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Styptic: Herbs To Stop Bleeding

Many astringent herbs when applied externally to stop bleeding are called styptics. They are also reffered to as antihemorrhagic: To stop internal bleeding. Yarrow was once known as "nosebleed", it's feathery leaves making an ideal astringent swab. See also Hemostatics, herbs that encourage clotting. Herbs with these properties are often useful in healing wound and cuts and should be represented in your herbal first aid kit.

  • Agrimony Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria L. Liverwort, cockleburr, sticklewort
    Herbaceous Perennial : This most famous of the medieval wound herbs is a member of the rose family and like all it's more glamorous relatives is highly astringent. Agrimony is mild enough to use for children and strong enough stop bleeding from cuts and heavy menstruation. Agri...
  • Butternut Butternut Juglans cinerea White walnut, Lemon walnut
    Tree : Butternut is used as a mild laxative and to expel human parasites....
  • Cayenne Pepper Cayenne Pepper Capsicum minimum Capsicum ,African Pepper, Chillies, Bird Pepper
    Tender perennial shrub : Capsicum, an extract from cayenne and other peppers, can dramatically reduce chronic nerve pain, and is effective against chronic pain like arthritis and neuralgia...
  • Horsetail Horsetail Equisetum arvense Shavegrass
    Grass : Gently stimulating increased urinary flow, horsetail helps flush infectious bacteria out of the bladder without altering the body's balance of electrolytes...
  • Lotus Lotus Nelumbo nucifera Indian lotus, sacred lotus
    Perennial dicot : The lotus is one of the worlds most sacred plants and has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years....
  • Oak Bark Oak Bark Quercus robur White Oak
    Deciduous tree : Oak bark is a powerful astringent, and has been used by herbalists for thousands of years. Decoctions of oak bark are used for throat infections, acute diarrhea, and bleeding, and have been studies for use in kidney infections and stones....
  • Plantain Plantain Plantago major ,lanceolata L. Broad-leaved Plantain, Ribwort, narrow leaved plantain, Slan-lus
    Perennial Herb : The macerated fresh plantain leaves are put on bee stings and used for skin irritations, malignant ulcers,and burns, and to stop bleeding in minor cuts....
  • Red Root Red Root Ceanothus americanus New Jersey tea, Wild Snowball
    Shrub : Red root is an astringent, expectorant and antispasmodic and is used by modern herbalists in the treatment of complaints such as asthma, bronchitis and coughs....
  • Salad Burnet Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor Lesser Burnet
    Perennial herb : Salad burnet, while not considered one of the major additions to the herbal pharmacopoeia, is still a decorative and endearing herb...
  • Self-Heal Self-Heal Prunella vulgaris L. Self-heal, Heal-all, Blue Curls, Heart-of-the-Earth, Brunella Carpenter-weed
    Herb : Fresh leaves and flowers may be applied directly to a fresh wound. While self-heal is not so immediately effective as comfrey, yarrow, or bugle, it is a good herb to know about because of its almost universal presence and availability. ...
  • Sheep Sorrel Sheep Sorrel Rumex acetosella var. vulgaris Sheep or field sorrel, oseille
    Perennial : Sheep sorrel is used most famously as an ingredient in Essiac formulas, and the herb has a long history of use in folklore...
  • Shepherd's Purse Shepherd's Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris Pickpurse, Casewort
    Annual Herb : Shepherd's purse is one of the foremost herbs used to stop bleeding an effect due to the tyramine and other amines it contains...
  • Sweet Woodruff Sweet Woodruff Galium odoratum Wild Baby's Breath
    Perennial herb : Sweet woodruff teas are anti-inflammatory, diuretic and gently sedating. ...
  • Thuja oil Thuja oil Thuja occidentalis Arborvitae, tree of life, white cedar, yellow cedar, American cedar
    evergreen coniferous tree : Thuja may be used in hot compresses and steam baths to ease rheumatism, arthritis, and achy muscles....
  • Witch Hazel Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana Spotted Alder, Winterbloom, Snapping Hazelnut
    Deciduous shrub : A general and all purpose remedy for abrasions, burns, scalds, insect bites and other inflammatory conditions of the skin....
  • Yarrow Yarrow Achillea millefolium Milfoil, Old Man's Pepper, Nosebleed
    Perennial herb : Yarrow is one of the best-known herbal remedies for fevers and bleeding. The chemical makeup of yarrow is complex, containing many active medicinal compounds ...

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