Natural First Aid for Wounds


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Posted by Mtbella (Columbus, Ohio ) on 09/12/2018 2 posts
5 out of 5 stars

DEEP laceration healed in 7 days (with images)

So this really blew me away. I had about a half inch deep & inch long laceration on my hand. My amazing wife looked on Earth clinic and saw this crazy remedy of pouring alcohol in it (it stung pretty bad for only about four seconds) and Cayenne pepper (felt next to nothing when I poured this in the wound, which is crazy).

Since I didn't want to spend 4 hours in the hospital plus about $1500, I thought what the heck. The middle picture is minutes after the cut, the top picture is one week later, & the last picture is two weeks later (which is just a few days ago).

I changed the Band-Aid and the Cayenne pepper four times during the first seven days. And then I just left it completely open after that.

Absolutely amazing. Thanks to all of you who brought this to our attention.

Posted by Dale (Raleigh, Nc) on 11/07/2015
1 out of 5 stars

I tried cayenne on a knife cut I got on my pointer finger. The pain of the initial cut wasn't too bad, and washing it out with soap was bearable. There was no pain remaining and the bleeding had stopped a couple hours afterward when I read the post on Cayenne Pepper hoping to heal the cut faster. I sprinkled a little Cayenne in the cut, and on came the burn. It was an extreme pain, even though the cut was at the tip of my pointer finger, the pain burned through to my thumb and middle finger. I left it for about a minute thinking the "mosquito bite" type pain was under-exaggerated. It just got worse. I eventually washed it out with water, but the pain lingered. I applied neosporin, and the pain slowly went down and away in about 10 minutes. Wouldn't recommend this experience.

I tried to think of explanations because I'm the one Nay as of now. At first I thought the Cayenne I used had salt blended in. But that wasn't the case. Then I thought it was from the grains spreading the would open. That wasn't it either because with Neosporin, I can flap it all the way open without pain.

Replied by Deirdre
(Earth Clinic)

Dear Dale,

Wow, your post brings back memories! A long time ago I added a post to Earth Clinic warning about using cayenne for deep cuts. I just hunted for my post and found that I had posted it as a WARNING! back in 2009 instead of a NAY.

You are right about the extreme pain lingering from the use of cayenne. Makes me shudder to remember how painful it was for many hours after I washed the cayenne off.

I should have gone for stitches that day instead of sprinkling cayenne all over the deep cut I got from a glass bottle that had fallen out of the fridge and onto my foot. Because it didn't heal properly, anytime I touch the scar on the bottom of my foot, I still get a mild shooting pain.

Replied by KT

Hi Deirdre,

Have you tried taking vitamin E in addition to applying the contents from a capsule? I read it was beneficial to do both. Even though it's been several years maybe keeping the E on the scar under a band aid for several months (six minimum) could soften it and you'd be able to tell if it is helping. I had a horrible wide scar after having an appendectomy. I kept it bathed in vitamin E under a giant band aid for six months and the scar softened and is hardly noticeable. After a shower apply the E and band aid right away.

I think it would be worth trying.

Replied by Pandora
(Mount Olympus)

I think the salt may have caused the pain. Have you heard of the expression “like rubbing salt into a wound?” The fact it did not hurt right after is likely due to cayenne!

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/31/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I was at a friend's house and was cutting some tomatoes with a sharp knife. I accidentally nicked my finger. You know how those types of cuts hurt! I find they sometimes hurt for days while they are healing. I keep a bandaid on them during the healing process because it does help the cut to stay together and not hurt.

I asked my friend for some cayenne pepper. I sprinkled a bit onto the cut. I expected a bit of a brief sting, but there was no pain at all. I covered the cut with a bandaid so I could finish cutting tomatoes (since fresh tomatoes are the very best thing about summer, in my opinion! )

That night I removed the bandaid. The cut looked healed up already. It never gave me any trouble and I never needed a second bandaid.

I think this would work well for paper cuts, too.

I love when a simple plant can remove little irritations in life!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Cindy
(Illinois, Usa)
402 posts

Hi! Just wanted to share a tip regarding the application of substances to the skin.

I had a cut on the bottom of my foot and applied cayenne with "kinesiology tape" and forgot all about it. Two days later IT WAS STILL STUCK! And it wasn't hard to get off, either!

It's called "Kinesiology Tape" and comes in all kinds of different colors - I'd heard of it and then forgot all about it until I noticed it at my GROCERY store! Apparently it's very widely used for whatever they use it for which I don't fully understand, but what drew my attention when I first heard about it was that it stays put, even if you sweat. And it really does!

