A bruise or skin wound can be understood as an injury to the tissue beneath the skin. Bruises may cause temporary discoloration (skin becomes dark blue or purplish in color), with the blood getting clotted on the bruised area. It is easy to heal a normal bruise on your own through natural methods and over the counter medicines. However, if your bruise is accompanied with fever, you need to see a doctor immediately, as it could be of a serious nature. The article explains some easy simple and useful tips on how to heal a bruise that doesn’t require a practitioner's attention. Just heal them at home and feel the difference.
Healing Bruises Naturally
- Apply a vapor rub or any other medicated balm to the bruise, to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to the damaged area. Medicated rub helps reduce pain due to the effects of menthol. You can also rub ice on the swollen area.
- You can apply bandage to the bruised area. Soak the bandage in Witch Hazel, a natural product obtained from Witch Hazel shrub beforehand. This promotes healing of the bruise and helps in removing small blood particles by the blood stream. Witch Hazel is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and works as an astringent.
- Crushed parsley leaves also act as a great healer of bruises. Spread the leaves on the bruised area and cover it with a bandage. The application should be repeated several times a day, for quick healing. Parsley leaves are capable of reducing the blood vessels.
- Homeopathic medicines like arnica tincture aid in pain relief and healing the bruises. Put a few drops of tincture in a cup of water. Soak a cloth in this mediated water and apply it on the injured area, just like a bandage. Arnica has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
- Rub a generous amount of butter on the bruise and leave it. It is known to work really well.
- The inside of banana peel should be applied to the bruise and then, bandaged over night. It will help heal the bruises faster.
- Store a metal spoon in the freezer of your refrigerator for 15-20 minutes and place it on the bruise. This will draw the blood away from your skin surface.
- Take natural apple cider vinegar and cold water and soak a cloth in it. Keep the cloth on the bruise as a compress.
- Consume Vitamin K or alfalfa in the form of tablets, to prevent blood clotting. Foods rich in vitamin K include green leafy vegetables like spinach, green cabbage, turnip greens, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli and tomatoes. They also fasten the healing process.
- A slice of raw onion can be placed on the bruise. Take care not to apply it on broken skin. Application of raw egg also helps in healing bruises.
- Comfrey tea and buchu should be applied on the bruise to reduce pain and prevent discoloration of the bruised area.