Healing. Slowly, Naturally.

natural-healing-petite-wordsSo last month I decided to give myself a little pre-holiday pedicure but like a totally ham fisted clumsy Ann,  I sliced straight into my toe. My toe was pretty pissed about it and reacted by instantly swelling up and turning crimson red. So I bandaged my giant strawberry toe and hobbled off on my holiday, to Marrakesh, but that’s a whole other story.

So, I let it heal and do its thang, I cleaned the wound with warm water and diluted tea tree oil, which is my absolute go to remedy for any cuts/ enflamed spots etc. It is magic stuff.

But this time my magic cure wasn’t working…. it remained red and it was barely healing, infact it wept.

What can I say, my toe was sad.

But I’ve learnt with age, that there’s NO substitute for knowing your own body. I’ve suffered from infections before and they’ve  felt nasty and this was different….. I just knew my toe was trying, my whole body was trying, they were making an effort to HEAL me.

And it took 3 weeks and many salt soaks,  turmeric root juice and iodine later….. but my toe DID start to heal.

SO this time I said NO to doctors, no to antibiotics, no to chemical creams (antiseptic creams contain a lot fo S***!), and by the help of nature my infection was healed.

You’re probably thinking, wow, 3 weeks to heal a cut, people usually say 3-5 days then see a doctor and even the NHS website says things should start to heal after a ‘few’ days…. but really?

Who’s to say how long I take to heal, who can say how my body will fight… maybe something things just take LONGER. It took me 2 weeks to even begin healing…. and I know (from past experiences) if I’d gone to the doctor, they’d look at the infection and instantly prescribe antibiotics.

AND SO a  little food for thought…Know that we have options, in many cases WE can heal ourselves and don’t you think there’s something magical about that. I’m not saying we should all play doctor BUT equipping ourselves with the knowledge, the ancient knowledge, to know what different herbs can help, what natural remedies may work or what foods could make things better, that’s what we need.

We are given this wondrous body, is it not our duty to know how to take care for it? Like a wily wolf who knows to lick a fresh wound, we too KNOW what to do…deep down we do!

If you’re interested in alternative, chemical free healing, here’s my natural healing remedies for infected cuts/ grazes.

  • Himalayan pink salt: a spoonful in a bowel of warm/ hot water soak your foot until water is cold.
  • Iodine Liquid 12%
  • Raw Turmeric root: I peeled and chopped the root boiled with half and saucepan of water, boil for 10 minutes, until it’s a hearty dark orange. Let it cool, keep in a jar and use when needed. I used it as a rinse direct onto the wound. It’s also great to drink a small cup each day, it seemed to help my healing process.
  • Elevation: Whenever you can elevate you wound, so particularly if it’s a foot or toe issue this is just excellent at reducing the  swelling and giving you wound space to heal.
  • Tea-tree Oil: AMAZING for so many things. I put 3/4 drops in the cap and top up with warm water. Dilute more if you feel necessary and dab onto the wound.

NOTE: There are times when Professional help IS needed, that’s a given and here’s a time and place foe antibiotics.My infection had NOT spread, the red was only in the area of the cut and it was not that painful. IF you see red veins around the infected area, or it’s causing more pain and clearing getting worst you should GO to the doctor that day if possible…. because the infections go too far. In general if something is really not right GO to the doctor/ hospital… lumps bumps, prolonged illness all point to professional intervention.

  • Himalayan pink salt: a spoonful in a bowel of warm/ hot water soak your foot until water is cold.
  • Raw Turmeric root: I peeled and chopped the root boiled with half and saucepan of water, boil for 10 minutes, until it’s a hearty dark orange. Let it cool, keep in a jar and use when needed. I used it as a rinse direct onto the wound. It’s also great to drink a small cup each day, it seemed to help my healing process.
  • Elevation: Whenever you can elevate you wound, so particularly if it’s a foot or toe issue this is just excellent at reducing the  swelling and giving you wound space to heal.
  • Tea-tree Oil: AMAZING for so many things. I put 3/4 drops in the cap and top up with warm water. Dilute more if you feel necessary and dab onto the wound.

 

NOTE: There are times when Professional help IS needed, that’s a given and here’s a time and place foe antibiotics.My infection had NOT spread, the red was only in the area of the cut and it was not that painful. IF you see red veins around the infected area, or it’s causing more pain and clearing getting worst you should GO to the doctor that day if possible…. because the infections go too far. In general if something is really not right GO to the doctor/ hospital… lumps bumps, prolonged illness all point to professional intervention.

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