Having kids = bumps, bruises, cuts, and scrapes… constantly. Especially with boys. My boys that is.
Thankfully, this mama has some herbal first aid supplies on hand to help with those things.
One of my must-have first aid items is yarrow powder.
Yarrow is a styptic herb which means it slows bleeding externally (it also slows it internally, but it’s referred to as a hemostatic herb in that case). It’s easy to use and it works great!
Today I wanna tell you how I used yarrow to slow bleeding from a cut with one of my kiddos.
The Wound Story
So there we were, walking down our driveway, headed off into the woods for an “adventure.” Our three big boys running ahead while The Man, Baby Ezrah, and I were walking behind.
I had no more than yelled out to the boys not to run down the gravel driveway when I saw it. It was in slow motion.
Feet sliding beneath him.
His scared face.
His head bouncing against the gravel.
His legs flipping through the air over his little body.
A moment of stillness followed by crying, head holding, and coming to mama.
Oh yeah… and lots of blood!
Thankfully, he was fine… besides the tiny hole in his head where a piece of gravel had embedded. Unfortunately that tiny piece of gravel didn’t slow his bleeding much.
I couldn’t believe how much blood there was for a tiny hole and a few scrapes! My mind wandered back to my days working in the local emergency room; I remembered that head injuries, no matter how small, were notorious for lots of blood.
I handed Baby Ezrah to The Man and he headed off with the rest of the kids on their adventure. Judah and I headed to the house to take care of business.
Herbal First Aid… On A Tiny Head Wound
Once inside, I got the wound washed with some clean water with a little soap added to it. I gently used fresh dipped cotton balls to dab the would over and over while gently hushing my little guy and telling him how tough he was. That’s when I saw the tiny, embedded gravel.
I secretly got the tweezers and quickly got it out before telling the kid about it. I’m sure if I’d told him he had a rock stuck in his head he’d of flipped out even more. I handed him the little rock and told him it was stuck afterwards. He thought it was cool then… now that it wasn’t in his head! No matter, he didn’t want to see the hole.
It steadily dripped blood… all over his shirt, the bathroom counter, and the floor. Bright red, oxygen-filled blood. I remembered the yarrow powder.
I took a small pinch of it between my fingers, assured the kid it wouldn’t hurt, and firmly placed it against the bleeding hole. I did that a few times to get enough powder on there. Lastly, a cool, kid-approved band-aid covered it all. Now he was brave enough to look in the mirror.
Next up, the kid hit the bath while I worked on getting the blood out of his clothes and my white dish towels. Thankfully I had this handy diy natural cleaner guide on my computer. I used the Oxygen Bleach recipe and it worked wonders! The red blood came out of the white fabrics and into the water. Several rinses later, no evidence of blood remained.
After the bath, I removed the cool, kid-approved band-aid. The bleeding had stopped so I washed the powdered yarrow away with more clean water and soap. Then I put on some homemade “neosporin” salve followed by another cool band-aid. Lastly, I dabbed calendula infused oil over the remaining tiny scraps and sent my little man off to put on some comfy jammies and a little nap.
Thank goodness for the blessing of herbs and the know-how to use them.