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Minor Injuries: Cuts, Grazes, Burns and Sprains.

When it comes to minor injuries like cuts, grazes, and burns, natural approaches can provide effective care and promote healing.

Our Guide - Natural Approaches to Minor Injuries: Cuts, Grazes, Burns and Sprains.

Learn how to take care of minor injuries and what you should have in the medicine cabinet ready, should they happen in your home.

What steps should be taken to naturally support minor injuries with natural products?

Cleanse the wound

Start by gently cleaning the affected area with mild soap and warm water. This helps remove dirt and bacteria.

Apply honey

Honey has natural antibacterial properties and can aid in wound healing. Apply a thin layer of raw, organic honey to the injury and cover it with a clean dressing. Haughton Honey - Raw English Honey (340g)

Use aloe vera

Aloe vera gel is known for its soothing properties and can help calm irritated skin[i]. Apply a thin layer of pure aloe vera gel to the wound and cover it with a sterile bandage. See Aloe vera

Try tea tree oil

Keep the wound clean and protected as it heals

Regularly clean the wound with mild soap and water, and change dressings as needed. Keeping the injury covered with a sterile bandage can protect it from bacteria and promote a moist healing environment.

Other traditional remedies for minor injuries

Herbal remedies for minor injuries

Several herbs, such as calendula[iii], lavender[iv], and chamomile[v], have wound-healing properties. You can prepare a gentle herbal infusion or use pre-made herbal ointments to apply to the injury.

Turmeric paste

Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Mix turmeric powder with water to create a paste and apply it to the wound. Cover with a clean dressing.


Comfrey has been traditionally used to heal wounds and promote tissue repair. You can make a poultice using comfrey leaves or use comfrey ointments or creams. However, please do not use on deep wounds or take internally.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe minor cuts and burns. Apply witch hazel extract to a clean cloth and gently dab it on the affected area. Some people are allergic to witch hazel so please exercise caution[vi].

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has deeply moisturising and antimicrobial properties. With a clean cotton pad or clean hands, apply a thin layer of organic, virgin coconut oil to minor, surface layer wounds to keep them moisturised and protected[vii].

Apple cider vinegar

Diluted apple cider vinegar can be used to cleanse minor wounds and help prevent infection. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water, and gently clean the wound with a cotton ball soaked in the solution[viii].


Calendula, also known as marigold, has soothing and healing properties. Calendula salves or creams can be applied to minor wounds to support healing and reduce inflammation.

It's important to note that while traditional remedies can be helpful, it's very important that you continue to assess the severity of the injury and seek professional medical advice if it is taking too long to heal.

Maintain proper nutrition

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports the body's natural healing process. Ensure you're getting adequate nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc, which promote skin health[ix][x].

Remember, while these natural approaches can be effective for minor injuries, it's essential to seek medical attention for severe or deep wounds, burns, or if signs of infection develop.

Our Top Picks for Minor Injuries:

Aloe Vera Gel: This soothing, moisturising and healing gel is ideal for dry, damaged skin and for using on stretch marks, scars, chapped skin, minor burns and after sun exposure.

Weleda Arnica Bumps & Bruises Skin Salve: A traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of muscular aches, pain, stiffness, sprains, bruises, minor sports injuries and swelling after contusions. See also: Viridian Arnica Balm - Organic (60ml)

Allicin Alliderm Gel (30ml): It is for topical application (skin surface) and has a soothing and beneficial way of delivering allicin to where it is needed most. The gel has a very pleasant aroma and is not at all sticky or messy.

Z Gel - All Purpose Healing Gel: an essential first aid gel for minor aches and pains, skin irritations, bruises, itchy skin, insect bites, sunburn and more. See also: Health Factory ENT Zinc & Silver Spray

Helios Injury (30c pillules): Homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of pains and minor trauma associated with minor injuries, bruises, strains and sprains as well as minor emotional trauma associated with the above. See also: Helios Urtical Cream (30g).

RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream - Small (70g): Helps soothe sunburns with antiseptic properties.

Moa Green Balm (50ml): Helps heal minor cuts, grazes, blisters, bruises and burns on all the family.

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