A bruise, or a contusion, occurs when the soft tissues underlying the skin are injured. The small blood vessels, most often the capillaries tear or rupture, most often from an injury or fall. The skin is not broken, but blood collects under the skin, resulting in discoloration (black and blue marks). The discoloration that starts out red, then turns dark and bluish, and finally may become a yellowish color as the blood under the skin is absorbed. As the bruise heals (a simple bruise usually heals within 2 to 4 weeks), the discoloration fades.
The severity of these closed soft tissue injuries varies greatly. A simple bruise heals quickly. In contrast, bruising and swelling following an injury may also be a sign of an underlying fracture that could take months to heal. Whenever you encounter a significant amount of swelling, pain and bruising within 30 minutes of an injury, suspect a more serious problem, such as the possibility of an underlying fracture or severe sprain. Sometimes, bruises spread down the body due to gravity. A leg bruise usually will take longer to heal than a bruise on the face or arms. Most bruises are not a cause for concern since they will go away on their own. Treatment at home can be done which may help speed healing and relieve the swelling and soreness that often accompany bruises caused by injury.
Some people may bruise more easily than others. Sometimes you may not even remember bumping into something or having an injury of any kind. Bruising easily does not necessarily you have a serious health problem, especially if bruising is minimal and shows up only once in a while.
It is common for older adults to bruise easily from minor injuries, especially injuries to the forearms, hands, legs, and feet. This is because the skin changes as people age. Most older adults bruise easily because, as a person ages, the skin becomes less flexible, thinner, and there is usually less fat under the skin. The cushioning effect of the skin decreases as the fat under the skin decreases. These changes, along with skin damage from exposure to the sun, cause blood vessels to break easily (increased fragility). When the blood vessels break, bruising occurs.
Women tend to bruise from minor injuries - especially on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms - more easily than men.
Sometimes, an easy bruising tendency runs in families.
People who do not eat enough fresh, uncooked foods to supply the body with needed nutrients are prone to easy bruising. Nutritional deficiencies, especially in vitamin C, or blood-clotting disorders can make the blood vessel walls very thin and delicate, causing them to rupture with even the slightest amount of pressure, such as leaning against a table or having someone grab you firmly with his or her hand. Unexplained or easy bruising can be related to heavy smoking or menstruation, or it can be an indication of an underlying health condition, including AIDS (AIDS-related bruises do not go away), allergies, anemia, cancer, hemophilia, infections, obesity, myelocytic leukemia, and abnormal platelet function caused by liver or kidney disorder.
Occasionally after an injury, blood collects and pools under the skin creating a hematoma. This gives the skin a spongy, rubbery, lump-like feel. A regular bruise is more spread out and may not feel like a firm lump. A hematoma usually is not a cause for concern unless it occurs on the head after a head injury. It is not the same thing as a blood clot in a vein, and it does not cause blood clots.
Sudden unexplained bruising or blood spots under the skin or a sudden increase in the frequency of bruising may mean you have an abnormal type of bruising:
- PURPURA: Purpura is a sudden, severe, widespread bruising that occurs without an injury. People develop purpura often have signs of illness, such as a fever, weakness, fatigue, or a vague sense of being ill (called malaise). The bruising caused by purpura is different from the isolated bruises a person often gets after bumping into an object or falling. A bleeding or clotting disorder is the most common cause of purpura. Purpura that comes on quickly of a period of a few hours may be a sign of a serious infection that will require immediate medical attention and treatment.
- PETECHIAE: Petechiae (pronounced as pet-tea-key-eye) are tiny, flat red or purple spots in the skin or lining of the mouth caused by abnormal bleeding in small blood vessels that have broken close to the skin or the surface of a mucous membrane. Petechiae will appear rapidly over a matter of hours. The size of petechiae spots range from pinpoint to pinhead in size but may spread over a large area of the body. They are not the same as the tiny, flat red spots or birthmarks (called hemangiomas) that are present all the time. They do not itch like many rashes and the do not turn white (blanch) when they are pressed on. Petechiae that develop quickly over a short period of time may (a few hours) may mean the person has a serious infection or lack of blood platelets, which are a part of the body's defense against bleeding, that requires immediate medical attention and treatment.
FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Discoloration that starts out red, then turns dark and bluish, reddish-blue, and finally may become a yellowish or a yellowish-green color as the blood under the skin is absorbed.
