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7 Home Remedies for Speedy Healing of Cuts, Bruises & Swellings

Home Remedies for Cuts, Bruises & Swellings 7 Great Home Remedies for Bruises & Cuts

  1. Ice & Cold Water Pack. The cold pack is probably the most popular remedy for bruises. Cold pack causes the constriction of the blood vessels and when applied instantly, prevents the further forming of bruises and swelling. Cold pack also helps slow the release of histamine and reduces the chemical reaction brought on by it, but it won’t stop the histamine forever. That’s why the cold pack is good to be complemented with butter.
  2. Butter. When applied directly over the bruise, butter will soon cause the swelling to subside. Butter is high in phosphate so by applying the butter you sustain the phospholipids (which make up the blood vessel cell walls) and prevent bleeding into the tissue. Margarine is fortified by phosphate, so applying margarine works as well, although butter is better.
  3. Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender Essential Oil is well-known antiseptic and also gives good relief from pain. You can apply it undiluted on cuts and bruises.
  4. Arnica. Arnica, native to Europe, has been used for centuries in herbal medicine to treat bruises and sprains. Arnica has a property to shrink an inflammation and to increase circulation thus flushing away the dead blood that turns your skin blue. You can find the extract of arnica as a cream or oil. Arnica should not be applied to open wounds and cuts.
  5. Yarrow - Ultimate Remedy for Wounds and CutsYarrow. Yarrow is well known weed typically found in every garden. When applied to the wound, it stops bleeding instantly and generally results in rapid healing, no infection, little or no scarring. Pick a leaf or two and bruise them well with the back side of a knife, then attach them to the wound with a bandaid.  Alternatively, you can infuse the yarrow flowers in witch hazel and use that for all surface wounds and skin conditions.
  6. Witch Hazel. Witch hazel astringent extract produced from hamamelis virginiana is another great and well-known remedy that speeds up significantly the healing of cuts and wounds and reduce the swelling in the area.
  7. Comfrey Leaves. Comfrey contains allantoin, a substance known to aid granulation and cell formation. Comfrey leaves can be ground to form a paste that can be applied at the bruised region of cuts or wounds. Let the leaves mush up in hot water and wrap few handfuls of the hot, softened foliage in a clean cloth. Apply the comfortably hot pad to the affected area and cover with towel to keep the heat in. Caution: before applying comfrey, you need to make sure there is no infection! Also, comfrey is toxic to the liver and should not be taken orally or used on open wounds.

Whichever remedy you choose, the sooner you get it on the bruise, the better!

Diet Which Support Wounds Healing

You won’t find one super food that makes wounds heal faster, however your diet obviously has a big role in the healing process. Eating a variety of wholesome foods full of vitamins and nutrients will definitely speed up the healing process.

Additionally you can introduce lot of leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli and lettuce because they are high in vitamin K which is known for its role in regulation of blood clotting. You can alternatively take Vitamin K or alfalfa in tablet forms.

Turmeric (curcuma) is also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. To help speed up the healing, mix turmeric powder in a cup of warm milk and drink the mixture every morning best on an empty stomach.  Alternatively take turmeric extract in pills.


Top 5 Essential Oils

Top 5 Essential Oils.  A “starter kit” for those who are new to essential oils

  • Essential oils have numerous health benefits and they are increasingly being explored in the treatment of various diseases. I like to call them “Essential Little Helpers”.
  • There are more than 150 essential oils, and each has its own medicinal benefits.
  • I enclose below the list of 5 essential oils that I use frequently and suggest as a “starter kit” for those who are new to the subject.
  • You need to carefully examine and watch for high quality, unadulterated, organic, pure essential oil. Pay attention to the Latin name as there are sometimes many varieties, all of them having different properties. I use mostly Essenciagua and Pranarom, Ladrome & NHR oils. Eden Botanicals,  Floracopeia and Aromatics International are well regarded on the US market.
  • Most of the essential oils mentioned below you can find here: UK  Link or US Link. Quality does matter; the links point to the high quality, organic essential oils.
  • Caution: Most of oils are quite potent and can cause some side effects, irritation or allergies, so use them with caution and seek advice if you use them for the first time. You also need to verify if the oil can be ingested, or it is only intended for topical use. A good practice is to always dilute them and do a skin test (mix it with a carrier oil and apply it topically). If there is no reaction after few hours you should be able to use it.

My Top 5 Essential Little Helpers

1. Lavander (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavandin

Lavender has a long list of health benefits. It is well known for its ability to fight fungi, bacteria and viruses. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it reduces the pain, helps healing and reduces the scars. My five-year old asks for “magical oil” (Lavander) whenever he hurts himself.

Lavender can also reduce nervous tension, anxiety, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance circulation, treat respiratory problems, acne and hair loss.

Thanks to its fragrance and relaxing property, Lavender essential oil induces sleep and can help with insomnia. Lavander also helps restoring hormonal balance and reducing cystitis or inflammation of the bladder.

A variation Lavandin (angustifolia and latifolia hybrid) is similarly effective.

Caution: Lavender oil should never be ingested, only applied topically or inhaled.

2. Tea tree (Malaleuca alternifolia)

Tea tree essential oil has been used traditionally as a topical antiseptic and antifungal treatment.

Put a drop in your facial cream if your skin is prone to acne and use it in your toothpaste as antibacterial.

I apply it directly on acne or cold sore that is about to pop up. I use it undiluted, but be cautious and start with mixing it with some carrier oil (coconut oil for example) as Tea tree oil can eventually cause allergic reactions.

A variation (not so easy to find) – Manuka tea tree (from New Zeeland) is known as “antibiotic” for acne.

3. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint essential oil is cooling and energizing and it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Peppermint oil is used in many ways: inhale or massage in few drops to your wrists for increasing alertness and instant stress relief or use it as a chest rub or for inhalation to clear nasal congestion and relieve cold.

Peppermint is safe alternative to alternative to drugs like Buscopan, and effective for all kind of gastrointestinal disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, colonic spasm and gas and others).

For headache relief, simply massage a drop or two onto your temples.

4. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata; Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus essential oil has a number of important qualities, including anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating.

It is very useful in the treatment of respiratory problems, wounds, in dental care, skin care etc.

It is best known to relieve the symptoms of influenza and colds. Use it as decongestant and for quick relief for bronchitis by rubbing couple of drops of oil on the chest or inhaling eucalyptus oil vapor.

There are two main varieties similar in properties: radiata and globulus; most therapists find Eucalyptus radiata essential oil more effective in treatments than Eucalyptus globulus.

5. Lemon (Citrus limon)

Lemon essential oil is antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial. It has a number of important qualities and well known for stimulating and calming, sleep inducing, and antifungal properties.

The benefits of Lemon essential oil include its ability to help with stress, fever, infections, obesity, insomnia. It is also used to help with skin disorders, hair conditions, stomach problems and tiredness.

Lemon essential oil is used for beauty products because of its ability to lift and firm the skin.

I use it in DIY facial creams, toothpaste, laundry washing, dishwasher and in aromatherapy oil diffuser.

Caution:  Citrus (all sorts including Lemon) oils are photosensitive, meaning they react to sunlight and can cause dark pigmentation or rash.  After application, you should wait 8-24 hours before exposing yourself to direct sunlight.

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