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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.

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  • 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
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  • Burns : Minor burns can be treated at home and will heal on their own. The best thing you can do is reduce the heat, by applying cold water or ice.
  • Cuts & Wounds : Knowing how to use simple home remedies for healing and disinfecting cuts and scrapes an important part in taking care of your family and yourself.
  • Dental/Oral Care :Fight tooth decay, gum disease and calm tooth pain with these easy home remedies.
  • Ear :Herbal oils such as bay, garlic, and mullein oil can be dropped into the ears to relieve pain.
  • Fever :Herbs that reduce fever are used extensively in herbal remedies for colds, flu and viral infections.
  • First_aid :The most important ingredient in any home first aid kit would have to be common sense. Once you make a good judgement call that the situation doesn't warrant professional attention, delve into your well stocked herbal medicine chest for some of these home herbal remedies.
  • Insect/flea Bites :Herbal oils make excellent after-bite remedies because they calm the inflammation, reduce itching, are antibacterial and regenerative to damaged skin.
  • Nausea :Use these simple remedies for quick relief of nausea, nervous stomach, motion sickness, morning sickness and quell nausea of all types.
  • Pain Relief :Herbal remedies can bring blessed relief without having to resort to pain killers.
  • Sunburns :Herbal remedies like St. Johns wort and tamanu oil offer protection and healing in cases of sunburn.


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  1. Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Vol 1" Harcourt, (1931) The tincture of Arnica is used for external application to sprains, bruises, and wounds, and as a paint for chilblains when the skin is unbroken. Repeated applications may produce severe inflammation. For tender feet a foot-bath of hot water containing 2 oz. of the tincture arnica has brought great relief.
  2. Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) Oil of Bays is used externally for sprains, bruises, etc.,
  3. Marlene Ericksen. "Healing with Aromatherapy" McGraw-Hill, (2000) 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.
  4. Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" , (2003) Bilberry fruits have a great reputation for strengthening and protecting capillaries and improving circulation making them a good choice for bruises.
  5. Marlene Ericksen. "Healing with Aromatherapy" McGraw-Hill, (2000) 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. Applied as an ointment, eucalyptus has been shown 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.
  6. . Complementary Medicine - Arnica , University of Maryland (UMMC), (): Arnica is often used in homeopathy, and should only be taken internally in the extremely diluted form common to homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic doses are extremely diluted and have no detectable amount of the plant. Arnica in homeopathic doses is generally considered safe for internal use when taken according to the directions on the product labeling. Homeopathic preparations are also used to treat sore muscles, bruises, and other conditions caused by overexertion or trauma. ,