How to Care for a Bruise – Part 2

In Part 1 of “Do you bruise easily”, I addressed what bruises are, the symptoms, and what can cause them. As promised, today I’m giving you a variety of treatments that are sure to help ease the discomfort that comes with a bruise and to help prevent them from happening as often.

Folk Remedies:

Butter – Apply butter (NOT margarine!) immediately after the injury happens or the bruise appears.

Cabbage – Macerate and heat some cabbage and apply to the affected area.

Calendula – Apply a cream or a tincture of calendula to the bruise.

Mustard – Make a poultice of mustard and apply to the bruise. It will draw the blood away from the bruise.
• Combine 2 parts of ground mustard seed with 1 part honey and 1 part finely chopped onion. Apply to the bruised area and cover with a bandage. This will relieve the bruise and swelling.

Onions – Cut an onion, dip it in apple cider vinegar and rub on the bruise as soon after it occurs as possible to prevent black and blue marks.

Pepper – Applying black pepper oil to the bruise will also draw the blood away from it.

Vinegar – Make a compress and soak it in white or apple cider vinegar to alleviate the bruise and swelling.


Vitamin C – Helps protect against bruising by strengthening capillary walls. Increased intake of this vitamin has been shown to improve resistance to bruising. Incorporating more strawberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes, broccoli, and green vegetables into your diet is helpful for increasing your vitamin C levels, which may also help to prevent bruising.

Vitamin E – (U.S. RDA: 30IU) This vitamin works synergistically with vitamin C to repair tissues.

Vitamin K – Supplementing your diet with leafy, green vegetables such as Kale, dark leafy lettuce, spinach, cabbage, is a good way to add this vitamin to your system. Rub a cream with vitamin K on the bruise twice a day. The act of gently rubbing helps to speed the healing process.

Homeopathic Methods:

Arnica – Long valued as a folk remedy for bruises and sprains, Arnica has great pain-relieving, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Although widely used in forms of pills (as a homeopathic) and tinctures, it is best reserved for use on the skin, as in a salve, cream or liniment. To alleviate dark, swollen bruises, apply a gel containing arnica every three hours to encourage healing.

Comfrey – is among the oldest herbal remedies for skin problems, used to promote the healing of tissue and bone and reduce swelling, effectively speeding up the healing process. Comfrey’s healing powers have been attributed to its high content of allantoin, a substance that promotes the growth of tissue, bone and cartilage, both externally and internally. It is very useful in a salve or liniment.

Increase your vegetable intake. Many holistic healers claim that eating different colors of vegetables will help heal the bruise and clear it of toxins that make it visible.

These remedies are intended for the occasional bruising you normally experience.
Overly excessive bruising can be diagnosed and detected by your Doctor. If the cause is a medical condition, then the treatment of the condition will help cure the bruising as well.

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