Bruise Cures

| Modified on Feb 26, 2023
Posted by El (los angeles ) on 02/25/2023
5 out of 5 stars

higher dosage of arnica worked for me

I used 500 miligrams of Arnica pills for about 5-6 days prior to a procedure on my face that usually leaves me very bruised. This time I had no bruising. The small dosage I was using before had not worked. I was using the homeopathic dosage. My take is to make sure you are using enough arnica before your procedures or after injury.

Posted by Katzie (Calgary ) on 07/26/2021

You could try a Castor Oil Pack (Edgar Cayce's favorite healing method). Lots of info on this site about them. In a pinch I have used the castor oil from the baby aisle along with one of those pet pee-pads (blue/white cotton), as a pack and it still works. I read a study that states the Packs bring forth T11 Leukocyte (healing cells) to the area, and it seems your poor arm could really use a bit of that. It is very soothing too.

PS - next time you take a blow that hard, immediately put some ACV on the site and no bruise will ever come. I'm sure this site has other preventative ideas for bruises too.

Take care of yourself, you deserve it.

Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 07/22/2021

I've never actually "treated" a bruise but, if I did, I would massage in some cayenne extract - or cayenne tea - let it dry and then some DMSO. I was always bruised and banged up when I was younger but I don't even remember the last time I had a bruise and it's been years since I had a nasty bruise like THAT but they've never bothered me. But if I got one and it did bother me, that's what I'd do. Then I'd probably and promptly forget about it.

Posted by Barbara (PX) on 07/22/2021

Arnica cream is the best for bruises!!

Posted by Sharon (Stoneridge, NY) on 07/22/2021
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The arm is not red, it is more like the color of the first photo. It is on my left arm.

Appreciate feedback as I am in a quandary. I have been applying comfrey salve. Little results for 2 days. Thank you in advance.

Arnica Gel, Aloe
Posted by EC (Indianapolis, IN) on 05/19/2021
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I crushed my right ring finger with my 20 lb. cast iron skillet 3 days ago. I have alternately used arnica gel and fresh aloe gel as often as I thought about it during the past 3 days. Even though my finger is purple from top to bottom, it really never hurt that much and the swelling has gone down amazingly quickly. Everyone thinks it must be broken because of how awful it looks but no worries at all!

Arnica Gel
Posted by Wendy (Dublin, OH) on 01/16/2021
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I love Arnica! A number of years ago, I was walking my dog in the snow around my block, slipped & fell hard and directly onto both my knees! Made it home, and slathered the arnica on both knees. I'd say both bruises were @3-4 inches in diameter. Well, within a few hours the pain was gone, and in about 3-4 days no more bruises.

Arnica Gel
Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 01/15/2021 36 posts
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Now that I'm older, bruises takes months to disappear. Got a quarter size bruise the other day and read here on Earth Clinic that arnica gel is great for bruises so tried a gel I have that has arnica in it. The day after I put it on I could tell it was working. After 3 days of putting it on twice a day, the bruise was gone.

Vegetable Oil
Posted by Kathleen (Medford ) on 08/27/2018

Using Vicks or Mentholatum ointment, I knew gets rid of bruises fast... used TID [three times a day], smart thinking.

Posted by Alice (New York ) on 02/08/2017
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Bruise cure : Pleeeeease try putting butter (not margarine or spread) on your bruise as soon as you get it. The hematoma won't even form. I am amazed at this and all who know me are swearing by this.

Essential Oils
Posted by Julie (Melbourne) on 12/05/2016
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Lavender Essential Oil for Bruising and Impact Injuries

A few years ago, friend told me that a large ceramic water urn fell off a table onto her big toe. It immediately started to change colour and the pain was incredible. Someone had a bottle of lavender essential oil with him and told her to apply that straight away. She placed it all over and under her toe and shortly the colour started to return to normal and the pain receded. She had no bruising and no more pain!

Shortly after, I seriously jammed my finger, right on the nail. It was already turning blue when I applied lavender oil and to my delight, the pain receded and instead of the whole nail being blue, I had one spot about the size of a pin-head. I applied the oil three times during that day only. There was no pain or pressure on the finger at all after the first application.

