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  • Maria Chowdhury
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How to Use the Rest of Your Cord Care Powder

How to Use the Rest of Your Cord Care Powder

Since Herbal Cord Care Powder helps the cord stump heal extra fast, you probably have some leftover after your birth and the first couple of weeks. You've hardly used any before baby's cord is gone and you are left wondering what to do with the rest of it. Not to worry! Here are a few ideas for you.

What is Cord Care Powder?

Cord Care Powder is a combination of myrrh, neem, yarrow, oregon grape root, and lavender. Collectively, these herbs possess antiseptic, hemostatic, and vulnerary herbal actions. In other words, they prohibit infection, minimize bleeding, and soothe the skin to promote healing. AND it makes a wonderful herbal first aid powder!

Because it is a dry powder and not a salve, the ingredients provide healing actions when drying is also necessary. Last but not least, it smells great, which is really important when it comes to an oozy, stinking umbilical cord, as well as for treating first aid wounds.

First Aid Powder

Cord Care Powder is a superb herbal first aid remedy. Include it in your herbal first aid medicine kit because of its broad-reaching applications.Herbal first aid powders are excellent medicines for wet, (bloody) and oozing wounds.

It can handle conditions from open wounds and injuries, to bacterial and viral infections, to (of course) drying an umbilical cord. For conditions like this, sprinkle some of the powder on top of the affected area. The powder will create an herbal “scab” over the top that will help dry and protect it.

What's more, it's affordable and light-weight, and when stored in a dry, dark place, it can last 12-18 months or more!

Cleansing Wash

To make a cleansing wash, add a teaspoon of the powder to 8 ounces of boiling water. Let steep for 5-20 minutes. Most of the powder will dissolve, then strain if needed. Use the liquid as a wash or soak for an injury or wound.

If the injury is not in a place that is easily able to be soaked, or the person is unable to sit still long enough for it to properly soak, making a compress can act as an equally effective alternative.

Start by soaking a sterile, 4x4 gauze pad in the wash, then place and adhere the wet gauze on the affected area. You will want to change the old gauze out with new gauze every 2-4 hours. It is very important that you throw the used gauze away. If you are trying to prevent the spread of an infection, it is also essential to use sterile techniques.

I ran into a stone mason friend of mine a while ago. He and his wife have a 1 year old daughter. He mentioned he uses my Cord Care Powder all the time and this is how our conversation went....

“Man, Maria I really like your herbs!”

At this point, I assumed he was talking about how well it worked for his wife and daughter during their postpartum recovery period.
He said: “Yeah that Cord Care Powder is like some Elven Magic, it’s something special!”
"Nice!" I said, "How long did it take for your daughter’s umbilical cord to fall off?" I asked.
He said: “A little less than a week, but I’m talking about how it helps me heal.”


To address toothaches, simply make a gargle. It’s just like making a wash, except the flavor is so strong that you’ll want to mix 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of powdered herbs to 8 ounces of boiling water, then steep and strain if needed.

When you're ready, gargle and swish the herbal mouth wash until the pain and the inflammation clears up or until you can get in to see your dentist. It also makes a great post-dental visit gargle to help soothe the gums.

Remember, Cord Care Powder is only for external use, so it should never be swallowed or ingested internally.

Bug Bites

One 4th of July, my son got into a patch of chiggers. Both of his legs were covered with bites something fierce! Really! It was the worst I had ever seen. He was miserable, and as you likely know, chigger bites can take a long time to heal.

So, I experimented by mixing Healing Salve with Cord Care Powder into a paste. I applied the paste all over his legs and gently wrapped his legs in gauze. Admittedly, this can be a little messy. Trust me, you will need the gauze!

The bites came to a head very quickly and, when compared to the store bought ointment, he claimed that the bites I treated with the herbs hurt less and itched less. It still took a solid week to heal, but compared to others who were suffering with chigger bites, that was fast!


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  • Maria Chowdhury
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