Bruises are a nuisance! Although there is no need for bandages or antibacterial ointment, bruises leave the skin black and blue, can be very painful to the touch, and also involve a long healing process (sometimes weeks). So what can you do to help these eyesores (and body sores) go away a little faster? Here are a few tips:
Step 1: Start Bruise Treatment Right Away
The sooner you address the bruise, the better! Start with basic first-aid techniques:
- Ice the bruised area.
- Elevate (if possible) the portion of the body that has been injured.
- Rest as much as possible to prevent irritation or further injury.1
Safety first note: If you experience any additional or abnormal symptoms like headache, dizziness, abnormal bleeding, or extreme pain, please seek professional medical care immediately.
Step 2: Apply Bruise Cream, Gel, or Ointment
There are excellent homeopathic topical remedies for bruises available over the counter. One of the most well known and effective is Arnica montana. Homeopaths have been using Arnica for bruises for hundreds of years because it helps the bruise heal and also reduces pain and swelling.
Homeopathic bruise salves, including Arnica gels, creams, and ointments are safe for people of all ages, including children and seniors. Arnica bruise ointment can typically be applied a few times a day to the affected area, until healing occurs. To avoid irritation, it should not be used if there is any sign of broken skin. There are also oral homeopathic Arnica products available to help your body heal from within.
Step 3: Repeat Bruise Care Regularly
Healing bruises is not impossible (in fact, healing takes place without any help whatsoever), but will require care and attention for at least a day or two. Repeating basic first aid and reapplying your homeopathic bruise remedy regularly is your best bet for faster and more effective bruise treatment.