The little injuries we get may seem harmless, but they’re tough to deal with and can be a lot more painful than they’re worth. What’s worse, they can turn into big problems down the road if they’re not treated.
To help you out, we have some quick tips for any small wound that comes your way.
- Infected cut: Soak the cut in hot water with a little salt twice a day, wash it regularly and apply a fresh band aid with antibiotic ointment, afterwards.
- Blisters: Use bacitracin and get blister pads that protect and cushion the blister fully. If it’s on your feet, wear thick socks and gentle shoes, to ensure you don’t irritate it. If it’s open, you can soak it like an infected cut.
- Stiffness or Charley Horse: Apply heat to the affected area and try to frequently stretch and move it around. Keeping the blood flowing in the area will help to soften the muscles and loosen up the pain.
- Migraine: These can be horrendous, but try massaging from across your forehead and temples and using oils containing botanicals like lavender and peppermint. Consuming some caffeine can also help to relieve the pain.
- Ingrown nail: Soak the nail in hot water and salt, just like you would for a blister. Afterwards, try to carefully trim the nail.
- Bug bite: Hold ice or diluted lime juice on the bite, and then try rubbing on aloe vera or basil leaves.
- Common cold: Botanical oils like lemon, eucalyptus, ginger and peppermint can help clear a cold, as well as plenty of water, hot tea, soup and steam.
- Cramps: Hold heating pads on the area, and try consuming chamomile, cinnamon, mint or ginger root—these can be found in spice, candied or tea versions. Stretching can also help to relieve the pain.
If these little remedies don’t worry out for you, be sure to consult your doctor.
This is a post from the Feather archives. We lost all of our old content, so we’ll be reposting some of our favorite stories.