How to Heal Wounds; the Wise Farmgirl’s Pharmacy

Booboo is our oldest cat in the house right now.  He is in his second generation of kids.  He waits excitedly by the door if Maryjane arrives.  When Booboo was a kitten, our son Andrew trained him to run to his room if he played Bob Marley.  Booboo walked around sporting a tiny Jamaican hat with fake dreadlocks.  This kitty is beloved.  Apparently not so much to our young cat.

Chuck wants to be king, apparently.  Who can really understand cats?  I wonder why they are my favorite animals sometimes with all their ferocity and claws.  Or teeth, in this case.

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The night before last, we turned out the light and Booboo jumped on the bed and curled up between us as always.  We noticed a horrible smell and he was suckling madly in the dark.  We turned on the lights and noticed that he had two very defined bite marks on his hip.  Deep, about a quarter inch, and oozing with puss and infection.

These are the times I am grateful to be an herbalist.  Not much throws me.  I grabbed the wound healer, and using a dropper, applied it into the wounds.

Yesterday morning the puss was gone but the smell was there and I could see the muscle tissue in his leg.  (Chuck is grounded, by the way, and may very well become the shop cat at our new store!)  I went out to the garden and harvested calendula, yarrow, echinacea, and comfrey.  Calendula, echinacea, and yarrow are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and are natural blood cleansers and antibiotics.  Comfrey could honest to god heal the world.  It binds tissues and bones and heals quickly.  I placed these into a wide mouth pint jar with 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt and poured boiling water over the tea.  That sat and brewed for about an hour.  I left a little room to add cooler water to make it temperate.  Once it was cool, it was ready.

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Booboo was certainly a good sport and let me squeeze the fomentation into the wounds using a flat cotton pad.  I added the wound healer again.  The wound healer was used that morning as well.  A repeat application of tea and wound healer was given again last night.  This morning it looks clean and on the mend.  He will get the same treatment today and I have no doubt that by tomorrow morning he will be nearly healed.

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It is always wise to have herbs on hand to make fomentations (a tea you put on topically) or infusions (a tea you take internally for medicinal purposes), but a good wound healer can save the day.  We have used it when Doug cut his finger down to the bone with a hatchet.  We have used it for burns from the wood cook stove.  We have used it for every cut or wound.  It replaces stitches, kills infection, and helps the body heal itself quickly.  It also helps with pain.

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First start with a base.  This is an extract.  In a pint jar, fill 20% with herbs like the ones listed above and top with vodka.  Leave in the window for two weeks.  Pour some of the finished extract into a half-pint jar, about 1/4 full.  Fill the jar with filtered water.  This is your diluted base for wound healer.  (Believe me, you need to cut it.)  In a 4 ounce jelly jar, combine 1 part finished, diluted base and 1 part aloe vera gel.  (Please make sure it is actually aloe vera gel!  You’d be surprised what they put in cheap aloe vera.  You should opt for the bottle that is nearly 100% aloe vera gel with a small percentage of preservative.  Otherwise it will rot too quickly.)  I like to add about 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender.

There you go!  You are ready to take on cat bites, sunburn, cuts, boils, and battle wounds from the garden or kitchen.  This is a great addition to your homestead pharmacy!

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The Herbal Medic Medicine Bundle

I always have my medicine bag, not just the spiritual one but my bundle of medicines.  I do tend to notice that when approached by a child that has fallen and scraped his arm up or my daughter with her eye cut open after an accident that my bag is magically missing bandages, salve, and who knows what else I gave away or didn’t put back!  I am going to give you a few ideas of things to put in a medicine bundle (old purse, gardening bag, box) to keep in the car and in the house.

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  • We are not always in a position to run off and get stitches.  This powder is poured into the open wound.  It will kill bacteria and infection and as the tissues heal the powder is pushed up into the scab.

In a coffee grinder combine 1 part either Chaparral, Goldenseal, or Oregon Grape and 1 part Yarrow, Plantain, or Calendula.  The first are your strong wound healer/anti-bacterial, the second are tissue healers and anti-viral.  Place in a ziplock bag or small container.

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  • Next we need a wound healer.  This is used to heal burns overnight, to place on scrapes and wounds and any manner of irritation.

You have the witch hazel I taught you to make the other day brewing, right?  Now when that is finished pour it into a container, half witch hazel extract, half aloe vera gel.  You can optionally add a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils to help boost the healing.

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  • Let’s make a quick liniment for sprains.

Either prepare a full extract of plants with volatile oils such as pine, mints, eucalyptus, et cetera, or “cheat” by placing ten drops of pine and ten of peppermint esssential oil in 1 ounce of vodka.  Place that on sprains or strains to help heal quickly and get rid of pain.  Apply with a cotton pad or fabric.

  • Bandages, gauze, tape, cotton pads need to be in place.

You can add in herbal pain relievers, bone healers, digestive helper, cold or allergy medicine, stress relievers, and cough drops.  You will be ready whenever someone needs something!  (If you come in my shop and build a medicine kit, I will give you 10% off the whole purchase.)

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Here is a Holiday present for all of you!  Order my book, “Homesteader’s Pharmacy; the Recipes of The Garden Fairy Apothecary” today or tomorrow and I will send you some free herbs to make your first medicine.  My book is filled with every recipe I had for my old company.  Tried and true medicines for any ailment.  I will get it to you before Christmas!  It is only $20 with $6 shipping and handling in the US.  Call 303-617-3370, come into the shop, or pay via Paypal to Katie@gardenfairyherbal.com

Plant medicine is still the strongest.