Most cuts or scrapes are harmless and go away after a few days, but sometimes they can become infected which is why it’s important try to promote healing
First-aid: What to Do When You Get a Cut
1. Wash your hands. This helps avoid infection.
2. Stop the bleeding. Hold pressure onto the wound, preferably with a clean material such as cloth or gauze. Keep the pressure for several minutes until the bleeding stops completely.
3. Clean the wound. The most effective way to clean a cut is to use water. Soap can irritate the injury. Use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove the particles.
4. Use a natural antiseptic. To prevent infection, try using a variety of natural items, such as those listed below.
5. Cover the wound. Bandages can help keep the wound clean and keep harmful bacteria out. If the injury is just a minor scrape, or scratch, leave it uncovered.
How to speed healing cuts using natural remedies
Several studies show that chamomile is very effective in speeding the rate of healing. It helps to kick start the body’s natural healing processes and regenerate tissue.
Look for tinctures or natural products containing chamomile at your local health foods grocery, or make a compress out of chamomile tea (you can even put the teabags directly on minor cuts).
Honey has been shown to help speed wound healing. It is an ideal dressing for wounds as it fights infection, reduces inflammation, and provides a moist healing environment all in one natural substance.
Manuka honey may be the best option. To use, spread a thin layer of raw honey on your bandage before covering the cut.
Tea Tree Oil
Apply tea tree oil to cuts and scrapes daily. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties.
Gooseberry or Amla Paste
Amla paste is an old Indian remedy to prevent scar tissue. The best effect is obtained when you use the paste on newly-healed wounds. You could buy a ready-made paste or the powder to make your own paste. Mix the powder with water or olive oil for a better effect. Massage the paste into your skin, let set for a while and rinse with cold water afterwards.
A few other tips to keep in mind when trying to fade or heal scars: don’t pick at your wounds when they are healing as it will worsen the appearance of your scar. While trying one of the above mentioned remedies, try to rub your scar with ice for 15 minutes every day. Why ice? Well this will help with the swelling and promotes faster healing. But be careful not to burn your skin and always put the ice in a cloth and not directly onto your skin.