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.
On how to make homemade herbal ointments (I'd think you could sub out paraffin wax with coconut oil): http://www.savvyhomemade.com/homemade-ointments.html
And another site for ointments: http://www.suite101.com/content/making-herbal-ointments-at-home-a165676
I know you already said honey - but that can get spendy if you are accident prone. I have read all sorts of good things about using good ol' fashioned sucrose to pack wounds for scarless healing. Yup, white table sugar. Maybe this is another reason it keeps popping up as an ingredient in homemade facials too.
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.