Natural Plant Bandages are Antibacterial and Better than Store Bought

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The top plants that can be used for their anti-bacterial or antibiotic properties are:

  • Aloe vera
  • Thyme
  • Tarragon
  • Basil
  • Horseradish root
  • Blueberry
  • Marsh Woundwort
  • Woolly Lamb’s Ear

In particular, woolly lamb’s ear has been used for hundreds of years as a natural dressing or bandage. Even on the battlefield, these soft, fuzzy leaves help blood to clot more quickly and they absorb amazingly well. These leaves make super bandages as they contain anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial compounds.

You can get seeds or seedlings at almost any home and garden store.  Woolly lamb’s ear plants enjoy partial sun, so they are great in areas of your yard or garden that don’t’ get a great deal of sun, which many vegetables prefer.

Marsh woundwort, as the name itself implies, is another great choice for bandages. It’s a member of the mint family and is also related to woolly lamb’s ear. Marsh woundwort has many of the same healing properties that lamb’s ear has and can be used much the same way. This plant is sometimes called Clown’s woundwort (stachys palustris) but it is also easily found in many garden centers.

When using these plants as bandages, you can also help speed up the healing process and give some extra antibacterial power to your dressing by placing a drop of raw, organic honey, Manuka honey, or a drop of the clear aloe vera gel on the wound before covering it with your natural bandage.

As we find ourselves becoming more self-sufficient, learning in advance how to grow and use medicinal plants is a skill more people should consider learning.

References:

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Sciencedirect.com

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