Spider Web: Used to Heal Wounds in My Childhood.

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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?

30 Replies to “Spider Web: Used to Heal Wounds in My Childhood.”

  1. This is fascinating. I love looking at spiders’ webs, but didn’t know about their medicinal value. I enjoyed reading about your childhood, about the fun and freedom you experienced. 🤗

        1. Even now, when my kids visit without me, they are excited as they will be recognized as my kids and are well taken care of, no need to worry, kids are free just to be kids.

    1. This was our go to band aid when I was a child. I am deathly afraid of worms, but not spiders. Of course the brown recluse and the black widow spiders are no laughing matter. They can leave a nasty situation behind.

    1. Great information. I did not know about the healing properties of the spiderweb. The old folks seem to know all the good remedies. Thank you for sharing.

      1. Yes, we are doing fine for the most part. Hope you don’t mind, I just mentioned you in my coffee with Steve post. I like to advertise other blogs in that series.

  2. I, too, was ignorant of the healing properties of spider silk, until I read your post. Fascinating! P.S. Thank you for the follow over at From the Inside Out. I pray you find the posts meaningful whenever you’re able to visit!

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