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Styptics will stop bleeding.

I've given shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris, green parts) to ladies with too heavy menstrual bleeding and it has worked a treat.

I've used Usnea (lichen, tincture) on bleeding fingers and that works nicely, too.

I've picked Lamium album (white deadnettle) flowering tops for years now, but have used it in ladies' troubles and only recently read that it's a styptic, too - but I haven't tried it yet.

Others tell me that they've used yarrow (Achillea millefolium) as a styptic; haven't used it that way myself.

I'm sure there are more plants which are effective and fast styptics.


Cayenne pepper works wonders.

It's a little on the S&M side, but cayenne is very effective.

Thanks! I don't know if I'm brave enough to try it, though ...

Tumeric/Haldi powder (Curcuma Longa) for minor cuts-external application only!

Thanks - I'll give that one a twirl, and I might even give it to bleeding clients, when I'm all out of capsella.

I gave my dad some cayenne tincture that I made from dried habanero peppers (130,000 heat units). He's on coumadin. One day while sitting in a meeting his lip split and he could not get the bleeding to stop - for two plus hours. When he was finally able, he put several drops of the tincture on the split and it stopped bleeding in less than a minute. I've also used it on my children's cuts and scrapes and it stops the bleeding almost immediately - they say it stings a little, but nothing unbearable.

I have used yarrow as a styptic. You have a great blog here.

Thanks Kelli - so cayenne doesn't sting then? I'll give that a twirl, too.
Thanks Tom!

I think it's more the alcohol in the tincture that stings than the cayenne. I've also used the organic dried herb powder to pack a wound, but I prefer the tincture because of the amounts needed and the clean up afterwards is easier. I always keep a small bottle of the tincture with me.

OK, thanks!

Cayenne only leaves me with a nice warm little tingling on the skin. I've only used it a time or two on someone else, though. I also use cayenne in a very effective liniment, it works especially well on sore muscles. My mother is 60 with fibromyalgia and it brings her relief.
Actually, I am curious if someone here knows if fibromyalgia is a "real" pathology. Or is it related to the family of acronym disorders (MCS,CNS) that are of a more social nature? Thanks. :)

I'll put a word in for Yarrow -- the fresh plant is an *excellent* styptic (gets cuts and wounds healing quickly too), and the infusion of the dried plant is great for heavy menstrual bleeding.

Thanks Suzy - I've made warming salves (cayenne, mustard, ginger and black pepper), which warm the skin (and muscles) nicely; putting cayenne into an open wound is different, though. Or so I thought, until I got y'all'n's comments ...

Thanks Rebecca, that's what I hear, but haven't had to use it yet, cos the capsella works so nicely.

yarrow and plantain are both excellent stypics. i have used them both with great success on nosebleeds and cut fingers from being over-zealous while cooking.

i powder yarrow as a nose snuff for camping trips (my son used to get nosebleeds daily).

Thanks Kristine. Plantain too, eh?

I am on coumadin--can i have cayenne pepper? side effects??

Dunno. Do you eat thai food? Spicy mexican food? Turkish food? That's cayenne pepper right there.