Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
Bloody noses often require little to no treatment; however, pervasive or recurrent nosebleeds may require some form of management. Many natural, noninvasive remedies for nosebleeds are known including apple cider vinegar application and other supplements. Applying a cold washcloth to the spine or neck also helps manage bloody nose issues.
What is a Bloody Nose?
A nose bleed is defined as the loss of blood from the nose ranging from fairly minor to more severe. Several factors can contribute to or cause bloody noses including trauma to the face or nose, dry air, nose picking, sinusitis, allergies, blood thinners, regular aspirin use, chemical irritants and others. While uncommon, a bloody nose has the potential to affect breathing, in which case medical attention is necessary.
Natural Remedies for Nosebleeds
Many bloody noses require no treatment; however, when an incidence does require management, natural remedies are the best option. Several natural treatment options are available including apple cider vinegar, garlic and cayenne. Other treatments include placing a thick roll of paper against the upper gums and sniffing cinnamon.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar blotted on the nose with a cotton ball is an effective remedy for a bloody nose. The vinegar helps protect the body from excessive blood loss. Additionally, the vinegar helps the blood congeal and stop a nosebleed.
Garlic is an herb with a high natural sulphur content. Sulphur helps with the clotting of the blood and can help treat bloody noses.
Cayenne is a spice known for its regulation of the circulatory system. When taken in correspondence to a bloody nose, the cayenne travels through the body and circulatory system, regulating pressure and aiding coagulation. Cayenne is typically taken dissolved in water, but it can also be applied directly to the nose.
A bloody nose is typically a minor condition; however, some causes of nosebleeds cause them to be more frequent and detrimental. In either case, natural treatment options serve as effective remedies for treating min and more excessive bloody noses.
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[YEA] 11/10/2011: Furdiana from Las Cruces, Nm: "If you get a bloody nose or your baby (child) is bleeding from a minor mouth injury or a head injury (from falling) just apply ACV or white vinegar to a clean cotton ball and the bleeding stops. It might sting but only for a very short time. My husband was clipping his nose hairs with tiny scissors and by mistake, nipped the skin which bled profusely for 30 to 40 minutes. He called me at work, I told him about the vinegar & cotton ball. He called back 5 min. Later and said the bleeding stopped he was so thankful & couldn't believe it!"
[YEA] 09/02/2011: Westwardtony from Oamaru, Otago New Zealand: "A friend advised me ACV was good for stopping bleeding. I have been having too many nose bleeds lately at inopportune times so on one occasion I took a tsp of ACV and the bleeding stopped almost immediately but will not be taking it neat again!! Just today I had another nose bleed and took a tsp of ACV in a small glass of fruit juice. The effect was not so immediate but the bleeding stopped within a minute or two. I would like to know why it has this effect?"
[YEA] 09/20/2007: BRENDA from CHGO., IL: "FOR NOSE BLEEDS. I HAVE FOUND THAT IF YOU TAKE A SMALL PIECE OF A BROWN PAPER BAG, ROLL IT UP AND STICK IT UNDER THE ROOT OF YOUR MOUTH (UNDER THE FRONT GUM OF YOUR MOUTH) IT WILL STOP THE NOSE BLEED."Replies
[YEA] 05/20/2010: Paul from Huntsville, Al replies: "My Granny taught me this--it works EVERY time. Only other comment is that any paper product folded up works too. The thicker the better (thus brown paper bag). It you make it about 1/8"- ~4mm thick, it works. Must be place tight against gum/lip just under your nose."
01/16/2012: Cr from Grover Beach, California replies: "You can also just use your fingers to apply pressure to your gum right above the space between your two front teeth. A CPR & first Aid instructor told me this and it really seems to make sense, yet barely anyone recommends this technique."
09/09/2013: Sissy from Alta Loma, Ca replies: "That area of the lip is called a vestibule (like the gutter) in the mouth. Some times the attachement tissue from free lip to gum wall (frenum) can make it hard for some to place a roll of anything in there to stop bleeding. I used a cold gel pack on the back, base of my neck to stop a nosebleed, works fast!"
09/23/2012: Bumblebee from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "Hi guys, My sinuses were thinned out as a child from years on the ventilin mask and my nose used to bleed heavily all the time until I was a teenager. You can squeeze your nostril for a while and roll some kleenex and put it in your nose and wait for it to stop. Also what really worked for me is getting my nose cauterized by the doctor. I wish I had gotten that earlier. Now my nose doesnt bleed anymore, I might get a little bit of blood in my snot but thats it. You guys should try it it really works. My nose went from bleeding once a week or so to 0-1 times a year."
[YEA] 10/30/2009: Matt from Millbrook, Ny: "Every winter for several years now, I would get awful nosebleeds, and they were very difficult to stop. Sometimes they would stop only to start again within a few minutes. After reading about cayenne on this site, I began to take it in a capsule, maybe three times a day. After the very first capsule, the nosebleeds never returned. These days I use 1/2 tsp of cayenne in warm water to make a tea. It's easier on my stomach and I feel its effects faster."
