Bruises, Treat them the Natural Way
Bruises are painful but can be treated with natural techniques
Bruises are essentially the blue or purple patches on the skin which we have all suffered with at some point. Bruises occur when tiny capillaries break or burst underneath the sin, which then causes them to leak into the soft tissue underneath your skin, which then causes the discolouration. I’m sure you all would have noticed the cycle of bruises – over time, the patch that once was blue or purple then fades to become a yellow or green colour.
Although they can often feel sore and tender, they are rarely anything to worry about and will usually disappear over time; however, there are specific natural remedies that you can use for ones that are particularly painful.
Bruises are not limited to the skin and can happen deeper in your tissues, organs and bones. This usually happens after a severe injury or accident and does require medical attention. If you are at all worried about internal bruising, you should visit your local A&E department. You should also seek medical attention if you bruise has not disappeared after two weeks, or if you are starting to get a lot of bruises for no real discernible reason, as these can be signs of further health problems that should be investigated.
Here are just some of the most effective natural remedies to help bruises heal as quickly as possible.
If you know you have injured yourself, applying an ice pack to the area straight away could help to reduce the amount of blood that will see into the surrounding tissue, which will reduce the bruise, as well as the associated swelling.
If you do not have easy access to an ice pack, you can use a bag of ice or frozen veg; just make sure you wrap it into a cloth or a towel before you put it on your skin. Ice the bruise in periods of 10 minutes, but you should wait for 20 minutes before reapplying.
Although the opposite of ice, heat can also be effective at reducing bruises, once they have already come out, as it will do the opposite, and help to boost the circulation and increase the blood flow. This will be useful at helping to clear away any of the trapped blood after the bruise has already formed.
On top of this, if you have injured yourself, heat could also be a benefit, as it can help to loosen any tense muscles, and to relieve pain. Both hot water bottles and heat packs are particularly useful; however, a long soak in a hot bath can be just as effective.
Arnica has long been used in the homoeopathic world as an effective remedy to help reduce bruises. This is because it is effective at reducing inflammation and swelling, two things that occur when your skin becomes bruised.
Studies have backed up these claims as well, with one study finding that a topical arnica ointment was effective at reducing laser-induced bruising. An arnica rub can be used on the bruise a few times a day. Alternatively, you can also take arnica orally.
Using vitamin K cream topically on a bruise can be effective at helping it to heal much faster than it would do if it was left. This is because the vitamin is an essential nutrient that is vital in the blood clotting process.
Research has suggested that using a vitamin K cream reduced the severity of bruising. To use this effectively, gently the cream onto the bruise at least two times a day.
Aloe Vera is a prevalent ingredient in natural remedies and is effective at relieving the symptoms of many health complaints. This is because it is really effective at helping to reduce both pain and inflammation.
Applying pure aloe vera gel to the bruise is really effective, and can be applied directly to the area, but it is important that you check the label for additives and that you are using pure aloe vera gel.
Another natural great source of anti-inflammatory is from Vitamin C. It has long been used to promote the healing of wounds.
Many different gels, creams and serums contain this essential vitamin; they are typically designed or the face. These can be applied topically to the bruise for treatment, or you can take a vitamin C supplement. It is also super easy to get a vitamin C boost through your diet as well, so make sure that you are eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Another surprising natural remedy for bruises is pineapple. Eating pineapple is not only delicious, but it can also help to reduce the severity of bruises, and to reduce inflammation, thanks to the Bromelain, which is a mixture of enzymes.
If you do not like the taste of pineapple, do not worry, as you can still get the benefits of pineapple, without having to eat it. You can look for a bromelain supplement to take daily, or you can purchase a topical bromelain cream which is just as effective.
This plant is often used as a brilliant treatment for bruises, skin ailments and inflammation. It has been suggested that the cream has great healing powers, which are effective at treating bruises.
The cream can be applied to the bruise a few times every day; however, if it is still painful or swollen, you can make a compress using dried comfrey leaves, which is also very useful. To make this compress, all you have to do is steep the leaves in boiling water for approximately ten minutes, before straining the liquid and wrapping the leaves in either a towel or a cloth and applying directly to the bruised area.