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How to Naturally Prevent, Relieve and Eliminate Painful and Unsightly Bruises
by Tony Isaacs
(The Best Years in Life) Just about all of us have the occasional bumps and mishaps which lead to bruises, and some of us are more prone to bruises than others. Bruise prone or not, there are several natural ways to prevent and help heal bruises.
Bruises, sometimes referred to as contusions, are a type of relatively minor hematoma of tissue where trauma ruptures tiny capillaries under the skin and leaving the area darkened. Research has shown that the leading cause of frequent bruising is a deficiency in one or more nutrients.
Dieters who have lost a great deal of weight are among those who have a higher
risk of developing bruises due to having many exposed capillaries that were once
needed to supply blood to a larger body which is no longer there. Due to a
generally poor diet, the elderly are also more susceptible to having bruises.
Lavender essential oil applied as soon as possible to an injured area is reported to usually prevent bruising in most instances.
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Another top item is the homeopathic favorite arnica. Many experts say that the popular homeopathic muscle soreness remedy arnica is a best bet for minimizing bruises and healing them fast. As soon as a bump occurs or you notice a swelling or discoloration, gently rub a bit or arnica cream on it. Arnica shrinks inflammation and increases circulation to flush away the stagnant blood causes skin discoloration.
or roasted onions cut in half can also be effective against bruises. For even
more effectiveness, dip the onion in apple cider vinegar before rubbing the
onion on the bruised area.
Apple cider vinegar: Apply and rub in apple cider vinegar (preferably organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar) to the bruised area.
Butter: Apply butter (not margarine!) immediately after getting bruised.
Cabbage: For facial bruises, take large outer leaves of white cabbage, break the ridges of the leaves and dip them into very hot water. Then apply to the bruise when they have cooled slightly and are not scalding hot.
Calendula: To make a salve, boil one ounce of dried calendula flowers or leaves (or 1/4 teaspoon of fresh juice from the herb) with one ounce of lard. Once the mixture has cooled, apply it to the bruise. This mixture is also good for sprains, pulled muscles, sores and boils.
Fenugreek: To make a poultice, put 1/2 ounce of crushed fenugreek seeds in a small cloth bag and boil it in water for a few minutes. Remove the bag and apply the "tea water" to the area. Make it as hot as you can stand it (but make sure it's not scalding the skin).
Garden Thyme: Put the green plant parts in water and boil them for three to four minutes. Cover the pot and leave it for another two to three minutes. Strain the mixture, and add the decoction to your bath water. Soak in it as you would normally.
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 one part set honey and one part finely chopped onion. Apply to the bruised area and cover with a bandage. This will relieve the bruise and swelling
Onion: Apply it raw or roasted directly to the bruise. For greater effectiveness, dip the onion in apple cider vinegar before applying.
St. John's Wort: Put 10 to 15 drops of St. John's Wort Oil in water and apply the mixture to the area.
Pepper: Applying black pepper oil to the bruise will also draw the blood away from it.
Vitamin K cream: Rub a cream with vitamin K on the bruise twice a day. Vitamin K will aid your body in breaking down blood and reabsorbing it and the act of rubbing helps speed the process.
Witch hazel: A tincture of witch hazel will relieve swelling and bruises. Apply as a cool compress.
About the author
Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy. Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, The New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, the Cancer Tutor and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs- Featuring Luella Isaacs forum.
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