Medicinal plants to treat dermatitis, wounds and ulcers, burns, abscesses and boils.

Plants for burns

A burn is the injury or decomposition of an organic tissue, produced by heat (for example fire), caustic, corrosive substances or at high temperatures, or by the effect of electricity or radiation.

Burns are classified according to the depth of the injury: first-degree burns affect only the superficial layer, and the erythema or redness that they produce in the underlying skin usually heals without leaving sequelae.

Second degree burns affect the epidermis; they produce a serous separation between it and the basal layer in the form of blisters, and usually heal after a while without excessive complications. On the other hand, third degree burns produce a total destruction of all layers of the skin; depending on the larger or smaller area covered by the injury, it can heal spontaneously or produce serious shock’s, since plasma, proteins and other essential substances are lost in the body through the burned surface; In addition, that area is exposed to the entry of germs, and therefore to important infections that can lead to death.

Phytotherapy provides some very effective plants in burns of up to the second degree, and fundamentally emollient, healing and anti-inflammatory action:

  • St.

    wort Anti-inflammatory, stimulating epithelialization.
  • Plantain

    Antiseptic, healing, anti-inflammatory.

  • Emollient, healing
    castor .
  • Linden

    Emollient, anti-inflammatory.

  • Emollient
    olive tree, suitable for burns and skin ulcers.

Other compatible plants: Calendula Comfrey major


Plants for wounds and ulcers

Wounds and ulcers are skin lesions in which the skin loses its continuity, that is, there is a break in its lining. Unlike wounds, which have a traumatic origin, ulcers are produced by various causes, such as aggressive factors (example of acids in stomach and duodenal ulcers), continuous compression of an area of ​​the skin (ulcer by position decubitus in long convalescence), or poor condition of the blood vessels (varicose ulcer). All ulcers manifest necrosis or loss of substance, with gradual disintegration of the tissues and little tendency to spontaneous healing.

In herbal treatments for wounds and skin ulcers, use is made above all of plants with healing and antiseptic action; if the tissues are necrotic (the skin is dead), plants with astringent effects are also useful. The application is carried out in the form of washes with the infusion or decoction; If the lesion is infected or open and it takes time to heal, then it is advisable to use compresses or poultices.

  • Aloe

    Excellent healing, very effective in any type of burns
  • Agrimony

    Healing very effective in slow healing wounds and ulcers.
  • Aliaria

    Healing, revitalizing the skin.
  • Minor Centaura


  • Very effective healing
    digital .
  • St. John’s wort

    Stimulates skin regeneration, reduces the inflammatory reaction around the lesion.
  • Roman chamomile

    Healing, emollient, antiseptic.
  • Yarrow

    Healing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, very effective on ulcers and wounds.
  • Rosemary

    Healing and antiseptic very effective in ulcers and wounds.

Other compatible plants: Loosestrife, Sorrel, Watercress , Holy thistle, Calendula


Plants for dermatitis

Dermatitis, also called eczema, is the general definition of any inflammatory process of the skin. They affect the dermis and secondarily the epidermis. It manifests as erymatous plaques, vesicles, and exudates or scaling; It is produced by various internal or external factors, for example in the presence of toxins, chemicals, pathogens, fungi, parasites, toxins in the blood that are eliminated through the skin, allergies, etc.

In phytotherapy, emollient, healing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and nourishing plants are used with regard to local applications (compresses or poultices); As for its internal application, plants are used primarily for purifying action of the blood.

  • Aloe

    Emollient, healing, increases defenses.
  • Dandelion

    Purifying, laxative, prevents autointoxication due to constipation.
  • Fumaria

    Prevents rashes and eczema, and autointoxication due to intestinal putrefaction.
  • Roman chamomile

    Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.
  • Yarrow

    Healing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.
  • Major nettle

    Emollient, useful in chronic skin conditions.

  • Emollient, healing
    castor .
  • Carrot

    Emollient, vitamin for the skin.

Other compatible plants: Cress , Cardencha, Pansy, Oak, Salicaria, Saponaria .


Plants for abscesses and boils

An abscess is a collection of pus in a cavity of the skin whose tissues have been destroyed. For its part, a boil is the infection of a hair follicle, that is, of the gland that produces sebum in the root of a hair; It is caused by a staphylococcal germ, which forms precisely the pus or abscess. In phytotherapy, plants with healing and antiseptic action are used; They are applied in the form of poultices, in order to mature the abscess or boil to expel the pus and regenerate the tissues.

  • Fenugreek

    Facilitates the drainage and cleaning of the skin.
  • Cabbage

    Healing, antiseptic, Vulnerary.

  • Yarrow

    Effective healing and antiseptic in abscesses and boils.

  • Bramble

    Effective healing of ulcers, abscesses and boils.

Other compatible plants: Lily, Cincoenrama, Echinacea , Fig, Yucca


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