to dry, then rinse it off with warm water.
- Follow this remedy several times a day until the wound gets better.
10. Eat Healthy
There are several vitamins and minerals that can help in the healing process of different types of wounds.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin A like carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, apricots and tomatoes to promote new cell growth.
- Eat vitamin C-rich foods like broccoli, grapefruits, kiwi, oranges and peppers to help your body make collagen and new skin tissue.
- Eat foods with vitamin E like wheat germ, hazelnuts, almonds and spinach to promote healing.
- Eat zinc-based foods like whole grains, nuts and seeds to stimulate wound healing.
- Eat foods with B-complex vitamins like cheese, spinach, legumes and fish to aid wound healing and skin health.
- Apply ice if there is bruising or swelling to reduce pain.
- Apply lavender essential oil on the affected area to help promote healing.
- Apply tea tree oil after diluting it with olive oil on the wound 3 to 5 times a day.
- Soak a cloth in some witch hazel and apply it to the wound to reduce swelling and speed up recovery.
- Avoid smoking and drinking as it can delay healing.
- Eat healthy and drink ample amounts of water to promote healing.
- Keep the wound clean and exposed to the air at regular intervals.
- Do not pick at wounds as it can cause infection.
- Avoid stress as it may interfere with healing.
- If possible, do some light exercise.
If signs of infection develop, such as increased pain, pus or fever, have the wound examined by a doctor.