How to Stop Bleeding Quickly using Black Pepper or Cayenne Pepper

How to Stop Bleeding Quickly
 using Black Pepper or Cayenne Pepper

It may seem a bit strange, but by adding these simple ingredients to your EDC or bugout will help in a case of minor cuts. 
A small bottle of ground up black pepper seeds or some ground cayenne pepper gives you an instant dispenser to administer directly onto a small open wound.

Both the black or cayenne pepper
will not sting
or hurt the patient in any way either.

Once the pepper is over the wound, press it firmly into the wound itself.  Wrap the wound as best you can, with whatever you have to hand - obviously the more sterile the better.

This method is very simple and straightforward, and will definitely help to stop any bleeding from a smaller wound.

It is also very handy to know, as most knife cut wounds occur in the kitchen, the very same place you would keep some black or cayenne pepper.!

But when talking survival, actually making sure you are carrying all the essentials is not easy. In fact, it's pretty much impossible. So we do the best we can under given circumstances.

Ensuring there's enough food and water are a big concern, unfortunately there are many areas where you can fall short and by not having one bit of equipment, you can ruin your survival chances.
Not having a good water filter system is a obvious, number one concern, but, In a survival situation one of the worse thing that can happen is sustaining an injury.
Everything else becomes irrelevant if you are not able to move about. Sourcing food and water would become almost impossible.

A bad fall or a laceration is something that requires immediate treatment - but a large open cut that is bleeding, is far more serious and requires treatment to halt that bleeding as soon as possible.

Stop Bleeding Quickly
With Black Or Cayenne Pepper
additional information:

What you put in you 1st aid kit is personal to you and your needs. These will all differ slightly from another persons emergency kit.
But generally most things items in any kit remain constant - by that, I mean the bandaging, wraps, medication etc. However, I consider that Blood Clotting Agents are generally an item that you simply must add to your first aid emergency gear.

You can get smaller, more specific, trauma kits like the 'QuickClot Trauma Kit' shown here. But it will not include most of the emergency 1st aid equipment you have in your own kit.

These kits are very specific and designed mainly for stopping bleeding as fast as possible in an emergency.

Something like this is well worth considering if you have room in you survival pack.

It is also a very useful item to include in your car survival kit.

The individual clotting kits like the 'Celox or WoundClot' are designed to give very fast clotting and are in the form of a bandage type, sterile, non-woven gauze that is impregnated with a clotting agent. The gauze can be use to treat any bleeding wound anywhere on the body.

They are a 'one off' treatment and will stop bleeding quickly - It's well worth packing at least one these in your kit. Even better is to ensure every member of your group has one.

So what about lesser open wounds that require attention?

  • Lesser injuries should be considered as potential show stoppers as much as a large open wound.
    It is important to remember that, and as such, stopping any bleeding of an open wound in a survival situation must be given immediate attention.
  • Simply tripping over and cutting a finger or bashing into things can easily result in a cut or an abrasions to your skin.

These 'lesser' injuries can still prevent you from carrying on, but more importantly, if not treated they will get worse putting you in more danger.  A simple cut, if not treated, can easily get infected - it is essential to treat all wounds immediately.

  • For this type of 'lesser' blood injury you do not want to be wasting a full blood clot pack. It's just not needed. Save them for real 'life or death' situations, if they were to occur.
  • Instead use the very simple and effective 'pepper' solution to the smaller blood injury.
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    • Evan on March 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    Looks like I’ll be adding black and cayenne pepper to my BoB! I wonder how much that cayenne pepper burns..

  1. I would always advise to remind people that depending on the depth of the cut or how vascular the area to always follow up with covering the area and applying direct pressure to help stem the flow of blood to the actual point of laceration. A dressing also keeps the wound “packed” until it can be cleaned out and reexamined later on.

    For heavier bleeding, simplying pressure on the vein feeding the wound at a spot proximal to the wound (between it and the heart) will slow/drop the bleeding long enough for the clotting agent (pepper, Celox, etc) to activate. I’m not talking about a tourniquet, I mean simply using your finger to press down on the vein above the wound. Also keeping the wounded area above the heart helps as well. People tend to forget the basics when they pack items they feel can do all the work for them.

    • Step on September 10, 2016 at 5:03 am
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    Powdered cayenne works much better and can be used for heavy wounds.

    • Fawn on February 22, 2016 at 12:57 am
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    That’s awesome

    • Richard on May 30, 2015 at 7:46 am
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    Like the ground pepper trick for small cuts

    • John on February 27, 2015 at 6:46 am
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    Some of those little sachets you get at fast food outlets would be easy to slot into an EDC – some of them are ‘pepper substitute’ tho – would that make any difference?
    I used to work in a hospital and a trick we used to use for shaving cuts was to liberally apply some talcum powder – it stems the bleeding very effectively.
    Another trick I find that works for me for cuts to digits, is just to cut the finger/thumb from a nitrile glove, apply it like a finger stall, then just tape around the junction between it and the finger/thumb – I always carry about 20 gloves in my EDC.
    I also carry some small tubes of superglue (nips a bit!), which can seal wounds – you can get tubes of the medical stuff.
    If the cut is under hair on the scalp, hair on either side of the cut can be tied together, to pull the wound together and then pressure applied.

    1. Some good ideas there John.
      The glove one is great, especially as they are normally quite sterile to start with.
      Thanks for your advice..

        • John on February 28, 2015 at 12:32 am
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        Normally the idea of this type of glove is to protect the wearer from something they may catch from someone else. They’re not sterile ,unless you can get hold of the surgical ones (some of which come with a sachet of a starch type powder, to aid getting them onto the hand (which may also be used to stem bleeding)), but, I’m sure they’re better than an open wound – IF you cleanse/irrigate the wound first! If you have shuck and mite on yer skin, it’s a perfect little greenhouse for bacterial growth!

      • Jake101 on February 27, 2015 at 10:32 am
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      I like the glove idea too.
      Simple and effective. why didn’t I think of that one before!!
      Nice one John.

      • "Danny" Harold Kaye on November 12, 2015 at 7:13 pm
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      “superglue (nips a bit!), which can seal wounds” – superglue was invented with the specific purpose of sealing wounds (in Vietnam War).


        • Matt on July 30, 2016 at 12:07 am
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        Super Glue was finally put on the market in 1958 by Eastman Kodak and was called the slightly less catchy name of “Eastman #910”, though they later re-named it “Super Glue”. Eastman #910 was soon licensed to Loctite who then re-branded it again to a somewhat uninspired name of “Loctite Quick Set 404”. Although, they later developed their own version, calling it “Super Bonder”.

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