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Herbal Burn and Wound Salve

Homemade Wound and Burn SalveThis is one of those homemade medicinal concoctions that work really well and is very helpful to know in case you can’t get immediate medical attention.  It’s perfect for cuts, scrapes, burns and more.  There are a few steps you have to take before applying the burn/wound salve itself if you are dealing with deep cuts.

First thing you need to do is to stop the bleeding with cayenne pepper.  Cayenne is an amazing herb and should be in everyone’s first aid kits!  It increases circulation inside the body, but stops bleeding outside of it!  Depending on how deep the cut is, the sting of applying cayenne pepper to the injury may or may not hurt.  My little 3 year old has received some pretty deep cuts the last 2 years from playing rough with her siblings.  We applied the cayenne (powder) to stop the bleeding first (which by the way also disinfects) and then reapplied the salve 3x a day.  She healed very well with no scars!


The wound salve has equal parts of 3 ingredients;

Fresh leaves (if available) or dried root of the comfrey plant.   Comfrey  is also known as “knit bone”, it has been used to close wounds and heal broken bones for many years.  If you don’t grow comfrey you can use powdered comfrey root from any health food store.

Wheat germ oil helps to promote new cell growth aiding in the healing process to prevent scarring.

Honey has been used to aid with burns for many years.  It is a natural antibiotic and reduces inflammation.

You can make any adjustsments with the recipe to make a thick salve.

Blend all ingredients together if using fresh comfrey leaves or just a fork if using the powdered root of comfrey.  Keep in an airtight container and refridgerate.  It will stay good for one month.

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, yoga/pilates instructor, a clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist and soon to be traditional naturopath. She is a very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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