Plus, using it as I did, the roll I bought will probably last me the rest of my life because you don't have to "wrap" it around and use a bunch of it - you just cut a little piece, put the herbs or whatever you're applying in the middle and leave a clean edge to stick to the skin. Just a small piece is all it takes.


Replied by Mama To Many

Cindy, This tape sounds so cool! I will definitely be getting some for my first aid box. Thanks for sharing. I have never heard of this stuff! ~Mama to Many~

Posted by Zark (Emerald City) on 02/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

+1 for Cayenne (we just call it 'chilli' in oz).

I had tried out some home made black salve on a mole (it works by the way but is so very potent and must be used with great care and in small amounts) and the wound it left was healing a bit too slow for my liking. After reading this page on EC I tried chilli powder - the speed of healing is astounding. Just in one night a very noticeable healing.

There is only a mild stinging from the chilli which is comparable to a mosquito bite. Previously I was just using turmeric as a precaution against staph, but now I use mostly chilli with a little turmeric.

Posted by Rick G (Woodridge, Illinois) on 03/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I am a cancer patient with a mass on my neck. I have to keep it bandaged because it weeps. I have had 3 occasions where it would start bleeding uncontrollably. The first two times I was able to treat myself. Today it happened and I was fortunate that my hospice nurse was already on her way for a routine appointment. The bleeding resembled an arterial bleeding with a steady stream shooting out of the side of my neck in two places. (I had a biopsy five days ago and two heavy bleeding events since the biopsy. ) She could not stop the bleeding either and called 911.

Having been a lurker at Earth Clinic for a couple years, I was aware that cayenne pepper stopped heavy blood flow. So I had my nurse sprinkle it liberally all over the site and then we re-applied pressure to wound. (I had been applying pressure for 45 minutes to no avail. )

About 6 minutes later she withdrew the compress to check it and lo and behold the bleeding had totally stopped. She was amazed! (Me too! )

I was transported to the emergency room as a precaution. Blood flow stayed stopped and ER Doctor ended up doing nothing. That was 8 hours ago and bleeding has stayed stopped. Note that I didn't have to make a paste or anything special, just heavy sprinkling of regular cayenne pepper on wound and compression for about 10 minutes after application. You can check your wound and if still bleeding repeat the process. I can guarantee this works!

Long story short, everyone was amazed about the cayenne pepper and none of them had heard of it before. They all asked, "doesn't it sting?" No, it doesn't sting at all. You don't even know it's there.

Earth Clinic has been very helpful to me and I hope this info can be helpful to others. I encourage you to keep cayenne papper in your first aid kit.

Thank you Earth Clinic for providing such a great website. You were a life-saver for me today.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Good to hear that, Rick.. You might do a google search on Cayenne and check out how it causes cancer cells to go into suicide mode... Apparently it's not just Prostate cancer cells. The hotter the heat index the better. Cayenne must have some interesting properties, it stops post partum bleeding and gets a heart attack victim on their feet very quickly... anyway good luck from all of us.

Replied by Deirdre
(Earth Clinic)

Dear Rick, I am very appreciative that you took the time to write us last night about your experience with cayenne pepper so soon after returning from the ER. I was so impressed with your bravery, your level-headedness, and your generosity to report back on your experience. We were very happy to hear that cayenne stopped the bleeding after only a few minutes.

All of us at Earth Clinic wish you the best and send you our prayers and blessings.

With appreciation and kindest regards,


Replied by Rsw
(Uniontown , Oh)

Hi Rick, Thanks for the feedback on the cayenne pepper. Good to know.

I have seen several people on the LDN Yahoo Group who have done very well after discouraging cancer reports by using low dose naltrexone, IP6, DCA, PawPaw, fasting from Sunday morning until Wednesday morning with vegetable juicing and liquids and then the first thing Wednesday AM take baking soda mixed with a small amount of sugar or Maple syrup to carry the baking soda directly to the cancer cells who have continued to work (while normal cells slow down from the fast) and pick up the baking soda, causing cell death, and reducing chemo distress by taking the treatments on Tuesday while the normal cells are in slow-down mode from the fast and seem to not absorb the chemicals as readily. Best wishes and thank you for your thoughtfulness in posting your experience.

Replied by Rick G
(Woodridge, Il)

Update: I waited about 48 hours to change dressing so as not to disturb the cayenne pepper cauterization. Last night I took the bandage off and there was still no bleeding. I re-applied a heavy sprinkling of cayenne pepper onto the affected area as a precaution. I will keep this dressing on for 24 hours and then return to regular dressing changes.

This is the same general technique that several other Earth Clinic members have used successfully.

Thanks to all for your replies. As far as my cancer goes, I appreciate the suggestions, but it is beyond that.

