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.
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.
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.
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.
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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