In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric powder is often used as a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent to heal wounds. Turmeric is believed to make wounds heal faster. Its use is so widespread in India that Johnson & Johnson markets turmeric Band-Aids in that country. Practitioners of Western medicine are starting to take notice of ancient remedies, and a number of studies on the effectiveness of turmeric have been conducted.
Things You'll Need
- Warm water
- Soft cloth
- Turmeric powder
Stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, if necessary.
Clean the cut thoroughly with soap and warm water. Use a soft cloth to gently scrub away dirt and debris from the area.
Pat the area dry. The skin around the wound needs to be dry so a bandage will stick to it.
Sprinkle turmeric powder over the cut. Turmeric powder stains, so take care not to get it on your clothes.
Cover the wound with a bandage.
Tips & Warnings
- You can buy turmeric powder in supermarkets, but you will find larger containers and lower prices at an Indian grocery store.
- See your physician if your cut will not stop bleeding, is deep or shows signs of infection. Signs of infection include fever, pus discharge, redness, increasing pain, swelling or red streaks near the wound.
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