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, and it was deep! Now I carry some things to take care of bleeding wounds FAST in my truck at all times, just in case!
In an emergency in which there are bleeding wounds to deal with, it's a good idea to have some knowledge about what to do quickly, as well as items you should have on hand. Especially if the wound is bleeding heavily, you may need to make a bandage or poultice to help staunch the flow of blood before you can get to a medical facility. And if there is no medical facility nearby, you will absolutely need some options to stop bleeding in a dangerous trauma situation. Luckily, if you don't have any Quikclot on hand, there are some remedies you can do with items you may have handy. Here are some ways to stop bleeding fast!
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:
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.
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.
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. However, I have not personally tried this. 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.
I get my Cayenne Pepper and all of my bulk herbs and spices HERE.
A new NOTE: Just a couple hours after writing 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 fine!
You can find Yarrow HERE if you don't have it growing nearby.
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:
Besides 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 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.
You can find out how to make Cayenne Tincture HERE.
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.
I hope you enjoyed this article!
Hugs & Self-Reliance!
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