What do you do if you’re out for a hike and get a cut in the woods?

A minor scrape might be something you can ignore and let scab over.

But what if it’s deeper, and there’s a good amount of blood flowing?

Luckily there’s a few readily available plants that have great anti-microbial and anti-coagulant properties.

Let’s jump in…

INGREDIENTS

Raw Honey  

Make sure you get a tub of raw honey for your home.

Raw honey is great of any type of infection, cut or burn. Packed full of antibacterial and healing properties.

It can also draw gravel out of “road rash” type scrapes.

Yarrow

This grows everywhere in the Wild.

You may also transplant it into your garden so you have easy access at home.

Both the leaves and flowers are great for antibacterial and anti-coagulant properties.

This plant actually saved me on the show Alone.

I cut my knuckle off right down to the bone.

I didn’t have anything with me, so I used Yarrow. I powered it up, and put it on my cut.

It’s an anti-coagulant, so it helped stop the bleeding, and then I made a bath because I had water.

I stuck my finger in there every hour for 20 minutes.

And now I barely have a scar.

But, being out there, with no medical help… it could have turned bad really quickly. However Yarrow was all I needed to stop the bleeding, cleanse, and ultimately heal the wound.

Actually…

The bath I made contained one other plant.

That was…

Usnea

Another one you can find everywhere.

It’s great for soaking up blood, and putting straight on an infection.

Freshness test: To check its freshness, simply pull the strands and look closely to see if there’s a small white rubber band that pulls apart with it.

Comfrey

This is popular for treating infections.

The one word of caution here is if you’re treating a deep infection.

Comfrey will often heal from the outside in, opposed to inside out.

Sealing in the infection. That’s why I personally don’t recommend it, nor do I put it in my first-aid salve for that exact reason.

PRE-MADE

If you’d prefer not to mess around with these ingredients.

And simply want to a pre-made salve to take with you on the go…

Check out my pre-made salve here.

If you want to make it yourself, check out the first aid salve video supplied with this course.

Either way, feel better knowing that there’s an abundance of antibacterial, and anti-coagulant plants out there to use when needed.

Until next time…

Stay healthy,

Dr. Nicole Apelian

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