Injuries are the most common cause of bruising. Body parts often become bruised after banging into hard objects; this is normal.
Certain medications (anti coagulants and blood thinners) may make people more prone to bruising.
Illness or nutritional deficiencies can make people more prone to bruising.
RISK INCREASES WITH
People who do not eat enough fresh, uncooked foods to supply the body with needed nutrients are prone to easy bruising.
Vitamin C deficiency.
Cancer, an early sign.
Anti-clotting (anti-coagulants) medications.
Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia.
Do not smoke cigarettes.
If you tend to bruise frequently, avoid taking ibuprofen and aspirin, which thin the blood and reduce the ability to clot.
Eat a healthy diet. Be sure to consume enough vitamin C and iron in your diet. Eat a diet rich in vitamins B, C, D, E and K, iron and bioflavonoids. Plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and so on.
Take appropriate supplements as indicated below.
Avoid situations where accidents and injuries may happen.
Have your medication levels checked by your health care provider. You may be able to take less medication if you are on blood thinning or anti clotting medications. If you have a bleeding disorder, you may need to have your medication increased.
THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRIENTS
Vitamin deficiencies may be a cause of frequent bruising. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids are especially crucial. They build tissue around the blood vessels, strengthen capillary walls and supply oxygen to injured cells. Vitamin K helps to promote blood clotting; vitamins B and D help to protect the skin tissue.
Full recovery after healing for most simple bruising.
Herbal salves and compresses can accelerate healing. For simple bruises without broken bones or other injuries, follow the RICE guidelines: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
Early sign of illness. If bruising occurs repeatedly without any known cause, consult with your health care provider.
Hematoma or continued bleeding without clotting.
The following first aid measures may help decrease pain and swelling and promote healing of bruises caused by injuries.
For the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury follow RICE Guidelines:
- REST: If you have sustained a bruise, it is important to stop what you are doing and rest in order to reduce the blood flow to the tissue and keep the bruising and swelling to a minimum.
- ICE: To minimize bruising, as soon as possible after an injury, apply ice or cold packs to your bruised area for 15 to 30 minutes. This stops the bleeding by constricting the blood vessels. If the bruise is severe, you may wish to further treat the injured area with an ice pack every 2 to 3 waking hours for a 24 to 48 hours, and then switch to 15 minutes of heat 3 times per day. Ice helps to relieve pain and reduce swelling and inflammation. Keep a thin cloth (damp or dry) between your skin and the cold pack. Do not fall asleep with ice on your skin.
- COMPRESSION: Compression using elastic bandages to compress blood vessels and tissue to reduce bleeding and relieve pain. If there are no broken bones or open wounds, apply a bandage to the affected area. Wrapping the bruised area with an elastic bandage might prevent vessels from leaking as much blood and minimize the severity of swelling. Remove or loosen the wrap if you develop signs that it is too tight, such as numbness, tingling, increased pain, swelling, or cool skin below the wrap.
- ELEVATION: The injured area should also be elevated above the heart level, if possible to allow blood to flow away from the injured area and minimize the bruise. If your bruise is on an arm or leg, try elevating the bruised area higher than your heart. You can set a hand, foot, arm, or leg on pillows while you apply ice and any time you sit or lie down. This will help to keep swelling to a minimum and may help prevent the bruise from moving down your arm or leg.
After the first 48 hours, apply a warm washcloth to your bruise for 10 minutes, 3 times a day. This will help blood blow to the area and speed up healing.
MAKING OR OBTAINING AN ICE PACK
You can make an ice pack by filling a plastic bag with ice cubes and then wrapping a damp towel around it. Make a cold compress by soaking a cloth in cold water. Or you can buy ice packs that contain special gels and keep them in the freezer. Don't cover the ice pack with an extra towel, since it will create insulation and reduce the cooling effect.
If you have a bruise in an area of the body that requires a moldable ice pack, fill a plastic bag or a rubber surgical glove with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol and put it in the freezer. The bag will be pliable and conform to your body, and it won't "sweat" like most ice packs do. This would be an ideal ice pack for a black eye. Another excellent ice pack for the eye, or any other injured area, is a bag of frozen peas. They conform to any injured area and can be used over and over again. Be sure to set the bag of peas aside for use as an ice pack only; you should not consume the peas after they have been thawed and refrozen.
