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Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding: How-to Use and Pairing Recipes

Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding: How-to Use and Pairing Recipes

If you were looking for essential oils to help stop bleeding it’s important to know that essential oils to stop bleeding really are meant for minor cuts and scrapes.

You should note that sometimes bleeding requires medical intervention, and ultimately you are responsible for your own health and wellness and to make the determination when emergency medical care is required.

All of that being said, there are essential oils that have coagulation and are even considered to have hemostatic properties. 

Hemostatic properties and coagulant properties are big words that mean they can stop bleeding when used properly.

Essential oils alone aren’t likely to be the only tool you need. You will need to be able to hold some pressure and will need a few additional supplies on hand, the essential oils will just assist.

Several essential oils have hemostatic or coagulation properties that make them an effective tool for bleeding cessation.

These properties come from plants and are extracted using distillation or pressing processes.

The result is powerful and highly concentrated plant essences that are powerfully enhanced versions of the plant’s healing properties. 

The Best Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding

lavender essential oil

Remember, It’s critical to seek care if you can’t get the bleeding to stop these essential oils are best used for cuts, grazes, and minor injuries:

1. Myrrh essential oil

This oil can stop bleeding and is also good for disinfecting wounds. I use this essential oil to treat bed sores for the same reason.

Myrrh comes from a tree resin so it’s kind of sticky and slow pouring. You can warm it up in your hands first before use.

The smell is quite pungent so you may want to mix it with another oil listed here.

2. Helichrysum

It is wonderful for hemostasis, particularly with nose bleeds, but works to stop bleeding and relieve pain no matter the source of bleeding, including menstrual pain.

3. Geranium essential oil

This oil stops bleeding in two ways, it causes blood vessels to contract and it works to speed up coagulation or clotting of blood.

4. Lavender essential oil

This oil acts as a mild sedative and has antiseptic properties. It doesn’t directly act on coagulation, but rather the rest of the body and is a great support oil for injuries calming the nervous system and heart rate which can reduce bleeding as a by-product. 

5. Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil

This oil is critical to use any time there is a disruption of the skin’s surface.

It’s an essential oil I use to help a dry nose as well. Think of it as a preventative measure if you have thin or dry linings in your nose and are prone to bloody noses.

It’s not directly hemostatic, but serves as a powerful infection preventer. 

How to Use Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding

Essential oils are super concentrated oils extracted from several different species of plants. They make really good home remedies because they are so powerful.

Their strength and potency are important to their healing properties, but it also makes it important for you to know a few points before beginning. 

First of all, since these plant essences are so potent, you must use them properly and particularly dilute them properly.

Next, know that essential oils and water don’t mix. Essential oils are hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying just that – they don’t mix well with water.

You should not consider ingesting essential oils to help you in this case, and just as a general rule of thumb, there’s not a good reason to ingest essential oils in your water or otherwise.

Finally, know that the most effective way to use essential oils to stop bleeding is to use any of the oils listed:  Tea tree, lavender, geranium, helichrysum, and myrrh, is to use them topically.

You will get some aromatic benefit using them topically, but don’t expect to have the most effective treatment by inhaling essential oils aromatically.

How to Apply Essential Oils to Reduce and Halt Bleeding

essential oils and medical flowers herbs

As mentioned, for the absolute most optimal results we are going to use the topical method to apply essential oils.

I will give you some specific ways to use essential oils to stop bleeding below. These methods can also help sooth chaffing skin that may just be red and not bleeding.

But first I want to give you a couple of combination recipes to help you maximize the properties that will assist you and to heal and stop the bleeding.

To get started, you will want to select your oils.  When using essential oils for hemostasis it’s best to select one from the list above, with the exception of tea tree or lavender.

You are going to use tea tree or lavender to pair with the other essential oils that have coagulant or hemostatic properties. you can choose one oil or pair them up.

Make your selection by checking with symptoms you need the most help with. 

Here are a few suggested pairings for maximum results:

Lavender and Myrrh

These two are a lovely combination for minor cuts and scrapes working to heal the skin as well as to allow the blood to clot and call on the right cells to enhance wound healing.

Lavender and Helichrysum.

These two oils paired together will help to stop the bleeding particularly with the nosebleeds and the lavender will have a nice sedative effect in case of panic.

Tea Tree, Lavender, and Geranium

These are the most effective way to use essential oils for the optimal health of the wound.  

Application Methods

how to apply essential oils

Safety first! Make sure you dilute your essential oil and have a nice plant-based oil nearby in case your skin starts to get warm or irritated. 

You always want to use a glass bowl to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying them to your bandage or compress. 

Wound Compress

It can’t be said enough, safety first! Make sure you have a plant-based oil nearby in case of skin irritation.

Compresses can help relieve bleeding, pain, inflammation on their own. Adding essential oil works to supercharge these well-established effects with the oils coagulation and blood vessel constriction abilities.

This is true for everything from throbbing tennis elbow symptoms to a recovering sprained ankle.

Here’s how:

1. Add 1 tablespoon of carrier oil to a glass bowl.

2. Add 2-4 drops of each oil you choose, for a total of 4-6 drops to the oil, and stir it around a bit.

3. Apply the oil to your gauze.

4. Use the oil-soaked gauze to apply pressure to the wound.

5. Alternatively, if you have a bloody nose, insert the oil-soaked gauze into your nostril. 

6. Hold pressure for 15 minutes without looking. Avoiding raising a compress to look is critical for the entire 15 minutes, otherwise, you disrupt the wound bed and cause bleeding to resume.

7. If you begin to bleed through the gauze please seek additional medical attention.

Scent Tent

essential oils scent tent for bleeding

The scent tent is a simple way to ease and distract the mind while waiting for the bleeding to stop.

1. After you have your compress in place and you are waiting out your 15 minutes, simply pause, place one drop of each oil in your hand. 

2. Swirl it around to activate it and then carefully cup your nose to inhale through your nose, and slowly exhale through your mouth. 

3. Repeat for 3-4 breaths.

Using the topical method for essential oil application to stop bleeding is a well respected and simple way to provide first aid for minor cuts, scrapes, and wounds.

In fact, when treating broken capillaries beneath the skin, topical is the way to go as well.

This allows you to take advantage of the healing properties of the plants and their plant essences as well as successfully stop the bleeding.

Remembering to dilute your essential oils and to hold your compress for 15 minutes without looking is critical to the success of these methods.

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