4 Common Plants That Heal Your Wounds

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There are wound care plants that have been used for centuries for their antibacterial properties in healing and their abilities to absorb fluid and leakages from wounds. Most of them are easy to grow but remember that if you wish to use any of them, they need to be kept organic. There are a lot of chemical additives to plants you purchase unless they are designated as “certified organic”.

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:

“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”

1. Wooly Lamb’s Ear

Wound Care Plants

Photo: Flickr/Sonny Abesamis

Let’s start with Wooly Lamb’s Ear. The history of this plant goes back for hundreds of years as a dressing for wound care and as a personal use for women during their menstrual cycles and diapers. The unique texture, antibacterial constituents, combined with its blood clotting capabilities, makes it an excellent bandage for wounds. It is good as an eye wash when an infusion is made from the leaves, and a tea made from the younger, more tender leaves is excellent for canker sores and inflamed throats. The tender leaves are good in salads or steamed with a pat of butter added and a sprinkle of garlic. It’s easy to grow and such a conversation piece when it is lush and blooming. Also, if you run out of toilet paper, this is perfect to use.

2. Plantain

Wound Care Plants
Photo: Flickr/Jon Hayes NotLiz

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