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How to Heal Cuts Fast

cut remedies pictureCuts and scrapes can be caused by various types of injuries. Most cuts or scrapes are harmless and go away after a few days, but sometimes they can become infected which is why it’s important try to promote healing.

At the onset of skin damage clean out the area with water and clean towel and if dirt is left in the area clean with hydrogen peroxide.

Once clean, dry area, apply anti-bacterial essential oils and cover with bandage.  Then, apply new covering and oils daily to keep area from infection until completely healed.  Now let me give you the best steps on how to heal cuts fast.

Top Foods to Heal Cuts

Green leafy vegetables – Kale, broccoli, spinach, and other greens are high in vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting.

Clean lean protein The body cannot rebuild lost tissue without protein. Try to get at least 4-5 oz per meal of organic, lean protein such as wild-caught fish or grass-fed beef.
Vitamin C – Is essential for manufacturing collagen an essential component of skin and tissues. Increase your intake of vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes.
Zinc – The chemical reactions necessary to rebuild bone requires zinc. To increase your intake of zinc, add oysters, beef, pumpkin seeds, and spinach to your diet.
Wild-caught fish – Essential fats are critical to help rapidly heal wounds.



Foods that Slow Healing

Alcohol – Increases inflammation which does not promote healing.
Sugar and refined grains – Promote inflammation and can slow healing.
Hydrogenated oils – Processed foods contain hydrogenated fats which also promote inflammation and decrease the ability of your body to heal.
Processed foods – May contain chemicals and dyes which can slow wound healing.

Top 5 Natural Remedies to Heal Cuts Fast

#1 Essential Oils (Topically 3x daily)
Essential oils like lavender, rosemary and myrrh have antibacterial and healing properties.

#2 Bromelain (500 mg 3x daily)
An enzyme found in pineapple which reduces swelling.

#3 Vitamin C (500-1000 mg daily)
A powerful antioxidant that helps manufacture collagen, critical for healing damaged blood vessels.

#4 Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)
Apply tea tree oil to cuts and scrapes daily.  Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties.

#5 Zinc (25-30 mg twice daily)
Promotes immune function and improves skin healing.

Bonus Remedy
Raw honey is an excellent remedy to help heal cuts more quickly.  You can make a homemade healing salve by mixing raw honey, tea tree oil and lavender oil.


How to Heal Cuts Fast

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