Bruises and contusions are caused by trauma to biological tissues in which capillaries have been damaged and therefore result in disrupted blood flow through the tissues.
Bruises and contusions are usually caused by blunt force and cause pain and discomfort without much further damage. However, in severe cases, bruising may develop into a hematoma or internal bleeding.
Although bruising and contusions are left alone to heal, it is up to us to limit their intense color and encourage faster healing.
What Are The Symptoms of Bruises and Contusions?
Hematomas are characterized by the appearance of the area of skin that is initially red and gradually goes through all the colors of the rainbow. Within hours, it becomes blue-violet and in 5 to 10 days becomes yellowish.
The bumps are characterized by a soft swelling of the area. Both are painful to the touch.
The closer the broken blood vessels are on the surface, the faster it seems to bruise and becomes more intense color. Most small bruises disappear within seven days while the largest can take months to heal.
Bruises and contusions can last longer in older adults due to their limited blood circulation slows the removal of decayed blood components. Slow healing may occur especially in the legs which present limited blood flow. Furthermore, the softer the skin the more easily acquired the bruising from various blows.
Some people bruise more easily than others. If you regularly take anticoagulants or aspirin, which affect blood clotting, your bruises and contusions are more likely to become a black-blue color.
How to Troubleshoot With Bruises and Contusions
First, clean the area with plenty of water if there are scratches. Then, apply an ice pack directly to the injured area and hold for 10-15 minutes. If you can “freeze” the blood vessels around the bruised area, they will leak less blood into the surrounding tissue.
Bruises and contusions may quickly recover through the power of medicinal herbs that discourage swelling, reduce inflammation, and promote quick healing.
Learn more about the best suitable herbs that can reduce the extent of hematoma and the pain it causes below:
Arnica is a great herb that has been used medically since 1500 AD by the people of America and Europe.
The herb has upstream, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-arthritic, and antimicrobial properties.
Arnica is used for bruises from bumps, falls, and injuries (sprains), for cases of muscle pain from bumps, for relief after intense exercise, as well as swollen or tired legs.
Never use arnica internally, on open wounds, or on broken skin. People who have skin allergies should avoid its use.
How to use: Prepare tincture of arnica. Lay it directly on the bruises and contusions, and gently massage into the ailing area several times a day.
The local external use of calendula leaves helps to increase the blood flow and oxygen transfer, resulting in the faster healing of wounds.
Calendula displays anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immune-stimulant action. These properties make Calendula ideal for disinfecting and healing minor wounds, conjunctivitis, and dehydrated skin.
Calendula is also used to treat skin injuries such as bruises and contusions, burns and scratches, as well as acne, diaper rash, and other skin irritations or infections.
How to use: Apply calendula oil and gently massage into the ailing skin several times a day.
Comfrey has valuable healing properties both for external and internal use, probably due to the allantoin that it contains. This substance stimulates the proliferation of cells and thus helps the healing of wounds.
Comfrey leaves and root (as a hot poultice) can be used externally in bruising dislocations, and sprains.
It is also be used in joint bulges, ulcers, amputations, periostitis, varicose veins, rheumatoid myopathy, gout, neck pain, even in paraplegia.
How to use: First, apply calendula ointment to the ailing area. Then, moisten a piece of cotton with some comfrey root tincture and apply it to the bruises.
Gently bind it with a bandage or a clean cloth, and leave it for at least two hours.
One of the most natural solutions is parsley. Many experts support the theory that parsley reduces inflammation and pain, as well as contributes to faster healing of the lesion.
Parsley is one of the most important and famous therapeutic herbs and has excellent healing properties thanks to its essential oils and vitamins. These essential oils and vitamins within parsley inhibit pain and inflammation rapidly.
How to use: Chop a handful of fresh parsley leaves, lay them on the bruising, and then wrap the ailing area with an elastic bandage.
- St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is known since its antiquity as the oil used by the Spartan soldiers to heal their wounds and bruises. This herb was famous for its valuable therapeutic properties and the broad range of applications.
St. John’s Wort contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D, proteins, and minerals.
It soothes and heals directly: sores, bumps, bruises and contusions, sprains, burns, varicose veins, inflammation, irritation, itching, insect bites, skin, cracks in heels and elbows, hemorrhoids, rheumatism, and arthritis.
How to use: Apply St. John’s Wort oil onto the ailing area and gently massage several times a day.
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Nature has generously offered a variety of herbs that promote the healing of various injuries. Gaia cares for our support, and the most impressive of all is the number of regions in which injuries were, is, and will be the most common physical problem.
Keep in mind that if you bruise easily, you may have a deficiency of Vitamin C, so as a first resort, boost your diet with more peppers and citrus.
Also, if bruises and contusions do not fade after about a week, or if bruising occurs after minor injury, it’s better to consult your doctor.
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Learning to use herbs is a healing journey and a preventive way of living; nonetheless, herbs are not meant to take the place of your family doctor.
Herbs can be helpful allies in maintaining good health, but they can be powerful medications that should be treated with the same caution and respect as drugs, precisely, because herbs DO work.
Many herbs do have dangerous interactions when paired with prescription drugs; while others are contraindicated for individuals with certain health conditions.
The information contained herein is not presented with the intention of diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. It is not to be used as medical advice and is offered only for use in maintaining and promoting health in cooperation with a physician.
Always check with your doctor first before beginning any health program.