You’ve stubbed your toe at high speed against a chair leg, you’ve managed to drop something heavy onto your big toe, or you’ve pulled out too much toe nail when you were clipping…again. Now, you’ve gotten this large, red, tender bulb that pusses with every step. Ouch. I’ve had this happen to me far too many times in my short lifetime, and never has neosporin and a bandaid helped the problem.
After discovering my own wonderful cure to clear up fever blisters in two days, I decided I’d be just as good to find something to help my toe. Well, peppermint balm wasn’t the answer here. It’s Witch Hazel, Lavender Oil, and air.
Witch Hazel Wipes: $3
Hydrogen Peroxide may be what everyone uses for cuts and wounds, but I’ve found that witch hazel does the trick 10x better! Not only does it not burn, it cleans the sore, dries the bulb, AND dulls the pain. Purchase a tub of unscented baby wipes, along with a bottle of Witch Hazel. It can be found in both Hattiesburg Wal-Marts on the aisle with the bandaids. The witch hazel should have 14% alcohol content; both of the ones they sell are perfect.
Pour 12 ounces of the witch hazel into the tub of baby wipes, saturating the clothes by separating a few chunks of layers and pouring the witch hazel on them. Use the cloths to clean your infected toe, or any wound! Throw it away when done. Do this any time you can when you notice it has crusted over or gotten dirty.
Lavender Essential Oil: $5
After cleaning with witch hazel, use a Q-Tip to wipe the infected portion and the tender portion of your toe with Lavender Essential oil. This can be found online at many soap and botanical websites. If you live in Hattiesburg, MS, you can purchase it from The BroomCloset without having to pay shipping and handling. Buying from The BroomCloset ensures that it is the same lavender oil that I found to cure my own toe infection this week! Comment, e-mail, or visit [http://the-broomcloset.com/item/oils-blessing-dressing-essenti/2-dram-la… to purchase; of course any pure lavender essential oil will do the trick!
Stuffing your foot into a sock and then into a shoe allows the infection to grow in the warm, moist climate. Be sure to keep your toe out of both whenever you can! If its almost healed and you wear a shoe for 8 hours, it’s likely that it will grow back to beginning size!
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