Categories: General Health

5 natural remedies for treating bed sores

Soothing bed sores

While bed sores are easily avoidable with proper precautionary measures they remain a risk for anyone who’s bedridden – you, your loved ones, or patients that you care for. Despite your best efforts, bed sores may develop. The person affected is also more than likely taking lots of medication, so if you can find natural ways of treating bed sores instead, that has got to be better.

Hence why i decided to look into options that can help soothe low-grade bed sores, naturally…

5 natural remedies for treating bed sores

I’ll take a look at the top 5 natural remedies for treating bed sores and give you some tips on how to apply these remedies effectively.

1. Saline Water Cleanses

Saline water may be a natural remedy, but it’s also used in clinical settings, much in the same way, to clean and rinse skin, help remove excess fluid buildup and to wash away dead, necrotized tissue while remaining gentle on the patient’s vulnerable skin.

To create a saline water cleanse, simply mix two tablespoons of salt into a cup of water, bring it to a boil and stir until the mixture is clear.

Allow the mixture to cool, and you’re all set.

It can be used in a dropper if you wish or with a clean rag or sterile paper towel to clean the area around the wound.

Once it’s been rinsed, allow the sore to dry, then cover with a clean bandage.

Repeat this process several times a day.

2. Honey

Honey has natural antiseptic properties and putting sugar on wounds has proven to be an effective bed sore treatment and great for preventing infection.

This is because it creates a highly concentrated medium where bacteria are robbed of the moisture that they need to survive, as the water is transported into the sugary compound via osmosis.

To prepare a honey-sugar treatment, you’ll want to mix together equal parts granulated sugar and honey.

Then apply this to the affected area of the body, covering with a clean bandage, changing the dressing once a day and rinsing the wound with saline water or another similar compound to wash away dead skin and excess material.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties that help to accelerate the healing of bed sores, prevent further development and fight / halt infection.

To apply, simply rinse the wound with a saline cleanse or sterile water and then sprinkle enough powdered turmeric over the wound to cover.

The wound may then be covered with a clean bandage, and this process can be repeated up to 3x daily to encourage fast, effective healing.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera’s healing and skin-soothing properties can be quite beneficial when applied to bed sores and it can stimulate healing and help fight off infection.

Not only that, but it helps keep affected areas moisturized, which is crucial for effective healing of bed sores.

The type of aloe is up to you – some prefer Aloe gel from fresh aloe leaves while others use store-prepared treatments.

Regardless, you’ll want to apply the gel on the affected area and rub it in gently for a few minutes.

After doing so, the gel should dry on its own and any excess or residue can be wiped up with a clean cloth.

This process can be repeated up to 3x a day to spur healing and promote stronger, healthier skin.

5.  Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Zinc

All of these above nutrients are essential to healthy skin and a healthy and thriving immune system, as well as blood flow.

If you lack these essential vitamins and minerals your body may have a reduced capability to stave off infection and restricted blood flow meaning new bed sores are more likely to develop and existing sores will heal more slowly.

Foods rich in these vitamins and minerals can be quite helpful (citrus and other fruits for Vitamin C, fish and other oily meats for omega-3s & salmon are especially rich in these nutrients).

Or a superfood like Moringa which has 7 times more Vitamin C than an orange along with a whole host of other vitamins and nutrients could be a very good alternative option.

Foods like spinach, mushrooms and some tree nuts are great sources of zinc.

Of course, if these dietary options are unavailable (or unappetizing), dietary supplements are perfectly fine – consider a balanced multivitamin, formulated for the appropriate age and gender as well as fish oil supplements to promote healthy skin.

The Benefits of Natural Remedies

These are just a few of the natural ways you can treat and prevent bed sores and they’re sure to be helpful, whether it’s you, a loved one or a patient that are bedridden and in danger of developing these uncomfortable, dangerous ulcers.

And while the best remedy for bed sores is always prevention, these tips will help you stop the dangerous progression of these pressure ulcers.

Natural bed sore treatments you know about…

Do you know of any other great natural remedies for treating bed sores?  Any natural bed sore treatment that has worked wonders?

We’d love to hear about them in the comments below…

Jessica Hegg

Jessica Hegg works at ViveHealth.com. Interested in all things related to a healthy lifestyle, she works to share valuable information that aims to improve the quality of life for others.

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