Healing wound with bandage

Natural Remedies for Wounds That Won't Heal

Got a wound that just won't heal up, no matter what you do? It's a real pain, frustrating, and can be pretty risky too. Our bodies usually do a great job at fixing themselves, but sometimes they need a little extra help. 

In this article, we're diving into some natural ways to help those stubborn wounds along. Plus, we'll talk about this cool thing called red light therapy that not only helps heal wounds but also tackles the root of the problem!

Hurdles to Wound Healing

Ever wondered why some cuts just won't get better, no matter how much you care? Well, if they stick around for more than two months, we call them "chronic wounds." Usually, it's because something's not quite right inside, like maybe your blood isn't flowing so well, your immune system's taking a nap, or you've got other health stuff going on, like diabetes, cancer, or heart issues. 

Bad infections can mess things up big time, while stress can throw off your body's repair job. Plus, some meds or habits, like smoking, can slow things down even more. So, it's important to deal with these things to help your body get back to normal as quickly as possible.

When your cells' energy factories, called mitochondria, aren't working right due to inflammation, things go haywire. Also, when your skin isn't making enough of the stretchy stuff like collagen and elastin, it can cause issues.

Common Treatments for Stubborn Wounds

When it comes to healing tricky wounds, traditional treatments have some neat tricks. They scrape away the gunk, wrap you up tight to boost blood flow, and slap on special bandages to help your skin grow back. They might also toss in some meds to fight off germs and ease the pain. 

And if things get really serious, they might do a bit of skin-swapping. But here's the deal: these treatments often don't fix the real problem behind why your wounds are taking forever to heal. That's where 100% safe red light therapy and natural remedies step in to speed things up.

Using Red Light to Speed Up Wound Healing

Ever heard of red light therapy? It's like giving your body a little boost to help heal wounds faster and keep your skin healthy. It uses red and near-infrared light to kickstart some good stuff in your body that helps with skin healing and other cool things like muscle recovery and nerve issues. This low-level light therapy works wonders!

Back in the 1980s, NASA people doing space plant experiments stumbled upon something smart: red light and near-infrared light helped their cuts heal faster. This got people curious about using light for health stuff. Now, loads of studies show how awesome red light therapy can be for us.

When red or near-infrared light goes through your skin, it wakes up those tiny powerhouse cells called mitochondria. They start pumping out energy, kind of like a battery charge for your body. This boost helps your cells work better, and that helps your body heal up faster. 

You know when you get a cut or scrape, and your body jumps into action to fix it? Well, sometimes, that process can hit a snag and slow down a bit.

How Red Light Does Its Thing

After you get hurt, your body jumps into action right away. It works to stop any bleeding and gets all swollen and red around the wound. This might make the area feel sore and leak some fluids. It's your body's way of saying, 'Hey, I'm protecting this spot! However, a weak immune system makes it easy for wounds to get infected. If the inflammation sticks around for too long, it stops the healing process.

Red light therapy gives your cells a power-up, kind of like drinking coffee when you're tired, helping them work better and speed up healing. More research found that red light boosts cell energy, helping them function better and heal quicker.

Plus, red light wakes up stem cells in your bone marrow, making those head to the injured spot. This matters because new cells copy what's around them; if they see damaged cells, they act damaged, too. So, we need to send in healthy cells to show them the right way to be.

Once the danger part is over, the body gets busy growing new stuff, making tiny blood vessels, and cranking up collagen to heal the wound. Sadly, we can't stop scars from happening, but red light can help make them less noticeable by helping your skin grow back in a more normal way. In addition, it makes these cool cells called fibroblasts work better, so your skin can heal faster and look smoother without as many scars.

Red Light Therapy at Home

For small cuts and scrapes, you can try red light therapy, but remember, serious wounds need a doctor's attention. Get yourself a good LED panel and give your wound a 10- to 20-minute dose a few times a week until it's all better. And don't forget to rest up, eat right, drink water, and relax to help your body do its thing. Oh, and make sure that the LED panel has both red and near-infrared light to get deep into your skin and work its magic.

Natural Ways to Heal Wound Faster

You've got a bunch of other options besides medicine to speed up healing and ease the pain.

VAC Therapy

Negative pressure therapy, also known as VAC therapy, is like a special bandage with a pump that sucks out yucky stuff from a wound. It helps keep the wound clean and gets more blood flowing, which is good for healing. But, just a heads up, it might feel a bit weird to move around with it, changing the bandage can sting a bit, and the pump might make some noise that could bother you while you're trying to catch some sleep.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

In this treatment, you hang out in a special room and breathe in super clean air at high pressure. The Mayo Clinic says it helps your blood get more oxygen, which fights off germs and jumpstarts healing by releasing stem cells and special growth factors.


Honey is an old-school remedy that's been used for ages to help heal wounds. It's got an acidic pH that helps release oxygen from your blood and stops those pesky enzymes that slow healing. Plus, the sugar in honey helps draw out water from swollen wound areas, allowing your lymph system to clean out all the yucky stuff. It's also got some natural germ-fighting powers that can kick out nasty bacteria like MRSA and VRE.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree or Melaleuca oil is a natural germ killer that comes from a tree in Australia. You put it on your skin, and it's great at fighting off fungi and bacteria.


Turmeric, that yellow spice in curry, has a super ingredient called ‘curcumin’ that fights inflammation and kills germs. It's like a natural ibuprofen, good for easing pain and swelling. You can put turmeric paste on your skin or take it as a pill or powder.

Aloe Vera Gel

The gooey stuff inside Aloe Vera leaves is packed with vitamins and minerals that help cells grow, ease swelling, and make collagen. Just apply it to your wound!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has monolaurin, a fatty acid that fights germs. Just put it on your skin to keep infections away!


Garlic has a special stuff called allicin that fights off germs and helps reduce swelling, which can make your cells grow better.

These natural fixes for stubborn wounds give you hope that you'll soon feel better and can get back to your usual routine pain-free.

Just like other natural remedies, red light therapy gets to work from the inside out, tackling what's stopping your boo-boos from healing and helping build back healthy skin. It also gives a hand with the ache. And don't forget to explore all the other ways red light can make you feel awesome all over!
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