Spider webs a life-saver of my childhood.
As a child, we ran and played all day long during the summers and holidays. Life was good and life was fun. We grew up in a real village community with the knowledge that we were all responsible for each other.
And we lived life with the abandon only kids know.
With that abandon came many many wounds. So off we would go to find one adult or another, every female was addressed as aunty and every male as an uncle.
So a bleeding child presents for help usually accompanied by a lot of wailing and a trail of the other kids following in the wake, lol.
The ‘aunt’ would clean the wound grab some spiderweb aka cobweb to contain the bleeding, wrap it up, and in little time, the sound of childhood peals of laughter and delight would be the music of the day.
How & Why Spiders Make Webs
Spider’s’ web is made of silk. They have seven pairs of silk-spinning organs or glands called “spinnerets” located either in the middle or at the end of their abdomen.
A spider’s silk is produced as a liquid but emerges from the glands as solid silk fibres when the spider moves away from the attachment point.
The spider’s silk line is only .001-.004 mm thick. Amino acids and protein crystals help the silk maintain its stretchy quality, stiffness and strength.
Spider’s web is created in a zigzag pattern that gives it tensile strength.
The web is used for catching prey, storing food, escaping from danger, making egg sacs, sending and receiving vibrating signals.
Medical uses for Spiderweb
It was common for the adults to use spiderweb to staunch the flow of blood, but then I became “an American” and put such unsophisticated behaviours behind me, after all, I was a student of the sciences…
Well, I am older and wiser now with a desire to understand how this knowledge came about. So I did some research.
Spider web or cobweb had been used to heal wounds since ancient days.
Cobwebs have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that keep bacteria away from the open wound and minimizes the chances of an infection.
It is very high in vitamin K, an important catalyst in blood clotting!
As long as the cobweb is harvested from a clean area, it will not cause any secondary infection or aggravate the wound at all. Try to get a piece free of any dead insects or other critters.
Place spider web over the wound gently pressing some into the wound if possible ensuring the wound is completely covered.
Place clean cloth or dressing over the wound.
If the spider web has hardened on the wound and is hard to remove, dampen it with or pour come clean warmed water over it. This will loosen it right up and makes removing it easier.
I wanted to share a few tidbits from life in other spaces and how people got by, survive and even thrive.
So tell me, is the use of spider webs or cobwebs in wound care familiar to you?