If you dab some melted butter on a part of your body that you just bumped or hit hard on anything like a baseball bat or swinging door, it will not turn black. The trick is to do it immediately.
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~
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.
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!!!
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~
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!
Ice is perfect for bruising! As soon as possible after blunt hit I get anything--usually some veggies--from the freezer and hold it touching the hit place. Usually 10-15 min. I also take homeopathic ARNICA - whatever potencies I have.
I do martial arts and get bruised a lot! I apply an ice pack for 10 minutes on the area that was hit as soon as I get home... and then every 3 - 4 hours. Rarely do I get bruising the next day.
EC: This remedy works on bruises because it constricts the blood vessels, and so less blood spills into the tissues around the injury. If using an ice pack, make sure it is wrapped in a towel to avoid frostbite. Better yet is to use cold water. Ice or chill your bruise for no more than 15 minutes. Allow the skin to warm for 10 minutes, then you can chill again.
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.
(Hope, Bc Canada)
Whenever I've gotten a burn or a bruise, I've used raw pork fat (salo) applied directly to the wound and change the fat as needed. (After 8-12 hours or overnight) It never fails! The key is to apply it immediatly. I go to my local butcher and ask for pork salo. I cut the fat up into thin pieces (0.5 inch thick) of various sizes and then store them in the freezer in case of emergency. That way I always have some on hand. (Pork salo is very cheap, and in some cases the butcher will give it to you for free). DO NOT try this remedy using bacon etc (the salt will irritate the wound).
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.
For bruising, if you put a little oil on the bumped spot before the bruise appears it will not show up. At most it will only be a little red. My son is quite hard on himself and I have done this so many times for him. I don't know if it takes the pain away as well or not but every time he gets hurt he asks for oil on it now. It can really be any kind of oil, usually around the house I have vegetable oil or olive oil.
I have found that using vicks or menthol rub will quicken the healing process of a bruise. The campor in the products speeds the healing. It really has many healing properties. Cheap and usually in my medicine cabinet. Just a dab will do, about 3 times a day. Don't use it around the eyes.
When I bang myself up in the yard, I take an extra 500 milligrams of vitamin C to prevent bruising.
When my grandmother was very young she got a stone bruise on the bottom of her foot. Evidently she carried on quite a bit over the terrible pain she was in. Great-grandmother had an idea. She told her to sit still for her, that she was going to tie a bullfrog to her foot.."belly against the bruise" She said this would cure the bruising right away. Well just the threat of having some bullfrog's belly tied to the bottom of her foot worked like a charm.. grandma's foot felt wonderful quite suddenly!
(Richmond, Virginia, United States)