Cayenne pepper helps with minor cuts
by Megan Edwards
Sep 03, 2014 | 307 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Megan Edwards
Megan Edwards
Nosebleeds are a common thing. From time to time, I will get a small nosebleed, usually when the weather changes from hot to cold and my sinuses start to dry out from the heater being turned on. However, several years ago, my cousin Amanda was beside herself when her 4-year-old daughter’s nose would not stop bleeding.

Skylar had not done anything for her nose to bleed. She never had allergies, and it was the middle of summer, so we knew that it was not the same as my occasional nose bleeds. After about three days of on/off nosebleeds that were practically uncontrollable, the little girl was diagnosed with Von Willebrand disease.

Von Willebrand disease is the most common hereditary coagulation abnormality described in humans, although it can also be acquired as a result of other medical conditions. It arises from a qualitative or quantitative deficiency of Von Willebrand factor (vWF), a multimeric protein that is required for platelet adhesion.

After, putting Skylar on medication, the instances of nosebleeds has dramatically decreased in the past two years. And, hopefully, with time she will grow out of the disease but needs to be watched closely for excessive bruising and bleeding.

A doctor recommended Amanda use cayenne pepper to speed up the clotting process. Cayenne pepper has a lot of healing properties when it comes to minor cuts and lacerations.

One of the elements of cayenne is CAY-1. This saponin was found to disturb the membrane activity in fungal cells.

In a study titled, “A Novel Antifungal Compound from Cayenne Pepper,” cayenne, or capsicum as it’s sometimes called, was found to possess remarkable antifungal activity or properties.

Legendary herbalist Dr. Christopher talks of using cayenne for emergency heart attack treatments and stopping bleeding from even very severe wounds including gunshots.

Cayenne pepper can be taken orally. Put a teaspoon of cayenne in one cup of water and drink it down. It is not necessary to wait for it to dissolve completely. Warm water works best, but cold water will work too. For those who don’t want their mouth on fire, dissolving a teaspoon of cayenne into the juice of half a lemon and a dash of maple syrup will take the edge off.

For minor cuts and lacerations, pour the cayenne pepper powder directly onto the cut. There is no modification whatsoever required. Be liberal with it. The cayenne can also be dissolved in a bit of water and used to saturate a piece of gauze that is placed over the wound area. Alternately, you can use a cayenne tincture and rub it into the wound with a clean cloth or cotton ball. Cayenne tincture would be used for smaller cuts and scrapes. If it is large wound and bleeding profusely, just start dumping cayenne powder directly on it.

Not only does it stanch the blood flow of a cut or laceration, but it also actually disinfects the wound as it possesses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial capabilities.

The combination of the external application and drinking it in water slows the bleeding dramatically within just a few seconds and stops the bleeding completely within a couple of minutes and some have reported having had no pain.

This may come as bit of a surprise to many but cayenne pepper does work. Why? Cayenne pepper equalizes the blood pressure and allows cuts—even deep cuts—to clot quickly so you can keep all your blood inside your body, where it belongs. You can either sprinkle it on dry, or mix it with some water to form impromptu gauze. It’ll sting a bit of course, but it’s actually a tried-and-true healer—so it’s good to have some handy.

Editor’s note: Megan Edwards is an employee and columnist for The Progress. She is not a physician or nurse, and does not play one on TV.
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