Stop Bleeding Fast...Make Your Own Quikclot from Items You Probably Have
Oh, Man! I couldn't believe it! I had reached into my purse to grab my Swiss Army pocket knife/multi-tool, flipped open the blade to cut off a tag from a new purchase, and BAM! It slipped and cut deeply into my knuckle.
Bleeding profusely, I found a towel in my truck, and held it tightly around the wound. But...it would NOT stop bleeding using just the towel, and it was deep! What do you do in this situation?
You could race to the emergency room and spend a lot of money....OR you could potentially handle it yourself with a little emergency preparedness and knowledge. And that's just what I did.
Even with large wounds where you KNOW you need to get to the nearest medical facility, it pays to know what to do to stop or at least slow down the bleeding.
Quikclot is a great emergency item to keep in your emergency supply both at home and in your car, but if you don't happen to have any, there are some other natural things you can do to stop bleeding fast!
You might also enjoy these articles: What Every Gal Needs in Her Emergency Get Home Bag, Is Your Food Storage Ready for a Disaster?, 140+ Emergency Supplies Every Home Should Have, and lots more on the blog!
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Here are Some Ways to Stop Bleeding Fast!
But First: What is Quikclot?
Quikclot is a gauze or bandage that is infused with kaolin clay. There have been numerous studies involving the differences between using bandages with and without kaolin clay, and it turns out the kaolin clay bandages work significantly faster to help blood clot and stop bleeding. But what if you don't have any Quikclot handy?
Remedies to Stop Bleeding:
How to Use Kaolin Clay, Cayenne Pepper, and/or Yarrow
1) Kaolin Clay:
Kaolin Clay is a commonly used clay that comes from China. It is used in the cosmetic industry as well as helping to detoxify the body. It turns out that Kaolin Clay contains a substance that causes one of the clotting factors to occur quickly. Applying it to a wound or onto the bandage you use on the wound helps clotting occur more quickly.
Kaolin Clay is not expensive, and it's useful to have around. It's worth while to keep some on hand, just in case you need it. Don't get Kaolin clay confused with Bentonite Clay, either. They are different and they don't work the same for clotting.
2) Cayenne Pepper:
Cayenne Pepper has long been touted as an amazing medicinal herb that no household should be without. Cayenne Pepper does all kinds of things to help the body, and it also can help stop bleeding quickly. Cayenne Pepper has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties as well, so it can actually help disinfect a wound.
Various sources note that the use of Cayenne Pepper can stop bleeding within about 15 seconds. This is because of the styptic found in this pepper.
For heavy bleeding, you should drink an 8 ounce glass of water with about 1/2 tsp. of Cayenne Pepper mixed in. This helps to regulate blood pressure, decreasing the pressure at the wound site.
You can also use a tincture of Cayenne Pepper to drop or dab onto the wound site. I am never without Cayenne Tincture in our home...or Cayenne Pepper powder either, for that matter. You can visit this article, How to Make a Tincture, so you can make your own inexpensive Cayenne Tincture to have available.
You may be wondering: Doesn't putting Cayenne Pepper into a wound hurt?
We all know how hot Cayenne Pepper is. There are reports that placing Cayenne Pepper in a bleeding wound does not hurt, as the bleeding stops. Recently, I had a chance to try this out! That story in a moment.
Frankly, if Cayenne Pepper can help stop bleeding, and I am looking at a heavily bleeding wound, the pain is probably not going to matter too much, because there will already be quite a bit of pain. I plan to go for it.
Personally, I get my Cayenne Pepper and all of my bulk herbs and spices at Starwest Botanicals. You can also find your Kaolin clay there, too, along with bulk culinary and medicinal herbs and essential oils. It's a great store!
EDIT: A new NOTE--Just a couple hours after publishing this article, I happened to cut myself pretty badly while doing animal chores.
So, I tried a powder layer of Cayenne Pepper on the cut. Here are the results: It did stop bleeding fast (I had a "bleeder"), and I had to keep using it for chores too, so I couldn't keep it still.
Also, I am happy to report that it did not hurt in the least after the Cayenne. Maybe because my hands were cold? But it sure hurt before I put on the Cayenne when it was gushing. So...I believe the Cayenne is a good deal and doesn't hurt! If anything, it helps stop pain.
Yarrow is a common herb that grows wild all over the country. I cultivate it in my garden too, just because it has many uses. Known as the Battlefield Plant, it was (and l bet it still may be) used on battlefields to help stop bleeding. It was definitely used during the Civil War, where it got its nickname.
Yarrow is a known hemostatic herb, which means it contains compounds that help stop bleeding and speed the clotting process. You can use the leaves as a poultice---just mash them first. Or, if you have powdered Yarrow or can powder some dried yarrow quickly, combine with the above powders.
If all you have is fresh Yarrow, that will work just fine! You can create a poultice using yarrow alone or in combination with kaolin clay and cayenne pepper, too.
Creating a Yarrow tincture is another way to store yarrow in a long term manner. Again to find out how to make an herbal tincture, this is a great article. OR you can even purchase yarrow tincture ready made.
However, I prefer to have the actual herb on hand as well as the tincture. Why not have options?
What to Do if You Have a Bleeding Wound:
If you have Kaolin Clay and Cayenne Pepper on hand, you can mix them and pour them directly on the wound. If you only have one or the other, then just use that. If you happen to have some Yarrow Powder on hand, mix that in too. Then make a bandage to cover the wound with some pressure. You can also put the powder/clay on the bandage first, then wrap.
You can also make a poultice out of the Yarrow if you have the plant handy. Just pulverize the leaves and place it tightly on the wound. You can place this on top of the pepper/clay mix too, and wrap with a bandage.
For Smaller Wounds:
In addition to or instead of using Cayenne Tincture on a smaller wound, you can try Honey! Honey has antibacterial properties, just like Cayenne, so it will help kill bacteria. Besides its antibiotic nature, the combination of the enzymes in honey mixed with blood plasma creates a kind of hydrogen peroxide effect...so use honey!
Be sure it's raw, though. Processed honey doesn't have the healing capabilities of raw honey because the active constituents have been killed off during heating. Honey doesn't help stop bleeding however--but it will help with disinfection to an extent.
How Does Blood Clot?
The information below comes from THIS SOURCE.
"Blood clotting, or hemostasis, is an essential body process that repairs wounds and stops bleeding. The overall steps in the blood clotting process are as follows.
- First, the broken blood vessel constricts, reducing blood loss from the vessel.
- Next, a platelet plug forms over the wound to temporarily stop blood loss. Platelets are continually circulating in our blood.
- The platelets become activated, attracting proteins called coagulation factors or clotting factors to the wound.
- The clotting factors cause a soluble blood protein called fibrinogen to be converted into insoluble fibrin threads. These threads form a mesh over the wound, trapping platelets and blood and forming a blood clot.
- Within the blood clot the damaged tissue is repaired.
- Chemicals in the blood stop the blood clot from becoming so big that it blocks the vessel and also break it down once the wound is sealed."
Knowledge and Preparedness is Power
Having some basic knowledge about emergency medical treatment can be extremely helpful in a trauma situation. With all this said, you should definitely get yourself or the victim of the wound to a doctor quickly, depending on how bad the wound is.
If you're interested in learning about herbalism, including using herbs not only for emergencies but for your health and healing, check out The Herbal Academy of New England. They are an awesome school with all kinds of courses that will meet your needs!
Have you had a situation where you needed to stop bleeding quickly? I'd love to hear your ideas, comments, questions, and other remedies you might know! Please leave a comment!
Hugs & Self-Reliance--
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