Nearly Cut My Thumb Off!

by Jerem on July 22, 2010

I’m conducting an interesting herbal first aid and healing experiment on my thumb right now.  Not by choice, mind you, but by dumb accident.

Last Tuesday I was trimming branches in my cherry tree with a little hand saw when I cut my left thumb really badly.  Just a dumb mistake about the way I was holding the branch while cutting.  I looked down and in the second before the bleeding started gushing I could see three deep cuts from the teeth of the saw right across the top of my thumb.  The middle cut was so deep I could see white at the bottom.  At first I thought I had cut myself clear to the bone.  Turns out it was only the tendon.

Luckily I’ve learned a bit from Dr. Christopher and the School of Natural Healing as well as from my dear wife who is an herbal devotee.  I ran into the house straight for the kitchen and grabbed the cayenne pepper powder.  I started packing it directly into the cut to stop the bleeding.  It stopped within just a couple of minutes.

Everyone always asks if it stung.  This is the first time I have had to do this kind of first aid on myself and I assumed it would hurt pretty bad to pack a wound with straight cayenne pepper.  After all, that stuff is hot!  Surprisingly, however, it didn’t really hurt at all.  My thumb hurt because I was putting pressure on it to stop the bleeding, but after it stopped bleeding and I stopped the pressure it didn’t hurt at all.  Not even a little bit.

Next I got a cup of water so I could mix cayenne and take it internally.  My wife, Tara, came home and walked in the door right at that moment.   What a site to walk in on.  She quickly dumped a ton of cayenne into my water and had me drink it.  Within just a moment I started sweating, felt faint and had to lie down.  I felt like I was going to vomit for a few minutes too.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that much cayenne all at once before and I definitely felt it.  That feeling passed after about 5 minutes and then I felt great.

I was surprised.  After all, I was still laying on the floor of my kitchen with my hand raised on a footstool.  My thumb was gashed wide open.  And Tara had to run to the store because we didn’t have any butterfly bandages left.  But I really felt great.  My thumb didn’t hurt in the slightest, and I was feeling pretty energetic right then.  I was just amazed at how quickly the cayenne had stopped the bleeding and stopped the pain.  So I made a video.

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When Tara came back we cleaned out the cayenne and slathered a ton of Dr. Christopher’s Comfrey Ointment over the wound.  Then we put the butterfly bandages on and wrapped it up.  I took 6 Complete Tissue and Bone Capsules each half hour until I went to bed that night.

For my first personal experience with herbal first aid, I am impressed.  I just wish it wasn’t my thumb I am experimenting on.  I will post updates on the progress of the healing.

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