Cape Herbal Medicine: 1 ~ Wound Healing

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Course Overview

Nature of Wounds – In the first section of this course we will explore the nature of wounds. We take look at what we mean by ‘wound’, and distinguish various types of wounds. We then learn a little about the structure and function of the skin, the largest organ of the body. The natural wound healing process is then discussed as well as some of the reasons healing may not occur.

Herbs & Wounds – Next we spend time with the plants that facilitate wound healing and are useful as first aid remedies. We explore their wound-healing qualities and how best to prepare them to optimise their beneficial effects. Lastly, we discuss the importance of healing strategies and how to best select, prepare and apply of herbal first-aid wound remedies.

Featured Plants

  • Aloe
  • Buchu
  • Bulbine
  • Cannabis
  • Cape Chamomile
  • Cape Mistletoe
  • Centella
  • Imphepho
  • Mountain Daisy
  • Pig’s Ears
  • Pyjama Bush
  • Plantain
  • Rooibos
  • Rose Geranium
  • Sand Olive
  • Sieketroos
  • Sour Fig
  • Sweet Thorn

Creating with Herbs – This section of the course is devoted to the preparation of your own first-aid herbal remedies. We look at a variety of recipes, materials and methods for each of the preparations so as you can get creative and tailor your creations to your own circumstances.

Featured Preparations

  • Herbal Wound Wash
  • Herbal Wound Spray
  • Herbal Wound Compress
  • Herbal Wound Poultice
  • Herbal Wound Cream
  • Herbal Wound Balm

Healing with Herbs – The final section is all about applying what we have understood safely and effectively should the need arise. We look at a selection of minor wounds commonly seen in animals and discuss how best to facilitate healing with herbal first-aid remedies. For each condition we explore choosing a healing strategy, identifying the plant actions required, selecting and preparing the herbs appropriately, and how to apply the herbal first-aid remedy.

Featured Diseases

  • Scratches
  • Grazes
  • Cuts
  • Hotspots
  • Post-operative wounds

Learning Outcomes
  • Deeper understanding of the nature of wounds and wound healing.
  • Greater appreciation of beneficial herbs and their usefulness in supporting wound healing.
  • Knowledge and skills to create first-aid, herbal wound healing preparations.
  • Confidence and ability to provide first-aid herbal support to facilitate the healing of minor wounds.
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