Mild burns and cuts can be treated at home; a variety of herbs and plants are useful in this process. Plants that can be grown indoors, like aloe, goldenseal and calendula can be used to treat minor injuries.
If you have burned skin that has blistered, or a cut that is gaping or more than an inch long, traditional medicine may be required. For serious injuries, consult a medical professional.
Aloe vera is a popular succulent in many kitchen herb gardens. It requires little care; water and a sunny window are all it needs to be content. Aloe is used to speed the healing of burns and acts as a cooling pain reliever when applied to irritated or sunburned skin. When using aloe for burns, avoid applying it to open wounds, as the thick plant gel can seal in infection.
To use aloe, simply break or cut off a piece of the plant. Slice it lengthwise with a knife to expose as much of the inner plant material as possible. Squeeze the flesh of the plant to extract the aloe's juice, then rub this gel like liquid on burned skin.
Goldenseal is a perennial and a member of the gardenia family. Its roots can be dried, powdered, and used to treat both cuts and burns. The herb can be grown indoors in a container, and blooms periodically with small, attractive white flowers.
Goldenseal root possesses antiseptic properties and is believed to speed healing. The dried root can be steeped as an infusion, made into a poultice, and then applied to injured skin.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as those with high blood pressure, should avoid using this herb.
Calendula is an annual in the daisy family; the plant is also known as a "pot marigold". Calendula's flowers are used to treat both cuts and burns.
To use calendula to treat injured skin, steep the flowers as a strong infusion or tea, then soak a clean towel with the liquid to form a poultice. Leave the poultice on the injury for 5-10 minutes; repeat several times per day until the wound heals.
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