I was walking through a beautiful meadow soaking in all the colors of the wildflowers; it was loaded with thistles though. The thistles were so thick! It was impossible to escape them without a few pricks and scratches. I endured and broke my way through to discover St. John’s Wort, Yarrow, and Plantain growing nearby those dangerous thistles.
This wild and free landscape was offering me three different herbal antidotes for cuts, scratches, wounds, and the pain associated with being snagged by thistles thorns. They are healing for open cuts, bleeding, insect bites, and bee stings. Totally liberating to realize nature has got my back!
Yarrow is the best antidote to stop bleeding and counters tissue swelling and inflammation on fresh wounds. Just pick some of the ferns, chew them up and apply the Yarrow as a compress over the cuts that are bleeding and the inflammation caused by the thorns from the thistles.
St. John’s Wort is an anti-inflammatory for nerve damage, and it mends wounds. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial.
Plantain has similar benefits for the skin as Yarrow does but, it is also beneficial for bug bites, bee stings, and small cuts and scratches. Plantain helps stop bleeding, is a natural antiseptic, and supports tissue regeneration.
It would be best to pick some St. John’s Wort flowers, stems, and leaves and take them home to process and then apply to wounds. For immediate use, simmer the St. John’s Wort in water, strain, and apply to afflicted areas. Add some fresh Yarrow and Plantain to the water for a better synergy to heal those wounds.