My father was born and raised in the mountains of
Peru. He was dirt poor as a kid, having to sell Chiclets to the
tourists to raise money for his family to eat.
He wasn't able to attend any kind of formal school
until he was 10 years old. Eight short years later he was off to
the United States to study Nuclear physics and eventually earned
his PhD in Physics.
My father is one of my heroes because he is living
proof that if you believe in something you can make it happen. He
is the definition of perseverance and fortitude.
He is also the foremost expert on everything Inca
and Peruvian. Heaven forbid you get a Greek and a Peruvian in a
room together. They will claim to have invented just about
everything from plumbing and language, to the bandage.
I am not sure where the first bandage actually came
from. I could research it, but this isn't about that and I need to
get the laundry done. This post is about the Inca Band Aid and how
it is a great way to stop bleeding fast when you have no other
Last month, I was trying my hand at cutting up
carrots with my new sharp knife. I was also talking to my son when
I felt the knife suddenly hit something "hard." Now the smart
person would have looked down to see what the knife was stuck on
but I think we have established that I do not fall into that
category. Nope, instead I pushed down really hard. It was only then
did I realize that I was pushing down on my own fingertip. The
massive pain was the first clue, followed by an inordinate amount
Yes, I cut the tip of my finger off. I ran upstairs
to get a traditional bandage, but after about 15 minutes I knew
they weren't going to work. I had soaked through several different
sizes, gauze and waterproof bandages and still nothing was slowing
down the blood.
Then my Peruvian ancestors spoke to me (Think Obi
Wan Kenobi with a Spanish accent) and guided me towards the
refrigerator . . . and an egg. Yes, an egg.
My dad was about as handy as I am and spent a great
deal of time fixing up his cuts and gashes. When I was a little
boy, he showed me that if you are bleeding and can't find a bandage
the Incas originally used the inner membrane of an egg.
It sounds crazy, but the membrane of an egg
attaches to your skin as if it was your own, forming a layer of
protection and stops bleeding fast.
Here's what you need to know:
*I also took pictures for you because while I was
bleeding to death, DAD thought, "This would make a good post and I
should take pictures." I am that kind of crazy.
1. Grab an egg crack it gently, then
separate the membrane from the egg shell.
2. Rinse any egg goop off the membrane. I
usually run it under water and it does the
3. Wrap the bleeding area with the
membrane. Press down and make sure it sticks like a
4. That's it. In about a minute it will dry
and adhere to your skin.
5. If you want to wrap a bandage around the
Inca Band Aid you can to help keep it in place.
It's not just me and my crazy dad. A National
Institute of Health study
found that egg membrane might be an ideal covering for skin
graft dressings due to properties of wound
protection, pain relief and promotion of healing.
You shouldn't ditch your Band Aids for a carton of
eggs, but the Inca Band Aid is a good trick to keep up your sleeve,
just in case you need it, or want to really impress your
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