Puncture Wounds and Poultices
Puncture wounds are different than scratches, scrapes, and open wounds in that toxins and debris can often find their way deep into the body when the injury occurs. They sometimes take longer to surface. Oils fight infection but they don’t have strong drawing power per se to pull objects from the body.
Here is an example: I had a repeat customer approach me about his teenaged son’s latest adventure. He got a puncture wound at the top of his leg when he ran a small branch into himself sliding down a tree trunk. It caused him pain and swelling on and off for about six months.
He used natural antibiotics to help it heal yet it just would not completely. He probably saved himself a lot of illness by supporting the body this way yet something more was needed in order to address the root problem. His question was to figure out if there was a better oil or herb choice.
It appeared that maybe there was something causing the body to still fight infection in this area-a foreign object. We suggested that he make a charcoal flax poultice to draw out any remaining toxins or pieces. After sleeping with a poultice for two nights, this is what surfaced!
He then went on to apply Plague Rescue and the leg healed beautifully in a very short time.
Sometimes we don’t see objects surface. One young lady had a puncture wound she suffered from a dog’s claw. Again, the natural antibiotic herb, vitamin and supplement choices were super supportive to her body yet the area refused to clear up completely. It remained in flamed and feverish on and off for more than a week. Once a flax charcoal poultice was applied, the drawing power extracted bacteria deep within in the wound. After several applications, the inflammation and fever ceased and the wound healed very quickly.
Charcoal Flax Poultice
½ cup flax seed
½ cup activated charcoal
Olive oil/castor oil or hot water
Grind the flax seed well. Add the activated charcoal. Moisten it with enough olive oil/castor oil or hot water to give it the consistency of a thick paste. Apply liberally to the area by spreading the desired amount on a piece of plastic wrap. Cover it with an additional bandage. Apply heat if desired. Leave it in place for one hour up to overnight. Do not reuse when you are drawing out infection. Activated charcoal is powerful but can stain clothing. Cover appropriately. (Weaver)
After a pulling poultice that has done it’s job, we love to dress wounds with B&W or Comfrey Salve with essential oils. Our favorite essential oil choices to add are: Basic First Aid, Bacteria B Gone, Lavender and People’s Paste ($25 /4oz from fermented farmer.com...put People's Paste in your email.) This has even been successful for our animal farm friends!