Q. The People’s Pharmacy is batting three for three in our household. First, it was the fresh-cut onion to ease the pain of a bee sting. Next it was soy sauce on a kitchen burn.
Then I cut my thumb chopping an onion. The cut wasn’t serious but there was a lot of bleeding–until I remembered your black pepper solution. I had to grind the pepper with one hand, but I was amazed at how fast and well it worked. It also promoted healing. Amazing!
A. Thank you for this lovely testimonial. Having the pepper pre-ground can be helpful for such a situation, even if you only use fresh-ground in cooking. These remedies and hundreds more can be found in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.
Here is another testimonial from M, a reader: “Black pepper is great for a minor bleeding cut. I cut my finger with a knife and could not stop the bleeding. I reached in the cabinet for the can of black pepper and poured it on the cut. It worked like a charm and stopped the bleeding right away.”
And one more: “After I cut the skin off the tip of my finger (kitchen klutz!), it was still bleeding after an hour of pressure. Dipping it into a pile of ground pepper stopped the bleeding almost immediately. Yes, it did sting a lot, but it did the job.” Phelps
As always, use good judgment. If the cut is spurting blood, apply pressure and call the ambulance instead of reaching for black pepper.