Bandages are a necessity in life, and when none are available, bacteria can get in, causing an infection.
But what if you are in an area where you don’t have a bandage? Thankfully, there are four simple, natural bandages that you can find and use when nothing else is available.
1. Spider web.
You may be thinking, “yuck!” Yes, it may seem gross, but spider webs are a great natural bandage to utilize. They also can be found pretty much everywhere — from a corner of your home to a tree branch. Simply find a clean one (without a spider, of course) and ball it up. There are several traits of the spider web that make it such a great bandage. For one, when you put the spider web on the wound, it will dry and harden. When you are ready to remove it, all you have to do is run it under hot water. Another great trait is that a spider web has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
2. Chicken egg.
Specifically, chicken egg membranes. This type of bandage is best suited for cuts that have a flap of skin that has been pulled up. Simply crack an egg and peel the membrane of the shell. Then put the membrane on top of the skin (with the wound closed, of course).
The membrane will stick together, so there is no need to put anything on it to hold it on the wound. When ready to remove, all you have to do is put warm water on it and peel off.
3. Marsh woundwort.
This plant is a member of the mint family and is perfect for wounds. It naturally contains astringent which cleans cuts. It also has the ability to clot blood when applied so that the wound stops bleeding. Just pick a leaf and apply it on the wound.
4. Lamb’s ear.
Also a member of the mint family, lamb’s ear is very soft and pliable. The flexibility of the leaves allow it to be wrapped around a body part, like a finger. It also has the same healing properties as marsh woundwort. It helps clot the wound and also cleanses it.
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