Herbal Home Remedies

Home Remedies For Nosebleeds

Most people have had a nosebleed. They tend to be minor and can be brought on by allergies, cold weather, sinus infection and other illnesses. When the nasal passages are irritated by rubbing, picking or blowing, the tiny blood vessels break and the nose, it starts a-flowin'!

Common Causes of Nose bleed

  • Nose picking
  • Nose injury
  • Cold or flu
  • Inserting small objects
  • Allergies
  • Nasal tumor 
  • Dry nasal passages
  • Nasal infection

CAUTION: Nasal hemorrhaging-blood flowing from both nostrils-requires immediate medical attention. Rush to the nearest doctor or hospital emergency room.

Also, recurrent nosebleeds may be a symptom of an underlying ailment. Seek appropriate medical attention.

Natural home remedies

For the occasional nosebleed, the first thing to do is to gently blow your nose. It will help rid your nostrils of blood clots that may prevent a blood vessel from sealing. Then try any of the following remedies.

  • Take cayenne, goldenseal, and white oak bark to help with bleeding.
  • A wet towel placed on the head stops nose bleeds.
  • When you have a nosebleed, sit or stand. Do not lie down. Do not put your head back. It will cause you to swallow blood.
  • Eat leafy green vegetables and take chlorophyll as a preventative measure.
  • A small piece of brown paper from a brown paper bag, placed between the upper lip and the gum, has been known to stop a bloody nose in no time.

We have heard that a dime under the upper lip also stops the nosebleed. If you're outdoors without a paper bag or a dime, a stiff green leaf from a tree can serve the purpose. Place the leaf under your upper lip and press down on it with your finger.

Tie Things Up

  • This is a remedy that came to us from the Caribbean islands-take the pinkie finger of the hand opposite the bleeding nostril and tightly tie a string under the pinkie's fingernail.
  • We know that cayenne pepper stops the bleeding of a cut or gash. We've been told that drinking 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne in a glass of warm water will help to stop a nosebleed.
  • Gem therapists say that a nosebleed can be stopped by placing a piece of pure amber on top of the nose.
  • Vinegar is said to be very helpful in getting a bloody nose under control. Pour some distilled white vinegar on a cloth and wash the neck, nose and temples with it. Also, mix 2 teaspoons in half a glass of warm water and drink it.

Nosebleed Prevention

  • Bioflavonoids help prevent nosebleeds. Eat at least one citrus fruit a day and be sure to include the white rubbery skin under the peel. It's called the "pith" and it's extremely rich in bioflavonoids.

In addition, take a vitamin C supplement with bio flavonoids. And add green leafy vegetables-lots of them-to your diet. They're rich in vitamin K, needed for the production of pro thrombin, which is necessary for blood clotting.

CAUTION: Broccoli and turnip greens are rich in vitamin K, the clot-promoting vitamin. If you take anti clotting medication prescribed by your doctor, be aware that those vegetables may counteract the effects of the medicine.

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