Herbal Treatments and Precautions for the Common Nose Bleed

How to Treat a Bloody Nose

Young man with nose bleed
Caring for a Bloody Nose. MAURO FERMARIELLO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Getty Images

An occasional nose bleed is not much of a bother, but if you begin to experience them more and more it would be helpful to investigate possible reasons. There are preventive steps you can take to lessen your risk to nose bleeds. Look to your environment at the top of your suspect list. Seasons of the year bring about their own issues when it comes to the purity and quality of the air your nostrils are intaking.

Seasons of Common Nose Bleeds

  • WINTER - Overheated and under-humidified homes, schools, and workplaces during the winter season create dry environments. Lack of moisture in the air can aggravate sensitive nasal passages, causing the tissue to crack and bleed.
  • SPRING and SUMMER - Allergy-related nosebleeds are more common in the spring and summer when pollen levels are highest.

Nose Bleed Prevention Tips

  • USE A HUMIDIFIER - If you live in a dry climate use a humidifier year round, in other climates run a humidifier during the winter months when forced heat from your furnace is creating a dry atmosphere (especially during the night time while you are sleeping).
  • USE SALINE SPRAY - Saline (salt water) spray for your nose three to four times daily helps reduce drying out of the mucus membranes in your nose and help prevent nose bleeds. Or routinely clear you nasal passages using a neti pot.

Herbal Treatments and Precautions for Nose Bleeds

  • Astringent Herbs - Used topically, these herbs help to decrease or eliminate bleeding.
    • Agrimony
    • Yarrow
    • Witch Hazel
  • Bilberry Herb - Decreases the fragility of small blood vessels.
  • Rescue Remedy - Five flower blend of flower essences is recommended for onset of trauma due to a nose bleed for its calming effect to slow down the heart rate. Slowing down the heart rate will slow the flow of the bleeding.
  • STOP taking Ginkgo Biloba if you are experiencing nose bleeds, this popular herb used for mental alertness can increase the risk of bleeding.

    Recommended Nutritional Supplements

    • VITAMIN C - Deficiency in Vitamin C is associated with epistaxis.
    • VITAMIN K - Bleeding problems can occur with a vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin K helps the blood clotting process. Adequate amounts of vitamin K can be assured by consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables.
    • VITAMIN E - Vitamin E squeezed from a gel cap can be applied inside the nose as a lubricant to dry airways. However, Vitamin E is more likely to increase the risk of bleeding in patients on anticoagulant medications.
    • ZINC - Natural wound healer. Low zinc levels can impair wound healing

    How to Remove Blood Stains from Your Bedding and Clothing Naturally

    • Fresh Stain: Blotting and immediately rinsing with cold tap water should do the trick.
    • Dried Stain: Soak fabric in 1:2 ratios of of salt (1cup) and water ( 2 quarts) prior to laundering in cold water.

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