Case Study of a Hand Laceration

My friend Kristen Prosen got a pretty gnarly cut at the base of her thumb while carving a wooden spoon. I was able to check in with her throughout the healing journey, and it has been a pretty successful case of using herbs in wound care. When she came to us at the FL Earthskills first aid station immediately after the knife hit her hand, the cut was quite deep and bleeding. First aiders used a yarrow compress to stop the bleeding, then sent her off to the hospital to get stitches. She used honey on the stitches and removed them after 10 days. She continued to use honey, charcoal, plantain, and helichrysum essential oil. When I saw her a few weeks later at the FL Herbal Conference first aid station, it was doing pretty well, with only slight redness. We began some calendula-infused epsom salt soaks, after which she would scrape off dead tissue. Then air became the wound’s good friend, because it was in a crevice prone to becoming damp and infected. From there, Kristen continued to care for it well with all the above mentioned tools, as she saw fit.  Once there was a healthy layer of new tissue, she began applying salves and frequently massaged the area to break up scar tissue. She now has full mobility and it’s lookin’ great! Here’s some pictures of the wounds progression….

Day 1 (stitches)…………..Day 10 (post-stitches)…………………Day 15

Day 18……………………Day 24……………………..Day 29!

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