Sumber: Majalah Pa & Ma
You could find yourself at too high of an altitude or get into an argument with the wrong person, but there’s no denying that your nose is a vulnerable part of your face. Open to a variety of accidents and mishaps, the concentration of blood vessels in the nose makes it a prime candidate for bleeding. Becoming familiar with home remedies for a bloody nose can help address the damage in quicker time
Damage to just one of the many blood vessels inside the nose can lead to severe bleeding. The medical term for a bloody nose is epistaxis. The event is common in both adults and children. You don’t even have to get hit in the nose to cause a wave of blood. Some people can suffer a nosebleed simply because they have high blood pressure. If some people bend down to the point of creating just the right amount of pressure, a vessel inside the nose could break.
A bloody nose, also referred to as epistaxis or a nosebleed, is common in children and adults. Possible causes for nosebleeds include dry, cold air or trauma to the nose. According to the Merck Manual of Medical Information, the most common cause for the condition is actually from picking the nose. Besides the obvious accidents to the face, other known causes of a bloody nose include :
• Cold, flu, and allergies
• Dry air conditions
• Tumor in the nose
• A sporting injury
• Nasal infection
• Chemical irritants
• Medications that thin the blood
• Cocaine use
The sudden gush of blood can really take an unsuspecting victim by surprise. The sight of red pouring out of the nose is enough to make most people overreact and faint. Instead of panicking and running for the hills, consider the following home remedies for bloody noses to provide immediate attention and relief:
An old home remedy for nosebleeds is to lie down with your head tilted back with a chunk of freshly sliced onion placed under the nose. The raw onion lets loose a natural coagulant and some people have reported bleeding that stops within a couple of seconds.
Light a match and blow it out before placing the smoky tip underneath the nose. Breathe in the smoke without sniffing hard. The smoke should reach the nostril(s) where blood is coming out of, which contains components that instantly heals a broken blood vessel.
To prevent a nosebleed caused by a dry nose, apply Vaseline inside the nostrils to keep the skin soft and less susceptible to bleeding.
If you are a chronic sufferer of nosebleeds, take a teaspoon of cayenne pepper mixed in a glass of water during and before bleeding starts. If you consume cayenne on a regular basis, it is said that you can minimize the number of nosebleeds you will experience. Simply use the spice to add a little heat to your food.
Place a small square of a brown paper bag (the kind you get from the grocery store) under the upper lip (between the lip and gums) to soothe a bloody nose.
Pile on the fruits and vegetables that offer a decent source of vitamin C to strengthen the walls of your nasal blood vessels.
Place a wet towel on your head to help stop a bloody nose.
It is not recommended to tilt your head back during a nosebleed because you can swallow blood in the process.
Place an ice cube in your mouth – using your tongue to press it close to the roof of your mouth. Keep the ice in place, as it is said to help stop nasal bleeding.
It is suggested to eat green vegetables when suffering a nosebleed.
Saturate a cotton ball with saline solution, and use to stop bleeding by placing it inside the nose and allowing the blood to collect in the moistened cotton. Pull out the cotton and repeat until it comes out clean. You can make your own saline solution with distilled (or filtered) water and salt.
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests applying a cold compress to the bridge of the nose to prevent or gain relief from the pain or soreness associated with a bloody nose.
Leaning your body over will increase the blood pressure to the nasal region. This act will intensify blood loss. Instead, you should lean your head back, and apply pressure to the nose.
When pinching your nose together to reduce blood loss, make sure to do so gently to avoid injuries and further damage to the blood vessels.
Some people suffer bloody noses because they are deficient in vitamin K. Eat foods, such as raw peanuts, which contains the vitamin that can lessen your chances of a nosebleed.
Roll up a piece of gauze and place under the upper lip (between the lip and gums) to calm a severe nosebleed.
Add one tablespoon of salt to a small cup with just enough vinegar to dissolve the salt. Place a couple of squirts of lemon juice into the cup, and stir the ingredients. During a nosebleed, smelling the liquid very close to the nose will help stop the bleeding.
Aloe vera has a reputation for being a medicinal miracle that dates back thousands of years ago. With more than 250 different species of the plant growing in dry regions across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, it’s pretty easy to take advantage of home remedies using aloe vera.
As a member of the Lily family, aloe vera is a succulent, perennial plant sometimes confused with a type of cactus because it possesses thick, spiny leaves. The aloe vera plant contains polysaccharides (that promote skin cell repair and growth) and glycoproteins (eases irritation and calms pain), which are also known to strengthen the immune system.
The leaf of the aloe vera plant is considered the most beneficial part. The outside of the aloe vera leaf is smooth and rubbery, and when broken open, the gel inside can be used as an immediate topical remedy associated with accelerated wound healing.
In the past, the leaves were sliced and laid on the skin to ease itching and heal burns . Today, aloe vera is used as an effective treatment for minor burns, wrinkles, insect bites, skin irritation, cuts, scratches, and sunburns. The plant is used in many different ways, including:
• Clear gel from aloe leaves is a topical ointment
• Green part of the leaf makes a juice or dried substance that is taken by mouth
• Taken orally for a laxative effect
• Aloe vera gel is used in many commercial skin products, such as lotions and sunblocks
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has even approved aloe vera as a natural food flavoring [
It is important to note that out of all the different species of aloe, only five are recognized as offering nutritional and medicinal value.
For some patients, aloe vera does not come without the occasional side effects. When taking aloe vera orally, some people have reported abdominal cramping and diarrhea. The laxative effect associated with oral aloe vera remedies can also decrease the absorption of many drugs. Some interactions with drugs noted include blood sugar medications.
People who should not consume aloe vera juice orally include pregnant women, children, and people suffering with kidney, liver or intestinal disease. Some patients have suffered an allergic reaction to aloe vera when used as a topical remedy. It is suggested to test a small amount on a patch of skin.
To reap the benefits of aloe vera plants, keep in mind that they are not fully mature until they reach four years old. Until then, the plant cannot offer the medicinal properties listed in the following home remedies for using aloe vera:
Reduce the severity of skin infections by turning the pulp of an aloe vera leaf into a paste that is applied to the face. This mask can also be used to rejuvenate skin tissues.
Treat minor cuts or lesions on the skin by applying aloe vera gel for an overnight treatment.
Applying aloe vera gel on the face can help remove the signs of aging when used on a regular basis. Some people have used the substance to eliminate spots on skin, as well as remove or reduce wrinkles.
Apply aloe vera on the face to enhance the appearance of your skin.
Treat your acne with aloe vera juice by applying to your face. As a natural germ killer, the aloe helps stop the spread of acne with its antibacterial properties.
Aloe vera juice can also treat acne scars by slicing a leaf into two sections and then directly applying to scars.
The juice of aloe vera can soothe irritations of the skin, such as poison ivy. Pour aloe vera juice over affected skin for a calming effect
. You can use the dried sap of the aloe vera leaf to prepare a “tea” that is a good wash for the eyes, as well as other wounds.
Enjoy a shinier mane by applying aloe vera juice to your hair before washing. Aloe is also associated with making your roots stronger.