OTHER HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS
Witch hazel may help heal damaged veins. An ointment made from witch hazel leaves can be applied to the skin to treat bruises and cuts. It may help tighten stretched (distended) veins and restore vessel tone, decrease inflammation, and decrease bleeding. Witch hazel is recommended for external use only. Do not a take it by mouth (internally). It can cause nausea, vomiting, constipation and, possibly fecal impactions.
Rub a sterile cotton ball soaked with distilled witch hazel on the injury to stop the swelling.
To reduce discoloration and soreness, try applying shredded raw potato directly to the injury for about an hour.
The leaves of the arnica plant may be used in an ointment and can be applied to the skin to treat bruises. It may improve healing by decreasing swelling, decreasing pain, and speed up blood reabsorption. Arnica is recommended for external use only. Do not put arnica inside your mouth or swallow it. The plant can be poisonous, and if swallowed, it can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, cardiac arrest, and death. Stop using arnica if a skin rash develops.
Avoid activities that might increase swelling such as taking hot showers, using hot tubs, hot packs, and drinking alcohol. During the first 48 hours, these things may actually increase bruising and swelling. Stop smoking since smoking may delay healing because it interferes with blood supply and collagen metabolism.
To reduce the pain, swelling, and discoloration of a black eye, immediately apply cold compresses and an ice pack to the injury. Unfortunately, if the discoloration has set in before the ice bag has been applied, there will be little hope of lightening the bruise.
Bruising that is accompanied by swollen and/or bleeding gums can be an indication of a deficiency in Vitamin C, folic acid, or riboflavin.
Studies show that people with vitamin C deficiencies bruise more easily than others, probably because their blood vessels are generally weaker. Increase your vitamin C intake as outlined under nutrients. Other studies have shown that vitamin C can actually reduce the time it takes for the discoloration to fade.
If you want to hide a bruise while it is healing, consult a cosmetic counter in a major department store. Since bruises are often blue and red, applying yellow-tinted cover-up makeup may give the bruise a more neutral appearance.
Extra Tip - To accelerate the healing process, take at least 5,000 mg of vitamin C at the first sign of a bruise. Studies show that people with vitamin C deficiency bruise more easily because their blood vessels are weaker. Vitamins A and E also help to heal bruises.
MEDICATIONS & PROCEDURES
If you need a pain medication, try a non-prescription medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol or Panadol).
Do not use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the first 24 hours after an injury that caused a bruise. NSAIDs may prolong bleeding under the skin and make bruising worse. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), naproxen (Aleve or Naprosyn), ketoprofen (Actron or Orudis) for pain, as these can worsen the discoloration due to their blood-thinning qualities. Do not use aspirin for the first 24 hours after an injury that caused a bruise. Aspirin may prolong bleeding under the skin and make bruising worse.
Do not exceed, the maximum recommended doses. Carefully read and follow all labels on the medication bottle and box. If have been told to avoid NSAIDs medications, consult with your health care provider. Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 20 unless directed to do so by your health care provider. If you are pregnant, consult with your midwife or health care provider before taking any medication.
If bruising is frequent, consult with your health care provider. Finding the underlying cause can help in deciding which treatment therapy will be the best.
Exercise is important; it helps one to breathe more efficiently and to tolerate daily activities.
DIET, HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS & NUTRIENTS
Eat a diet of fresh, uncooked foods. People who do not get enough of these can be prone to bruising.
Eat an abundance of dark green leafy vegetables, buckwheat, and fresh fruits. These foods are high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which help prevent bruising. Dark leafy greens such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and spinach are also good sources of vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and healing.
Eat plenty of products rich in zinc, such as chicken, eggs, soybeans, and wheat germ. Zinc is important for strengthening blood vessel walls and aids in blood clotting.
Include garlic and onions in your diet. These foods contain quercetin and mustard oils, which have been shown to inhibit lipoxygenase, an enzyme that aids in releasing an inflammatory chemical in the body. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic.
Try taking vitamin C with bioflavonoids if you find you are bruising very easily, as a deficiency in these often causes easy or unexplained bruising.
Drink plenty of fluids. Pure water, herbal teas, and soups are all good choices.
Avoid mucus-forming foods such as dairy products, processed foods, sugar, sweet fruits, and white flour; also avoid gas-producing foods such as beans, cabbage, cauliflower, and so on. A vegetarian diet is best.
