We all have had a cut in our life. No matter deep or shallow cuts are painful, messy and we want to stop the bleeding immediately. And while we all know that it’s important to quickly stop cuts from bleeding, you don’t always have Band-Aids at your side. However, you probably have something that can stop bleeding fast right in your spice cabinet. I bet you did not know about this miracle first-aid spice – Cayenne pepper.
Since ancient times, this spice has been used by Native American for its health benefits and positive qualities. In the 16th century, the spice was brought to Europe, following one of Christopher Columbus’ voyages.
Cayenne pepper does much more than just add spice to culinary dishes. This miracle working substance can also stop bleeding in less than one minute under most circumstances. It works miracles because cayenne pepper reacts with the body to equalize the blood pressure. This means that cayenne will keep the extra gushing of pressure from becoming concentrated in the wound area as it normally is. Blood will instead quickly clot when the pressure is equalized. Ok, the really amazing thing about this remedy is that it also helps reduce the pain. I know. Hard to believe, but it does.
According to Dr. Raymond Christopher, an American herbalist known for his numerous publications on herbs and natural healing, “By the time you count to ten, the heavy bleeding should stop completely after administering cayenne pepper.”
Although cayenne is a spicy herb, people have reported that cayenne powder does not sting when it’s directly applied to an open wound. What gives cayenne the ability to stop bleeding is the substance called styptic, which stops blood when applied to a wound. You can use cayenne pepper in a couple of different settings.
Although cayenne is a spicy herb, people have reported that cayenne powder does not sting when it’s directly applied to an open wound. What gives cayenne the ability to stop bleeding is the substance called styptic, which stops blood when applied to a wound.
- Use cayenne pepper powder and generously apply it directly onto the bleeding cut or laceration, or
- Take some cayenne tincture and use a dropper to drip onto the wound, or
- Pour tincture solution into a bowl and use a cotton ball to soak and pat onto the wound.
- In about 10 to 15 seconds, the bleeding should stop
Cayenne pepper can also be taken orally. Dissolve a teaspoon of cayenne in one cup of water and drink it down. If the taste of this seems like a bit too much, simply dissolve a teaspoon of cayenne into the juice of half a lemon and a dash of maple syrup.
while cayenne can stop bleeding from exterior wounds, it also works for internal hemorrhages inside the nose, stomach, and throat if taken orally. Cayenne can also work to improve blood circulation, assist digestion, stimulate perspiration and saliva, and lessen pain from swollen or arthritic joints and limbs.
Cayenne pepper is a great “trick” to have up your sleeve when you want to take immediate action against the bleeding. It is really powerful with all different cuts. Have in mind that if the cut is too deep and heavy bleeding you should visit the ER but cayenne pepper will help you stop the bleeding on your way there