Diabetes affects the body in many ways, and one of them can be seen via leg ulcers. Once they develop, they can become unsightly and painful. If left untreated, they may lead to amputation or can be life threatening. There are many natural ways to treat leg ulcers. If you are interested in treating them the natural way, here are some tips and steps.
- Gather the materials and ingredients. For these treatments, you will be needing dried Calendula flowers and Comfrey leaves, vitamin E oil, a piece of cheesecloth, some distilled water, a cotton t-shirt (make sure it is clean), some plastic wrap, a jar with a lid, and a large towel.
- Make some tea. You will first have to brew some tea using the dried Comfrey leaves and Calendula flowers. Take 4 cups of distilled water, and bring this to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add about 4 tablespoons each of the dried herbs. Lower the heat and let it simmer for half an hour, making sure that you keep the lid on. Once done, let it cool until it is room temperature. Using a cheesecloth, strain the tea into a jar and cover tightly. Store this jar in the refrigerator where it won't stale for 5 days.
- Prepare the legs. Before applying the poultices, make sure that you clean the legs with the diabetic ulcers. Wash gently with warm water and wipe dry with a towel. Apply some Calendula oil to the leg ulcers so they don't dry out. The oil will also promote healing, as well help keep the poultice from attaching to open wounds.
- Wrap the legs with your prepared poultices. Do this one leg at a time, while sitting up. Take an old but clean cotton shirt and cut them into strips. Do not use the parts where there are seams. Pour your prepared tea into a small bowl, make sure that the tea is cool enough and is at room temperature. Soak the bandages in the tea completely. Take the poultices and squeeze out excess liquids. The bandages should be a little damp, and not soaking wet. Carefully wrap the poultice around the legs, covering the whole leg from the knee to the ankle. Do this on both legs. Once done wrapping the legs, check if you have tea left over from the bowl. Pour the remaining tea onto the legs to soak the poultices well. Take your plastic wrap and gently wrap the poultices with it. Cover both poultices completely, but make sure that you do not wrap it too tightly that it will become uncomfortable. You may leave the legs wrapped overnight.
- Remove the poultices in the morning. Gently peel off the wrap and unwound the poultices gently. Wash the cotton bandages in hot water, making sure that you clean them thoroughly, as you can use them again. Air them out to dry.
Do not rely on these poultices to cure diabetic ulcers. They may help in
easing pain and discomfort, but it is still best if you consult a
doctor to get proper treatment. Make sure that you use clean materials.
You do not want to infect the wounds any further. If the leg ulcers
become worse, consult a doctor immediately.