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As a mother, with two children that like to fight, I always worry about serious cuts. I know from my experience as a lifeguard that applying pressure will slow bleeding, but, until recently, I had no clue how to stop it completely.

Apparently, if a person applies cayenne pepper to an open wound, it will stop bleeding. This even works for deep cuts that are a serious cause for concern (and should be seen by a professional).

But how does it work?

According to eHow:
“Long hailed as a miracle-working substance, cayenne pepper can stop bleeding in less than one minute under most circumstances. The reason it works is because cayenne pepper reacts with the body to equalize the blood pressure, meaning an extra gushing of pressure will not be concentrated in the wound area as it normally is. Blood will quickly clot when the pressure is equalized.”

Basically, cayenne pepper returns blood pressure to normal so that clotting is easier. It can be used on any type of cut to stop bleeding and can be applied topically or taken orally. (However, serious cuts need to be treated by a professional. Cayenne pepper is just a way to prevent blood loss on your way to the doctor.)

Here is a guideline for oral consumption of cayenne pepper as described by Dr. John Christopher in his book School of Natural Healing:

“…take a teaspoonful of cayenne in a glass of extra-warm water, drink it down, and by the count of ten, the bleeding will stop. Instead of all the pressure being centralized, it is equalized, and


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