Usage of a few essential oils is a great way to treat your bruises. But you need to know which oil to use. It helps to know the essential oils that have the potential to cure. Read on to know more.
Bruises are caused due to a possible damage caused to your blood vessels. Such damages may make your blood to accumulate under your skin. Conditions that may trigger a likely damage include working out more vigorously, experiencing a fall, etc. In such instances, one of your blood vessels may experience a minor rupture.
It is observed that among elderly people, the possibilities of bruises are way too high. This is because as we age, our skin becomes thin and may not provide a greater protection to the blood vessels underneath the skin. Hence, elders are more vulnerable to bruises than others.
When we accidentally bang or bump against a hard object, a red scar may appear. If blood accumulates underneath, you will notice a discoloration of your skin. The skin color in that area may change to black or purplish blue. You may soon experience pain, swelling, itchiness, etc. It may take a few days to heal this wound. The number of days taken to heal is directly linked to your age. Slowly, you will find the color changing from black to green. Such changes only indicate that your body has started the healing process.
A few essential oils can help your body to heal faster. The best known essential oils with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities are listed below. A few of them exhibit analgesic strengths as well.
#1. Lemongrass oil
This oil is endowed with analgesic capabilities helping to reduce pain. Lemongrass oil is also known to decrease inflammation and thus catalyse healing activity. You may need to blend 4 to 5 drops of lemongrass oil with a few drops of coconut oil. Once the blend is ready, apply it on the bruised spot and rub gently. You are advised to do it for 2 times every day till the bruise is cured.
#2. Geranium oil
This oil is used in its diluted form. This is because an undiluted version may cause a burning sensation on your skin. It can be used with any milder carrier oils. You may opt for either coconut oil or almond oil to dilute geranium oil. This oil has the ability to make way for new tissues to show up as well as hasten your healing process. Initially, you may experience an increase in swelling. This is only a sign of the oil’s strength, but is a symptom that your healing activity has already begun.
#3. Rosemary oil
This oil is also used with suitable a carrier oil. It is added to a small quantity of warm water in a vessel. You are advised to completely immerse the bruised spot inside the warm water laced with this oil. In some instances, it may also be topically applied and gently massaged. Rosemary oil is known for its anti-inflammatory effects as well as for the presence of strong antioxidants. These capabilities strengthen your immune system and help cure the bruise and inflammation.
#4. Arnica oil
It is recommended to use arnica oil with same proportions of tree tea oil and lavender oil. Arnica oil is popular for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic strengths. It is known for its powers to alleviate pain and too soothe your bruises. At times, this oil is also used without blending it with any carrier oils.
#5. Lavender oil
This oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties as well as astringent capabilities. These capabilities ensure blood cells do not accumulate under your skin. However, for these powers to be of use, it is advised to apply the oil immediately after hitting a hard surface. Lavender oil can minimize the rupture of your blood vessels and can deter the formation of a bruise. It can be applied in an undiluted manner on the area where you had a bump or a hit and suspect likely formation of a bruise. Its use is often limited to 4 or 5 drops.
#6. Cypress oil
Similar to lavender oil, cypress oil works in a pre-emptive manner. It can minimise the effects of a likely bruise if applied on the affected area without much delay. It does it by ensuring your blood cells do not accumulate soon after a bump. By doing this, it prevents a bruise turning worse. Cypress oil is used along with a carrier oil; usually coconut oil or almond oil. Its use is limited to about 4 drops in the chosen carrier oil.
#7. Helichrysum oil
This oil is known for restoring blood circulation in the affected spot. A bruise often presents an accumulation of blood under the affected area. This oil does exactly the opposite and cures your medical condition. Helichrysum oil is often applied without the need for any other carrier oils. Usually a small quantity – comprising 3 or 4 drops – is applied onto the bruised spot. You are advised to gently rub the area for activating the oil to work. It is highly recommended to apply it within 8 to 10 hours after you have experienced a bump or hit a hard surface.
#8. Frankincense oil
This oil is mainly used to minimize the discoloration of the bruise. It is endowed with a few stimulating substances and abundant amounts of antioxidants. These ingredients can control the bruise from turning dark and ugly. It is one of the strong oils available and hence its few drops can provide desired results. Its use is limited to 2 or 3 drops, given its powerful strength.
#9. Roman chamomile
This oil’s effect can be maximised if blended along with other oils listed above. It is known for its catalysing powers to heal bruises. Roman chamomile is popular for its properties to remove scars and can also keep black spots at bay. It is for these reasons Roman chamomile oil has a special place among cosmetics.
#10. Sweet marjoram
This oil can excite blood flow in the area surrounding the bruised spot and can help cure black spots. It is also known for its abilities to eliminate pain and also to relax the muscles adjoining the bruised spot.
#11. Kunzea oil
This oil is endowed with powerful anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial capabilities. It is one of the best known oils to treat itching sensation as well as sores. Its rich properties enable it to treat bruises and other problems; in some cases, it has been used soon after accidents involving muscular injuries.
#12. Yarrow oil
This oil is widely used for its anti-inflammatory and astringent capabilities. It is applied to treat a wide range of conditions such as bruises, injuries, etc. In some instances, it has also been used for treating muscular spasms such as sprains. It can reduce the odds of a bruise being formed and is also known to lessen the pains associated with swelling.
#13. Parsley oil
As the name suggests, this oil is taken from the leaves of parsley. It possesses antimicrobial, astringent and antiseptic powers. It is widely believed to stimulate the circulation of blood under the bruise and thus catalyse the curative process.
Essential oils are proven remedies, availably naturally to minimize the damages of bruises. They have almost nil adverse effects; also rich with both therapeutic and cosmetic properties. So the next time you hit a hard object or surface, look no further than to one of these essential oils. Apply it on the affected spot and keep the bruise well under control.