If you learn how to treat cuts and scrapes naturally, you'll be prepared for an accident in the woods while out hiking or backpacking. If you're ever away from the comforts of home and find yourself dealing with unexpected cuts and scrapes, try the following strategies:
Stop the Bleeding
Use the cleanest cloth available to apply pressure to the cut or scrape that is bleeding. Put the cleanest piece of cloth at the site of the injury, and layer additional pieces of cloth on top of the initial piece if the wound soaks through. Don't remove the cloth until you are sure the bleeding has stopped sufficiently, otherwise the wound will start bleeding again.
Look for Natural Ways to Clean the Wound
Hopefully you went hiking with a generous supply of water bottles; water is the best cleanser. Be careful not to waste water by pouring it all out over the wound at once.
In an emergency, when you feel a cut must be cleaned and you don't have clean water, urine can be used to cleanse the wound. Urine is sterile as long as the person who supplies it does not have a bladder infection.
Relieve Pain Naturally
Many hikers bring along ground cayenne pepper in case of a serious cut or wound. Sprinkling cayenne pepper actually dulls the pain of the wound, allowing you to bear the pain until you can get help.
Natural Treatments at Home
If you're not in an emergency situation, but you still want to treat your cuts and scrapes with all natural products, follow these steps:
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