Herbs for infected wounds
I need some information for an historical novel I am writing, set in Ontario in 1885. No antibiotics in those days, no aspirin even for fever... and the child has an infected puncture wound from a rooster's spur with accompanying fever.
I know such herbs as sage, hyssop, lavender and thyme have antiseptic qualtities... but can anyone out there suggest a course of treatment? Perhaps cleansing with an herbal infusion followed by a poultice of some kind? That's likely what I would try in similar circumstances, but I know there are lots of you out there with more herbal expertise than I have and I am hoping you will share.