Small Cuts and
The first thing to do with small cuts and scrapes is to stop the bleeding.
Generally this can be accomplished by firmly pressing the wounded area
with a clean cloth for 1-3 minutes. Then clean the area thoroughly with
soap and water making sure to remove all foreign material such as bits
of stone and dirt.
A good disinfectant soap will accomplish the same result as alcohol and
be less painful. Then consider the following:
1. Calendula ointment. Calendula has both anti-bacterial and healing
properties. It allows the skin to heal faster. For the first day or two,
squeeze out a small amount onto the wound with or without a bandage.
2. Sage - in powdered herb form put into the bandage is helpful
if the bleeding persists.
1. Check to see when the injured person's last tetanus shot was, especially
if the object that caused the puncture was a nail or needle.
2. The homeopathic remedies Ledum (for punctures) and Hypericum (for upward
shooting pain) are very useful. Use any potency (strength) from 6X or 6C
to 30X or 30C.