Bare Wilderness Survival Facts

Dealing with Burns or Cuts in the Wilderness

Dealing with Burns or Cuts

Personal injury is always possible in the bush. Bad cuts and burns must be dealt with immediately. A natural antiseptic is the sap that forms in the blisters on the bark of white spruce or balsam fir trees.

To deal with a burn, cool immediately with cold water to reduce the severness of the burn. After it has been cooled the sap can be placed on the burn. Add the fluff from a cottonwood tree or the fluff from a cattail.

The sap and fluff will create a second skin or gauze to protect the burn. The same thing can be done with a cut. Apply the sap and then add the fluff to create a bandage.

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Blisters on White Spruce Trees contain natural antiseptics
Blister on Spruce Tree
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