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for those over the age of 18 years. For a child between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Very Important Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Complex With Zinc As directed on label. Needed to strengthen skin and reduce bruising.
Damage Control Master Formula, High Potency Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, 60 Packets (30 Day Supply),
Super Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Liquid, Pure Vital Earth, 98% Bio-Available, 32 fl. oz.,
Completia Prenatal Multi-Vitamin With DHA, Folic Acid & Iron, Nature's Way, 180 Tabs,
Prenatal Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, 100% Natural & Complete, Nature's Way, 180 Caps,
Completia Diabetic Multi-Vitamin, Iron Free, Nature's Way, 60 Tabs
Zinc 75 mg daily.
For Lozenges: 1 15-mg lozenge 5 times daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.
Needed for repair of all tissues.
Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, Silva Solution, 90 Lozenges,
Zinc Lozenges W/ Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges,
Zinc (Chelated), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids 3,000-10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Helps to prevent bruising by supplying oxygen to the injured cells and strengthening capillary walls.
Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs,
Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 Vcaps,
The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
As directed on label. Necessary for blood clotting and healing.
Chlorophyll With Alfalfa Powder, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 90 Caps,
Chlorofresh Chlorophyll Supplement, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 90 Softgels,
Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint Flavor, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.,
Chlorella Powder, NOW Foods, 100% Pure, 4 oz.,
Vital Greens, Vital Earth, 180 Caps
Important Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP-6) As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant. Prevents blood clots.
Cell Forte Max-3 IP-6 & Inositol Plus Maitake & Cat's Claw, Enzymatic Therapy, 120 UltraCaps
Vitamin E Start with 400 IU and increase slowly to 800 IU daily. Do not exceed 400 IU daily if you take anti-coagulant medication. Improves circulation in body tissues.
Ester E Natural Vitamin E, California Natural, 400 IU, 60 Softgels,
Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E-1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels
Helpful Coenzyme Q-10 60 mg daily. Essential for construction and reconstruction of body cells.
CoQ10, Vegetarian Coenzyme, NOW Foods, 30 mg, 60 Vcaps,
CoQ10, Now Foods, 400 mg, 60 Softgels
Dimethylglycine (DMG) 100-125 mg daily. Improves oxygen metabolism in the cells and tissues.
DMG (N,N-Dimethylglycine) Supplement, NOW Foods, 125 mg, 100 Caps
Iron As directed by health care provider. Take with 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. To correct deficiencies. Caution: Do not take iron unless anemia is diagnosed and your health care provider recommends an iron supplement.
Ionic Iron Supplement With ConcenTrace, Trace Minerals, 2 oz.,
Iron Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 20 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Iron Complex With Vitamins & Herbs, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 250 Tabs,
Iron Gluconate, Nature's Way, 18 mg, 100 Caps,
Alive! Whole Food Energizer Multi-Vitamin & Mineral With Naturally Occurring Iron (No Iron Added), Nature's Way, 90 Vcaps
Floradix Iron Plus Herbs
As directed on label. A natural iron supplement. Or
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily. A good source of natural iron.
As directed on label. Take with meals.
As directed on label. Take between meals.
To prevent inflammation in bruised areas.
MetabolicZyme (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 900 Tabs,
Plant Enzymes, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 120 Vcaps,
Enzymes, All Complete, 250 mg, 90 Caps
Grape Seed Extract
As directed on label. Potent antioxidants for protecting skin tissue.
Pycnogenol W/ Vitamin E, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 30 Tabs, Grape Seed (Grapeseed) (Vitus vinifera), 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 16 fl. oz.
Vitamin B Complex
100 mg of each major B vitamin, twice daily (amounts individual vitamins in complex will vary).
400 mcg daily.
Aids in protecting the tissues.
Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex), Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps,
Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 800 mcg, 100 Caps
400-800 IU daily.
2,000 mg daily.
1,000 mg daily.
To help protect the skin. Needed for blood cell formation.
