Learn how to stop bleeding with styptic powder, a natural coagulant. Styptic powder is easy to make, natural, and the ingredients are common pantry items!
Accidents happen. At one time or another, we’ve all had a cut or scrape that just won’t quit bleeding. While some may require a trip to the emergency room, in most cases the bleeding can be stopped at home.
What Is Styptic Powder?
A styptic powder is a substance that causes bleeding to stop.
One type is a styptic pencil. These are made from alum, most probably made from sulfate salts of potassium aluminum, though some are made from ammonium salts. It is thought that the accumulation of aluminum in our systems may contribute to health issues, so many people choose to avoid aluminum.
A styptic powder can also be used to stop bleeding. I carry a small jar of homemade styptic powder mix in my first aid kit in the car and one in a backpack when I go hiking. It’s really indispensable! For instance, I used it on a blister that burst while I was hiking recently. It did hurt for just a bit, but after a while, the pain stopped and I was able to resume my hike.
How to Make Natural Styptic Powder
You can make styptic powder easily, cheaply, and without harmful ingredients. You may even have the materials on hand.
My favorite herb to use for bleeding is cinnamon powder. Gently apply cinnamon to a wound and it will stop bleeding quickly! But for a mixture that will help to kill germs along with stopping the bleeding, use any or all of the compounds listed here.
- Yarrow: dried
- Cayenne Pepper: dried
- Stinging Nettle: dried
- Comfrey Root or Leaf: dried
- Cinnamon Powder: dried
- Turmeric Powder: dried
- Bentonite clay
You can find all of these herbs and bentonite clay here.
Measure out approximately one tablespoon of each ingredient. Use a coffee grinder or spice mill to grind the herbs to a fine powder. Add the clay to the herbs and mix well. Store in a sealed jar to keep moisture out.
To use, apply the powder to a wound and press lightly. The bleeding should stop within a minute or so. If the wound is large or deep, it may take a few tries.
Variations (Styptic Paste)
If you want to make this into a paste, there are several liquid components that can be used:
Raw honey makes a hydrogen peroxide-like solution when applied to the skin, serving as an antibacterial remedy. Be sure to use only raw honey; pasteurization destroys the beneficial elements.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that can help bind the wound, therefore helping it to heal faster.
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and can help speed healing. However, coconut oil is greasy and in heavy bleeding can actually repel the blood, making it harder to stop bleeding. So use coconut oil only for light bleeding or scrapes.
To use any of these, add a few drops to the powder to make a paste. Apply to the wound gently.
Will Cayenne Pepper Sting the Wound?
While it’s true that cayenne pepper may cause some temporary stinging, it can help to desensitize the nerve receptors in a wound temporarily. Cayenne is antibacterial and anti-fungal, so it can really help with wound healing. But if you’re afraid it may sting too much, you can use less or just omit it.
Have you ever used a styptic powder? If so, how did it work?