Goldenrod has proven to be an effective supplement in wound healing.

When dealing with any wound, you should always follow a regimen outlined by your physician. However, there are a number of supplemental strategies that help bolster the wound care process. For instance, certain vitamins and minerals can maximize your body’s wound healing mechanisms. That includes vitamin A, which is rich in tissue-building collagen, and vitamin D, perfect for fighting off infection.

But did you know that alongside vitamin and minerals, certain herbal options can be a great addition to any wound care plan? A 2012 review in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery noted that when combined with traditional treatments, herbs and plants can improve most wound therapies. Here are a few examples of the most effective herbal wound healing remedies available:

1. Yarrow

As the University of Maryland Medical Center pointed out, yarrow, a flower similar to chrysanthemums, has been used as a medicinal treatment since the time of the ancient Greeks. Yarrow has been widely used to treat digestive problems due to its heavy concentration of flavonoids, or specialized pigments. However, several studies have proven that yarrow can be used to treat wounds, including moderate burns. A 2007 study in the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances found that yarrow helped improve both the appearance and contraction rate of burn wounds in rabbits. The UMM noted that yarrow has a few possible interactions, including blood pressure medication, lithium and blood thinners.

2. Goldenrod 

Much like yarrow, goldenrod – a bright yellow flowering plant – has a long and storied history as a medicinal cure, according to the UMM. In the past, goldenrod has been given to people with diabetes, tuberculosis, gout, asthma and hemorrhoids. However, it’s also been used for bleeding issues, and rightfully so. The 2009 book “Continence: Current Concepts and Treatment Strategies” explained that goldenrod has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities. That could be due to the presence of both flavonoids and saponin, a soap-like chemical that turns into a foam. Goldenrod is most commonly used in a special mouthwash, which helps to treat inflammation associated with pharyngitis (sore throat).

3. Calendula

Though the plant looks almost identical to marigold flowers, calendula has far more medicinal applications than its counterpart, according to the UMM. Though it hasn’t been used as long as yarrow or goldenrod, calendula is regularly implemented to treat ulcers, menstrual cramps and skin problems. And because it also contains plenty of flavonoids, calendula has become a popular supplement for wound care regimens. Researchers believe calendula can increase blood flow, which heals wounds faster and lets tissue develop for efficiently. The flavonoids are also effective at combatting viruses and bacteria, which make them especially valuable.

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