Posted by Ec6270 (South Florida, Fl, Us) on 07/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing results, a bad knife cut on my forefinger bled profusely for 45-60 minuted. After reading EC suggestions, I swabbed it with ACV and then put as much cayenne powder on the area as I could. Bleeding stopped immediately, wound stayed closed in subsequent days and healed much faster than expected. Thanks again EC!

Posted by Jake (Chicago, Il) on 12/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars

This past summer my soon to be 94 year-old mother fell and sliced a three to four inch gash on the back of her hand just above the knuckles. The bleeding was moderate but there was about an inch distance between the two sides of the cut. Anyone would have said it cannot heal without stitches. But the skin was so fragile, I wondered too how any stitching would be able to hold together. Adding to the complexity of the moment, my mother is on blood thinning medication and I was a bit nervous to take the situation into my own hands.

I nonetheless packed the space with cayenne which in a short time stopped the bleeding. I bandaged her and each time in the days afterward - I cleaned the wound and reapplied cayenne, and I pulled the two sides of the canyon closer together in hopes that the skin would eventually reconnect. The wound oozed for weeks and almost daily my mother protested and was sure she needed to see a real doctor. She didn't see the daily progress that I noticed. When a scab finally seemed to take, I applied iodine to help the healing, and that seemed to speed the process fairly dramatically. Eventually she healed perfectly, no scarring, and I myself was amazed how clean the result turned out. I called it a work of art, and we both laughed.

Posted by Taozen (Nyc, New York) on 12/30/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had a gash on my palm and it was a bleeder. I knew of the Cayenne paste cure and tried it.I used aprox 3 tablespoons and made a paste after cleaning the wound with peroxide. I made a tight bandage of gauze and left it alone for at least two days before I checked the wound. I removed my bandage very slowly so as not to disturb the caked on cayenne powder. It was much better and I re-wrapped the wound after more cayenne. I added tape to the fresh gauze covering and went three more days and it was almost completely healed and the scar is almost non visible today.

Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 11/03/2009
1 out of 5 stars


This happened over a year ago, but I forgot to put my feedback on Earth Clinic until I read Amydearmas's post. This is my cautionary tale about using cayenne for deep wounds.

I opened the fridge one summer day in 2008 and a mayonnaise bottle came crashing down onto the kitchen floor, smashing into large pieces. I was barefoot and one of the thick glass shards sliced into the side of my foot. Blood gushed out of the 1 inch wound. My husband suggested I immediately go to the Emergency Room and get it stitched, but after reading all the YEAS on Earth Clinic about cayenne for deep wounds, I decided that cayenne was the way to go, not stitches. So, after sterilizing the wound and making sure there was no glass left in my foot, I slathered cayenne on the cut. It burned like no tomorrow, but I dealt with it. I did this day after day, one day cayenne, the next day neosporin.

Long story short, the cayenne worked okay, but the wound, which was quite deep, took a couple weeks to heal. I was then left with a nasty scar and lingering pain for months. My lesson, get deep cuts stitched up ASAP! We have an ER only 1 minute from our house, so it was pretty idiotic that I didn't go. The wound would have healed far more quickly with stitches and left a much smaller scar.

Posted by Don (Southwest, Michigan, Usa) on 10/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne Pepper For Cuts

I had a piece of loose cuticle skin on the side of my left thumbnail. One evening while watching a movie I did a stupid thing and tore it off. I tore the top two or three layers of skin off the entire side of my thumbnail leaving raw skin. I cleaned it with peroxide, put on some ointment and a bandage and forgot about it. Three weeks went by and it did not heal. Usually if I keep it pulled away from the nail it will heal up ok. But three weeks went by and now my thumb was swollen and an ugly purple color and hurt bad. I had some antibiotic on hand and after taking that I began to feel better but the ulcer had formed under the cuticle. I knew the ulcer had to be removed before the skin would heal. I got a new razor blade and every thing I would new to clean it and moved to the bathroom sink to do the operation. The cuticle was still raw, ugly and painful but it had to be done. After removing the top half of the ulcer I let it bleed out to self cleanse the wound.

Before I did the operation I went to this site to see what others had used to heal cuts and I read the post by the women who was stuck on an outpost island for two days and put cayenne pepper on her husbands severe head wound. Up to this point everything I had used, ointment, iodine, peroxide, etc, had not worked. So I went to the cupboard and got the cayenne pepper and poured a generous amount over my raw and bleeding cuticle. It absorbed into the wound and stopped the bleeding immediately. I let it set for a couple minutes then shook off the excess and lightly put a bandage over it. Over the next few hours I could feel a slight stinging in the wound but I could also tell my thumb did not hurt as bad.

