Contusion is the medical term for bruises. It is usually a black, purplish red or blue mark on the skin, which is caused because of an injury, which crushes the small blood vessels, leaking blood into the adjacent tissues, beneath the surface of the skin. The effect of bruises depends on the skin’s sensitivity. Though, it normally heals in 12 days or so, but you can get rid of these hideous marks early by applying home remedies.
- While exercising
- Banging or bumping against something
- Fragile skin
- Mark on the skin (blue, purple, green or black)
- Pain and swelling on the affected area
Home Remedies for Bruises
1. Ice Pack
Apply ice pack on the bruised area. This will numb the whole area and you won’t feel pain for several minutes.
2. Comfrey Leaves
Take fresh comfrey leaves and make a fine paste. Apply it on the bruise and leave it till it dries. Then, apply the second layer on it. Let it dry and after that, wash it off with lukewarm water.
Take fresh parsley and crush it. Apply it on the bruised area. This will make the bruise go away faster.
4. Witch Hazel
Take a warm bath using witch hazel. Witch hazel improves the blood circulation and this will heal the bruises.
Cabbage can help in healing the bruise, as well as reducing the swelling. Apply macerated leaves of cabbage to accelerate the healing process.
6. Bilberry Extracts
Bilberry extracts can make the mark vanish, and increase the level of vitamin C.
7. Cayenne Pepper & Vaseline
Take 1 part of cayenne pepper and 5 parts of melted Vaseline. Mix it well and apply it on the bruise (Vaseline mixture should be cold).
8. Lavender Oil
Take cold water and put several drops of lavender oil in it. Soak a cloth in this water and apply it on the bruise. Lavender oil will reduce the swelling and cold water will provide relief in pain.
9. Tea Bags
Take sage tea bags or chamomile tea bags. Soak them in warm water and then, place on the bruise. This will soothe the pain.
10. Aloe Vera
Take aloe vera leaf and apply its gel on the bruised skin. This will provide relief in pain and swelling.
11. Egg Rolling
Boil an egg and peel off the skin of this boiled egg. Place it on the bruised area and gently roll the warm egg on bruise. This will help in reducing the swelling.
12. Warm Water
Soak a cotton ball or a cloth in lukewarm water and place it on the bruise. Slowly and gently massage on and around the bruise. This will reduce the pain and swelling.
Eating pineapple will cure the bruise really fast. You can also consume the fresh juice of pineapple. This will surely help you out.
Take 1 tablespoon of lard and ½ tablespoon of salt and mix them. Apply it on the bruise. This will prevent the bruise from getting darker.
Eat fresh and raw garlic. Consume at least 2 cloves of it. This will heal up the bruise really fast, as it contains antibiotic properties.
Take out vanilla extract and apply it on the swollen bruise. This will provide relief.
Cut a raw onion into half and apply the inner part of the onion on the bruise.
Note- Avoid this home remedy, if your bruise is wounded.
19. Mullein Flowers
Take some mullein flowers and steep them in olive oil. Let this oil to reach the room temperature and then, apply it on the bruise. This will help to let the bruise fade away, and decrease swelling.
20. Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C in citrus fruits aids in rejuvenation of the elasticity of the skin and fortification of veins, arteries and capillaries. Therefore, eat oranges and apples to quickly cure the problem.
Homeopathic Remedies for Bruises
Hayland’s Bupms ’n Bruises™ Ointment : This is a very good homeopathic remedy for healing bruises. Rub this ointment on the bruises and there will be relief in pain and swelling.
Arnica : Arnica is a very effective and multi-treatment homeopathic remedy for bruises. This will help to heal the bruise faster. You can also apply any ointment, which contains arnica.
Bellis perennis : This is a very helpful remedy for cuts and bruises. This will reduce the swelling and relieve the pain.
Hypericum : This homeopathic remedy is given when bruises occur due to an accident or serious injury. Hypericum helps to reduce the level of pain, you are experiencing.
Phosphorus : Phosphorus is given when the bruising happens because of small wounds or minor injuries.
Other homeopathic remedies can be taken to cure bruising such as calcarea phosphorica, Ledum palustre, Ruta graveolens, Symphytum, Millefolium and Sulphuricum acidum.
How to heal bruises quickly?
- Do not massage directly on the bruise.
- Take rest.
- Consume supplements, which contain arnica.
- Do not take pain killers.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Take protein.
- Eat healthy food.
How to Avoid Bruising?
If you find yourself bruising too easily, there are a few things you can try out to improve your resistance to common causes of bruising.
- Check that you are not deficient in vitamin K or C as these can make your skin more susceptible to bruising. Vitamin K is directly linked to clotting of blood and helps stop bruising relatively quickly when your body has enough to work with. A lack of vitamin C can lead to scurvy symptoms, including quick and long-lasting bruising.
- Make sure any prescribed medications you are currently consuming do not thin your blood. If they do, then you will bruise more easily as a result. Ask your doctor for this information if you are unsure.