Bleeding from the nose or from a deep cut can happen anytime and anywhere. Too much blood loss during monthly periods can also happen. Gums can also bleed and quite easily, I might add. In any of these situations, you can use essential oils to stop bleeding and heal faster.
Here’s what you’ll be reading about in this post:
- The process of bleeding explained.
- The way essential oils can help with coagulation, whether it’s from the nose, a cut or something else. Find out the mechanism of action of aroma oils.
- Some of the best oils for bleeding, with pros and cons. Plus, the best situation in which they should be used for the best results. Some are more indicated at regulating hormones to stop bleeding. Others are better at promoting fast coagulation and forming the necessary clots.
- How to use these aromatic oils for a gentle healing.
- Types of bleeding and situations in which an essential oil for bleeding would be best to use.
- Therapeutic blend recipes to apply on a bleeding cut or a wound, or to stop menstrual bleeding. Also, find out if you could use an essential oil to stop bleeding on dogs and cats.
Best Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding and How to Use Them for Fast Healing
Cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc. happen all the time. These are all external sources of bleeding. Stopping the bleeding is the most basic step in any first aid technique for wound care. Because of the way it always happens when you care for an intensely bleeding wound, you’ll want to:
- Stop the bleeding.
- Disinfect the wound to prevent infection.
- Soothe the inflammation and relieve the pain.
- Speed up the healing process.
Depending on the depth of the wound, a faster healing would be very helpful. Many such injuries can often impair our movement or mess with our daily schedule. This is especially true when the wound keeps on bleeding. Imagine having to work with a sliced bleeding finger.
Bleeding is among the most basic defense mechanisms of the body. Obviously, the blood can’t flow freely through the injured blood vessels. But when it flows out of them, it also takes out germs and other harmful pathogens that may cause infection.
That’s why it’s necessary to let the blood flow out of the wound for a minute or two. It’s your body’s way of cleaning the wound. Once the “cleaning” is done though, you can use essential oils to stop bleeding.
Sometimes it’s even necessary to stop it. Especially when some deep wounds continue to bleed; sometimes, even stronger than when it started.
How Bleeding Happens
The physiological process that stops the bleeding is called hemostasis. It speeds up blood coagulation. Hemostasis comes from two Greek words: haeme (blood) and stasis (to stop).
Hemostasis contributes to the formation of a plug in a matter of seconds to seal a wound and prevent blood loss. Hemostatic oils promote hemostasis. Using essential oils for coagulation speeds up this process and limits scar tissue.
Hemostasis happens locally, at the site of injury. But at the same time, it also maintains a normal blood flow throughout the rest of the body.
How does the bleeding stop?
An injury breaks capillaries and other blood vessels. When that happens and blood starts leaking into the tissue, the smooth muscle cells of the vessels contract. They contract to seal the lesion and keep the blood inside. Immediately, blood platelets settle on the lesion and fibrin is released.
Fibrin is a protein in the blood that helps with the coagulation process. Its role is to maintain a normal level of platelets that cover the lesion inside the blood vessel.
Thus, a blood clot is made of platelets and fibrin, which keeps coagulation in check. The coagulation of blood is a very delicate and complex process.
The term “styptic” refers to a specific substance that contracts the tissue to seal injured vessels. Usually, the same hemostatic essential oils can also be styptic. They are known to promote contractions of the smooth muscle of the blood vessels and tissue.
The Way Essential Oils Can Stop Bleeding and How They Work
Essential oils are natural plant extracts used in Aromatherapy today. They were also used in more traditional therapies, for centuries.
Their chemical composition is what makes them so beneficial and unique. Aromatic oils have tens or hundreds of active molecules in their composition. They are:
- Volatile (they evaporate fast).
- Soluble only in carrier oils or other neutral substances like salt, honey or milk.
- Sensitive to light and air (oxidation).
Their component molecules are very small. Because of that, they can enter the body through inhalation or topical application. Thus, they can influence the nervous system and the release of certain substances.
These substances (oxytocin, norepinephrine, etc.) make us feel good. When applied to an injury, aroma oils can help with the entire physiological process.
Aromatic oils have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. They can also stimulate the production of collagen that helps seal off the wound.
Most importantly, when you use essential oils to stop bleeding, they can give the body a boost. Thus, it will produce platelets and fibrin faster to seal the wound faster.
