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Bloody Nose Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 06, 2015

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.

Remedies for Bloody Nose

The Popularity of Bloody Nose Remedies - Full List

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Apple Cider Vinegar22011-11-10
Blackstrap Molasses12015-08-05
Brown Paper Bag22007-09-20
Cause of Nose Bleeds02015-04-28
Cauterize Procedure12012-09-23
Cold Washcloth32015-01-02
Geranium Essential Oil12014-09-24
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia02012-11-01
Jello or Gelatin12011-07-30
Old Chinese Remedy to Stop a Bloody Nose!12007-08-24
Push on Gums Over Top Front Teeth22007-09-25
Sniff Cinnamon12009-06-01
Sniff Water12011-08-14
Vitamin C With Rose Hips12009-11-28
White Vinegar02011-05-03
Witch Hazel12015-04-27

Apple Cider Vinegar  
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Posted by Furdiana (Las Cruces, Nm) on 11/10/2011

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Westwardtony (Oamaru, Otago New Zealand) on 09/02/2011

[YEA]  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?

Blackstrap Molasses  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Mama To Many Donate
(Tennessee, Usa) on 08/05/2015

[YEA]  One of my teenage sons was getting frequent nose bleeds. Sometimes daily and they seemed to come on for no reason. I encouraged him to start taking a spoonful of blackstrap molasses each day. He is really good about taking stuff if he thinks it will help. For months he has been taking Blackstrap Molasses almost daily. We realized yesterday that he does not get nosebleeds anymore. Can we be positive this is why? Well, no, but I think it is quite likely.

This son knows the benefits of blackstrap. He feeds it to his goats when they are low on iron. They also drink more water when he puts blackstrap in it, which is great in the summer to keep them well hydrated. We even saw it restore the color of the coat of an older goat when taken over a number of weeks.

~Mama to Many~

Brown Paper Bag  
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Posted by BRENDA (CHGO., IL) on 09/20/2007


Replied by Paul
Huntsville, Al
[YEA]   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.
Replied by Cr
Grover Beach, California
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.
Replied by Sissy
Alta Loma, Ca
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!

Cause of Nose Bleeds  
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Posted by Msv (Va) on 04/28/2015

[WARNING!]  I started having a light nosebleed last spring, I-4 times. It subsided and began this past March 2015, but got heavier. My PC finally referred me to "ENT" after I pressed the issue of something being wrong. I'm not a smoker or use alcohol, etc. My intake has been healthy for years, this shouldn't be happening. I visited an "ENT" (ear, nose, throat) physician today. The visit was much needed; the doctor found that I had one enlarged blood-vessel in my right nostril. The doctor performed treatment, then sealed/capped the vessel. Dryness causes the vessel to enlarge.

There are many causes of nosebleeds, don't diagnose your condition! If anyone suffers with this agitation, please, get to an "ENT" clinic or inform your PC so he/she can refer you.

Pay attention to your body changes. Don't delay your health!

God Bless :)

Cauterize Procedure  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 1 WARNING!

Posted by Bumblebee (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 09/23/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Ky
New Mexico
[WARNING!]   Cauterize nose procedure was a big mistake for my family. It took 10+ years to fully recover! Even if you get massive gushers that make other people want to call 911, find alternative solutions.

Nose bleeds can be caused by so many other conditions in the body.

Keep the nose moist. Try natural oragnic salve, cocnut or olive oil. Stay hydrated with good water. Don't strain to hard on the toilet. (high blood pressure)

avoid nasty chemical fumes, dust, smoke.

Blow your nose when it has mucous.

Prevention is key.

Avoid Petroleum jellies including "vasiline" thesae lead to chronic sinus problems.

Diet, diet, diet

Good luck but consider a new doctor if they want you to burn or freeze your bleed.

Replied by Timh Donate

A few yrs ago I had periodic nose bleeds particularly in the dry winter. Applying Cod Liver Oil directly over the entire surface of the nose a few times proved totally successful as I have had no recurrence to date.

3 User Reviews | 3 YEA

Posted by Matt (Millbrook, Ny) on 10/30/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Rob (Springfield, MO) on 11/15/2008

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Michelle (Lamora, Mexico) on 03/06/2008

[YEA]  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

Cold Washcloth  
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Posted by Niknok1100 (Columbia, SC) on 01/02/2015

[YEA]  My nose bleeds at least 3 times a month. A wet, cold towel or a bottle of cold water at the back of the neck could really stop nose bleed. Been using them for years!

Posted by Paul (San Jose, CA) on 05/20/2008


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.

Replied by Paul
Bloomington, In
[YEA]   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.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Usopp (Cranbrook, Bc) on 01/16/2012

[YEA]  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.

Geranium Essential Oil  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Mama To Many Donate
(Tennessee) on 09/24/2014

[YEA]  This evening my three year old was playing on a bed and tumbled off and hit his face on a chair. He had a terrible nosebleed from it. It may be the worst nosebleed I have ever seen. He had blood coming out of his nose and his mouth. I held him and wiped up blood with clean clothes (trying to stay very calm, since I know my reaction will affect him, all the while wondering if I should take him to Urgent Care or the ER...little ones bleeding can be scary! ) The blood just kept coming. I thought of cayenne pepper, but knew that would really upset him. The Lord kindly reminded me of Geranium Essential Oil. My daughter went to get that, and the Lavender Essential Oil. I put a drop of Geranium Essential Oil on his forehead with my finger and also wiped what was left on his nose and cheeks. I put another drop on my finger and held it to the roof of his mouth. In less than 60 seconds, the bleeding stopped. It was amazing. I was so grateful! I put some Lavender on him also as it is soothing.

I was still watching him carefully. I tried to put ice on his forehead/nose, but he didn't like that. He really wanted me to take off his bloody clothes. So I changed him and gave him some smoothie I had in the fridge. (He said his mouth hurt...I guess from the oil. I wouldn't normally use it straight or internally but was wanting to act quickly. I don't think it burned him but I think he didn't like the taste.) In 15 minutes he was riding his scooter on the porch.

At bedtime he has a couple of small red marks on his nose, but no bruise. Geranium is good to prevent bruises and goose eggs, too. I need to put some in my purse. I never want to be without geranium!

Had he acted oddly during the evening or had excessive swallowing, I would have taken him in to be seen, but he seemed quite himself. (Excessive swallowing can be an indication that there is still bleeding happening.)

Yea for Geranium Essential Oil!

~Mama to Many~

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia  

Posted by Antonina (Miami, Fl, United States) on 11/01/2012

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.

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Posted by Jenna (Gold Coast, Australia) on 09/22/2008

[YEA]  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.