A prehistoric Iceman found in 1991 on a mountain glacier in Italy used moss to help staunch the bleeding in his wounds. Nicknamed Ötzi, this 46-year-old man used an absorbent moss with mild antiseptic qualities to dress a cut on his palm. Ötzi later died from several wounds, including an arrow wound in his shoulder.
Ötzi, one of the world’s oldest and best-preserved ice mummies, lived 5,300 years ago. Research shows that he traveled extensively through Europe, and that he used moss for different purposes, including dressing wounds and wrapping meat.