Updated: Jun 15
Every winter I get these terrible nose bleeds. I've experienced them for years, but they seem to get worse as I get older, with increased frequency and lasting longer. If you've never had a significant nose bleed, then you may not be able to relate to the freaky feeling you have when it seems like the bleeding will never end. Lately, due to some serious nose bleeding events (thank you dry, cold winters) I've made a small mission to find ways to remedy this bloody dilemma!
Sit up straight: Apparently, some of the good ol' fashion ways of preventing/stopping a nose bleed are outdated, mainly tipping your head back. I know when I do this, the blood simply rolls down my throat. Disgusting, but true. The Cleveland Clinic states that is is best to sit up straight: “The first thing to do is sit upright (or to sit your child upright),” Dr. Chaaban says. “Either sit down or stand with your head bent forward slightly. Remember: Don’t tip that head back."
Apply pressure to the nose: Press along the bridge or at the front of the nose to help halt the bleeding. You may need to do this for up to 15 minutes.
Gently blow your nose: Aggressive nose blowing can cause a break in the blood vessels from too much pressure. Also, use moisturizing, soft tissues (such as Puff's with lotion) to protect the sensitive internal nose lining.
Apply ice: Using an ice pack or cold compress (gently resting on the bridge of your nose) can constrict the blood vessels and help bring the blood flow to a stop.
Keep air moist: If your home is a dry climate, you may be in need of a humidifier. Dry air is one of the main culprits for irritating the nose lining.
Use a moisturizing salve: Keeping the inside of your nose moist and protected is the best prevention. Invest in a few salves that will help keep the inside of your nose coated, protecting the blood vessels from damage. I like the natural herbal ointments from Mountain Rose Herbs: https://mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/natural-body-products/herbal-salves
Another great salve: Dr. Christopher's Nose Ointment: https://drchristophersherbs.com/products/nose-ointment
Stay hydrated and try herbal teas and powders: Certain herbs are known as Mucilages. Mucilages are herbs that create a healing lubrication that coats and soothes many of the body's internal linings, such as the nose, the gut wall, and the intestines. These include Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis), Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra) and mullein leaf (Verbascum). A product I use regularly is Terra Origin Healthy Gut Honey Lemon Powder. I add a scoop to my daily smoothie: https://bit.ly/3aQnOV5
Finding quality herbs: Visit Mountain Rose Herbs for these specific dry herbs which you can make into your own loose leaf tea blends.
Seek Medical Advice: If bloody noses are a regular thing for you, you may need medical attention; Especially if your nose bleeds are lasting beyond the 30-minute mark. If your nose bleeds are progressively getting worse, it’s time to talk to a medical professional.
I hope this with helpful to you! I am going to re-fill my humidifier right now and then drink some Marshmallow Root herbal tea :-)
➽Disclaimer: This information is intended for educational purposes only, and NOT intended as medical health care claims, cures, or therapies. Please consult with your doctor/specialist if you have any health concerns or questions about herbal medicine.
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