There are many natural remedies to stop bleeding that you can use at home and today. Every once in a while you will get a paper cut, a scrape or maybe a small wound that causes you to bleed. For most people and most wounds, blood will start clotting naturally pretty quickly and the body’s healing system will take care of the problem. But sometimes due to the location of the wound or the health of an individual, bleeding just doesn’t stop. I have had a few cuts myself when the heavy bleeding would not stop and it worried me. I had to rush to the nearest hospital to have it looked at. If I knew then what I know now, I would I have been spared the worry and the trip. I’m going to share with you ones that have proved to work.
First Aid To Stop Bleeding At Home
Before we get into the natural remedies to stop bleeding, first let’s talk about the traditional first aid methods that you should know. It is recommended to wash and clean the wound with water and hydrogen peroxide as soon as possible. After that, apply steady pressure to the wound using a cloth for a full 15 minutes while keeping the wound elevated. The 15 minute time period is necessary and although it may seem like a long time, it is needed by the body to do its work. This is more than enough time for the blood in the wound to start clotting and even if the bleeding doesn’t stop, it should go down to a trickle by then.
If the wound is in the mouth, the person suffering from it should be made to sit up and lean forward. This is done to prevent the blood from seeping into the throat.
These first aid procedures should be performed regardless of you using natural remedies to stop bleeding. If it is a smallish cut or scrape, you can maybe avoid it. In any case, use your best judgement.
Natural Remedies To Stop Bleeding
Home remedies for bleeding vary from using everyday household things like ice and tea bags to specific herbs with healing properties. Here are what we consider the most trustworthy (without side effects) home remedies to stop bleeding.
Icing is the most commonly known natural remedy to stop bleeding. Icing the area of the wound not only helps in the clotting process but it serves as a great pain relief as well. When you apply ice on a wound, it causes the ruptured arteries to constrict and close off. Ice’s ability to treat swollen areas around the wound is also well documented.
While using ice on an open wound, make sure that you don’t apply it directly. Wrap a bunch of ice cubes in a towel before applying it for best results.
2. Tea Bags
Tea bags work like charm to stop bleeding. It doesn’t matter what kind of tea it is, it can be regular or green or whatever flavor is lying around your house. Just take a tea bag, moisten it with water (don’t drench it) and press it on top of the wound. Hold for a minimum of 10 minutes. This should stop the bleeding.
Tea bags are especially recommended for a natural remedy to stop bleeding in the mouth after like tooth extraction or an injury.
3. Ground Coffee Powder
Ground coffee powder can help stop the blood flow by aiding the clotting process. Although in case of serious injuries, there is a risk of contamination of the wound but for minor scrapes and cuts, it works really well. It is one of the oldest natural remedies to stop bleeding out there and has been passed down from generation to generation as a kitchen wives’ tip.
4. White Vinegar
White vinegar has great astringent properties which work incredibly well to stop bleeding. Vinegar will make the ruptured arteries that are causing the bleeding to constrict and close off. It also aids the clotting process. All you need to do is take a cotton ball or swab, dip it in some white vinegar and apply it on the open wound. It stings a bit but in a little while you should see it start working its magic.
Goldenseal root powder is one of the most powerful natural remedies to stop bleeding. Just sprinkle a little bit of this antiseptic herbal powder onto the wound and watch as it soaks up the blood and stops the bleeding. The best part about goldenseal root powder is that it works quickly. If you feel it’s not working quickly enough for you, sprinkle a little bit more.
The herb is well known to herbalists and is easily available at your local herb dealer. It has many great properties and is worth maintaining a store of.
6. Black Pepper
Now this one hurts like a ***** but if you can take it like a man (or a woman), it is worth the pain. Black pepper to stop bleeding has been around for ages. The only reason it is not as popular as some of the other remedies on this list is that (as mentioned before) it stings quite a bit.
The best time to use black pepper is after having cleaned the wound. Just grab your pepper shaker and sprinkle some black pepper on the bleeding area. The bleeding should stop fast. If it doesn’t or you feel like you can’t take the pain, walk over to the nearest sink, open the tap and wash off the pepper (you weakling you…).
Another awesome and totally reliable home remedy to stop bleeding is turmeric. Turmeric’s healing properties ensure that when applied on a wound it will help the blood clot and the body fight off infection and heal. Depending on the size of the wound, apply turmeric on it so that it covers the wound and leave it for a few minutes. The turmeric will react with the wound and do its job. You can reapply more later if you feel like it. Completely natural, completely trustworthy and completely safe.
8. Cayenne Pepper
This, like black pepper, is one of the stars on this list. Any list of natural remedies to stop bleeding would be incomplete without cayenne pepper powder in it, that’s how powerful it is. It stings, surprisingly less than black pepper, so be prepared for that. Sprinkle a little bit of the powder onto the wound. It has great antiseptic properties and will make the blood clot in a jiffy. Just wait for the bleeding to stop and wash it off.
