Echinacea Paste For Infected Wounds
By Meagan - October 23, 2015
The Native American Indians of the Great Plains first used echinacea as a way to manage infections from animal bites and insect stings. Echinacea is known as an antibacterial herb as well as an immune stimulant... two things one would need to fight infection. It can be used to prevent infections, but it has also been used over the years as a way to manage active acute infections. When it comes to using it to manage infections, this herb works to activate macrophages (a type of cell that destroys pathogens) and increase phagocytosis by raising levels of white blood cells in the blood. If you do happen to find yourself dealing with an animal bite or insect sting and you're worried about the chance of infection (or if you think you may have an infection), echinacea could be a good herb to use. Today I want to walk you through the steps of making an echinacea paste and applying it to bites and stings as a way to help the body prevent or manage an infection.
Managing Animal Bites and Insect Stings With EchinaceaStep 1 - Clean The Wound If you do end up with an animal bite or insect sting, the first thing you'll want to do is to clean the wound site really well. You can make a strong echinacea tea to use as a wound wash as it can help to disinfect the area or you can put some echinacea tincture in some water and use that instead. It's smart to keep this area clean and change your bandage routinely. To make an echinacea tea, simply steep echinacea tops in boiled water for 15 minutes before straining herbs out and using the tea. If you're using echinacea root, you'll want to make a decoction by simmering the root in water for 30-45 minutes then strain and reserve the liquid. Step 2 - Internal Action It's also wise to start taking small, frequent doses of an echinacea tincture for 1-2 days following the injury as this can work to stimulate the body's immune system and prevent an infection from occurring in the first place. Echinacea is a great herb to use for this purpose as it has a long history of use for discouraging infections. Step 3 - External Action If you are worried about infection or if you notice the site becoming red, hot, painful, or swollen, it would be good to clean it well again and to apply a poultice of echinacea paste to the area. You'll want to repeat this 2-3 times a day with fresh paste. Be sure to keep an eye on the site and to keep it clean. If it doesn't improve or gets worse or if you begin to see pus or develop a fever, it's best to go see a doctor for more help.
How To Make Echinacea Paste For Infected WoundsWhen it comes to making echinacea paste to prevent or manage an infected wound, I HIGHLY recommend powdering the herb yourself so it's as fresh as it can be. Need: Directions:
- Put your echinacea root in a coffee grinder. Grind into a powder.
- Transfer powder to a mortar and pestle to grind into a very fine powder.
- Mix powder with clean water and apply to the infected wound. (You can apply it directly to the wound if you'd like, but I prefer to wrap it in a clean cloth and apply it as a poultice in order to keep the wound as clean as possible.)
- Rinse with warm water and reapply 2-3 times a day.