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Naturally Treating Cuts And Scrapes

Roxanne May 11, 2013
Naturally Treating Cuts & ScrapesPhoto by Jessie Millian

By Roxanne King, Contributing Writer

Editors Note: This post was originally published in the fall of last year. Due to it”s popularity I wanted to share it again. 🙂

Children love playing outside running around in the yard or even just laying in the grass. Outside play is so important for their development and brings nature into their everyday life. Cuts and scrapes are inevitable for toddlers and younger children. Toddlers are still a little unsteady on their feet and younger children are just getting brave enough to try new things that may cause a spill. Treating a cut or scrape naturally is just as easy as treating it the conventional way. It”s really just a matter of stocking your first aid kit with natural options.

Why Conventional Treatments Aren’t Ideal

Common conventional first aid options include antibiotic creams and petroleum based products. The widespread use of antibiotic creams and washes lead to resistant bacteria such as MSRA. Cuts can safely be treated with natural alternatives that won”t have these long term effects on our population. Read more about the dangers of anti-bacterial products in my other post, Hand Sanitizers: Good or Bad? Petroleum based products are not a good choice for our environment and also have negative health effects. Petroleum creates a barrier on the skin and blocks pores from breathing. It has also been said that it could be carcinogenic.

These conventional first aid creams are not any more effective then their natural alternatives. In my experience the natural remedies have worked better then things I have used in the past before I knew anything about holistic health and all natural alternatives. Just recently, my daughter had a scrape on her knee that started looking a little red and puffy. We continuously applied one of my homemade ointments and it cleared up quickly.

Effective Natural Treatments

With any cut or scrape the first thing to do is to simply clean the area with plain soap and water. Once the area is clean you can treat with a natural ointment or other remedy and cover with a bandage. These are my go to options for natural treatments:

  • Homemade Tea Tree Oil Ointment (recipe below) – Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial. This is my number one go to choice for minor wounds. It is very easy to apply and it can be kept with you in a small tin for playground emergencies.
  • Manuka Honey – This is some amazing stuff. It can be used on cuts, scrapes, and bug bites. Raw Manuka Honey has been said to clear MSRA infections. It is a very safe alternative to antibacterial creams that is more effective.
  • Homemade GSE Boo Boo Spray – This is another very easy thing to make and use. This is great to use if you don”t have a bandage or if your child doesn’t want to wear one. It can be easily spritzed onto the wound a multiple times a day. Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) and Tea Tree Oil or Lavender Oil.

How to Make Your Own Ointment

Making your own ointment is very easy and inexpensive. The added benefit of making your own is that you know exactly what is in it and you know it is safe to use on your children.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup liquid oil (meaning it doesn’t solidify) like olive oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil, sweet almond oil, etc.
  • 2 tbsp. shaved beeswax
  • 10 drops tea tree oil (The best essential oils I have used are from Young Living)
Fill a glass measuring cup with the oils and the beeswax. Place in a double boiler. Heat on low until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir. Add the tea tree oil. Pour into metal 1 0z metal tins. Makes 6 tins.

What are your go to natural treatments for cuts and scrapes? Have you tried any of the things I’ve mentioned before?

 

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Roxanne and her family live a holistic lifestyle, eating healthy whole foods, practicing yoga, and using natural remedies and alternative medicine. After a career in the fashion industry in New York, Roxanne went back to school and was trained as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and started her own business helping other moms to create their own holistic lifestyle. On any given day Roxanne can be found cooking and creating delicious healthy recipes, creating handmade natural beauty products, practicing yoga and meditation, learning about the latest information on nutrition and health, or having fun with her daughter and husband. Read more from Roxanne on her blog The Holistic mama
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