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How to Use Spider Webs to Close Wounds

Updated on October 21, 2013

Frosted Spiderweb

A frosted spiderweb.
A frosted spiderweb. | Source


Here is a remedy to stop the bleeding of a deep cut or wound. While minding your cut without stitches. You will also notice minimal scarring after the healing process.

How to Mend a Deep Cut without Stitches

My grandmother told me about this old remedy which I put to use. When we did not have any money to get stitches. My friend split his forehead about 3” long and the cut was deep enough to see the scalp.

Not knowing whether it would work or not. I collected as much spider webs as I could find. I balled up the spider webs than rolled to the length of the cut 3” or so.

I then placed the rolled spider web in the cut. I gently squeezed the skin together until you could no longer see the spider web.

To my surprise the wound stayed closed and the cut was no longer bleeding. My friend came to visit a few months later. Somehow we started talking about how he got the gash on his head.

I looked at the area where the gash was, there was no scar. He said the cut never got infected.

So that is what inspired me to find out more about what spider webs can do for humans.

Plus I do not like stitches and I am sure I am not alone when it comes to getting stitches.

Spider Webs for Medical and Survival Purposes

Although spider webs/cobwebs have many other uses. We will focus on medical and survival uses.

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Target Health

Cuts and scrapes on the skin were treated by placing a spider web over the area and blowing on it. Spider webs to make gauze pads stop an injured person from bleeding. Spider webs fighting infections and more.


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    • crayonbrains profile image

      crayonbrains 3 years ago from The World Is Mine !

      Learnt something new today ! What a valuable piece of information ! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      tamron 4 years ago

      Not only does spiderwebs mend a cut spiderwebs have antibiotic properties which helps to heal the wound.

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      Tim 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I have never heard of this remedy but I sure have a nice enough collection of spiderwebs in my attic to give this a try someday!

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      sprocketman 5 years ago

      Wow, this is crazy ... and cool. ... I still don't like spiders though.

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      Ethan Green 5 years ago from England

      That's one of the craziest but coolest things I ever heard! Thanks for bringing this amazing idea:-)

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      cal guy 5 years ago

      the use of spiderwebs to repair cuts to the skin sounds interesting, to bring the skin together and stop bleeding is a great combination for a soution of a potentally bad problem (infection) it also works on infection as well correct. this is wonderful

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Thank you dear, Tamron. Wonderful and helpful Hubpages about benefits of spider webs. You were fortunate to find those webs when you needed them. Was it early morning that they were most visible? Blessings, Debby

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      tamron 5 years ago

      Thanks Glenn

      It was a trick my grandmother told me they used with spiderwebs. You can use spiderwebs to heal wounds also. You would be amazed of the strength of certain species of spider spiderwebs.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Spiderwebs have an adhesive property for the purpose of catching flies. So this makes a lot of sense with spiderwebs being used in instead of sutures. Although I wouldn't want to use cobwebs since they are old spiderwebs which had been abandoned and might be all full of dust and unsanitary.

      I wonder if there is some research being done on using spiderwebs for promoting healing of torn tendons? Or reattaching tendons back to the bone that may have been torn in a sports injury. That could really be useful. You enlightened me to start looking into that. I'll have to do some Google searches. Good work on writing this.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This is new to me and I am a spider.

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      Laura Deibel 5 years ago from Aurora

      I certainly hope the scientists succeed, Tamron. On old scars, I think the only option is dermabrasion, which doctors used on me when I had a suspicious mole removed.

      Even done by plastic surgeon, the scar was visible until the dermabrasion.


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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      You are a brave person to try the spider web application. What an awesome discovery. It sounds like the wound stayed closed on its own - without a bandage. True? That's just absolutely amazing.

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      tamron 5 years ago


      They have used spiderwebs to repair knees without having any problem with rejection.

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      tamron 5 years ago


      Like I said in my article I was amazed there was no scar on his forehead. Science is extracting the elements from the spiderwebs they are finding spiderwebs are more useful than catching bugs.

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      Laura Deibel 5 years ago from Aurora

      Interesting! My Daughter got a deep gash in her forehead which was a a visible scar for many years. I did take her in for a stitch.

      I wonder if any doctors use this remedy or have extracted the element from the web to prevent scarring. Comments?

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Wow, tamron, what an amazing application of spider webs! I'd heard of some research by the Royal college of surgeons in England looking into potentially using spider web-silk for bone grafts and ligament repair, but I didn't know they could be used for ordinary first-aid like this! Voted up, useful, interesting and (especially) awesome! :)