Has it ever happened to you where you had a bleeding scratch or mini-cut and you go to the backyard for some moringa leaves, crush it, then apply to your wound? Did the bleeding stop?
As a child, I don't recall to have ever called an adult to attend to me or to any of my friends when one of us contracted a simple wound. Nor remember being taught on what to use to stop the bleeding. One of us will know what to do in finding a moringa tree which wasn't difficult as all backyards in the province have one or two, even some along the road. Such is a common knowledge to just crush them with our fingers or use stones as mortar and pestle to create the pulp needed to apply to the wound.
Herbal medicine, anyone?
An inch scar above my ankle is a proof of such treatment received from my neighbour playmate in an accidental cut when cutting a bamboo tree needed to build our "bahay-bahayan". Of course, if the bleeding didn't stop, an adult will need to be notified which at that time was my mom quietly doing household chores. We didn't want that LOL! A mother's wrath when finding me doing something forbidden must be avoided at all times...playing or using a huge knife or bolo was a NO-NO as a pre-schooler.
Aside from malunggay, chives were also used back then but used less. In contrast to moringa trees, they were less accessible. Although we had some in the backyard, I used it less because of the smell.
You wanna know how moringa leaves or green leafy vegetables can stop a bleed?
The image is mine, taken with my Samsung Galaxy S7.
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