Sunday, March 18, 2012

How to Treat a Cut / Wound with Turmeric Powder

How to Treat a Cut / Wound with Turmeric Powder

We've all been there.  That moment we cut our finger on some sharp object or another in our homes and then wonder where all the band aids have gone.  The last thing you want to do is run out of your house clinging your finger to your chest as your drive to the closest Ralphs pharmacy to buy a first aid kit.  The best case scenario, of course, would be to have some band aids in your home in case of an emergency like this.  However, if you don't have those available, you might just have what you need in your spice cabinet!  

I can tell you this works because I used it myself.  However, keep in mind that if you should still seek medical help if your wound is bad and I'm in no way saying I'm an expert.  Now, that the mumbo jumbo is over, let's get to the fun..er..useful part!

Ingredients:

pinch of turmeric (depending on how big your wound is) but if you need a number it's 1/4 tsp for you math lovers :)

Directions:

Mix the turmeric with a drop of water to make a thick paste and apply over the wound--after the wound has been washed and cleaned thoroughly.  Put the turmeric paste on top of the wound and let it stay.  I wrapped my finger in a cloth and let the turmeric do it's job.

If your wound is slightly bleeding, you can put dry turmeric powder on the wound and let it clot the blood.  You will eventually need a band-aid to put over the turmeric but this should help your wound resist any bacteria from entering since turmeric acts as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

My Personal "Wound" Story:

When I say "wound" throughout this post, I'm referring to something like a finger being cut.  My thumb was sliced open by me throwing a lotion bottle (go figure) resulting in an open skin flap.  I had no band aids so
I scooped some turmeric on my shaky thumb which was bleeding profusely initially.  To stop the bleeding I first put pressure on the wound for a minute or so and then applied the turmeric treatment. Now my cut is healed and sealed and there is no infection thanks to the turmeric. I did end up buying a box of breathable band aids to hold the turmeric in place.

Interesting Fact: Johnson & Johnson has created band aids in the Indian sub-continent with turmeric on the band aid pad itself!

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