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How to treat bruises naturally through home remedies

The medical term for a bruise is contusion. After you have been injured, your skin within just a few seconds is turning into black and then fades away after a couple of days. Bruises are blue, purple, red, and black marks on the skin which are result from injury. They are healing for 12 days, but if you want to get rid of the bruises earlier, then you should try some of the bruises home remedies that is given below:

12 Bruises Home Remedy

Cabbage leaves

This is one of the oldest home remedies which are used for treating bruises. This vegetable has anti-inflammatory properties and phytonutrients, which help in the healing process [1]. Also, Vitamin C and Vitamin K are excellent anti-bruising agents. Make a bruise home remedy from cabbage leaves. You will need one cabbage. You should cut off the cabbage leaves, and then you should soak the leaves in hot water because they need to be softer. Then, you should use a rolling pin. Make a paste from the leaves. Put the paste on the affected areas. Secure this area with gauze. Leave this paste for 30 minutes. If you want quick disappearance of your bruises, then you should repeat this bruises home remedy a few times per day until the bruises are gone.


If your skin is not cut, then you should use onions because they will give you relief from the bruises. Allicin which is composed of onions is the reason why you have tears when you cut onions. You should cut slices from the onion which are depending on the size of the bruise. Peel the slices of the onion. You should need to have enough slices for your bruises. Put the slice of the onion on the bruise and strap the slice for fifteen minutes. Also, you can dip a slice of onion in apple cider vinegar. Then, you should gently rub the area of your bruises with this onion. [2]


Toothpaste is a very effective home remedy that makes the swelling and discoloration disappear really fast. Also, this home remedy is very effective because it can calm the inflammation which is caused by the bruises. You will need to make a mixture of toothpaste and lotion. Before you go to bed, you should apply this mixture to the bruised area. You should prevent staining the bedding by covering the bruised area with an ace bandage. When you are awake, you should wash this mixture. If you want to have quality results, then you should repeat this bruises home remedy for two to three nights. [3]

Vanilla extract

This plant possesses a lot of antioxidants and antibacterial, which help to heal faster. This is one of the most used bruises, home remedies, burns, and cuts. You should use essential oil or vanilla extracts. If you want to get rid of discoloration, then you should apply these remedies directly to the bruised areas.

Witch hazel

This bruises home remedy has been used in alternative medicine for decades for treating skin problems [4]. If you have bruises and minor bumps, then this is one of the best home remedies for those kinds of problems. Also, this natural bruises home remedy is very effective at healing the bruises. It is speeding up the healing process.

Epsom salt

If you want to reduce the appearance of the bruises, then you should bathe with Epsom salt. This kind of salt is used for relaxing the muscles. When you have bruises, and when you are using Epsom salt, then you are reducing the pain and swelling which is caused by the bruises. In your warm bath water, you should add 2 cups of Epsom salt. You should soak the area with the bruises until your water is cooled. Then, you should rinse the affected areas with clean water. In some cases, Epsom salt bruises home remedy can make irritation on your skin, and also, this salt is leaving crystals on the skin surface. That is the reason to clean your skin with water. You will not have magnesium crystals on your skin surface.

Cayenne pepper and Vaseline

Cayenne pepper is one of the most used bruises home remedies because it has extremely powerful healing processes. When mixed with Vaseline, then the powerful effect of the cayenne pepper is increasing [5]. Also, Vaseline is used together with the cayenne pepper because when the cayenne pepper is applied to the skin, it stings. So, Vaseline is very effective at masking the stinging caused by cayenne pepper. You should make a mixture of these two components. You will need five tablespoons of melted Vaseline mixed with one tablespoon of cayenne pepper. You should allow this mixture to cool. When is cooled, you should apply this mixture to the bruised areas. Usually, this remedy should be used for 4-5 days until the bruises have disappeared. But before you start using this mixture, you should be sure that you are not allergic to cayenne pepper. If you have never tested your skin with this product, then you should apply a small part of the mixture to your skin (in a small parts). If you see that you are not allergic, you can use this natural bruises home remedy.

Tea bags

Tannins which are components of the tea, constrict the blood vessels when applied to the skin. This can help the healing process of the bruises. It stops the blood flow to the bruises, which can make them discolor. This natural bruises home remedy is perfect for people who are suffering from a black eye. Tea bags are the perfect natural remedy for bruises because it is reducing the swelling and the pain caused by the bruises. You should soak the tea bags in warm water. Soak them for three minutes. Then, you should put the warm tea bags on the affected areas because this will help you to get rid of the discolorations. You should let this remedy stay on your skin for a few minutes. Repeat this bruise’s home remedy several times per day because it will help you to get rid of the bruises. You can use green and black tea bags, which are perfect natural remedies for the dark spots under your skin (which in most cases are caused by injuries).

Mullein Flowers

When mullein flowers are compressed, then it can relieve skin irritation, bruises, and rashes [6]. In one cup of boiling water, you should add one tablespoon of dried mullein flowers. Let this remedy steep for a few minutes. You should allow this remedy to cool and strain. Soak the clean cotton in this mixture and apply it to the affected areas. If you want your remedy to be secured, you should wrap this cloth with plastic wrap. You should change your cloth twice per day until your bruises are gone. When you have applied the cotton, you should wring out all the excess water from the cotton.bruises home remedy


Bromelain, which is an enzyme found in the pineapple, is positively affecting the skin. People who have bruises should use pineapple because it will relieve their pain and swelling. Also, if you want your bruise not to be visible, then you should use pineapple which helps to disappear. You should put topical lotion directly on your skin which will help you to relief the pain and swelling caused by the bruises, and also you will be safe from further forming of cloths. Also, you should eat raw pineapple which can help you against the bruises. You can cut slices from the pineapple and rub on your skin (you should gently rub the slices of the pineapple). Also, there is another remedy from pineapple. You can extract the juice from the pineapple with a blender and let this remedy to stay on the bruised areas. But you should not allow this juice to stay on your skin more than five minutes because this bruises home remedy can cause burns on your skin if it is left to stay more than five minutes. [7]


People who are using lavender for their skin have noticed positive effects. It is helping to people who have bruises. The antibiotic and the antiseptic properties which are contained in the lavender make it the perfect natural bruises home remedy. In one bowl of cold water, you should add several drops of lavender oil. Soak a clean cloth in this water. Apply this cloth to your skin (where you have bruises). Also, you can use lavender oil, which is extremely powerful for treating the pain and swelling which are caused by bruises. [8]

Aloe Vera

This is one of the most used home remedies for treating bruises. Enzymes, which are found in big numbers in the Aloe Vera, are very helpful because they speed up the healing process and also can small the wounds. Also, this kind of natural remedy can prevent bacteria to get in the bruised area and to make more serious disorders. Make a fresh gel from the Aloe Vera leaves. You should break off the tip of this herb. You should apply this bruises home remedy gel in the affected areas and let them to stay for a few minutes. [9]


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Hanan Marshal
Hanan Marshal
Hanan, a medical student (MBBS) having passion for writing and is very much interested in holistic living along with nature. He is very much interested in doing community service and watches anime and play PS4 during his free time. You can reach him through [email protected]


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