If you want to advertise your clumsiness, there’s nothing like a bruise that shows how clumsy you are! Let’s be honest: clumsiness is usually the main reason for bruises. Whether your bruise is big or small, blue or yellow—you should probably do something about it. We all suffer from bruises from time to time, but you shouldn’t just sit around and wait for the bruises to pass. Today we’ll discuss how essential oils help those unseemly bruises.
Before we get to the essential oils that help bruises, let’s talk about what a bruise is. A bruise is a “discoloration that appears on the surface of the skin.” Bruises occur when a part of your body experiences a blow or an impact. The impact affects blood vessels, and blood pools below the surface of the dermis. The result is a mark on the skin.
In addition to clumsiness, sometimes bruising occurs as a result of taking medications like blood thinners. Another cause for bruising might be engaging in intense exercise or weightlifting. And when you age, bruising happens more easily due to the thinning of the skin.
Here are the signs of a bruise:
- At the beginning, the bruise is red in color. After a few hours, the bruise usually turns a bluish color. And at the end of the lifecycle, the bruise becomes yellow or green.
- Bruises are tender, but with each color transformation, they become less and less painful.
Should you seek medical attention?
In most cases, bruises are not serious. However, there are occasions when a bruise is actually a symptom of a more severe, larger medical problem. And sometimes, even bruises require medical attention. Contact your physician under the following circumstances:
- When a bruise appears for no reason at all.
- If you think a bruise is the result of a broken bone.
- If the bruising appears underneath the fingernail or toenail and is accompanied by pain.
- If the bruise does not disappear after a few weeks.
- If the bruising is accompanied by swelling and severe pain.
That being said, here are some essential oils for bruises that will help you.
When it comes to skin problems, lavender is usually the first item on the menu. Lavender essential oil is among the top-selling oils, and with good reason. You can use it for so many different purposes. But the biggest reason lavender is popular is the ability to soothe the skin. And unlike other essential oils, lavender will almost never cause negative reaction. Some health practitioners even say lavender is safe for children.
As for bruises, the best way to use lavender is to apply it directly onto the affected area immediately after the bruise occurs. Lavender will help with the blood flow. In addition to lavender essential oil, apply an ice pack directly on the affected area.
Start the treatment by placing a few ice cubes in a plastic bag (or use any package of frozen vegetables you have at home). Apply the ice pack on the affected area for 15 minutes. Remove the ice pack, and then apply a few drops of lavender mixed with a carrier oil. Massage for five minutes.
This oil might not be as popular as lavender, but it is as diverse as lavender. Usually, cypress is used for minor wounds and relieving varicose veins. Cypress can also eliminate stretch marks and cellulite. That means it can more than help with bruises. Cypress helps by stimulating blood flow and preventing blood pooling. Apply it after the injury, just as with lavender. Apply an ice pack first for 15 minutes, and then massage a mixture of cypress and a carrier oil on the affected area. You can repeat the process a few times, or until it’s healed.
In addition to healing the bruise, lemongrass will help with the pain accompanying the bruise. You can also use it to reduce swelling and soothe achy muscles. Unlike other treatments, you don’t need an ice pack on the area first. Just mix a few drops of lemongrass with a carrier oil, and apply directly on the affected area.
Geranium helps repair damaged tissues, a crucial part of the bruise healing process. Geranium is a very popular essential oil, but its usage is usually limited to skin problems. In addition to bruises, you can use geranium for wrinkles and skin infections.
As with lemongrass, just mix a few drops of geranium and a carrier oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area, and massage for a few minutes.
This essential oil is usually more expensive than the others. But despite the expense, helichrysum remains a popular remedy for skin issues. You can apply it topically in combination with a carrier oil. Use it to treat sun damage, scars, and abrasions on the skin.
Don’t use this oil immediately after bruising has occurred. Wait for six hours to pass, or even one full day. Mix the essential oil with a carrier oil, and massage it into the affected area. This will promote blood circulation and calm down swelling. You can then apply it again every few hours.
The name suggests this essential oil has been used since Roman times, although that’s not the reason behind the name. In any case, Roman chamomile has a powerful medicinal punch. You can combine it with other essential oils, or use it on its own with a carrier oil.
Mix just two to three drops of chamomile oil with any carrier oil and apply on your bruise. Massage the area to diminish the appearance of bruises.
The last item on the menu for essential oils for bruises is frankincense. As with lavender, you can use it for children, especially children who are prone to rough and tumble play. Frankincense is considered safe for topical application on children. You can also use it to boost the immune system, reduce stress, and much more.
For your bruises, mix a few drops with a suitable amount of a carrier oil, and then apply the solution to the affected area. Repeat two to three times per day until the bruises disappear.
Essential oil blends
You can use most essential oils on their own in a combination with carrier oils. However, sometimes you need a more potent solution. Let’s look at the blend you can use as a cool compress.
For this compress of essential oils for bruises, you need geranium, lavender, and rosemary oil. Combine 1 drop of geranium, 2 drops of lavender, and 3 drops of rosemary essential oil. Make the cold compress and apply immediately to reduce swelling and diminish the appearance of the bruise. Dip a clean cloth in the mixture, and apply it on the area for 10 minutes. You can use the same treatment as a warm compress.