[YEA] 11/15/2008: Rob from Springfield, MO: "Every winter since I was little I would get bloody noses because of the dry indoor air. Last winter it was bad. I was having at least one a day no matter how much I ran my humidifier. I came across this site and read about Cayenne Pepper helping with this problem. The day I started taking Cayenne Pepper pills was the last time I had a bloody nose! (It has been almost a year now) I take one in the morning with my vitamins and dont worry about my nose exploding every time I sneeze. Try it, you wont be disappointed!"
[YEA] 03/06/2008: Michelle from Lamora, Mexico: "I once got a really bad bloody nose when I was a kid, I'd tip my head back to try and stop it but it would start running down my throat. I thought I was gonna bleed to death. My mom started giving me dropperfuls of liquid cayenne and I was so worried about my nose that I didn't notice it was even hot so once I noticed it was helping I kept asking for more. The bleeding stopped within a few seconds. I couldn't blow my nose for a few days after for fear I'd break a blood vein but Cayenne works to stop bleeding"
[YEA] 05/20/2008: Paul from San Jose, CA: "COLD WASHCLOTH for NOSEBLEEDS:
I have put a cold washcloth on my neck and upper spine and face, the bleeding stopped in 30 seconds along with direct pressure at the side of the nose. I was very surprised.
I was told by a doctor that dropping a set of keys down the back of your shirt will stop a nosebleed. Supposedly the cold or sensation causes blood vessel constriction. This is where I got the idea for the washcloth."
[YEA] 06/27/2010: Paul from Bloomington, In replies: "I can affirm this works except I use an icepack instead of a cloth which I'm sure would work equally as well. Also I just apply this to the back of my neck and it almost instantly stops the nose bleed. I think this work because it restricts and then draws the blood elsewhere. In any case it works to stop nose bleeds in progress but am still working on a more permanent cure though I suspect allergies to be the culprit. Sometimes misting the air with a mixture of water alcohol and essential oils is helpful in drawing the allergens to the ground. This also helps nosebleed due to overly dry air."
[YEA] 01/16/2012: Usopp from Cranbrook, Bc: "On a FULL stomach - finely cut up a clove of garlic (raw is the only way I do this) swallow it down. (I put it on a spoon and add a bit of syrup on top & drink it down with milk. That Ends my nosebleeds.
Note: If your stomach starts to burn then you did not have enough food in to be a sponge from the acid in the garlic. So then just quickly eat bread and sip milk till it goes away. (I have done this before! ) milk coats the stomach and the bread is a great sponge."
11/01/2012: Antonina from Miami, Fl, United States: "Since I was 13 I have been having nosebleeds due to a hereditary disease called HHT, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, also known as Osler Weber Rendu syndrome. Primarily the symptoms are nosebleeds, however there are complications internally which have no symptoms. These telangiectasias or vascular malformations can be located in the lungs, brain, liver or gi tract. They are known as AVM's. I have been successful with using the ice pack method applied in the neck to stop the nosebleed. I have also taken cold orange juice at the onset and it helps stop the bleeding. The cayenne pepper has been the best because it prevents having the nosebleed and if I do have one its duration is very short. I would like to recommend anyone that has frequent nosebleeds especially if it is in the family to check out more info on HHT. This disorder is "more than a nosebleed". Thanks for all the great information on your site."
[YEA] 09/22/2008: Jenna from Gold Coast, Australia: "I got bloody noses my whole childhood, particularly due to change of weather. The solution that always worked for me was to put an ice pack or couple of ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel to the side of the nose and wrap the rest of the nose in a tissue or the tea towel to soak up the blood. I suppose it made the veins retract. Either way it always worked."
[YEA] 07/30/2011: Don from Penrose, Co U.s.a.: "For long term cure for bloody noses and even bursting blood vessils eat Jello or Jell-well gelatin every day for 2 weeks. It will probably show benifits in 2 days. Did this treatment 45 years ago and the only bloody nose I've had since was getting hit hard in the nose."
[YEA] 08/24/2007: GT from Vero beach, Florida: "Old chinese meds method of stopping a bloody nose. I have used this many times: Take a snipet of your own hair or someone elses hair. Burn this to ashes, mix with a drop of water into a paste. Apply on top of the nose not in the nose. Bleeding stops in seconds!"
[YEA] 09/25/2007: Tonia from Ten Mile, Tennessee: "As a child I used to get nose bleeds every time I got too hot. It happened once while standing in line at an amusement park. Luckily there was a nurse in front of me and she had me hold my head back and push on my gums over my two front top teeth. The bleeding stopped almost instantly and after that the nose bleeds came less often. Now it's very rare for me to have one at all."Replies
[YEA] 08/01/2008: Chriss from Decatur, IL replies: "Bloody nose-my son has been blessed with my nose bleeds. After the second one tonight I found your site, my old tricks just weren't working. I tried the cold rag on the neck and pushed on his upper gums at the same time. In less than a minute the bleeding had stopped. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am printing the whole page for future reference."
[YEA] 06/01/2009: Artemis3044 from Bismrack, ND: "I started having nose bleeds, again. My brother told me to sniff a little cinnamon and that would stop it and clot it. It worked."