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Home Remedy for Leg Ulcers

Leg ulcers are usually open wounds or sores that don't heal or take a long time to do so. Symptoms include leg swelling and an itching or burning sensation. Leg ulcers tend to be more prevalent in women with poor circulation or varicose veins, and they usually appear after a minor injury. Poor circulation often prevents proper healing. Circulation problems and varicose veins can develop from obesity, standing for long periods of time, not enough exercise and arteriosclerosis.

Proper Nutrition

To improve your circulation, consume a variety of fresh (lightly steamed or raw) vegetables and whole grains. Do not eat saturated fats, sugar and trans-fatty acids normally found in processed foods, margarine and shortening. This eating plan will provide the necessary amount of vitamin B and vitamin C, which are critical for strong and healthy blood vessels.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are abundant in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which help to improve circulation, lower cholesterol and promote weight loss. EFAs can be found in unrefined cold-pressed seed oil. Additional food sources include walnut oil, flax seed or sunflower oil. Simply apply these oils to salads or other vegetables.

If you experience continual bleeding from a wound or scratch, you may be deficient in vitamin K. These untreated wounds or scratches often can lead to a leg ulcer. Some food sources rich in vitamin K include dark green, leafy vegetables and alfalfa sprouts. Garlic and onion also improve circulation and thin the blood.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is an excellent home remedy for healing leg ulcers. To use as a poultice, place 1 tbsp powdered charcoal in a pan, and add water until you can spread the paste onto a cloth large enough to cover the injured area. Completely saturate the cloth with the warm, moist paste to promote healing and repair. Place the cloth directly over the wound, and cover with plastic wrap. Do not allow the poultice to overlap, and hold it down with tape. Change the poultice every six hours. If the skin is broken, do not put charcoal on it to avoid colouring the skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has potent antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. To heal leg ulcers externally, apply several drops of tea tree oil to thoroughly disinfect and cleanse the wound. After the wound is cleansed, apply a Swedish bitter compress. Put 10 drops of Swedish bitters on a cotton ball, and apply it to the injured area. Keep it covered with a dry cotton rag or cloth. To protect your clothing, use a plastic sheet. Change the compress every one to four hours.

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About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.