Natural treatment for Nosebleed (Epistaxis)
Bleeding from the nose (epistaxis) is a common complaint.
A nosebleed is rarely life threatening but can be scary because it looks worse than it is.
Nosebleeds cause significant concerns, especially among parents of small children.
Most nose bleeds are spontaneous and will stop on their own, some can be recurrent. The bleeding tends to recur since the clot or scab is easily dislodged. The nose is lined with many blood vessels that lie close to the surface where they can be injured and begin to bleed.
Common causes of nosebleed include:
- Dry, heated, indoor air, which dries out the nasal membranes
- Low-humidity climates, which can dry out the mucus membranes
- Colds, especially which cause repeated sneezing, coughing, and nose blowing
- Vigorous nose blowing or nose picking
- When a foreign object is inserted into the nose
- Injury to the nose and/or face
- Allergic and non-allergic inflammation of the nasal lining
- Use of drugs that thin the blood: aspirin, warfarin, anti-inflammatory medications, and others.
- High blood pressure
- Chemical irritants (cocaine, industrial chemicals and others)
- Presence of an abnormal shape of the structure that separates the two sides of the nose
- Occasionally tumors
- Facial and nasal surgery
This list is not all-inclusive, but serves as a reference for common causes.
The non-complicated nosebleed can be treated at home with natural hemostatics, but some do need medical care.
Blueberry. A natural hemostatic is blueberry. Add blueberries to your regular diet because blueberries protect the walls of blood vessels due to its rich content in tannin that make it a general hemostatic.
Eat 1 to 2 cups of blueberries daily as a preventive cure (14-15 days).
Drink two cups of the following blueberry decoction: add 1 teaspoon of dried blueberries to one cup of cold water. Soak for 8 hours before drinking.
Quince, a natural treatment for nose bleeds, is used such as is or as food (juice, syrup, jelly). How to do decoction: grate one quince fruit and add to 1 liter (1 quart) of water. Boil this decoction until the liquid is reduced by one half. Drink all the liquid during one day, sweetened with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Lemon juice. Drink lemon juice or apply directly to the inside of nasal cavity using a swab. Lemon juice is a natural anti-hemorrhagic, thus is very useful in preventing not only nosebleeds, but bleeding gums, subcutaneous hemorrhage and capillary fragility, because of its high content of vitamin C.
Carrot juice. Drink 1/2 cup of carrot juice each morning on an empty stomach to help prevent nose bleeding and restore lost blood. You can eat as well as carrots, 3-4 pieces per day.
Sea buckthorn. Another herbal treatment and natural hemostatic to consider is an infusion of sea buckthorn and hot water. Add 1-2 teaspoons of sea buckthorn to one cup of hot water. Drink 2-3 cups each day.
Nettle. The last suggestion would include the use of nettle infused with water: put 1-2 tablespoons of dried leaves in a cup of hot water. Soak for 5 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day. Nettle has hemostatic effects through its high content of vitamin K.