Cuts and scrapes are a fact of life. Your skin is only so resilient. One of homeopathy’s best uses is in acute injuries; quick sudden symptoms like local pain and minor wounds. A homeopathic emergency kit could in fact be as good as a typical one. In any event, here we show how “Calendula officinalis” and “Hypericum perfoliatum” are great first remedies for a cut or scrape.
1. Calendula Officinalis
A well-known medicinal herb, Calendula is better known as that beaming yellow flower in so many of our flower pots: the marigold. For cuts or scrapes, this is an optimal choice for broken skin that is causing much stronger pain than seems warranted by the size of the wound. It is useful for that particular wound itself, which shares no other symptoms except for the pain felt at the site of injury. Marigold is best used when the wound is relatively fresh and there is no infection.
This is a fast-acting healer. Calendula actually helps the skin to regenerate faster. Normally, wounds take a while to heal so dirt and debris can be washed out before the wound heals over. There’s very little time for that with Calendula, so ensuring the wound is cleaned thoroughly before applying this therapy is essential. Apply a cream or tincture of Calendula to the clean wound and cover with a bandage to keep out dirt and other particles. In cases of serious wounds, clean the wound thoroughly, and apply liquid Calendula lotion to a piece of gauze. Place against the cut. Put some remaining lotion in a clean spray bottle and spray the wound, keeping it damp until all bleeding has stopped. Don’t remove the dressing until the wound is almost healed.
2. Hypericum Perfoliatum
This remedy is distilled from the world famous herb, St. John’s wort. It too can act as a topical treatment for minor cuts and scrapes. This is particularly true if the area where you are injured involves nerves in nearby areas: the lips; eyes; toes; fingers; or near the spine. For this reason, you may be sensitive to pressure and touch. Press hard enough and you might feel shooting pain — that’s a good indication that you’ve touched a nerve. Dirty wounds can even be cleaned with a mixture of water and Hypericum before the cream is applied. Using a compress soaked in the liquid and kept wet could help broken nails heal faster so they develop the right shape instead of becoming gnarled.
Health tip: Look for a brand-name treatment that combines Calendula and Hypericum, called “Hypercal.”
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