Vitamin D, NOW Foods, 2000 IU, 120 Softgels,
Calcium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 700 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Liquid Calcium W/ConcenTrace, Orange Vanilla, Trace Minerals, 1000 mg, 32 fl. oz.,
Cal-Mag Pre-Chelated Calcium & Magnesium, Vital Earth, 240 Gelcaps,
Magnesium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 350 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Just An Ounce Calcium & Magnesium Liquid, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.,
Calcium & Magnesium Mineral Complex, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 500 mg / 250 mg, 250 Caps
Freshly picked Comfrey leaves, smashed into a pulp using a pestle and mortar, and applied to the fresh bruise as a poultice then wrapped with a gauze wrap will help rapid healing. Fresh Plantain leaves (a common garden weed), smashed into a pulp using a pestle and mortar, can also be applied to a fresh bruise as a poultice. Both of these herbs, when used together, have great healing properties, often reducing or preventing bruising from a fresh injury when applied immediately after the injury occurs.
COMFREY SALVE - Mix 1/4 cup of lanolin, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 4 teaspoons of Comfrey Root Tincture or Comfrey Root powder and apply to bruises 3-4 times daily.
Herbal Remedies: Pure Lanolin, NOW Foods, 7 oz.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Comfrey Root, Bulk Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs: Olive Oil, Bulk Oils
Alfalfa supplies beneficial minerals and vitamin K which is needed for healing. Take it in liquid or tablet form as directed on the product label.
Bluebottle (also known as Cornflower, Bachelor's Button or centaurea cyanus), Buchu, and Comfrey Root have all been known to reduce the swelling, pain, and discoloration of bruising in some people. Make a tea from them and place a terry cloth towel that has been soaked in the tea over the bruised area for 20 minutes at a time, 2 or 3 times daily.
An ointment made by adding 1 part ground Cayenne Pepper to 5 parts melted base (such as Vaseline or a natural vegetable butter). The Cayenne and Vaseline mixture has been used successfully in China and Taiwan for treating bruises. Mix the combination well and cool. Apply it once every 1 or 2 days.
Arnica Tincture can be made by pouring 2 cups of 100-140 proof alcohol over 1/4 cup of Arnica blossoms and steep for 10 to 12 days, shaking daily. Strain and store in a dark bottle. Dilute 1 tablespoon of tincture to 4 tablespoons of water, soak a cloth in it and apply to bruises 3 times daily. Commercially prepared Arnica Tincture is available for purchase (see link above).
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over calendula flowers, steep 15 minutes, strain and cool. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture, and place it on affected areas 3-4 times daily with clean cloths.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Calendula, Bulk Herbs
Witch Hazel compress. Moisten a clean cloth using several drops of witch hazel or Witch Hazel herb tea and apply it to the bruise several times daily.
Dandelion and Yellow Dock are good sources of iron.
Oregano Essential Oil, applied topically, has had some positive effects on healing bruises.
Fresh Parsley leaves, crushed and applied directly to the bruise, are known to ease discoloration within a few days.
Wild Pansy can be applied externally to treat a bruise.
Other beneficial herbs include Bilberry, Black Walnut, Garlic extract, Horsetail, and Rose Hips (which are very high in vitamin C).
MoonDragon's Herbal Ointments: Healing Wound Salve Recipes
MoonDragon's Herbal Ointments Index
Consult a homeopath for dosages.
Arnica Montana for bruises, especially those around the eyes, that are painful and have a bluish red discoloration.
Hyland's Arnica Montana Homeopathics, 6X, 250 Tabs
Hyland's Arnica Montana Homeopathics, 30X, 250 Tabs
Arnica Montana Homeopathic First Aid Cream, 100% Organic, 1 oz.
Ruta for bruises to the membranes that cover bones, such as the kneecap.
Ledum for painful, swollen bruises that feel cold and numb to the touch.
Hypericum for bruises with broken skin.
Arnileve Multi-Action Sport, Natural Pain Relief, Nelson's Bach Homeopathic, 84 Pillules
Arnileve Multi Action Sport, Natural Pain Relief, has been designed with the first time user in mind and offers an effective and non drowsy alternative to conventional drug based medication. Arnileve Multi-Action Sport Natural Relief for pains, bruising and muscular fatigue. Directions: Press base twice to release 2 pillules into cap, unscrew cap and without touching the pillules tip Them Into The Mouth. Chew And Let Dissolve Into Mouth 2 Pillules Every 2 Hours For The First 6 Doses, Then 2 Pillules Three Times Daily Until Symptoms Improve. Take Between Meals. Warning: If Symptoms Worsen Or Persist, Consult A Physician. If Pregnant Or Breastfeeding Ask A Health Professional Before Use. Keep This And All Medications. In Case Of Overdose, Get Medical Help Or Contact A Poison Control Center Right Away. Diabetics: This Product Contains Sugar. Handle Carefully Contains Inner Glass Vial. Ingredients: Arnica Mont. 30C Hypericum Perf. 30C Ruta Grav. 30C Symphytum Off. 30C Rhus Tox. 30C Lactose, Sucrose Supplemental Facts: For The Relief Of Pain, Strain, Muscle Aches, Stiffness, Tendon Injuries And Bruising.