One day, I was talking with a friend and we heard a bang and a heavy metal door had slammed on her 10 year-old daughter's finger. She was in a great deal of pain and was crying bitterly, hardly able to breath. I asked her and her mum if they would mind if I put some lavender oil on it. They happily agreed. It is so good, I carry it in my handbag wherever I go. I took out my little bottle and I applied it all around the impact site, top and bottom. It was already blue but within a few minutes she said it was feeling a lot better and off she went to play with the other children. That afternoon, before I left, I put some more on it and by that time, it wasn't blue and she smiled as she said it wasn't hurting any more.

I have read the comments on lavender oil causing breast enlargement in young boys, but I also read opposing comments that pointed out that this came from bad science and assumptions and therefore not a sound enough reason to "throw out the baby with the bathwater", in this case, the Godsend, lavender essential oil.

I have used it also for burns from boiling water, steam, oven trays, hot cast iron pans, etc. Each time it has removed the pain and prevented blisters or removed those which had already formed.

It is truly amazing!!!

Turmeric for Bone Bruise
Posted by Maria (Tampa, Fl) on 07/29/2016

Do you take the turmeric after meals, or on an empty stomach? Thanks for sharing!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kate (Lowell, Ma) on 05/11/2016
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Last week, I tripped walking up the stairs:( I ended up bruising my toe pretty badly to the point that I was walking with a limp because it hurt to put any weight on my foot. When I got home, I started by icing my foot, followed by an Epsom salt soak. It brought the swelling down a little, but not the pain or bruising. After the second day of pain, I came to Earth Clinic and saw rave reviews for ACV.

I soaked a cotton ball in ACV and left it on my toe for 20 minutes. I repeated this process twice a day and within 36 hrs, I was healed. No more pain; no more bruise. Thanks Earth Clinic!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Zoe (Methley) on 11/05/2015
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No I tried it Apple Cider Vinegar and dosnt work as good as people make out yes it's lightened it but hasn't gone n still pritty dark and I had it on my eye for quiet a long time every 10 minutes and over night woke up and it's still there n pritty yellow hadn't took swelling down either

Castor Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 07/13/2015
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My daughter had a bruise on her forearm that was really bothering her. The bruise was purple and swollen. I had her put some castor oil on it at bedtime. When she woke up the next day, the bruising was noticeably better and the swelling was gone!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 06/21/2015

To Debra Dee (Boston Ma) ----

Just want to add that pineapple from Hawaii is GMO whereas other produce from Hawaii is not GMO.

Namaste, Om

Posted by Debbra Dee (Boston, Ma) on 06/21/2015
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I have taken bromelain, the enzyme created from pinapple, immediately following major surgery (oral and sinus) and have had ZERO bruising and swelling, and minimal pain. I also added tart cherry and arnica. I just now took a really bad tumble down some slippery steps and am going to do the the same thing. Fingers crossed I can head off the bruising and pain this time.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Zark (Australia) on 09/02/2014
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Apple Cider Vinegar works very well!

A very dear friend of mine was in the passenger seat during a car accident. Her face was quite badly cut and bruised when the airbag activated.

We recommended ACV and it worked beautifully. All the bruising and swelling cleared nicely. The first morning after the accident she woke with swelling around her mouth (the airbag hit her mouth and cut it quite badly), she applied the ACV and the swelling quickly went down. 3 weeks later and it is healing beautifully and it looks like there won't be any scars.

It stung a bit so we diluted it until tolerable, she found that it would only sting at first and then after a few minutes the sting would cease to be an issue when ACV was reapplied. ACV can dry the skin out a little (nothing major), in which case you just need some moisturiser.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Calgary, CA) on 04/29/2014
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Thank you again, EC!!! I came here for ideas on how to take care of my son's rather painful knee injury (he had walked into a chair with all his weight). I soaked a handcloth in ACV and then put on a towel wrapped-ice pack. The bruise and pain were gone in 15mins. Awesome stuff.

