Herbs By condition-Top Ten Herbs First Aid: Top Ten Herbs for Minor Bleeding
The Herbal Wisdom Approach- It would be wise to note and act quickly if you or someone else is bleeding profusely, excessively, or in any unusual manner or way. In this instance one should seek professional medical treatment by calling your local emergency services and by treating the wound with the appropriate treatment by applying pressure to the wound until help arrives. However, with minor bleeding from scrapes, scratches, nosebleeds, and cuts; the bleeding can be treated effectively and efficiently with an assortment of herbs and remedies that you can either find outside in your yard or garden, or within your herbal first aid kit. Herbs that help stop bleeding have anti-hemorrhagic properties and these herbs are usually classified as Styptics1; in addition other classifications of herbs such as Astringents2 and Vulneraries3 also help aid in the process of cleaning the wound to prevent infection and also aid in and speeding up the healing process.I personally would recommend keeping a couple or more of these herbs in your own herbal first aid kit so that you may be prepared for accidents and when minor emergencies occur. The following herbs below are listed in the order of effectiveness and usefulness based on my own personal recommendations from my research and my experience as an herbalist, healer, a medical practitioner.
St. John's Wort (Hypericum, peforatum)
Cayenne (Capsicum, fructescens)
Peppermint (Mentha, piperita)
Yarrow (Achillea, millefolium)
Shepherd's Purse (Capsella, bursa pastoris)
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis, virginiana)
Greater Plantain (Plantago, major)
Calendula (Calendula, officinalis)
Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca, minor)
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla, vulgaris)
Glossary- 1. Styptic- is an herbal classification and action that some herbs produce in which the herb can help arrest bleeding through a strong or excessive astringent action.
2. Astringent- is an herbal classification and action that some herbs produce in which the herb causes the contraction of tissues and thus restrains discharges.
3. Vulnerary- is an herbal classification of herbs that promote and assist the natural physiological healing process that occurs after the skin "epidermis" is broken or punctured.