Abrasions are caused by slight scraping, cutting or rubbing of the skin, resulting in it being grazed or broken. Cinnamon was traditionally used as a natural antiseptic and clove oil was used to disinfect the wound. Honey was spread on the wound also as an antiseptic and helped to speed up the healing process. Tea was also used externally to check bleeding and to fight against bacteria.
Other common remedies were crushed marigold flowers that are then applied externally; crushed Parsley leaves; crushed fresh plantain leaves; onion juice that is applied externally; dock leaves, applied either directly or as a lotion; tea made from sage applied externally; bruised geranium leaves; and pounded root or leaves of comfrey made into a poultice. While bathing, witch hazel and lavender made into compresses or poultices were used. Yarrow, meadowsweet as well as elderflowers are also utilized. Later on, iodine was used on abrasions and cuts more frequently.
A skinned knee, a paper cut, and a carpet burn -- you name it! Abrasions can happen anywhere and at any time. They occur while the skin accidentally rubs against irregular surface, causing a scratch or cut. Carelessness increases the risk, as does an active lifestyle and a love of outdoor or extreme sports.
The main symptom is sometimes painful exposure of tissue and nerve endings caused by the accidental removal of superficial layers of skin. Abrasions don't usually cause excessive bleeding, but sometimes slight bleeding can occur.
Home Remedies for Abrasions
ALOE gel heals almost anything. It's available in most drug stores, but if you have an aloe plant at home, simply break its leaf and apply the oozing gel directly onto the clean wound, then leave the area uncovered so a scab can form.
LAVENDER OIL applied to a clean cut or abrasion works as a painkiller and expedites the healing process.
RAW HONEY, typically available in most health food (and some grocery) stores, eases pain as well. Apply a thin layer of honey to the clean wound, cover with a bandage and leave overnight.
Herbs for Abrasions
False unicorn root
Abrasions are a common injury associated with pressure washing. To reduce the risk of getting abrasions, wear protective clothing including gloves, closed shoes and long pants. Avoid pointing the pressure washer at yourself, other people and pets. Do not depress the trigger until you are sure of where the gun is pointing and use care not to spray your hands, feet or legs.
Slips and falls can lead to hospitalization or death. Wet surfaces will be more slippery and ice can form rapidly in cold climates. Using a pressure washer on a ladder or other elevated surface is dangerous due to the backward force of a pressure washing gun, which can easily throw a person off balance. Understand your work area and how water will affect the surface. Use appropriate safety harnesses when operating a pressure washer from a ladder, lift, or crane.
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