Whether you wore the wrong shoes for a long hike or you spent an entire day doing yard work, or you accidently brushed your arm against a hot stove – the result will always end with a painful fluid-filled pocket known as a blister.
Trauma to the skin, mainly repeated rubbing or a minor burn can result in a blister. The body, to protect the damaged skin — creates a tiny cushion. The process of healing begins when the body rushes specialized cells to the area to limit the injury. This is evident in the collected fluid and the raw, red underlying skin that defines a blister. Because of this, many experts will tell you to leave a blister alone so that the underlying skin can heal.
There are herbs that one can use to help with the healing process of the average blister. These herbs can be used to help speed generation of new skin. In addition, there are herbs that can help cool and heal inflammation, and fight bacteria.
How To Get Rid Of Blisters?
The first thing you should do if you get a blister is soak it briefly in warm water. It is also good to apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Never drain a blister unless it is unusually large or if it is impeding the movement of a joint.
If you must drain the blister, stick it with a pin or needle. Make sure that whatever you stick it with is sterilized. Let the protective skin dry and begin to peel on its own, do not remove it. Once the protective skin dries and begins to peel on its own, then you can remove it with your fingers or a clean scissors. After you peel the skin, put a small amount of herbal ointment to a bandage or gauze and gently apply to the blister. For the next several days, you should avoid putting any pressure on the area. Until the blister is healed, repeat the cleaning and the application of the herbal ointment.
Blisters Herbal Ointment
This herbal ointment is effective on not only blisters, but also for minor cuts, abrasions, burns, and fungal infections.
½ ounce dried calendula blossoms
½ ounce dried comfrey root
2 cups almond, olive, or other vegetable oil
½ cup finely chopped beeswax
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
Inside of a crock-pot, combine the herbs and vegetable oil. Cover the crock-pot and allow to heat on its lowest setting for about 2 to 4 hours. While heating, check and stir frequently to prevent burning. The ointment is done when the oil is yellow and has a smell like that of herbs. Strain with a coffee filter or a piece of cloth into a large measuring cup. This oil is now an infused herbal oil.
To each cup of infused oil (you will lose some in the straining process), add ¼ cup of beeswax. Over a very low heat – heat the oil and the beeswax together until it melts. Do not allow to boil or burn. Test the consistency by placing one tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for a minute or two until cool. The balm should be the consistency of an easily spreadable paste. If it seems too thin, add a little more beeswax; if too thick, add a little oil. Remove from heat. Quickly add the essential oils. Pour into clean glass containers and cover tightly. Cool to room temperature.
Herbs For Blisters
Comfrey – This herb is a traditional healer, which works because it is rich in allantoin. Allantoin is a chemical that stimulates cell proliferation. This helps to speed up the growth of healthy skin.
Calendula – This herb is a wound-healer, an anti-inflammatory, and an antiseptic. Many first-aid creams contain calendula in their ingredients.
How To Treat Foot Blisters With Herbs
Chamomile – This is a great anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic that possesses great wound-healing properties. If you have a chamomile tea bag, you can dampen the bag with warm water and put it on the blister.
Lavender – Lavender is a mild antiseptic and it speeds healing.
St.-John’s Wort – This herb is beneficial as an anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. It is also a wound-healer when applied topically in an infused oil.