Bloody Nose Remedies

| Modified on Apr 11, 2024
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 10/02/2018

My seven year old has always been prone to nosebleeds. It got to the point that he would have a nose bleed every day.

I started giving him 1 alfalfa tablet each day, just the Now brand.

I have been doing this for 3-4 weeks. He has missed a dose here and there but he has not had a nose bleed in at least a couple of weeks.

I suspect the vitamin K in the alfalfa is what helps the most, though alfalfa is very nutritious over all.

In fact, when we had goats, we would seek out and buy alfalfa hay for our goats because it provided better nutrition for them than most hays.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Bruce (San Francisco) on 01/04/2017

As a small boy, I had frequent nosebleeds most commonly in the mountains or in dry deserts. As time progressed, so did my nosebleeds. I am 55 and even in San Francisco at sea level with 50% humidity I am still getting them. I was tested and confirmed to have a low platelet count.

My biggest frustration is when the bleeds occurred. I had no control: at a business presentation, friends party, or the beginning of a family trip. Once I get them I would pinch to get it stopped and rest quietly for the next few days with no activity. I would go to the Ear / nose / throat doctor 10 times a year and have had at least 20 different bleeders cauterized.

The good news, is, with trial and error over the last 4 years, I have found a home remedy, safe, and easy to manage.

Initially I assumed my trigger point was humidity. So, for years I tried ointments and saline sprays, but I still got the nosebleeds. I tried drinking more water 80 ounces a day (I am a 165 lb person) to be better hydrated, not much help.

One day I had a big client meeting and worried as my sinus felt dry. I decided to look at what my doctor sees in my nose. I purchased a small 3” convex compact mirror that has 15 x magnification and a high intensity pen light. This was unbelievable. It was the beginning to finding the solution. You may need to get a nose hair trimmer to see more clearly. You now can at any time, (I do this every morning before work) take a look in the mirror and see if there is a possible nose bleed that may occur in the next several hours .

You can determine if there are dry scabs which make break away to cause a bleed; you can also see the healthy tissue. I was now able to decide my activity for the day based on how the tissues look. Pink and moist : excellent, not to worry. Scabs evident and dry: trouble .

With the mirror and flashlight, I could now experiment. I tried the saline spray, ointments, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, etc. Nothing really made a difference. Red wine the night before, you bet, lots of scabs in the morning. Interestingly, the scabs seemed to be more evident in the early morning and as the day progressed, the scabs got smaller.

Randomly one day I had severely bloody spots in my nose. I drank an 18 ounce Gatorade, and about 1 hour later and I looked into my nose again, the bloody spots were GONE! All these years I assumed it was the outside environment; at the end of the day, it was internal hydration. Gatorade has sugar, salt, potassium, magnesium which give you electrolytes and somehow it was able to hydrate me unlike plain water.

Because of all the sugar in Gatorade, I came across a product and I swear by them. They are small tablets that come in a sleeve which I keep in my overnight bag (along with an extra mirror and pen light). They are ½ the cost of Gatorade and they have NO SUGAR. I play squash, swim, and run regularly, and these tablets are fantastic energy as well. The electrolytes make a significance in my endurance.

Now, Anytime I see scabs in my mirror, I take a tablet in a 12 ounce of water and in one hour, I am safe to play in any activity, even at elevations, or dry deserts.

So, to finish this story with a happy ending, it has been over 2 years, and I have not had a single nose bleed. Anytime I am flying longer than 3 hours, hiking in the mountains, I take my electrolyte tablet.

I wish you all the best and I hope this story can help you reduce or even eliminate your nosebleeds too.

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

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~

Posted by Kay (Cal) on 01/07/2017

I travel with a guy who always carries the small cans of v8 juice. I never saw him drink them, so asked why? He said if ever someone has a health issue (dizzy, heart, sugar) they should immediately drink a can--it provides all the needed electrolytes and you can get started without an iv. Can't hurt, so why not keep this in your bag of tricks.

Geranium Essential Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 09/24/2014

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~

Push on Gums Over Top Front Teeth
Posted by Tonia (Ten Mile, Tennessee) on 09/25/2007

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.

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

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!

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

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?

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

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

Brown Paper Bag
Posted by Paul (Huntsville, Al) on 05/20/2010

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.

Brown Paper Bag
Posted by Cr (Grover Beach, California) on 01/16/2012

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.

Cause of Nose Bleeds
Posted by Mama (TN) on 05/19/2021

Dear Marsh,

Oh, no. I'm sorry to hear it! Two weeks without blowing your nose? I would be miserable, too. I too wonder about the sneezing possibility.

In the 80's I had a blood vessel cauterized in my nose because I had been having daily nose bleeds. I don't think I have had a nosebleed on that side since! So I hope it works as well for you.

Could you take mucinex to help keep the fluids thin? I am assuming you are keeping well hydrated? That is important to keep things thin. Also, dairy tends to make people make more mucous, and might be best avoided for a time. If you have any allergies contributing to your mucous production, nettle might help. I take a couple of capsules twice a day for allergies.

I hope it is a long term help and you get past this acute misery soon!

~Mama to Many~

Cauterize Procedure
Posted by Ky (New Mexico) on 02/28/2015


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.

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

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 (Kentucky) on 06/15/2021

My GF daughter who is 14 years old started having chronic nose bleeds. Her diet sucks. Nothing but fast food junk. She never goes outside. Pale skin with no vitamin D. I put her on a good multi-vitamin 2x/daily One A Day Women's Multivitamin Tablets, Multivitamins for Women that I bought at wal-mart. After 3 weeks, her nose bleeds have disappeared.

Each tablet contains Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Copper, Biotin, Iron, Selenium, Chromium, Calcium, Zinc, and Manganese. One A Day Women's Multivitamin is ideal for women who are proactive about their health.

Sesame Oil
Posted by HisJewel (New York) on 04/04/2021

Hello Marsh from Colorado,

Blackstrap Molasses is what I use for nose bleeds. Last year in the height of COVID I shared this one with some friends who had nose bleeds. I usually heat the water, a cup will do, and stir in a pinch of baking soda. it usually works first time around. if not the second day should do it.


Cayenne and Ginger
Posted by Barbara (Modesto, Ca) on 01/11/2018

Tried a lot of things for my nose bleeds. Tried taking cayenne capsules. Might have helped a little, but not much. Then, out of the blue, started putting 3 shakes of cayenne pepper and 3 shakes of ginger in my pancake mix daily, and -- no more bleeding! I was amazed, and very happy.

Witch Hazel
Posted by Donna (Allen, Tx) on 04/27/2015

Witch Hazel on a q-tip put directly on the inner membrane of the nose helps stop the bleeding of a bloody nose almost immediately. One to 2 applications is all it takes. My daughter gets a bloody nose on almost a weekly basis. Works every time.

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

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!

Sniff Cinnamon
Posted by Artemis3044 (Bismrack, ND) on 06/01/2009

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.

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


Cayenne and Ginger
Posted by Barbara (California) on 05/05/2018

Just a short update. All winter long I only had two medium, easy to stop nose bleeds. And no humidifier, either. Whew!

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