I have mentioned before that if you want to heal up a cracked heel or finger quickly, to pack it with a nutritive ointment and then seal it tightly with a couple of bandages for a few days. In doing so you create an optimal environment for repair - very similar to that found in utero. (High in carbon dioxide (don't tell the government), moist and nutrient rich). For a heel, hand or finger, a natural ointment should include nutritive honey, high-quality beeswax and anti-inflammatory oils even before you add in any herbs to further stimulate cell division and repair (eg. comfrey, aloe). Yes, you can find some of ours here.
When it comes to scar tissue, the younger a scar is, obviously the easier it is generally to resolve after the event, but the principle is largely the same. Since to scar up you didn't have the nutrition, circulation or metabolic energy available at the time (3), now using very regular massage stimulation (frequently rubbing the area gently in the direction of lymph flow (always towards the heart) 2-3 x a day) whether you use an ointment or not, will begin to restore optimal circulation - the first component to healing 'old' tissue. Remember, the body has effectively 'walled off' that area - the best job it could do at the time to make you whole - so you need to help it restore its intimate connection. Next, consider giving the area simple nutrition it can use easily- honey, yeast extracts, vitamin E, vitamin A - and cover the scar so applied, preferably for a few days at a time. Keep your regular massage going though over the covering. For some who can tolerate it, you can use a few drops of chilli oil (4) to increase circulation to the area but take care here please - easier to get on than to get off! And if you are histaminic in tendency, just don't.
In the old days, white sugar was used to pack wounds to heal without scarring (and also because it prevents microbial growth). Sugar has been so demonised today that most people don't think of it as nutritive, but in the right environment it provides readily available energy for a wound, or scar, to use to heal. It occurs to me that using a natural sugar scrub to daily stimulate a scar area could be extra healing in that the slight roughness will 'wake up' the area and the remaining sugar provide some energy to fuel repair.
The results are unlikely to be overnight; I'm suggesting 2-3 months, so take some pictures before you start to see your progress. I wish I'd done that with my leg scar, it's nearly gone!
(3) Wounds with a shock component can really dent available energy, causing even a minor wound to be slow to heal or become keloidic. When this happens, you know the person is likely under-nourished for their current work rate, exercise regime or circumstances especially if they are under 30 because the body will heal skin properly if it possibly can. So if you're not healing properly, time to pay attention to what your scaring is telling you.
(4) Or see The Red Hot Chilli Peppers on Scar Tissue for a completely different perspective!
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