(Herbal remedies for hematomas or bruises)
The use of phytotherapy in the treatment of hematomas involves using a number of medicinal plants that seek the following objectives:
- Anti-inflammatory plants that reduce the pain and diminish the inflammation
- Astringent plants that favor the treatment
Within all the possible plants we must emphasize the following:
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps relieve pain, reduce inflammation and promotes tissue recovery. (Apply witch hazel to bruises)
Alfalfa: (Medicago sativa) Alfalfa is rich in vitamin K, in the form of phylloquinone. This vitamin, also called antihemorrhagic factor is necessary for the liver to produce prothrombin hormone involved in blood clotting. The lack of this vitamin causes clotting problems that manifest as bleeding, bruising, etc. (Ingestion of 50 grams per day of fresh juice of the leaves, divided into two doses)
Arnica: (Arnica montana) Its use prevents the appearance of hematomas, bumps and diminishes pain. The analgesic properties of this plant are due to its acid content (gallic, caffeic and chlorogenic) to helenalin and dihidro helenalin and thymol. These components will also confer this plant anti-inflammatory properties. Spread a thin layer of ointment on the affected part.
Lime: (Citrus aurantifolia) Lime is very rich in vitamin C, that, along with flavonoids, assists in maintaining the arteries by means of improving their elasticity and preventing spills that occur in veins and capillaries (Take lime juice 2 times a day)
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) Its use prevents bruising, bumps and reduces pain. (Make a poultice of the roots of the marshmallow, to be placed over the affected area. To do it you should boil a handful of roots in water for 10 or 12 minutes. Wet a gauze with the liquid and put it over the affected area)
Goldenseal: (Hydrastis Canadensis) Its anti-inflammatory properties are suitable for the treatment of blows. The external application of a layer of tincture or a bit of cream spread over the area affected by the hit will help reduce inflammation, reduce pain and prevent the appearance of bruises.
Pot marigold (Calendula arvensis) It is a plant with astringent properties, making it suitable for treating bruises. (Infusion of a spoonful of flowers per cup of water. Wet the affected area.) (Use a few drops of essential oil diluted in water)
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) the same properties and similar treatment may be related to the plant calendula officinalis)
Aloe (Aloe vera) Aloe gel has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and regenerative properties. Applied to the skin, it becomes one of the best remedies for all its problems. The implementation of this remedy is usually to prevent the hit area does not become bluish, so it often pass straight from red to yellow, recovering gradually (Apply a layer of aloe gel on the affected area)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Its astringent components (tannins, chamazulene, apigenin, and luteolin) are well suited for external skin care ( decoction of a handful of flower tops per liter of water. Apply with a cloth on the affected part)
Wild marjoram: (Origanum vulgare) its analgesic and healing properties will take away the pain and help to restore external injuries. (Applying a hot compress fluid from the infusion of a spoonful of flowers per cup of water may be suitable for the treatment of bruises.)
Lavender: (Lavandula latifolia/Lavandula officinalis) Mainly because it contains cineol, linalool, geraniol, limonene, and sabinene, these plants have antiseptic properties that make them very effective as vulnerary in the external treatment of injuries of the skin . At the same time, rich in tannins provides interesting astringent to prevent or cure the skin condition. (Wash off the liquid from the infusion for 10 minutes of a teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water) (Mix 5 drops of essential oil of these plants with five tablespoons of Olive oil and apply on affected area )
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) It protects the capillary wall making it more resistant to shocks and not so easily broken. If we combine this property with its painkiller properties, we will see how useful for the treatment of black eyes as well as any bruise, hematoma, blue or black marks appear. Very useful for swellings in the legs of women. It is also interesting to improve the symptoms of the blows suffered by athletes. (Make a mixture with parsley and olive oil. Apply this same mixture in the form of plaster on the painful area)
Other popular remedies:
Tradition has plenty of folk remedies used to reduce or avoid bruising. Among them we will mention the following:
- Bread dipped in vinegar: Dip a piece of bread with vinegar and apply it over the blow.
- Bread dipped in milk or water: Dip a piece of bread with milk or water and apply it over the blow.
- Sugar: Wet your fingers and introduce them in a bowl of sugar. Apply the sugar over the blow to prevent bruising.
- Apple vinegar: Mix a quarter cup of vinegar in a liter of hot water. Wet a towel with this liquid and apply on the affected area for 15 minutes several times each day.
- Poultices: In addition to the above remedies can make a poultice to be applied directly on the bruise. These poultices made with plants or natural foods can speed healing of bruises. Among the ingredients that we can use are the following:
- Poultice prepared as corn flour .
- Poultice made with leaves of raw grated cabbage;
- Poultice made with raw grated potato.
- Poultice made with grated raw turnips.