June 14, 2013
Bruises are no fun; but, bumps and bruises/contusions, especially while raising children, are part of life. When an area of the body is hit hard, the small blood vessels (capillaries) near the surface of the skin break and blood leaks into the surrounding tissue. This forms a discolored (black, blue, or red) area that is tender to the touch and usually a little swollen. As it heals, it may turn yellow; and, it often looks worse before it looks better.
Bruising may also occur while taking certain medications, or with various medical treatments (I sometimes bruise when I have my blood drawn, especially if the person drawing blood is inexperienced).
Some people bruise more easily than others, even from just a slight or unnoticed bump. Women tend to bruise more easily than men; and, as we all age, several factors can contribute to easy bruising, including:
Aging capillaries. Over time, the tissues supporting these vessels weaken, and capillary walls become more fragile and prone to rupture.
Thinning skin. With age, your skin becomes thinner and loses some of the protective fatty layer that helps cushion your blood vessels from injury. Excessive exposure to the sun accelerates this process.
Essential oils can help speed the healing of a bruise and reduce the risk of blood clot formation. Oils like cypress help to strengthen capillary walls, while oils like helichrysum help speed the reabsorption of the blood that has collected in the tissue. Geranium is great for any type of bleeding (read our story HERE) and lavender is soothing and healing to the skin.
The following blend is easy to make, encourages circulation, soothes the skin, and supports the body’s natural healing process of reabsorbing the escaped blood. As a spray, this blend keeps you from having to disturb the tender skin, which may cause more pain or injury.
- 2 oz. glass amber bottle (See websites below)
- 30 drops geranium
- 15 drops lavender
- 10 drops cypress
- 5 drops helichrysum*
- 5 drops frankincense*
- 2 tsp. grain alcohol (you could leave this out if the skin is broken or scraped)
- purified water (fill the rest of the way)
A cold compress 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off immediately following the injury can be helpful. Always protect the skin with a clean cloth before applying ice. I also use Homeopathic Arnica orally after any type of injury that involves swelling or bruising.
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* Both frankincense and helichrysum are two of the more expensive oils. If you don’t have these on hand right away, don’t worry—the other oils in this recipe are very helpful for bruising all on their own. However, as time and finances permit, I highly recommend having both of these oils in your first aid stash, as they are both helpful for a number of ailments.
Severe bruising or swelling after a blow or fall may indicate a broken bone or a more serious condition. Use wisdom and seek professional medical care when needed.
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