The oils have pain relieving effects too. This makes it useful to soothe the pain of a deep cut in hand, for example.
So, you can use some of the best oils for bleeding, for:
- Deep cuts, like a sliced fingertip.
- Scrapes and bruises.
- Nose bleeding.
- Abundant menstruation.
- Bleeding gums.
Some of the best essential oils to use to stop bleeding are Helichrysum, Lemon, Cistus and Clary Sage. Let’s see why:
1) Helichrysum Essential Oil
Botanical name: Helichrysum italicum.
- Helichrysum is best known for its beneficial effects on major circulation problems. That’s why Helichrysum is among the best essential oils for deep cuts, scrapes and bruises.
- Helichrysum is also one of the best essential oils that help with scars. It accelerates the process of scarring and tissue healing.
- It promotes a better circulation and helps draining out toxins.
- This essential oil is a great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. On top of that, it also has antispasmodic effects, which helps to calm down throbbing.
- Helichrysum essential oil should not be used with anticoagulant medicines.
- It should also be avoided by women with heavy periods. There are other oils good at that.
- Ask for a doctor’s advice if you have asthma or you’re seizure-prone.
Why I like it:
Helichrysum acts fast and gets to the source of pain and bleeding. The throbbing also decreases within minutes. Plus, this aromatic oil is great at dealing with all sorts of new or old scars, wrinkles, and so on.
2) Lemon Essential Oil
Botanical name: Citrus limon.
- Lemon oil is great at promoting the constriction of blood vessels. It’s one of the best essential oils for scrapes and bruises because it has antibacterial properties.
- Lemon essential oil improves the circulation and strengthens the blood vessels.
- It is also very calming and relaxing for the nervous system.
- If you suffer from seizures, do not use Lemon essential oil to stop bleeding. It can trigger attacks.
- If cold pressed, the oil of Lemon is phototoxic. This means you should not go out in the sun after applying it topically (for at least 24 hours).
- Avoid using it if there are any gallstones involved. If ingested, the oil can be toxic to the kidneys.
Why I like it:
Lemon oil helps degrade the fats in the arteries, which makes it useful in managing high cholesterol. Because of the same effect, Lemon can also be used in cellulite treatments. Plus, it has digestive benefits, it relieves nausea and the list could go on.
3) Cistus Essential Oil
Botanical name: Cistus ladaniferus.
- Cistus is one of the best hemostatic essential oils. It’s one of the most effective at stopping a cut or a nose from bleeding. In other words, Cistus is the best at speeding up hemostasis.
- Cistus oil can also help to constrict the blood vessels and cause less bleeding.
- When used, the oil of Cistus can also prevent bacteria growth and infections.
- Thus, Cistus essential oil can stop bleeding and speed up tissue scarring and healing.
- Cistus is one of the best essential oils to stop menstrual bleeding too. But it can also be used to heal a deep cut fast.
- Avoid the use of Cistus oil if you suffer from epilepsy, seizures or asthma.
- It also has hormone-like effects, making it potentially risky with certain treatments.
- Do not use Cistus without medical consent. Especially if you have diabetes or other serious conditions.
Why I like it:
The essential oil of Cistus has an interesting fragrance. The absolute obtained from the resin of the cistus plant is known as Labdanum. The oil is very calming and purifying, which makes it ideal in stopping bleeding of all sorts.
4) Clary Sage Essential Oil
Botanical name: Salvia sclarea.
- Clary Sage has estrogen-like effects on the body. This means the oil can mimic the action of estrogen and help rebalance the menstrual period. Thus, Clary Sage essential oil can be used to stop excess menstrual bleeding that so often leads to fatigue.
- This essential oil is also antispasmodic, which helps with cramps during menstruation. But the same effect can also soothe a deep throbbing cut.
- Clary Sage is just as efficient at preventing infections and keeping a wound septic.
- It also has anti-inflammatory effects.
- The oil may interfere with hormonal treatments.
- Do not confuse Clary Sage oil with Sage ( officinalis). They’re two different essences, with different properties. The latter can be neurotoxic and abortifacient (cause miscarriage).
- Avoid its use on long term or if you suffer from asthma.
