Treat Bruises And Sprains With Herbs
Life is full of bumps and bruises, from childhood on into old age. Bruises are
the result of bleeding when the tiny capillaries under the skin are damaged,
usually by an injury. These capillaries become more fragile as we age, which
is why children can so easily brush off the fall that is serious to an elder.
Time is of the essence when treating bruises, getting an ice pack on the injury
quickly can limit the bleeding, and the extent of the bruise. Even one as simple
as a frozen bag of peas from the freezer can help reduce pain, swelling and bruising
if applied soon after an injury.
Arnica flower oil *
Bay Laurel *
Castor Oil *
Coconut oil *
Comfrey Root *
Dandelion Root *
Dong Quai *
Ginger Root *
Horse Chestnut *
Immortelle Oil *
- If you bruise easily, consider adding bilberry tea to your daily regime. These purple berries taste great in herbal teas, and over time can improve circulation and vein health.
- Arnica is often used to treat bruising and sprains in homeopathy, and should only be taken internally in the extremely diluted form common to homeopathic remedies. Arnica oil, salves and ointments are used in topical herbal preparations for sore muscles and sprains.
Eucalyptus oil reduces pain in sore muscles, sprains, and sports injuries. Blend eucalyptus in a 2 percent solution with a base massage oil like almond. Eucalyptus is often combines with rosemary oil to increase the flow of blood to muscle tissue, which eases muscle soreness. Because of its antiseptic properties, eucalyptus can be used as a topical antiseptic for minor
cuts and scrapes.
- The essential oil of choice for sprained ankles and sports injuries is everlasting (Helichrysum angustifolium). If applied immediately after the injury, this oil dramatically lessens swelling and bruising