If you want to learn the best ways to get rid of bruises naturally then you’ve come to right place. My daughter will often come home with a new bruise on her leg or arm. Having a bruise remedy on hand and knowing how to make a bruise go away is super useful as a parent.
If you want to know the fastest way of how to heal a bruise or wish to know the best treatment, creams and essential oils for bruises then keep reading. These tips should help especially if you’re prone to bruise easily.
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What Is a Bruise and Why Do I Bruise Easily?
What is a bruise?
Well in simple terms a bruise is a discolouration of skin on the body caused by a blow or impact which has ruptured the blood vessels. A bruise is often black, blue, purple or green in colour.
Some people do bruise more easily than others. Some of the factors that can cause you to bruise easily include:
- Health conditions that make you more prone to bruises.
- Medication such as steroids or blood thinners can lead you to bruise easily.
- Thinner skin that is more fragile is more likely to bruise.
- Genetics – You may have a tendency to bruise more easily.
- If you’re low in Vitamin C, it will take longer for your bruises to heal.
How to Get Rid of Bruises Fast
Bruises do not heal straight away but there are plenty of things you can do to help speed up the healing process from ice therapy to finding natural remedies for bruises. Here are the steps you can take if you want to know how to heal a bruise as quick as possible.
Homemade Ice Pack – Ice Therapy
When you have a blow or injury to the body, it is really important to use ice. Ice can help to cool the blood vessels and reduce the amount of blood that leaks into the surrounding tissue.
If you’re at home, you can make a homemade ice pack by wrapping a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel. You can then ice your’e bruise for 10 minutes to help reduce the swelling.
Compression for Bruises
It is important to compress a bruise as compression helps to restrict blood flow and reduce the seriousness of the bruising, reducing swelling and pain.
Elevation for Bruises
Elevating a bruise is super important when you have a blow or injury, especially a large one. As a soccer player in my earlier years I have had a few injuries in my time and elevating the injury has helped reduce pain and throbbing.
If you have a large injury try following the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
Apply Heat on a Bruise
Whilst icing a bruise is really important when you first injure yourself, using heat can really benefit a bruise one to two days after the injury.
Once a bruise has formed, heat can help relieve pain and tension by boosting circulation and increasing blood flow. Heat also relaxes the muscles. You can use a wheat pack or water bottle to apply heat to your bruised injury.
Arnica for Bruises
Arnica for bruises was first introduced to me when I was a high school student. I had a huge bruise on my leg and my physical education teacher gave me some arnica cream to rub on the bruise. I was amazed at the results and how quickly Arnica helped my bruise to heal.
Arnica is a homeopathic herb that really helps with the reduction of inflammation and swelling. It’s something we store in our medicine cabinet and is very useful.
Vitamin K Cream for Bruises
Using Vitamin K cream can be very effective for helping to get rid of bruises fast. Vitamin K contains retinol which helps the body to break down the blood and quickly absorb the bruise, causing it to fade faster.
Pineapple for Bruises
One great and natural way to help speed up the healing process of a bruise. is to use Pineapple. Pineapple contains bromelain, a powerful enzyme that helps to reduce inflammation.
Often Pineapple is used by those recovering from cosmetic surgery and is a great natural source for assisting in the healing of bruises.
Essential Oils for Bruises
Essential Oils can be very beneficial for the body. Certain essential oils such as Frankincense, Myrrh, Rosemary & Lavender contain compounds and properties that can support the healing of bruises.
Adding a few drops of essential oil to a Vitamin K or arnica cream can work wonders on a bruise as can a essential oil cold compress.
How to Make an Essential Oil Cold Compress:
Simply, add a few drops of lavender and rosemary oil to a cold wet cloth and compress on your bruise to help swelling and bruising to heal.
You can also apply essential oils topically to bruises. The best essential oils for bruises can be blended together with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.
You can create a soothing essential oil blend for bruises by combining a number of oils, such as White Fir, Lavender and Frankincense.
Roman Chamomile is also a great essential oil for bruises as is Myrrh and Helichrysum.
Using essential oils to support the healing of bruises is a wonderful natural way to treat swelling, inflammation and pain following an impact or blow.
If you would like to learn more about essential oils you may enjoy reading: Why I collect Doterra oils.