Why I like it:
Clary Sage is very useful in perimenopause and menopause symptoms. It can improve hot flashes and mood swings, among others. The oil can also help with cholesterol and skin care.
Other good essential oils to top bleeding are:
- Rose Geranium
Essential oils (especially those for bleeding) must not be used without medical approval if:
- Under 7 years old.
- Above 65 years old.
- Other conditions are present.
How to Use Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding
When it comes to open wounds, (deep or otherwise) you should never apply undiluted essential oils on them. These essences can sensitize the skin, burn or irritate it, and make things worse. They are very concentrated, so they need dilution first.
Mix 6 – 12 drops of essential oil for bleeding with an Oz (30 ml) of carrier oil. The carrier can be anything you have handy (Almond, Olive, Tamanu, Sesame, etc.). Rub the affected skin gently, insisting more on the area around it.
If you’re dealing with excess menstruation bleeding, massage the abdomen area 3 times a day. Start a few days before the beginning of the period.
Essential oils can also be diffused. This is more to purify the air and avoid unnecessary infectious complications. Diffusing essential oils to stop bleeding will also strengthen your immune system. Plus, it’ll help you breathe better too.
Types of Bleeding to Stop and Care For with Essential Oils, plus Recipes
There are many causes for bleeding. The most dangerous ones are obviously the ones inherited. But in this article I’m focusing on external (extrinsic) bleeding.
Things like a nosebleed or bleeding gums, but also menstrual bleeding, which is intrinsic (internal) bleeding. I will tell you more details about each bleeding type, with causes and some tips. You’ll also get an essential oil recipe to stop each bleeding.
1) Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding from Deep Cuts
Deep cuts are very serious and most of the times, impairing too. If you want to know how to heal deep cuts fast or how to treat a sliced fingertip, I have a few tips.
First aid for a sliced fingertip:
- Wash the wound gently, with water and soap.
- Spray some Lavender floral water (hydrosol). This is an optional step but highly efficient.
- Apply direct pressure with a clean compress or paper towel.
- Elevate the wounded hand above the heart level.
- Wrap an ice pack in a clean cloth and apply on the wound.
- Once the inflammation is a bit numbed, you can apply a blend for bleeding.
- Renew the amount of blend used 5 – 6 times, until the pain subsides.
Traumatized tissue will fast become blue and bruised. That happens while the immune system’s working to seal the wound and stop the bleeding. It’ll also swell and become very sensitive to touch.
All these however, can be sped up by using essential oils for bleeding. They can also protect from a potential bacterial infection. Most importantly, they will soothe the pain, stop the bleeding and help the tissue heal without scars.
What essential oils are good for scars and fast healing? In this case, Helichrysum essential oil is your remedy. It will soothe the inflammation and throbbing and speed up tissue and nerve healing. Helichrysum is especially good for hematomas.
Other essential oils good for healing deep cuts:
- Tea Tree
Deep Cuts Hemostatic Oil Recipe
- Helichrysum essential oil: 2 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 2 drops
- Jojoba or Olive oil: 1 tablespoon
Mix this blend well and give it a good shake before use. Apply a small amount around the injured area and on it, very gently.
You can also pour a few drops on a compress and hold it in place for as long as possible. Repeat 5 – 6 times a day at first, continuing with less applications as the wound closes and looks better.
2) Essential Oils to Stop Menstrual Bleeding
According to the British National Health Service, the average amount of blood lost during a monthly period is 30 – 40 ml. That would be roughly 2 tablespoons. Heavy menstrual bleeding starts at 60 ml of blood loss (4 tablespoons).
A woman can tell whether the amount increases or decreases. Heavy menstrual bleeding is also called “menorrhagia”. Too much blood loss can lead to fatigue and exhaustion, period pain and flooding. This often causes a woman to use many tampons or pads, towels, etc.
If this happens for many cycles in a row, you should see your doctor to find the cause. Otherwise, there are a few essential oils for menstrual bleeding that can make things easier.
The two best essential oils to stop menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) are:
- Clary Sage and
Heavy Bleeding Period Essential Oil Recipe
- Clary Sage essential oil: 10 drops
- Cistus essential oil: 10 drops
- Macadamia oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Give this blend a good shake before each use. Apply a moderate amount on the lower abdomen, every morning and evening. It’s better to start one week (or so) before menstruation.
3) Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding from the Nose
Nosebleeds are usually benign, in that they’re not a health threat. There can be many different causes for a nosebleed. Even so, many people experience the occasional nosebleed at years distance.
Nose bleeding is usually connected to some weak capillaries inside the nasal mucosa. A shock, strong sneezing, a violent cold virus or an air too dry may cause nosebleeds. Hypertension or coagulation problems may also cause nose bleeding.
An essential oil blend can limit bleeding from the nose. It can also prevent possible infections. Essential oils can also improve the blood circulation and breathing.
Plus, they can strengthen the blood vessels as well. All this leads to a good healing of the injured blood vessels inside the nose.
Nosebleed Essential Oil Recipe
- Cistus essential oil: 8 drops
- Helichrysum essential oil: 5 drops
- Rose Geranium essential oil: 5 drops
- Sweet Almond oil: 1 tablespoon (Optional)
Give the blend a good shake before each use. You can use 2 drops of this blend on a cotton pad and keep it pressed on the bleeding nostril. Let it sit there until the bleeding stops, then remove it and throw it away.
Or if you use carrier, you can rub a small amount on the affected nostril. Do not, EVER, use essential oils (not even diluted!) inside the nose! They can sensitize and burn the nasal mucosa. That leads to swelling or even difficulty in breathing.
4) Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding from the Gums
Gums are also sensitive and can often get bruised or inflamed. Whether it’s a scrape from food, a tooth decay or gingivitis, essential oils can stop their bleeding. One of the best aromatic oil to stop bleeding from the gums is Lavender.
A study showed that Lavender oils can prevent the blood from clotting excessively. This would lead to thrombosis, a dangerous blood clot in the circulatory system. They can do that by keeping the number of platelets in check.
There are many essential oils that can be used for coagulation. Some of the best are Lavender, Cistus and Helichrysum, Geranium and Lemon. These essential oils can also be used for sores on skin, not just to stop bleeding.
Can you put Lavender oil directly on open wounds, you might ask. I say that even though Lavender is pretty gentle with the skin, you should not use it undiluted on open wounds. It can still sensitize the skin. Instead, diluted, you can definitely use Lavender oil for cuts and scrapes, and even burns.
Mouth Blend to Stop Gum Bleeding
- Lavender ( angustifolia) essential oil: 2 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 2 drops
- Olive oil: 2 teaspoons
Swish this mixture in your mouth, but whatever you do, don’t swallow it! It’ll be full of collected toxins and bacteria. Swish it for 5 – 15 minutes, several times a day to relieve the pain and stop the bleeding.
5) Essential Oils to Stop Bleeding on Dogs and Cats
Although we all want what’s best for our pets, they’re still very different from us. What works for us, may actually harm them.
When it comes to using essential oils on pets, you might want to make a thorough research before. Don’t be afraid to ask the vet about certain essences you’d like to use on your animal.
Unfortunately, there’s not much known about how Aromatherapy affects pets. What little we know so far is that cats are more sensitive to aromatic oils than dogs.
Many pet owners have noticed their dogs being calmer and more relaxed after inhaling Lavender oil, for example.
Cats lack a liver enzyme that allows them to process all essential oils. They can process them however, in other ways, but it takes longer. Because of that, some volatile molecules might build up in their system. That can lead to some serious health problems.
Cats have only a limited selection of essential oils that might not harm them. Check out the following article, for more information:
When they bleed, animals usually stop it by licking. If you still want to help it heal faster, I can only recommend using hydrosols on them.
Using essential oils to stop bleeding on dogs and cats can be dangerous. Especially when it’s about open wounds.
Hydrosols are a lot weaker than essential oils, though they’re their byproducts. They contain only trace amounts of oils. But they contain lots of other beneficial vitamins and minerals that did not make it into the oil.
In a nutshell, essential oils are great for healing the skin! But before they get to that point, they’re also great at stopping blood loss and sealing off a wound faster.
We can’t prevent all domestic accidents, that is a fact. But it’s good to know we can count on essential oils to stop bleeding. They’re simple to use and highly effective, as long as they’re used moderately and on a short period of time.
Have you ever tried stopping a wound from bleeding with aromatic oils? Which ones did you use and what were the results? I would love to read about your experiences!