After cutting myself on a piece of dried sweet potato last week and having a juvenile ground squirrel latch on to my leg yesterday, I'm finally willing to accept that I am extremely injury-prone. The time has come for we as a community to develop a non-toxic but highly effective antibiotic ointment.
So far, the only idea I have is some combination of honey and coconut oil, both of which are supposedly antimicrobial in nature.
Anyone have any other ideas for what ingredients would be effective? I can try the various iterations on the numerous cuts I will undoubtedly get from sharpened food and confused woodland creatures.
Aloe vera: Aloe reduces inflammation and feels soothing, plus it’s antibacterial. It contains allantoin, a substance that stimulates cellular proliferation; studies have shown it to hasten wound healing.
Plantains: This weed contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory substances and the tissue-knitting substance allantoin. Tear a leaf and you’ll see it’s also mucilaginous, or gooey. You can mash a few leaves into a poultice and apply to a wound.
We heard from other nurses and even a
vet who have not forgotten this
old-fashioned treatment. One wrote:
“As a nursing student in 1961, I
worked at a small hospital that
routinely used a mixture of milk of
magnesia and sugar to cure bedsores.
It seemed to be successful in many
cases.” Another objected to our
terminology: “Using sugar for bedsores
is not a wives’ tale. I have been a
registered nurse for 45 years. When I
was a student, it was very common
practice to use sugar packs.” The
veterinarian said: “Many wounds have
been shown to heal 3 times faster with
the use of sugar granules on a saline
wet-to-dry bandage. The sugar helps to
pull the bacteria from the wound and
the saline feeds the tissue to promote
rapid healing of therapid healing of the skin beneath
My mother was famous for her poultices made of flax seed and god-knows-what. Once when I stepped on a nail she slapped one on my foot to draw the germy rust out of the puncture.
Whenever we got a chest cold she would mix dry mustard with flour and water and apply it to a piece of flannel cloth, which she folded up and strapped onto our chest. This concoction created heat alright, and likely loosened up the phlegm, but I am pretty sure we just got well again in self defense!
When my younger son got a case of whooping cough despite having had a shot, I made a garlic poultice for his feet (held on with a pair of wool socks). In the morning he had bad breath and no cough.
What is missing a bacteriostat. Natural options are silver or alum(the deodorant rock). With silver at $40 I would pick the alum. Note that it is an astringent. Too much would be a problem in an open wound. At first guess I would go with 95% coconut oil and 5%finely ground alum.
Hydrogen peroxide for minor injuries w slight infection.
Two produces I love instead or neosporin for minor wounds:
Ed's herbal salve from Herb Pharm in Williams, OR.
Baby Balm from Mountain Rose Herb in Eugene, OR.
Recently my mom was advised by her MD to NOT use neosporin on wounds, but an ointment like Aquarphor to keep it moist and speed healing. I believe either ointment above is better than petroleum based products, and the botanical agents prevent infection and promote healing.