If any of your relatives is wheel chair bound or bedridden for a long time he or she may develop bed sores. Bed sores are ulcers that develop on skin mostly over the bony prominences in the back such as the sacrum, coccyx, heels, hips, elbows, knees, ankles etc. The ulcers are a result of injury to the skin of that area due to continuous pressure coupled with friction. Continuous pressure results in disruption in blood supply.
On prolonged disruption the skin cells suffer from lack of nutrition and die a slow death. In terminally ill patients it is very difficult to heal bed sores because it is rarely possible to move them around. However, in general bed sores are treatable if detected early. Irrespective of the stage and kind of disease you can try herbs for relief from the discomfort arising out of bed sores. Let us explore some herbal remedies for bed sores.
Herbal Remedies For Bed Sores
This household spice is not only a good antibiotic, it is an anti-inflammatory as well. To prevent the flare up of a sore you need anti-inflammatory medicines and to prevent infection of the sore you need antibiotics. Both of these can be done with garlic.
So apply some garlic juice along with some honey, which is anti-inflammatory in nature, on the ulcerous areas. With regular application the discomfort will come down and the healing process will begin. You can also east a clove of garlic every day.
This one is perhaps the most practiced herb for topical applications. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and soothing for the skin. Application of aloe vera will cleanse the area, inhibit viral and bacterial infestation and have a cooling effect on the area.
All these effects will bring relief to the sufferer. So apply generous quantities of fresh aloe vera gel on the affected areas regularly.
Sage And Parsley
Zinc is known as a skin mechanic. It is constantly engaged in healing wounds and injuries on the skin. Lack of adequate amount zinc in your diet may hasten formation of sores.
So take herbs rich in zinc to repair bed sores. Both sage and parsley are zinc-rich herbs. Take at least one tablespoon of dried sage and parsley regularly as tea to heal the bed sores fast.
This herb turns mucilaginous when made into a paste with water, but this mucilaginous herb has been used for centuries to treat various ailments of the skin. The gel like substance coats the wounds and saves it from infection.
It contains powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant elements which save the affected area from inflammation and infection. It also promotes fast healing of wound. So apply the gel of slippery elm regularly on the bed sores.
It has been seen that calendula cream or lotion when applied on wounded skin can heal the wound fast. Researchers have found that calendula helps the body in producing collagen.
Collagen is the basic material for building skin tissue. So if you take calendula on a regular basis your body will be able to make more collagen and therefore heal the wound fast. This will heal the bed sores.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.