Why do we bruise?
If you are as hard on yourself as I am, you probably look like a purple spotted dalmatian. Bruises occur when your body is hit by an object that causes surfaces capillaries to rupture and fill the inner dermal layers with blood. Discoloration while healing often leads the bruises to transform from red to purple to black and yellow.
If you are a woman, you probably know the annoyance of bruises better than anyone else. That’s because women typically have thinner skin and a different fatty-cell/vessel structure that makes them more prone to trauma. Additionally, some women have a hormone imbalance which disturbs the copper/zinc ratio in the blood and weakens the collagen which protects the skin. As you age you are also more likely due to bruise more easily because of weakened vessels and thinning skin.
Luckily there are a few essential oils which are reported to reduce the swelling, discoloration and heal-time of bruises.
Best Essential Oils for Bruises
- Roman Chamomile
- Sweet Marjoram
Essential Oil Based Bruise Treatment
Right after you experience trauma to the skin that you will suspect will bruise, it is best to start this treatment.
What you need:
- 2 large bowls
- 2 small towels
- Distilled Water
- Jojoba oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Geranium Essential Oil
- Sweet Marjoram Oil
In each bowl put 3 drops of rosemary, 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of sweet marjoram and 1 drop of geranium. Then add hot water to one bowl and cold water to the other bowl. Mix the solution and alternately apply soaked towels of each solution to the affected area. Do this for at least 30 minutes. Afterwards dilute 1 drop of frankincense, 1 drop of helichrysum, 1 drop of lavender, 2 drop of roman chamomile, 2 drops of geranium and 1 drop of rosemary to 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil and apply to the affected area. You may reapply multiple times through out the day. The combination of these oils should help blood circulation, reduce swelling/pain, and help stimulate the spleen.
Please remember to consult with your doctor before starting any essential oil based treatment. This is not intended to be professional medical device.