Especially if you fear blood (which is, by the way, medically referred to as hemophobia), the sight of a cut or wound oozing with bright red blood can certainly make you weak in the knees. The terror is multiplied thousands of times if you’re the one who’s bleeding!

You just want to make the bleeding go away in a snap but it takes a little while for your blood to clot and put an end to the horrendous scene unfolding right before your very eyes. Fortunately, there is a very simple trick to make bleeding stop in as quick as 10 seconds. Want to know what it is? Read on.

But first, it’s a good idea to have some basic knowledge on how the blood clots.

Your blood is actually made up of several different components. For instance, there are your red blood cells (erythrocytes) and there are also your white blood cells (leukocytes). When the subject matter is blood clotting, the components that take the spotlight are your platelets (thrombocytes).

The platelets are called that way because of their disc-like shape. When a blood vessel is injured, naturally, blood leaks out. Platelets in the area spring into action by clinging to the injured wall of the blood vessel, causing a plug. A chemical is released that signals the other platelets in your body to come scrambling to the area and help close the opening and make the bleeding stop completely.

Now that you know how your blood clots, it’s time to discuss that very, very simple step to making the bleeding stop.

Clue: the thing you need for this smart first aid move can be found in the spice rack. The answer: cayenne pepper powder! That’s right. The bright red spice (just like your blood!) that is added to soups and stews and many others to make them taste spicy and awesome can be used to quickly make bleeding go away.

As soon as you end up with a cut, all you have to do is rush to that area in the kitchen where the spice rack is. Grab the bottle of cayenne pepper powder and sprinkle some of it right onto the wound. In 10 seconds, you can say goodbye to that bleeding.

The truth is it’s not just putting an end to bleeding that cayenne pepper powder is very good at. Cayenne pepper is also used to provide relief from an assortment of problems such as colds, flu, fungal infections, headaches, migraine, heartburn, indigestion, joint pain and swelling, toothache and even obesity. Some researches have also shown that cayenne pepper may also help prevent tumors and cancer. Whew!

So the next time you find yourself with a cut and it oozes blood, panic not. You are now armed with perhaps the fastest and most effective trick to make the bleeding stop. For as long as there’s a bottle of cayenne pepper powder somewhere in your kitchen, you don’t have to put up with the sight of blood for a long time.

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