Wound care

What do you reach for when in the wild when you need first aid?
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Wound care

Post by chrisreltom » Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:39 pm

Is there plants in the Texas hillcountry to treat wounds, either bleeding, infection or pain?

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Re: Wound care

Post by jeffro » Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:49 pm

How about woods and succulents for burns,cuts and scratches. The old folks couldn't have been wrong all these years.
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Re: Wound care

Post by BigJesse » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:18 pm

Great question.
Any astringent will work including anything with tannins. Inner bark of oaks. Inner bark, leaves and green shells of pecans. Flowers and leaves of Shepard's Purse (poor man's pepper grass). Blackberry (dewberry too) leaves and root.
Easiest way to process these things is to chew them up and make a mash of sorts then apply it to the cut. Dont swallow the juices.
With all that said it ain't easy taking a mouthful of any of these things, especially pecan.

Those are all chemical solutions but there are also topical ones like Jeffro was saying. Succulents, including prickly pear, have a thick jelly that can act like a salve. But also things like cattail, mullein, milkweed pods can be packed into the wound to control bleeding, although theres a chance of infection at that point.

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Re: Wound care

Post by BigJesse » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:28 pm

As for pain Black Willow has salicylic acid, a precursor to aspirin and is rather effective for pain and fungal infection.
Anything to change the PH of the wound will help in with preventing infection.
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Re: Wound care

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:08 am

Interesting about the blackberry/dew berry leaves and roots. I can always find those around here, even now in the dead of winter. Certainly something to look at this spring.
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