Benefits of using People’s Paste
Prevents infection while pulling wounds together.
What’s in it?
Slippery elm: anti-inflammatory, demulcent (soothing), contains protein for building new tissues, mucilaginous
Goldenseal (or the more sustainable Oregon Grape Root): antiseptic, antibiotic, cell proiferant, blood-cleanser, astringent, pulls tissue together for effective wound healing
Myrrh: powerful antiseptic, antacid, digestive aid, expectorant, mild stimulant, breaks up gas, encourages tissues to heal
Use of the dry powder can be done but is often activated by using some form of moisture to the powder.
Liquids that often work well include:
Raw honey-a superb choice, antiseptic and enzymatic qualities, high in minerals to facilitate healing, keeps the wound and paste from drying out. Good for internal use too.
Pure Aloe Vera Gel-high in minerals to facilitate healing, slightly antiseptic, dries out fast, good for burns, safe internally as well
Molasses-unsulphered, blackstrap- high in minerals and iron to facilitate healing. Safe for internal use.
Water-Dries fast but works fine. Safe for internal use.
Usually taken in ¼- ½ tsp doses in water, capsules or in honey.
General Steps to Use
1. Clean wound before applying. Soak or wash with an antiseptic herbal solution (chapparel, clove, comfrey, garlic, yarrow), gentle EO in water (Basic First Aid, tea tree, etc) or hydrogen peroxide.
2. Apply PP dry or moist depending on the situation. Bandage appropriate for the cut, wound or burn.
3. Soak off PP dressing with hydrogen peroxide or antiseptic herbal solution before reapplying a fresh one. Often change dressings two times a day.
*Although never been reported while using PP, check for infection (fever, increased swelling, or heat in the wood, red lines of blood poisoning, etc.) Watch for proud flesh. It may look like pus forming at first glance but is a layer of fairly thick, firm white tissue that has not yet turned into a scar. Use a banana poultice to remove proud flesh. Lalitha Thomas in “Ten Essential Herbs” says to pack the wound for one day with the mashed white insides of an ordinary banana. 24-48 hours removes most or all of the proud flesh. Resume with PP protocol once this occurs.
*Do not use on puncture wounds unless you are sure that all debris or infection is removed from the wound. PP heals so quickly that it can get trapped in the deep puncture of the wound (different than deep cuts or wounds that are more open.) Use a pulling poultice to draw any impurities out first.
This information is NOT intended to replace the care and advice of a qualified physician. These are the historical uses and suggestions as compiled by Lalitah Thomas is "Ten Essential Herbs".