The essential oils of Yarrow, Helichrysum, Lavender and Hyssop accelerate healing and help reduce inflammation. Soak a clean cloth in cool water, and apply 4 drops of one of the essential oils. Put the compress on the bruise for 10 minutes, 1-2 times daily.
BRUISING SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS
Information, products and supplements to help with healing bruising.
Alfalfa, NOW Foods, 650 mg, 500 Tabs
NOW Food's Alfalfa tablets deliver excellent health benefits. Alfalfa is a rich natural source of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and protein which supports a healthy colon.
Alive! Whole Food Energizer Multi-Vitamin & Mineral with Naturally Occurring Iron (No Iron Added), Nature's Way, 90 Tabs
No other supplement contains more life-giving nutrients than Nature's Way ALIVE! It is better absorbed into your blood stream because its tablets disintegrate up to 5X faster than other leading brands.
Arnica Gel, Arniflora Homeopathics, Boericke & Tafel, 2.75 oz. Topical Gel
Arniflora is a modern pharmaceutical preparation containing 8% tincture of Arnica montana. Relieves: Pain, Swelling, Stiffness, Bruising, Pain relieving gel for bumps, bruises, sprains, sports injuries, over-exercising, and more.
Arnica Montana Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Arnica Montana is used primarily to relieve the aftereffects of falls, blows, sports injuries and overexertion.
Bumps & Bruises Wellness Oil, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Bumps & Bruises Wellness Oil, when massaged into the skin or held onto the injury with a cloth, will help reduce swelling and bruising. The swelling and unsightly bruising that comes after a bump or fall can almost be worse than the pain of the original impact. When moments like this happen - and we all have them - it's important to act relatively quickly. The sooner you address bruising and swelling, the shorter the duration will be. You can also speed up the healing process by applying ice to the bruise. This oil is a great one to have stored in the medicine cabinet, as bumps happen all the time - it's great to have a natural treatment at the ready! Ingredients include unrefined grapeseed oil, and an essential oil blend of lavender, geranium, & black pepper.
Cal/Mag/Zinc, Calcium Magnesium Zinc Supplement, 90 Tablets
This unique Calcium Magnesium Zinc Supplement formula perfectly balances calcium, magnesium, and zinc with over 70 minerals and trace elements found in ConcenTrace for maximum absorption and utilization by the body.
Cell Rejuvenator, Peter Gillham's Natural Vitality, 8 oz.
Cell Rejuvenator is a precisely engineered formula designed to give cells the exact nutrients they need to rejuvenate quickly and in the best condition possible.
Chlorofresh Chlorophyll Supplement, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 90 Softgels
Chlorofresh, Chlorophyll Supplement, is used chiefly as an aid to reduce odor from a colostomy or ileostomy and to reduce fecal odor due to incontinence.
Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, SilvaSolution, 90 Lozenges
Now you can get powerful liquid silver in the most convenient form ever with new SilvaSolution Silver and Zinc Lozenges.
Comfrey Leaf Powder, 100% Organic, 4 oz. Bulk
One of the most well-known healing plants, especially for its ability to heal tissue and bone.
Copper Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Copper is a pure liquid Copper supplement. Copper influences protein metabolism and general healing, improves vitamin c oxidation and is integral in the formation of RNA.
CoQ10, All Natural Hypoallergenic, Nature's Way, 60 mg, 60 Softgels
CoQ10 is vital for cellular energy production and is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
Co-Q10 Liquid, Trace Minerals, 4 fl. oz.
Liquid Co-Q10 is an all-natural, enzymatic, dietary supplement providing assistance to the body's cells by helping to maintain and protect against oxidative stress for increased cell integrity and energy.
Coenzyme Q-10: All-Around Nutrient for All-Around Health! Latest Research As A Heart Strengthener, Energy Promoter, Aging Fighter & Much More.
