By Kat Yorba | Survival Sherpa
Today we continue on with our series with looking at “Bleeding”. We will discuss the herb Agrimony and Yarrow. Make an Herbal Compress to stop Bleeding and a Tincture of Yarrow.
Some people can handle the sight of blood, some can’t. I am one of those who can’t. But I find that being prepared…knowing ahead of time what to do and having my supplies on hand enables me to feel better about the whole issue.
Let’s better understand what bleeding does. Bleeding has it’s advantages. It’s the bodies way of cleaning dire and foreign particles from a wound, and when exposed to air it forms a fibrous substance called fibrin. This fiber creates a netting that entangles other blood cells so that they clot into a scab…your bodies natural band-aid!
So, you’re in a serious situation and bleeding needs to be stopped right away. Certain herbs can be applied directly to the wounded area. If this does not stop the bleeding, apply an herbal compress with pressure. While administering herbal remedies, you should also try to slow the flow of blood by raising the injured area higher than the heart.
Agrimony, plantain and yarrow are versatile herbs that can arrest bleeding and encourage scabbing.
Keep in mind that treatments made with these herbs in the form of powders or poultices are an emergency tactic only. Although herbs quickly arrest bleeding, they are not antiseptic enough so proper cleaning and disinfecting will also need to be done. Use your discretion but seek medical attention when necessary!