My son in law, Clay, was working with drills and metal and other dangerous stuff the other day. The short story is that he deeply cut into his left palm – 2 1/2 inches long and 1/4 inch at the deepest. This kind of nasty cut would normally have sent us to the ER for stitches. Well, they are not rich so I suggested that we clean it really well using 3% H2O2 (peroxide), dry it and pack it with slippery elm powder to aid the healing and dry up the oozing. He was amenable though sort of reticent. [Now we are talking a big, tough, country kid - he tolerates pain well, so he went with it.]
We wrapped it well and he went about his day. That night we washed it again with the H2O2, repacked it with slippery elm as they continued to do once or twice a day since. I forgot about it, frankly, as they took over the cleaning, packing etc. Last night I looked at it and WOW. The ends are all closed up neat and tidy. The middle half inch is closing up and has a nice scab. What a testimony to doing with God’s herbs! No stitches and ugly “railroad track” scaring. NO agonizing trip to the ER and long wait. No $$$!
Where did I get the idea of the slippery elm? Years ago I read “10 Essential Herbs” by Lalitha Thomas. One of my favorite beginner books on herbs. She tells of a time that a friend of hers that got badly gashed with an ax. After cleaning it with honey, she pasted it with the slippery elm and bandaged it. Long story short, it healed all nice and clean.
I am not suggesting you not go to the ER. Please use common sense.