Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Healthy Healing Option

Last week I scraped my shin, which resulted in two small, shallow cuts. They scabbed over quickly, but  I accidentally knocked those scabs off twice (once drying off after a shower, once hitting my shin on the bed frame in the middle of the night). 

I kept the area clean and moist, but yesterday I noticed that one of the cuts had a red ring around its edges. It didn't hurt, but sure looked irritated. Looking for a solution, I turned to the internet to find out what to do. I learned that there are quite a few natural remedies-honey, chamomile, aloe vera, garlic, coconut oil, and tumeric paste. I didn't have most of them in the house, but the spice cabinet did have a jar of tumeric. I decided to give it a try. 

The science behind turmeric use focuses on curcumin, an active ingredient that has antiseptic, antibacterial, and  anti-inflammatory properties. Following the directions, I made a paste using a little water, then dabbed it on top of the cut. I covered the area with a bandage, both to keep the cut safe and to make sure I didn't smear thebright  yellow-orange paste all over. 

This morning the area looked a little less red. I repeated the process, and after lunch it was even less red. I'm optimistic that if I continue for the recommended three days my shin will be completely healed.

Five years ago: Mar·i·time (The Great Pacific Northwest Adventure of 2017)


  1. Hope it works well -Christine

  2. Keep the bandage on it too! Linda in Kansas

  3. " 20% of the population has a serious aversion to the word moist."
    Did you know that? 😄 Here's the article where that quote came from.
    I began seeing articles about moist a few years back. I think in most of the articles, moist was the number one hated word.

  4. Hi Kathy - really interesting to read about ... I'll definitely remember ... and a fascinating remedy - cheers Hilary

  5. That's a new to me use for turmeric. I have a friend who takes it orally for her arthritis. I use oregano oil capsules for the same issue, but since she raved about turmeric, I decided to try it one time. Ok, this is where it gets a bit personal, but I couldn't keep taking it as it made my urine burn when passed. I had never thought of using it on the exterior.

    1. I guess just like any drug, spices and herbs can have side effects.

  6. That's interesting. I never knew that.

    God bless.

  7. I scheduled a blog post to go up toward the end of the month about my mother's accident where she ripped a portion of the skin on her arm. The ER nurse used sodium chloride which is basically saline liquid to clean it and bandage it. I thought she would use hydrogen peroxide, but no.

  8. My daughter pulled a muscle in her back and had to go to a physica therapist for several months. He prescribed Turmeric in a suspension for pain. She let me try it for my neuropathy and I found it to be effective. You can buy capsules OTC and I now take it daily along with my regimen of supplements and vitamins. Good stuff.

  9. I think I might try that. I have a wart on my leg that i keep rubbing and it scabs over but never really goes.