Alum is a soapy block available in many stores that is made up of a number of minerals. The minerals in this rock can speed up clotting and stop bleeding naturally. All you need to do is moisten the alum block, place it on the cut or scrape and hold it for a little while. You don’t need to press the block against the wound, just a little contact with its surface should do the trick. The alum may cause a slight stinging sensation but that’s how you know it is working. Don’t worry it is completely harmless and pretty much guaranteed to work.
Now this is one of the lesser known natural remedies to stop bleeding, but we’ve found Juniper Sap to be as effective, if not more, than anything else. You’ve probably heard about juniper berries which are quite popular as medicinal herbs. Juniper sap isn’t something that everyone can get their hands on easily, but if you’re into herbs and natural treatment, you’ll know where to find it.
The procedure for applying juniper sap is simple. Just wash and clean the wound. Apply the juniper sap on the wound and bandage it. It works really well for most bleeding cuts and injuries (except for the serious ones). It is especially known to be very good for cuts on the hands.
Cornstarch is great natural remedy to stop bleeding since it aids and speeds up the clotting process. Cornstarch has drying properties which makes it great for this. Just sprinkle a little bit of cornstarch on the bleeding wound. Once the blood has dried up, wash off the starch with water. You won’t need to apply it more than once for most small cuts and bruises.
In the same vein as cornstarch, flour does a swell job in stopping blood. It is a natural moisture absorbent. Just sprinkle some flour onto your wound and you’ll notice that it begins to dry up the blood quickly. This blocks the blood from flowing outside. If it’s a small cut on your finger that is bleeding profusely, I would suggest sticking your finger in a bowl of flour. It’s a lot of fun!
13. Salt and Water
Salt is a good remedy to stop bleeding. Salt and water work a treat as far as disinfecting and clotting blood goes. Just prepare a mixture with a small bowl of water and 1 tbs pn salt and pour it directly onto the wound. Saline water is especially good for wounds or lacerations inside the mouth. Gurgling salt water will stop almost all types of bleeding in the mouth and relieve pain.
Yarrow is a common plant with small white flowers. The leaves of the yarrow have incredible healing properties and can be used to treat all manners of cuts, scrapes and wounds. You’ll need to crush and grind the leaves to make them usable. Store them in a glass jar away from sunlight. Whenever the need arises just sprinkle on the bleeding area and watch it do its work. You can also use yarrow leaf powder as a dressing. Just apply it on the wound and cover it up with bandage.
Sugar has natural antiseptic properties along with the ability to aid the blood clotting process. A spoonful of sugar on a cut or scrape should do the trick. Because of its crystalline nature, it is also a water absorbent and so will help the blood dry up and clot. Sugar is one of the natural remedies to stop bleeding.
16. Witch Hazel
If you aren’t familiar with With Hazel, it is a shrub with yellow flowers that is found in a lot of homes. Witch Hazel lotion (made from the shrub) is quite easily available in the market and is known for its astringent properties. Its use on cuts not only stops the bleeding but also disinfects it. Just dab a cotton swab or ball in a little bit of the lotion and rub it on the wound. Works like a charm.
Yep, you heard that right. Glass can be used as a home remedy for bleeding. Ironic, especially if the bleeding you want to stop was caused by a glass cut, but it works.
Glass has an electromagnetic surface that triggers the clotting process of the blood. So next time you get a cut, take some glass and press it against the wound. The blood should start clotting in 5 to 10 minutes. It goes without saying that if you use a shard or piece of glass, there is major risk of you actually injuring yourself more. So don’t be foolish and only use glass with a plain surface.
18. Spider Webs
Spider webs were used by Native Americans as a natural remedy to stop bleeding. It is still in practice and I have seen more than a few people recommend it. Make sure you have cleaned your wound before using spider webs. Otherwise, the risk of infection is too great. Also make sure that there is no spider clinging onto the web when you take it down to use for your wound.
All you need to do is grab the nearest spider web you can find (everyone’s got spiders don’t they?) and put it on your open wound. It should help the arteries constrict and the bleeding to stop.
Now using vaseline to stop bleeding does not actually stop bleeding by virtue of a chemical reaction or by speeding up the body’s clotting process. What it does do is form a protective layer over the wound, stopping the blood from flowing out of it. The blood will take it’s natural time to start clotting. In other words, if you wipe away the vaseline before the blood clots, the blood will start flowing again.
Vaseline has its uses and can be handy in situations where you want to avoid dripping all over the place. But if you want to stop the bleeding in a more permanent way, one of the other options might be better for you.
When you or someone in your family gets a cut or an injury next time, you should know what to do. Stopping bleeding naturally is your prerogative and something which has no side effects. Most of you probably already knew a couple of the simpler home remedies on this list. But like all home remedies, some work better for some and some don’t. These natural remedies to stop bleeding sure could come in handy in a bad spot and there is no harm in knowing more than a few.
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