Bruise Cures

| Modified on Jul 26, 2021

Essential Oils
Posted by Julie (Melbourne) on 12/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kate (Lowell, Ma) on 05/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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 Encina (Phoenix, Arizona) on 01/31/2009
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Last night my girlfriend and I had a night we call game night, where we invite all our close friends over to play games and have fun at home. Well, one of our friends got a little too wasted face and decided to start wrestling (very roughly) with my girlfriend until she couldn't move anymore. after she finally got off of her my girlfriend had bruises ALL over. her ankle was the worst of it (couldn't even walk on it). she went to bed because she was in so much pain. I then went onto this website because it's my favorite for home remedies, and I looked up "contusion" and sure enough ACV was the first thing that popped up.

I dipped a paper towel into a small bowl of the ACV until it was wet, but not dripping (remember she was in bed and I didn't want this stuff all over the sheets... it's not a fun smell to get out) i then set the ACV dipped paper towel onto her ankle where it was bruised and extremely swollen. After 5 minutes of the ACV setting directly onto the skin, her throbbing went away. After 10 minutes of the ACV setting directly directly onto the skin her bruises started to subside and lighten. I decided to keep the ACV dipped towel on her ankle for a good 30 minutes before removing and wiping off with a baby wipe to get rid of the smell. this morning she can move her ankle like nothing had happened. she can walk again. IT'S A MIRACLE!!! ;)


Comfrey
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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Zark (Australia) on 09/02/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Black Tea Bag
Posted by Jasmine (Chicago, Illinois Usa) on 12/16/2010
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As the mom of a four year old, I've dealt with every type of bump, bruise, pinch, burn and cut imaginable. And for everyone I use one simple remedy. A black tea bag. Any brand will do, but makes sure its good quality and fresh. Great thing about it is, I can slip it in a ziplock back and throw them in my pocket, car or purse and forget about it until an injury occurs. Dunk the tea bag once or twice in hot water if available and blow on it or wave it in the air to get it to cool down. If there is no hot water, hot faucet water works great. And if that's unavailable, just wet it with room temperature water until the liquid coming off of it turns brown. Then apply as a poultice. You may need to wet it again whenever it dries. It takes the pain out, eliminates swelling, and quickens healing.

My daughter is so spoiled with this remedy, she thinks that "owies" are "fixed" by mommy and comes straight to me for any little hurt. If it's in an ackward or large area, throw 3 bags of tea in a hot mug of water for 3-5min, cool it down with ice cubes after and use a rag or paper towel to apply it (be sure you dont like the rag because it will stain). Its important to use this remedy asap. The sooner its applied after the injury, the better and more dramatic the results. After the tea poultice or compress:

(1)if its a nasty bruise, I'll dress it with a thin layer of castor oil and wrap it up.

(2)If its an open cut, I'll dab it with raw honey and cover it with a cartoon bandaid (cartoons optional).

(3)If its a bad burn I'll put the tea poultice over the burn, place a piece of plastic wrap over it and wrap an ace bandage around that. This worked for me on a 2nd and 3rd degree burns I received from a very hot lightbulb. It wouldn't stop stinging until I used the tea. I fell asleep with the ace bandage on, woke up 2-3hrs later with the pain 100% gone and the best part yet, when it healed it didn't scar!

Also, for those lovely times when your child slams there hand in a door or cabinet, I brew the 3 bags in a wide mouth cup, cool it with ice cubes (to a luke warm/cool temp) and have her stick her whole hand in it until she tells me it stopped hurting (usually 5-20min). If it doesnt stop hurting, I would know she may have actually broken something (although thankfully its never been serious). I figured out the black tea bag remedy out of desperation when burning myself years ago on that light bulb. After that, I began experimenting on my own cuts and bruises. Since my daughter was born, its been the best thing I've ever tried, and it has yet to let me down.


Castor Oil
Posted by Soulon (Dittmer, Missouri) on 03/17/2010
5 out of 5 stars

If you've ever been hit by a ball or smashed your finger then "Castor Oil" is your best bet. As soon as the hit or smash occurs, saturate the entire area with Castor oil and leave on. Really lay it on! This has been advice that was given by a medical practitioner some 40 yrs. ago and it works. It will also remove blood blisters, take the swelling down and stop the pain. I was hit in the arm muscle with a zinger grounder and immediately applied my Castor oil. It took out the pain and never swelled and where I did not go down my arm far enough it did bruise, but where I applied the Castor oil it did NOT bruise. It's awesome for toddlers who constantly are falling. Apply ice on top of the Castor oil if you wish, but many times it's unavailable and the oil is handy to carry on you in a small bottle.


Castor Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 07/13/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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~


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Calgary, CA) on 04/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.


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

Arnica cream is the best for bruises!!


Comfrey
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.


Arnica Gel, Aloe
Posted by EC (Indianapolis, IN) on 05/19/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Bruise:

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Butter
Posted by Alice (New York ) on 02/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kay (St Augustine, Fl/usa) on 12/31/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Pineapple
Posted by Kathie (Rock, Mi) on 05/06/2010
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I recently went under total knee replacement surgery. As most know there is a major amount of bruising that goes along with this. Well the first day I got home I started eating pineapple and drinking pineapple juice. My bruising was gone in almost a week. The Dr and therapists could not believe how good my knee and leg looked. They never have seen anyone have bruising go away that fast. The more natural the pineapple without added sugars is the best. Just thought I would share my experience in hopes it might help someone else too.

Butter
Posted by Christina (Brooklyn, Ny, Usa) on 12/18/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Turmeric for Bone Bruise
Posted by Sandy (In the sticks, Nevada) on 11/24/2007
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Turmeric helped shrink a terrible bone bruise on my shin. I started taking turmeric to help my joints -- I'm not sure it is helping with that yet -- but it has helped shrink and reduce the swelling of the worst bruise. On the day before Father's day this year, my horse slipped in a creek, landed on my leg and then stood up on my leg! Ouch! Nothing was broken and after a few weeks most of the black and blue color disappeared from my foot and leg. All around my lower shin bone there was tenderness and a hard swelling (about 3 inches in diameter all around the damaged area) and this has persisted until the last few weeks when I upped my turmeric intake. The hard swelling has almost disappeared and the tenderness has decreased also. I have been taking three 500mg capsules twice a day for about two weeks now.

Arnica Gel
Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 01/15/2021 35 posts
5 out of 5 stars

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.



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