Herbal Cures: Blisters

Echinacea The polysaccharides in echinacea promote healing. To make a tincture, add 3 tablespoons chopped roots to 1 cup ethyl alcohol. Strain, then apply. Extracts and ointments are available.

Pipsissewa This wildflower contains traces of helpful glycosides resins, antiseptic methyl salicylate, and astringent tannins. Apply a poultice of fresh leaves, a decoction of dried leaves, or the leaf extract. Capsules and tablets are available but are not for external use.

Aloe vera The gel of the aloe leaf is the most widely used herbal treatment for skin conditions. The gel coats and protects the blister, while its antibacterial polysaccharides promote healing.

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