These are wounds to the skin common especially in childhood. A cut severs the skin, such as is inflicted by a sharp object; an abrasion rubs and/or scratches the surface, such as the common scraped knee; and a bruise results from forceful pressure against some object, where the skin is not broken so the blood rushes to the damaged tissue beneath the surface. [HHH p.61]


The appearance of these wounds is well-known; however, certain cuts such as those that are deep and wide may require immediate attention by a doctor to prevent scarring. If the bleeding does not stop using the following methods, or if blood gushes in bright spurts, you should seek medical attention immediately. [HHH p.61]

Herbal Aids:

General Instructions: The old herbalists claimed that cayenne pepper (Capsicum or red pepper) should be poured directly into a fresh wound, to sterilize and stop the bleeding. Also, if a doctor is not available, apply fresh or dry comfrey root, powder or leaf, powdered, to help stop the bleeding. The comfrey can be put right into the wound; if it is powdered, pour over the area, if fresh, tear up finely and apply. Fresh or dried comfrey can be applied directly over the damaged area--just keep adding additional amounts as needed. Cover with gauze, bandage lightly to hold comfrey in place and so the area can breathe. Comfrey paste ...can also be applied directly over the damaged area as with burns.

A wound, external or internal, will stop bleeding if the individual will drink a cup of water (preferably hot) with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (red pepper) stirred into it. The bleeding will stop generally by the time a person can count up to ten after drinking the cayenne tea. The cayenne helps equalize the blood pressure from the top of the head to the feet. This keeps the pressure from the hemorrhage area so it will clot naturally, which it cannot do with heavy blood pressure pumping the blood rapidly at the hemorrhage area. The leaves, moistened chewing tobacco, shave grass, shepherds's purse, wild alum root, yellow loosestrife will all aid in stopping bleeding and assist in healing, but comfrey is one of our favorites and should be in everybody's yard or in a flower pot in the apartment or house, or keep a good supply of the powdered leaf and root on hand. Bruises respond equally well to a pack of fresh, crushed comfrey, or the powdered leaves or roots made into a paste with water. [HHH p.61]

Plantain: Apply a poultice of the fresh, bruised or mashed leaves; drink the tea internally. [SNH p.53]

Chaparral: Use the infusion as a wash. [SNH p.71]

Cranesbill: Use the decoction as a wash, or apply the bruised leaves directly on the affected part. [SNH p.153]

Cranesbill: Bleeding (wounds, cuts, tooth extraction): Sprinkle powder onto the affected area; rub powder into the tooth cavity. Also as a local styptic, apply the special strong decoction to the affected area on the lint or cotton without dilution. [SNH p.153] Special strong decoction: See formula using cranesbill root, comfrey root and glycerine. [SNH p.153]

Bistort: Apply the powdered root directly to the injured part. [SNH p.162]

White Pond Lily: The bruised leaves applied directly are very healing. [SNH p.166]
Tormentil: Both the fluid extract and the powder applied to bleeding surfaces will serve as powerful styptics. [SNH p.168]

Hyssop: Bruise the green herb or leaves and apply to the affected area as a poultice. [SNH p.232]

Fresh Cuts: See formula using myrrh tincture, cayenne tincture and echinacea tincture. [SNH p.456]

Burn Ointment: Cleanse the wound and use Dr. Christopher's burn ointment, which is made by blending equal parts of wheat germ oil and honey in a blender, and adding comfrey leaves, fresh or dried, until the mixture becomes thick. I sometimes add a little slippery elm. This mixture is fantastic. [EWH p.160]

Aloe Vera: Other external uses for the herb include treatment for all kinds of wounds--scrapes, cuts, etc. The gel seems to mildly kill the germs on the surface and promote healing. The herb is high in calcium, which reduces bleeding with its coagulating action, at the same time helping to stimulate circulation of blood in the surrounding areas to bring oxygen to the surface. [UW-Aloe Vera]

Myrrh: One herbalist has a favorite application of Myrrh. He combines equal parts of finely powdered golden seal and powdered Myrrh gum. He mixes a pinch of the combination with a little saliva (or water, he says, if you are squeamish), and applies the paste to cuts, sores, pimples, abrasions--any kind of skin wounds. As this dries, it forms a crusty, protective scab over the wound, just like a real scab, but with the additional antiseptic and healing properties of the herbs. He says that he has been able to wean himself from the constant use of band-aids (Neb:118)! [UW-Myrrh]

Complete Tissue & Bone: Dr. Christopher's Bone, Flesh and Cartilage Formula: The paste can be used for cuts, abrasions, burns, bruises, sprains, and an external aid to spread the healing up of broken bones.

If kept in a wide-mouth closed jar the paste will keep in a ready-to-use condition for many months. This is one of the fine emergency first aid helps you can have on hand. It is good to have some in your cars and in various places in the home or where you work, in case of an accident. [NL 1-8]

Cayenne:  Many of the old herbalists claim that in cases of severe cuts, gunshot wounds, etc., cayenne can be taken internally as a tea and the bleeding will stop by the time, in most cases, you can count to ten. Cayenne goes immediately into the blood stream and adjusts the blood pressure from the top of the head, to the bottom of the feet, equalizing pressure over the whole body. This takes the high pressure, which causes rapid bleeding, away from the wound and clotting starts immediately. Cayenne has been accepted by some of the orthodox medical profession, as mentioned in Merck Index, Materia Medica and Pharmacology and other standard volumes. [NL 1-12]

X-Ceptic: Dr. Christopher's Antiseptic Tincture: A few drops of the liquid antiseptic formula, consisting of oak bark, golden seal, capsicum, comfrey, garlic, and myrrh, can be dropped into the throat. This is one of our most wonderful formulas used on cuts and wounds. [NL 4-1]

Lemon: Some of the many medicinal problems treated with the lemon are as follows: Cuts or other areas of infection are helped when lemon juice, a natural antiseptic, is applied. [NL 5-1]

Black Walnut: the iodine found in Black Walnut is organic, much more antiseptic and healing than the usual poisonous iodine so commonly used for infections, cuts, etc. [NL 5-7]

See Also:

Complete Tissue & Bone: Dr. Christopher's Bone, Flesh and Cartilage Formula
Black Walnut Tincture: Dr. Christopher's Black Walnut Tincture
Cayenne: Dr. Christophers many Cayenne Combinations
X-Ceptic: Dr. Christopher's Antiseptic Tincture

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