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.
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~
+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.
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.
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)
(Uniontown , Oh)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
Cayenne pepper really does work for sore throats! I have been using this remedy for quite a few months now and it works everytime. It does require doses throughout the day but stick with it. My suggestion is to put 1/8 teaspoon of it into a shot glass (2tbsp) of water and down the hatch...it is not going to taste great so get it down as quickly as possible and be done with it is my motto. My 8 year old daughter can down it like a pro and after a few times could even gargle a little in the throat. Have a glass of something (gingerale takes the heat right off for us) to chase it with and be amazed.
Cayenne is also a miracle for cuts that won't stop bleeding. It had worked several times for us. Just wash the cut out in water and put a thick paste of it over the wound and cover with a bandage. It does not burn the cut!!! In fact the first time I tried it the wound hurt after I washed it off too soon. Back to sore throats... Apple Cider vinegar works also but my daughter can't tolerate that so we stick to this one...I do both for good meaasure.