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Remedies Witch Hazel

Paul Whybrow

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It used to be that I healed quickly from grazes, cuts and bruises, but with ageing, they hang around for weeks.

My recently acquired sportscar, an MGF, has needed a lot of fettling to correct neglected maintenance by the previous owner. Access to components of this mid-engined vehicle is quite the worst I’ve encountered in 50 years of wrenching, so I’ve been picking up new scars as I force my hands and arms through tight spaces.

A deep bruise on my right bicep was painful enough to jog my brain cells into recalling that Witch Hazel has many benefits, including treating bruises. For £3 I acquired a 200-millilitre bottle from the local chemists. Dabbing my bruise several times a day with soaked cotton wool saw the bruise quickly fade. Witch Hazel works just as well on abrasions.

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Hannah F

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A bit of spider's web (minus the spider) is great for those bleeding gashes. Over the wound, it keeps the blood on the inside.
 

Emily

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Calendula is superb for healing too. Hypericum for anything nervy, esp nerve endings. Arnica, like @Katie-Ellen mentioned would be my number 1, esp for bruising. I'd take them in homeopathic potency, easily got in health shops etc.
 

Hannah F

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And it's a smart move to wear something on the arms similar to gaiters (I use old socks cut off at the heel and pulled up the arm (not the foot bit, the other bit). Looks like an elbow compression thingy, but made of sock. Stops a lot of damage.
I agree. I wear tubigrip bandaging for possible arm-slashing, thorn-piercing jobs (and for bitey canine or psittacine or feline (incl. scratchy) clients).
 
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