My son has frequent nose bleeds. Last night was probably the worst I’ve seen, up two times in the middle of the night, spending an hour each time trying to get them to stop. My husband says he got them frequently growing up, still has them now, but not as often. So my husband chalks it up to genetics, but I think there is something underlying that causes the nosebleeds.
Upon my searches, I read some crazy remedies such as Preparation H on a q-tip, rubbed inside the nose. Alternatively, using vaseline or KY Jelly up the nose also may help. I just can’t stand the toxic petroleum chemicals that come with those treatments. So, I set out to find some natural and herbal remedies to help my son.
Today, I share them with you.
First, amp up your intake of vitamins, particularly vitamins C, E & K.
Vitamin C helps to build collagen which helps keep the nose moist and keep vessels from popping open causing bleeding. Excellent sources of vitamin C are: oranges, red bell peppers, strawberries, kale, broccoli and kiwi fruit.
Vitamin K helps to clot the blood, keeping you from bleeding out. Sources of foods that contain vitamin K are your greens: kale, spinach, romaine, swiss chard, collards, parsley and brussels sprouts.
Vitamin E can be used two ways. You can get more vitamin E in your diet thru foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, and dried apricots. Another way to use vitamin E is using a vitamin E oil. The oil can be applied to a q-tip or pinky finger and rubbed inside the nostrils. This will lubricate the nose and keep it from drying out.
Zinc is another nutritional deficiency that may lead to nose bleeds. Zinc helps in healing wounds and helps maintains the blood vessels in the body. Being a vegetarian and raw foodist, it is harder to obtain the zinc that is needed thru plant foods. Most foods that are rich in zinc are animal meats and yogurt and cheeses. However, the food highest in zinc for a vegetarian are pumpkin seeds and cacao or dark chocolate. Otherwise, we use zinc in a liquid form using angstrom minerals. Other zincs may be too strong and one can get nauseous and even vomit from too much.
We also use the powdered herb yarrow. I put it on a q-tip and apply it inside the nose. He just lets it sit there in the nose (no inhaling) and it helps the blood to coagulate (clot). You can get it here.
Bilberry fruit is another herb that can help vitalize the blood and build strong capillaries in the body. Put about 1 tablespoon in 2 cups of water. Boil it (not steeped) in water for 5-10 minutes, strain and drink. Do not sweeten or it will lose it’s effect. Or you can prepare it in a tincture form. This remedy should only be taken for short periods of time, up to two weeks. Then take a week or two off, before using again. I haven’t used this yet, but I will be getting some of this in the next few days to try. You can get this here.
There are a few other remedies that may help too:
Steam inhalation or a humidifier. Dry air can dry out the nose causing nose bleeds. Putting moisture in the air will help with that.
Using a neti pot with salt can also help to moisten the nose and clean out debris. Allergens in the air may cause the nose bleed, so cleaning the nose would be helpful. Use approximately 2 cup of filtered or distilled water and dissolve 1/3t. of sea salt and 1/2t. of baking soda in the water. Put it into the neti pot and pour into the sinuses. Blow your nose when done to get out the debris. Saline sprays for the nose would do the same thing, cleaning out the nose.
Using ice on the nose will help to stop the bleeding by constricting blood vessels.
Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. This will keep your nose from drying out.
For my son, most of these are covered. I think he may be deficient in zinc, as he hasn’t had many sources of that in his diet. Otherwise, I plan to use the bilberry fruit once I get it. Hopefully that will strengthen his capillaries and stop the nose bleeds from happening. Also, with dry Texas heat, we may need to start the humidifier to moisten the air.
Do you have any ideas of how to stop and/or prevent nose bleeds? What works for you? I would like to know since both my husband and son have lots of nose bleeds! I look forward to hearing from you!
Before you leave, I selected the items I use from Amazon, in case you are interested. I like the liquid vitamins as they are a more pure form and easily digested.