Cuts from shaving can be annoying. Especially when you have to run to work and you’re bleeding profusely. We had a waxy styptic pencil once that you moistened in water and applied to the wound to stop the bleeding. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. These days we are avoiding commercial chemical products as much as possible. Want to know how to stop bleeding in a hurry?
A styptic is an astringent that stops bleeding. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has the ability to stop bleeding and makes an excellent styptic. Yarrow is also anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, antimicrobial, and wound healing so it is a good choice for shaving cuts, skinned knees, bleeding mosquito bites, and other minor wounds.
For thousands of years, yarrow was used to staunch the bleeding from wounds inflicted during war time. Deep wounds were packed with yarrow powder to disinfect, relieve pain, and stop the profuse bleeding. In times of war, yarrow was a lifesaver. One of its other names is Soldiers’ Woundwort (Grieves). A piece of information to keep in the back of your mind, if you are lost in the woods, and wounded. Stopping a bleeding wound is your first priority.
Anytime the yarrow is growing you can use it to make natural styptic powder. Keep it in a small tightly capped jar for when it’s needed.
Yarrow is a perennial weed growing throughout North America. When you harvest it for herbal remedies cut it off and leave 2/3rds of the plant to regrow for next year. To make an herbal styptic you are just going to use the leaves.
There are two kinds of leaves. At the base of the plant you’ll find long fernlike leaves. Whereas growing up the stalk there are tiny fern-like leaves. To make styptic powder, you want to harvest the long fernlike leaves growing from the base of the plant. The leaves on the stem work, too, but it’s more work to harvest them.
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