by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Cuts and bruises are common injuries that can be treated with natural remedies. Firstly, use direct pressure to stop any bleeding if necessary. Wash the wound with soap and water for several minutes. Gently scrub out any embedded dirt with a washcloth. Be careful not to soak a wound that might need sutures. These wounds tend to be more deep and/or bleed excessively.
. One natural remedy for cuts and bruises is arnica, which has been found to have many medicinal properties, Applying arnica, 2 – 3 times a day speeds the healing time and improves circulation around a bruise, moving coagulated blood from the area.
. Adding essential oils to topical remedies are great solutions for healing cuts and getting rid of a bruise. Consider essential oils such as Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Oregano, and Tea Tree as they have great antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties for cuts.
. Try Lavender, Cypress, Helichrysum, Lemongrass, or Geranium for helping to constrict blood flow, which is why you should apply it immediately after you notice a bruise.
. A cold compress such as an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas can also be applied to a bruised area for 20 minutes every hour to speed up healing.
. Epsom salt baths are another natural remedy that can help reduce pain and swelling associated with bruises. The salt is also good for cuts as it speeds up the healing time.
. Witch hazel is a popular herb that can be applied to injuries such as contusions or bruises to promote healing. Witch hazel is a mild astringent and is cooling.
In addition to natural remedies, there are also tips for caring for cuts and bruises.
. Resting the affected area is important for allowing the body to heal naturally.
. Elevating the injured area can also help reduce swelling and promote healing. Compression, such as wrapping the affected area with an elastic bandage, can help control swelling and provide support to the injured area.
. Pain relievers can also be used to manage pain associated with cuts and bruises. White Willow Bark is a very good natural herb for pain.
. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce pain when applied directly to the wound. Apply liberally, 2 – 3 times a day.
. Other natural treatments include heat therapy, such as using a warm compress, and pain relievers such as turmeric and ginger that can be taken as a tea or in pill form.
By incorporating alternative medicine and natural treatments into your daily routine, you can effectively heal cuts and bruises while avoiding the potential side effects of over-the-counter medications.