Use Salt Water For Cuts and Scrapes

Posted on May 25, 2007 by Allie

A few weeks ago, I was watching Oprah and Dr. Oz was on. He said that the best way to clean an open cut is with warm salt water. It will flush out the bad bacteria and leave the good bacteria to do it’s job. The antibiotic creams and other chemicals we normally use to clean a cut kill the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria, so it takes longer for the cut to heal.

Well, a couple days ago I grated my thumb on the cheese grater. Ouch! I remembered Dr. Oz’s tip and flushed it with warm salt water. It’s almost completely healed.

Unfortunately, grating my finger is my most common kitchen injury, so I can attest to the fact that salt water helped it heal much faster than using an antibiotic spray or cream.

Obviously, if you have a very large cut or a puncture wound, you’ll want to see a doctor, but for small scrapes and scratches, give warm salt water a try. You’ll avoid using products that come in complicated packaging. It’s a cheap fix, and you can’t get much more natural than salt.


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  1. My favorite trick remedy is honey on small (and not-so-small) cuts. I cut myself with embarrassing frequency, as I prepare raw meals for my cats. Honey works quite well as an antiseptic agent, plus it doesn’t sting and it reduces scar formation.

    Again, it goes without saying: if you’re losing body parts or the cuts require an operating room to mend, it’s probably too bad for honey. But I’ve had some pretty nasty knife cuts heal quite well.

    May 27th, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    Comment by Jules

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