Successful treatment of difficult wounds requires an understanding of the entire person, not just the wound. Life’s little boo boo’s can be serious injuries for people with poor circulation or one of any number of chronic diseases. Over the years we have found several herbal supports which aid in quickly healing even the most stubborn wounds.
The Infection Salve has been renamed by many of our members as the “Healing Salve”. The reason is how fast wounds heal when this salve is applied. The slowest healing wounds disappear in days instead of weeks or months. The herbs in this formula not only fight infection but also work to knit the skin and tissue back together.
Ensuring adequate oxygen and nutrition to the wound
First Aid: The use of Cayenne topically right into the wound as soon as a break in the skin is detected will greatly speed healing. Cayenne will instantly arrest (stop) even the worst bleeding while continuing to stimulate circulation in and around the wound.
Local constriction of the veins and vessels are the usual reason for lack of good oxygen to the wound. Constriction can result because the affected area is kept too cold, driving the blood deeper into the tissue, away from the skin’s surface. The nutrient rich blood is also unable to properly feed the affected area.
Bleeding Control: Anytime there is a break in the skin the first priority is to stop bleeding. This is quickly done by flushing the wound with a liquid Cayenne extract or packing with a strong cayenne powder directly into the wound. Apply pressure until the bleeding as stopped. Depending on the severity of the wound pressure need only be applied for a minute or two for the bleeding to cease. Use as much cayenne as needed to control bleeding.
Infection: An infected or inflamed wound will not heal. When dealing with old wounds of any kind that refuse to close and heal apply the “Infection Poultice” consisting of Charcoal and ground Flax seed to purify and clear any bacteria or infection. Apply poultice as directed in the Infection Information sheet. Normally one application will clear any issue allowing the wound to close and heal.
Prevent infection by flushing any break in the skin with Cayenne and applying the Infection Salve under the bandage. Remember when using Cayenne to purify and stop bleeding use only cloth bandages or Band-Aids. The natural fiber will allow the skin to breathe preventing the Cayenne from heating up the skin. When the wound is covered with a plastic or suffocating fiber the cayenne will feel hot under the bandage.
Deep Wounds, or Gouges; once bleeding is under control make a paste using the “Healing Poultice” and water. Fill the open wound with the Healing Poultice and cover with gauze or other natural fiber bandage. The poultice will often harden forming an herbal protective scab over the wound. The poultice material may or may not flush out when bathing. If the material does flush out when bathing repack the area and recover as needed. If the scab formed holds in place add more of the herbal poultice as needed to the top of the wound. The body will absorb the herbal poultice mix into itself using these nutrients to grow new flesh as needed. The wound will become shallower as the flesh fills in. In many cases there is no scaring of the skin after the healing is completed.
Decubitus Ulcers: Flush or Soak the affected area with Hot Cayenne Water. This is made with ½ teaspoon Cayenne tincture to each Gallon of Hot Water used. This will stimulate circulation into and around the wound. After the soaking if the wound is deep pack it with the “Healing Poultice” and “Infection Salve”. Each day soak the affected area in Hot Cayenne Water reapplying the “Healing Poultice” as needed.
When dealing with feet Ulcers the cayenne soak is a simple procedure. Decubitus Ulcers on the back and bottom of the person are a bit harder to treat. In the case of these soak a towel in the hot cayenne water and lay over the affected area changing as needed when application cools down. Allow the hot towel application to continue for ½ hour before applying the Healing poultice and bandage.
Note: Using the Infection salve around and in the Ulcers speeds the healing. It can be tricky getting the poultice to stay in the wound with the oily salve coating the area. Only using the salve around the top of the ulcer is helpful.
Abrasions & Scrapes: Clean well using a good soap and flushing with water. Dabbing the liquid Cayenne extract over the scrapes will speed healing and ease the skin’s discomfort. Using the BF&C Salve or the Infection Salve will prevent infection and speed healing.
An Abrasion can cause serious issues particularly to the paper thin skin of the elderly. Stop the bleeding with Cayenne and properly clean the wound as needed. Apply the Infection Salve and bandage as needed. In most cases the skin will heal in a day or two using this procedure.
Puncture wounds: Drip Cayenne directly into the wound this will not only stop the bleeding but will disinfect the wound. Bandage with the infection Salve. For deep wound infection use the Charcoal/Flax Seed Poultice (Infection Poultice) overnight then bandage as normal with the Infection Salve.