The next morning my thumb did not hurt at all so I removed the bandage and discovered my thumb was a nice healthy color and not swollen at all. I could not believe it!

The cayenne pepper had form a very healthy looking closure to the wound. When I washed my hands the pepper remained so I decided to let it stay a couple days to keep the wound clean. Two days later my thumb was completely healed so I washed off the pepper and everything look nice and healthy.

From now on when I get a cut or scratch I am NOT reaching for commercial ointments or salves, I am reaching for the Cayenne Pepper.

Best Wishes for a Peaceful World,

Posted by Bee (Mo, Usa) on 09/28/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Last nite I cut my foot on a nail sticking out of my carpet and came straight to this website. The cayenne had lots of Yeas so it caught my attention. I cleaned the wound which was bleeding profusely with some ACV, but it still bled. So I figured why not? Stuck some cayenne and it worked like styptic powder to stop the bleeding. It was impressive to watch and I was surprised that it did not hurt/burn like I expected. It stings a bit, but very tolerable. My only mistake was removing it too early. I would say make sure you keep it on even after the bleeding stops and bandage it.

Posted by Karin (Bloemfontein, South Africa Free State) on 05/10/2009

I want to know if the cayenne peppper will still work to reduce wounds after surgery? And if you dont put it in an open wound, if you gone for stiches, will it still work?

Say it will work, would it be enough just to intake the cayenne pepper or do you have to put it onto the scar?


Replied by Orrels

Some healing advice - ancestrors (Voortrekkers=Pioneers) apparently used a piece of bread sprinkled with sugar onto a raw wound and that healed it.

Posted by Phyllis (Milton, FL. USA) on 02/18/2009
5 out of 5 stars

God Created Cayenne Pepper for our health, along with other herbs. I have been an avid user of CP for 20 years. I make my own tincture of 2 oz. cayenne pepper powder and one pint vodka. Mix on new moon and keep covered for 14 days. invert bottle twice a day to mix. Strain through cheese cloth. Keep in a dark glass bottle or out of direct light. Will keep for evvvver, it seems.

I put tincture on an incision after bladder surgery in 1995. I applied once daily with a Q tip. When I went to get my stitches removed 10 days later, the Dr. was astonished to see how well I healed. I have NO SCAR at all. He said he had NEVER seen anyone heal that well or fast.

I used to be a dog handler and have been bitten on my hands several times, some very deep and to the bone. You will find no scars, tho some of the bites were evtremely severe. I never had stitches once or even went to a Doctor for the bites.I let the wound bleed and did not wash it. The bleeding was the cleanser of the wound. I then applied cayenne powder directly to the open wound and held it in place with a butterfly tape or two. Bleeding stopped instantly, with absolutely no burning sensation. AND no scarring. Healed each time in days.

I firmly believe that all military should and must carry a supply of CP in their first aid kits. It would save many many lives due to traumatic open wounds of all kinds. Cayenne pepper should be administered both topically and internally, if possible, in severe bleeding cases. Internally will almost always prevent shockin those cases.

A tea of 1 tsp CP and a cup of hot water 3 times daily prevented a friend from having to undergo a second baloon surgery for his heart. His Drs. did not believe his "cure" but him and I know what cured him.

Posted by Rose (College Point, New York USA) on 10/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Cayanne: This must be taken on a full stomach, because it will hurt. It can never be bad for you just use organic cayanne. Have this on hand its great for cuts stops the bleeding does hurt. But its great. Also brings the circulation back to limbs. I've seen this.

Once a large piece of glass fell right down on my wrist, the blood was on real I ask my girls help mami get dressed since it was early morning. Thought I needed the ambulance, then my daughter yells out mami the cayanne we have it on hand so she put it on took a few minutes and it stopped you could see the ligament cut I half I said I'm not having this fixed at an e.r. So with advice from my brother whom is an herbalist I packed the cayane with distilled water and cayanne powder with a gauze. It hurt but it healed the wound.

Posted by Rocky (Hayden Lake, Idaho) on 10/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

A horse pushed me against my horse trailer a few years back & the aluminium sticking out cut me to the bone over the eye. I put cayenne in the wound & wraped a battle dressing around my head to keep it from dripping into my eye. From that moment there was no pain nor was there pain again through the healing...6 to 10 days.

As a point, a friend came to me with a cut deep into her knuckle. I have her cayenne & told her to change it every 3 days. Her pain went away during the healing (6 to 10 days) also there is no scar. The 1st year when her hand got cold you could see a blue mark. Now nothing. Rocky

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