I did something really stupid. I got distracted whilst cutting greens yesterday morning and almost cut off the tip of my finger. Ouch, ouch, owieeeeee!
Hurt like the dickens and bled like crazy! Luckily, here on the homestead, we have comfrey on hand for first aid treatments.
Comfrey contains allantoin, a compound that helps heal wounds. Apply fresh, washed and bruised leaves directly to wounds as a poultice, or as a paste of powdered leaves.
It’s easy to make your own herbal poultice
How to Make Your Own Herbal Poultice
–Pick a handful of your desired herb (leaf and/or flower) and either massage and break the herb up with your fingers or chop it finely on a cutting board or in a food processor — or for a real old-school method, chew on it and spit it out (though probably best if you’re going to use this one on yourself, of course. To avoid the ick factor).
–Apply the plant material directly to the wound, scrape or irritated area. If you like, you can wrap a cloth around the poultice to keep it in place.
–Keep it there. For minor issues I might leave the plant material on for 20 minutes, but for more serious issues I will keep it on for many hours or until healing is complete. To keep the poultice strong, I might add in fresh herbs every hour or so.
I fear I won’t be playing guitar any time soon, typing this post is certainly a challenge one finger short. But I am very lucky to still have my fingertip.
Readers, do you grow your own herbs for “first aid” and if so, which are your favorite?
Always, remember to check with your Doctor first before trying any herbs that might infer with your medications.
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