While on a hike, I was thinking about the potential mishaps or spills of the typical trail runner or hiker (I know, these things I think about). Like how a runner or hiker (or mountain biker for that fact) might run their leg across a branch resulting in a cut or trip over a rock that leaves a chin scrape or runs across a plant, like poison oak, that leaves the skin irritated.
And while I came across the conclusion that every trail runner/hiker/mtb should have a minor first aid kit in their car, camp, or in their pack. It also made me think of many of the natural remedies I’ve used in my life to treat minor skin abrasions, cuts and skin irritations. And how you might find this information valuable.
I think some of the excuses people come up with for not using natural remedies is because we are conditioned to think its supposed to burn to feel its healing effect. Or its not working fast enough. But mother nature is pretty gentle when it comes to treating minor issues brought on the great outdoors.
For my own use, I apply any one of these remedies 3 times a day with a cotton ball. And within 3 days the healing effects are quite significant, in my opinion. Very gentle. And most of them have a relaxing smell.
Give them a try. Keep a small bottle in your first aid kit or medicine cabinet. But as always, especially with the oils, stop using if the treatment causes further irritation. Then give another one on the list a try. Personally, I’ve never had irritation issues with any of them. And have all 6 on hand in my house or garden.
I give you – 6 Natural Remedies to Treat Skin Abrasions:
- Apple Cider Vinegar – With a cotton ball, apply the apple cider vinegar directly to the cut or abrasion to help stop bleeding, cut down on infection, and speed up healing. Repeat application 3 times a day. And make sure to use raw, organic apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s ACV is a great brand and is great for other uses, too.).
- Lavender Oil – While lavender is known to induce relaxation through aromatherapy. It is also a great antiseptic and antifungal agent. Never ingest and only use topically. But try a skin test first, as some experience minor skin irritations due to the plant containing camphor.
- Tea Tree Oil – the natural chemicals in tea tree oil kills bacteria and fungus. Use it topically by applying with a cotton ball to the abrasion or affected area. I happen to love the smell of tea trea oil. But many of friends say its reminiscent of a pine scented cleaner and back away. So be aware of its potentially strong smell or use it to keep your enemies at bay. Ha!
- Aloe Vera – As a child, my mother always had an aloe plant in her garden pretty much just for this cause – to treat minor skin abrasions and sunburns. Aloe vera is a soothing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial remedy. Break off a bit of the aloe plant and apply the cut piece of aloe directly to the skin irritation. Or the local drug store sells it by the bottle.
- Witch Hazel – Use this an an astringent to minor skin abrasions. Because of witch hazel being high in tannins, it works to dry and tighten the skin. It can also help control minor bleeding left from an abrasion when applied topically. Buy the witch hazel toner as it does not contain alcohol as an ingredient.
- WellinHand Therapy Oil – During the Natural Products Expo West conference, I sat next to the founder, Linda Doby, of this company WellinHand Action Remedies and she gave me a bottle of Therapy Oil. I can’t rave about it enough!
It contains a mixture of 100% natural and certified vegan ingredients (Arnica, Calendula, Betula, Ho Shou Wu, and pure essential oils are carefully blended in a soothing base of St. John’s Wort Flower Oil, Olive, and Sweet Almond Oils). It has a mild lavender smell. And works great for a myriad of issues.
I specifically use it behind the ears as an aromatherapy relaxation to help me sleep. On skin irritations. And now I just found out it supposed to work for under-eye bags!
Do you use any of these remedies in your home? Which is your favorite?
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