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Lavender essential oil, arnica, cold compresses, vit C and vit A.

Excellent sources of vitamin C include: parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges,
lemon juice, papaya,  cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

Calf liver is an excellent source of preformed vitamin A. Cow's milk and eggs are good sources of preformed vitamin A.

Applying a sage tea compress for an hour to overnight speeds the healing of many bruises.

Make a tea with comfrey root or buchu soak a rag in the tea and apply to bruised area, this has been shown to reduce pain and discoloration of the skin.

Take Vitamin K or alfalfa in tablets helps blood clotting. Excellent sources of vitamin K include: spinach, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, kale and mustard greens.
Very good sources include green peas and carrots.

Chinese remedy- use a mixture of 1 part cayenne pepper and 5 parts melted Vaseline, mix and cool, apply once a day.

Apple cider vinegar, raw egg, shredded cabbage, or hredded raw potato applied topically.

Garlic is an anti-inflammatory.

Elevate the bruised area. Apply cold for the first 12-24 hours and then warm compresses, thereafter.

More alternatives from Organic Nutrition: http://www.organicnutrition.co.uk/articles/bruises.htm

From Dr. Mercola:

  • Aloe Vera: Use the fresh juice from the fleshy inner part of the leaf and apply. Aloe has many healing properties, such as preventing infection, so you can apply it to minor skin irritations and small wounds to speed up healing.

  • Cabbage: For facial bruises, take the large outer leaves of white cabbage, break the ridges of the leaves and dip them into very hot water. Then apply to the bruise (but make sure they're not scalding hot as you put them on your face).

  • 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.

  • Onion: Apply it raw, directly to the bruise.
  • St. John's Wort: Put 10 to 15 drops of St. John's Wort Oil in water and apply the mixture to the area.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apply a hot or cold poultice of apple cider vinegar to your bruises.
  • http://blogs.mercola.com/sites/vitalvotes/archive/2007/05/24/Eight-...

MORE from Natural Cures Guide: http://www.naturalcures-guide.com/natural-cures-for-bruises/


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We use Arnica (homeopathic remedy) and Arnica cream for all bruising. If taken right away we won't bruise at all. It's a must have for us for bumps, bruises, any kind of trauma.

It's the first remedy that usually wins people over the homeopathy because it's such a miracle worker!


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