As a mother, with two children that like to fight, I always worry about serious cuts. I know from my experience as a lifeguard that applying pressure will slow bleeding, but, until recently, I had no clue how to stop it altogether.
Apparently, if a person applies cayenne pepper to an open wound, it will stop bleeding. This even works for deep cuts that are a serious cause for concern (and should be seen by a professional).
However, how does it work?
According to eHow: