Bruises occur when the capillaries (the small vessels within the skin) suffer a rupture provoked by a minor accident. The blood is caught inside the skin, and that’s why bruises begin to appear.
Many people prefer to take OTC medication, but there are some natural remedies that you can use at home to ease the pain and heal the bruises.
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- Aloe Vera
People have been using this plant for thousands of years to heal bruises, to ease the pain caused by arthritis, to reduce the inflammations provoked by insect bites or hemorrhoids or to treat skin infections.
There are two ways to use this plant to treat your bruises. Either you buy an aloe vera plant and use the gel within the leaf on the affected area, or you opt for an aloe vera gel found in stores. Besides treating your bruises, aloe vera also eases the pain.
- Helichrysum essential oil
This essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Besides, it has some compounds named italidiones that are loaded with anti-bruise qualities. That’s why Helichrysum essential oil has the ability to protect the blood vessels.
You can combine a few drops of Helichrysum essential oil with jojoba oil or coconut oil and rub the resulted liquid on your bruises.
- Chamomile essential oil
Chamomile essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and people have been using it to treat bruises.
Use a pot to add a few drops of chamomile oil and a tablespoon of coconut oil or almond oil and mix them. Apply this solution on the affected areas three times a day until the bruises disappear.
The leaves and roots of comfrey consist of allantoin which is a substance that aids the skin cells to develop. Therefore, comfrey is efficient in healing bruises, fractures, sprains, muscle tears or wounds.
You can find comfrey salve at the store or you can make a comfrey solution at home.
- Vitamin K cream
Many doctors use vitamin K cream for people who have gone through a medical procedure because it has the power to accelerate the process of healing.
You can find vitamin K cream in pharmacies, or you can buy it online.
- Tea bags
You can use black tea bags to heal the bruises. Put a wet, warm black tea bag on the affected area a few times a day.
You can find creams and lotions made of arnica’s leaves in pharmacies and stores. It has positive results in easing the pain and reducing the inflammation.
- Cold and heat therapy
Put ice in a towel or cloth and then apply it on the bruises. Keep it there for 10 minutes. After you’ve done this, wait 48 hours and apply on the affected area a warm compress.