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Neosporin alternatives

I was curious, since I have a deep kitten scratch on my wrist that's been healing decently for the last four days and I did not have any Neosporin:

Does anyone use any natural/organic oils or extracts in place of Neosporin? I mean, applying to open wounds that are small, like cat scratches, and especially after the skin starts healing. For example: Helichrysum? Tamanu? Calendula? Frankincense? Sea Buckthorn? Squalane? Because I have my special oil blend with all those.

And yeah, I've been keeping it clean and taking care of it and everything; I know what to do. But I was just thinking perhaps there is more to minor wound healing than Neosporin. :)

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jenpo
Jul. 17th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
I use a Calendula salve, this one to be precise, and I love it! Works great for me, I can definitely tell a difference in the time it takes to heal when I use this.
brightlotusmoon
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Heh -- that actually looks like it might be the alternative to Neosporin by itself! I love calendula.
I'll say one thing about petrolatum. It's a good band-aid for cuts and scrapes.
lolagoo
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Actually, I use Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment.
I'm kind of ignorant when it comes to what does what, so i'll list some of the ingredients and you can judge for yourself:
sweet almond oil, olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, wheat germ oil, vitamin E, lavender oil, comfrey leaf and root extracts.
it's advertised as working for bumps, bruises, burns, scrapes and stings. it works wonders!
brightlotusmoon
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Huh. Good to know! Do you apply it to bleeding skin or do you wait until the scrapes start closing up?
pejabunnie
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
I use Burt's Bees Res-Q salve too. It smells so yummy! I mostly use it on bug bites, but when I have a scrape, I apply it directly to the open scratch after a little hydrogen peroxide. It's really soothing!
brightlotusmoon
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I may have to go get some. :)
lolagoo
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
i'm....not sure. i'd say the latter, because this stuff is not for serious bleeding.
if it's just from a cat scratch and there's a little bit of bleeding, i think it's ok. i've never used it on bleeding scrapes, only ones that have started healing a little bit but itch.
fairnymph
Jul. 18th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
It works great on cuts/scrapes/bruises, imo. I too highly recommend it!
kestratroi
Jul. 18th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
I've used this on kitty scratches, and I think it works better than Neosporin. The scratches didn't get infected like they normally do, and they healed fast.
natsukaze
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
I have slightly vicious cats, and am allergic to Neosporin/antibiotic ointments. I mixed vitamin E oil with pure aloe and just a touch of tea tree oil and apply that to healing scratches and it seems to help the scratches heal faster :)
natsukaze
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oops, and I forgot to mention lavender oil.
brightlotusmoon
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course. Second most popular healing oil. I love it dearly.

I'm just so tired of smelling it everywhere, you know? It's in everything and so many companies insist on making it a fragrance in their products. I love lavender, just not as a constant scent in everything.
brightlotusmoon
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
Is there anything tea tree can't do? Except smell good, of course. ;)
When I bit a hole in my tongue, my mother advised me to put a drop of tea tree oil right on the spot. It tastes bloody awful.
xxvickixx
Jul. 17th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, yuck! I can only imagine how gross that would've been. I know some people use it diluted as a mouthwash for certain things, but it seems awful to me. I use it on my face for acne and the smell is powerful enough!
yukonsally
Jul. 17th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
Doesn't help ear infections! At least, didn't help mine when I tried it.
rainbow
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
my mama makes calendula and comfrey infused oil and makes a balm from that. it works very good!
glitterychaos
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
I get scratches a lot, and I use pure vit e oil on them, combined with peroxide if I'm worried about infection, most of the time. It seems to work fine.
kestrelct
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
I use a shea butter, vitamin e, and lavender essential oil balm. I gave a big ol Altoids tin to my ex, who works in fast food and not only scrapes up her hands all the time, but also has to dip them in harsh cleaner. She says it helps a lot.
donkey_hokey
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
My healing salve (I make it annually, around Christmastime) contains the following herbs: St. John's Wort, Comfrey, Calendula, and Yarrow. People who use it tell me it is miraculous.
newperspectives
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
we use MelaGel (tea tree oil gel stuff), and love it!
corin13
Jul. 17th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
my mil swears by tea tree oil.
caliginous
Jul. 17th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
http://www.theherbalist.com/anti-fungal_salve.html when I have something really stubborn. it smells, but at least it doesn't smell like lavender.
shellynoir
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
from the slightly strange side of the tracks...
Honey kills germs!
Also spider webs!
And banana peels!
And garlic!
brightlotusmoon
Jul. 18th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: from the slightly strange side of the tracks...
Spider webs?!
How on earth...?

I knew about all the others, but... spider webs?
shellynoir
Jul. 18th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Spider webs! Old ones! Fresh ones! Under the desk ones!
Articles with mentions of spider webs as wound dressing:

http://www.rps.psu.edu/sep95/arachnicillin.html
http://www.cawc.net/open/wcc/1-1/Harley.pdf
http://www.ehow.com/how_3370_care-minor-abrasions.html
Ironically, this one is about treating livestock and has the most useful information:
http://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature_and_Environment/1971_May_June/Common_Sense_Care_of_Wounds_in_Homestead_Animals
It also suggests castor oil which I don't think anyone else has suggested.
I wish I'd used it to keep the air off the cat scratch I got on my face three years ago: the scar might have been less noticeable.

Also a heating pad or warm cat might help it heal faster (:O)

ariansdreams
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
I put lavender oil on everything. It really stops itching for me almost instantly...I live in South Texas, so I get a LOT of insect bites (hence the itching).
eat_your_heart
Jul. 18th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
I use pure calendula extract on cuts.
myskat
Jul. 18th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
I use neat lavender EO on all but deep wounds
silverbromide
Jul. 18th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
Traumeel Gel is a homeopathic gel we found in some natural pharmacy.

Doh, i was going to list all the ingredients but would have to translate everything. I know it contains calendula, witch hazel, and arnica. Link. It works wonders. But it Buuuuurrrns!
sarar
Jul. 18th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
I use tea tree on cat scratches, especially, but on pretty much any other cut/scrape too.
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