I’m back from my honeymoon, and while I’m not particularly too happy about the fact that it’s over, I am happy to be back in my own bed. There’s just nothing better than your own pillow amiright? I’m also happy to have all my remedies close at hand again because, let’s be honest, traveling the way my husband and I do, we get a bit beat up. Work hard and play harder is how we roll.
While that’s all fun at the time, afterwards is what leaves me wishing that maybe we should have taken it down a notch…just maybe. You see, I bruise very easily, like look at the corner of a coffee table and get a bruise easy. It’s all very unfortunate really and makes me second guess wearing anything too short while running errands. People start staring ya know?
Currently, I have about 8 or 9 bruises dappling both legs and I’m really sick of looking at them. Normally I don’t care overmuch and just let bruises heal on their own, but having this many makes me look like I’ve taken a tumble down the stairs. So how do we get bruises to disappear faster?
Essential Oils for Bruises
Black pepper essential oil is warming and pain relieving making it a wonderful oil to apply to soft tissue injuries like bruising and areas where edema is present. Followed by a cold compress allows the broken capillaries to release stagnant fluid which helps accelerate healing.
Cypress essential oil in my opinion, is one of the best oils for moving stagnant fluids in the body. Not only is it great for diminishing premenstrual bloating, it’s also an amazing remedy for swollen painful joints, poor circulation, varicose veins, and of course, bruises! Cypress is an amazing oil for any traumatic soft tissue injury because it moves and disperses fluid quickly and effectively. After just one application before bedtime, your bruise will be much better if not gone altogether!
Geranium essential oil is well known for its skin healing benefits. Applying it to a bruise will speed up recovery, decrease swelling, and alleviate pain. It is slightly warming making it perfect for dispersing fluid.
Helichrysum essential oil is one of the most potent healing oils for injuries. If I have any on hand, I always reach for it first because of how quickly it works for stubbed toes, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, and bruises. It’s a wonderful oil for repairing damages cells and speeding up healing.
Hyssop essential oil is a favorite of mine. It’s warming, pain relieving, and helps move stagnant fluid away from swollen injuries. I have healed a bruise in just a couple days using hyssop essential oil.
Lavender essential oil has an amazing affinity for healing the skin. It encourages cells to repair and regenerate themselves and supports deep healing in soft tissues. It reduces inflammation and helps swollen injuries release stuck fluids making lavender great for treating bruising.
Lemongrass essential oil is one of my absolute favorites for promoting and increasing healthy circulation. When we get bruised, circulation in that area gets compromised which is why the blood pools beneath the skin. Using an oil like lemongrass is a great way to help drain a bruise.
Myrrh essential oil is a potent regenerative oil for the skin and its surrounding soft tissue cells. Not only does it accelerate healing, it also helps cells regenerate correctly which helps prevent scarring. It’s warming qualities help bruises drain while gently alleviating pain.
Yarrow essential oil is a very interesting oil indeed. It has an amazing affinity for all types of wound healing and has properties on both sides of the healing spectrum. It can stop bleeding almost immediately yet can increase circulation. It can be warming for cold pain conditions like achy joints or it can be warming to help drain swollen injuries. Yarrow is a very versatile oil and is definitely worth having if you can find it.
Essential Oil Recipe for Bruises
This remedy is so quick and easy to throw together and all you need are just two ingredients!
Here’s what you’ll need:
• Arnica gel, arnica ointment, or arnica cream (I usually use the gel because it’s easiest to apply on a tender bruise)
• 1 drop of any of the above essential oils (I typically reach for cypress essential oil because I have poor circulation and need some extra help)
Loving Preparation- Essential Oil Recipe for Bruises
I use 1 drop of your chosen essential oil for every dime size amount of arnica gel used.
Mix together with your fingers and apply it to the bruise until well absorbed. Use twice daily for best results.
[yumprint-recipe id=’4′]What have been your favorite essential oils for bruises?
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