This Book discusses an amazing antioxidant that helps patients with heart failure, hypertension, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol levels and other diseases.
Daily Two Iron-Free Multi-Vitamin Supplement, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Tabs
This iron free multi-vitamin supplement was developed for the protection growth and maintenance of body systems as they age.
DMG Supplement N,N Dimethyl Glycine, NOW Foods, 125 mg, 100 Caps
NOW Foods' DMG Supplement is a methylated amino acid found in all cells. DMG is an antioxidant and methyl donor that has a number of beneficial effects. It has shown to have potential in increasing immune response to the flu and salmonella.
Ester C with Bioflavonoids, Nature's way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs
Nature's Way Ester C with Bioflavonoids offers enhanced Retention. Ester-C is 100% natural Vitamin C (calcium ascorbate) with enhanced cellular uptake and retention.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Pure Lignisul, With Vitamin C, 875 mg/100 mg, 120 Caps
MSM with Vitamin C offers support for allergies, connective tissue, joint flexibility, immune function, arthritis, osteoporosis, digestive disorders, circulation, bruising, carpal tunnel syndrome, and antioxidant protection.
Nature's Antiseptic Tea Tree Oil & Grapefruit Seed Extract By CJ Puotinen (Paperback)
Nature's Warfare, this book covers tea tree oil and grapefruit see extract use in safely destroying viruses, bacteria, molds, yeasts and parasites that want to live in us and on us.
Nettle Herb, 435 mg, 100 Caps
Nettle herb from Nature's Way is wild harvested, gently dried and ground to a usable form and encapsulated. Nettle herb contains no chemicals, additives or artificial coloring.
Noni Juice, Trace Minerals, 32 fl. oz.
Trace Minerals Noni Juice product may provide nutritional support for Bio-Electric Health and Body Mineral Balancing.
Pycnogenol With Vitamin E, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 30 Tabs
Pycnogenol is an extract made from the bark of the European coastal pine. Pycnogenol is a concentrated source of proanthocyanidins, organic acids and other biologically active components.
Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex Formula), 60 Tabs
Superbly formulated, Ultimate B, vitamin B Complex Formula, is a synergistic blend of herbs, superfoods, and enzymes made of 33% food ingredients for easy absorption.
Vitamin C 1000 with Bioflavonoids, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 Vcaps
Nature's Way Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
Vitamin C 500 with Rosehips, 100% Natural, 500 mg, 250 Vcaps
Nature's Way Vitamin C with Rosehips offers a rich whole plant source of vitamin C and provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
Vitamin E, Natural D-Alpha-Tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels
Vitamin E has potent antioxidant activity, supplies oxygen to the blood, aids in strengthening capillary walls, and plays a beneficial role in cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, anti-aging benefits, circulation, wound-healing, immune function, nervous system function, PMS, hot flushes, diabetes, vascular disease, eye health, tissue repair, athletic performance, leg cramps, skin and hair health, and alleviating fatigue.
Witch Hazel Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Witch Hazel can be taken internally for diarrhea and hemorrhage.
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A black eye is actually a bruise in the cheek, eyebrow, and/or eyelid area. An impact hard enough to cause a black eye can also cause damage to the eye itself. If your eye has swollen shut, it should not be forced open or pressed on in any way. Blurry vision or seeing double should prompt you to see an ophthalmologist, who may prescribe an antibiotic and/or an eye patch to protect the eye while healing.
If your bruise does not heal within a week, or your bruise lasts longer than 4 weeks, you will want to have your health care provider examine it.
Some people can bruise as a result of taking medications that can interfere with normal blood clotting, including local anesthetics, prescription anticoagulants, antidepressants, antihistamines, aspirin, cortisone, and penicillin. If you are taking any of these medications and find that bruises are appearing without any reason, you should contact your health care provider, who may change or discontinue your medication.
If you have bruising underneath the fingernails, this may be an early indication of skin melanoma. Consult with your health care provider.
You develop signs of skin infection. Infection can develop after an injury or wound to the skin or mucous membranes. Signs of infection may include: increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area. Red streaks extending from the affected area. Drainage of pus from the area. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin. Fever of 100°F (37.78°C) or higher, or chills with no other known cause. Keep the area clean and do not scratch it to reduce the risk of infection.
If you experience tenderness and bruising of the perineal region as a result of childbirth, consult with your midwife about remedies to help soothe and heal your pelvic floor.
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