For some, food and water may seem like the most important items to carry with you when trying to survive in the wilderness. While they are definitely vital towards keeping you alive throughout your time spent away from the normal resources you’re accommodated to, ensuring that, should you fall wounded, you have some way to halt the bleeding, is an essential.
Having a first aid kit at the ready with bandaging, wraps, blood clotting remedies, and other various medical devices can be a handy thing to bring along in case of an emergency. In some cases, however, spontaneous disasters happen and you are left to work with you’ve got on hand, which unfortunately isn’t always a full first aid kit.
Tripping over things, bumping into objects, and even accidentally moving a body part the wrong way can result in cuts or abrasions along your skin. In the middle of a situation where other solutions are not available, as odd as it may sound, black pepper can help to prevent and stop your scrape from bleeding.
Contrary to popular belief this method will not hurt you and the pepper does not sting your skin. Simply grind up some black pepper to the finest point possible, as its natural and helpful properties are best utilized this way, and press it firmly to the open wound. Covering it with a bandage or wrap is the best way to keep it actively working to stop you from bleeding.
This way of stopping up smaller cuts is often used in homes and restaurant kitchens as it is a readily available substance and saves one the effort of pulling out a first aid kit if they don’t have one, or helps substantially stop the blood flow if a blood clotting remedy is not an option.
Do note, however, that using black pepper on small wounds is not a medically approved method and is based solely on personal experience rather than the research of experts in medical fields. If you have an active condition or allergy that may react badly to the black paper, use common sense and look for a safer alternative for you. In addition to this, never use black pepper in place of a prescribed medication or against a doctor’s orders as it is an at-home solution.