Essential Oils
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 12/08/2013
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My little boys were roughhousing last night and my two year old ended up hitting his head very hard on the corner of a wooden post in our house. He had a good sized dent in his forehead that was 2-3 inches long and beginning to turn blue in the dent. I held him while he cried and we assessed him and my husband went to find remedies. We started with ice (how they hate that! ) Then we applied a homemade arnica oil (recipe below). Next I gently massaged Geranium Essential oil over the spot and beyond. (I figured it was a bit diluted with the arnica oil. But, Geranium is safe used straight, though I am not quick to use any essential oils straight on little children and babies.)

The ice didn't last on his head more than a minute. Within a few minutes he was up and playing again. 24 hours later, there is a faint light red line where he hit his head. It must not have been noticeable because no one at church today even asked what happened to his head. (And he is fair skinned with a buzz cut...) I am sure without the geranium and/or arnica he would have had a lot of bruising and swelling. I have seen either of these treatments work effectively for serious head bumps. Raw onion works great, too, but I didn't see how I was going to keep a raw onion poultice on a 2 year old's head for any amount of time. Geranium and arnica were very pleasant!

A bottle of Geranium essential oil is a great thing to have on hand. It is good for bumps, bruises, bleeding, depression, insect repellent, acne, skin issues, etc.

We make our own Arnica Oil. It is great for bumps and bruises and also to massage into sore muscles. Here is what we do:

Put dry arnica flowers into a glass canning jar. (4 ounces is plenty.) Cover with a carrier oil. We like Almond Oil. Adding a couple of vanilla beans, if you happen to have any (We usually have some left over from making homemade vanilla extract) will make it smell incredible! Let sit for 2 weeks. Strain out the arnica flowers and the vanilla beans. You can add some vitamin E oil to preserve it, but we go through it pretty fast. Store out of light.

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Voodoo Cure for Stone Bruise
Posted by She (Richmond, Virginia, United States) on 11/24/2012


General Feedback
Posted by Heather (Leicester) on 07/03/2012

Hi, I think bruising is connected to blood/ spleen. When I am deficient in iron I bruise easily. I can tell you that arnica gel or tablets heal bruising quickly but really you need to take a blood test as there are some serious blood conditions that cause bruising.

General Feedback
Posted by Kp (Tuscany, Italy) on 07/02/2012

My boyfriend has been getting abnormally shaped bruise-like marks on his skin for the past several weeks, with no previous trauma to the area where he gets them. They appear one at a time and range in size from a blister of a few millimeters to a circular bruise of about 1 inch. Usually the mark will start out as a light red welt that gets darker over the course of a day until it is a dark tan color. Over the next days it will form a blister (without liquid) in the center, then the blister will peel and leave raw pink skin exposed underneath, surrounded by the tan bruise. Some of the marks are more linear and brown, and some are perfectly circular, blue bruises. They don't itch, they don't hurt when they are touched and he doesn't feel them when they start to appear. So far, they have been mostly on his arms and neck, but he also had one on his leg. Other than his skin symptoms he feels totally fine (but totally freaked out). Does anyone know what this could be?? Many thanks to everyone at Earthclinic for this wonderful site!

Arnica Gel
Posted by Mommy V (Washington, D.C., Usa) on 10/21/2011
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This stuff works like a miracle. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it myself. I recently smashed the distal phalanx (smallest bone) of my pinkie. My fingertip swelled to the size and color of a grape in a matter of minutes. I applied a thin layer of Arnica Cream (which I bought at my local health food store) and literally watched as the swelling and bruising disappeared to almost nothing overnight. I also use Arnica frequently on my toddler boys, the youngest of which manages to incur knots on his forehead at an alarming rate. Same story. Goose eggs all but disappear overnight; swelling and bruising are down to just a small mark. It even works on blood blisters. (My aunt, a Farsi accupuncturist, introduced me to this stuff and I am SO grateful!)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kay (St Augustine, Fl/usa) on 12/31/2010
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Thank you earthclinic! I put a paper towell in ACV(Apple Cider Vinegar) and within 24 hrs the bruise was gone. Amazing! Oh, by the way, my knee pain was gone too!

Posted by Christina (Brooklyn, Ny, Usa) on 12/18/2010
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I always apply butter (cold) and my children have not had a bruise when in my care after a fall or bump in years!! The best home cure ever known to man kind. I use it on my spouse and myself as well. Mash it with hands and apply. Promise no bruise will appear.

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