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Pineapple and Vitamin-C aids speedy recovery from fractures

When we have a fracture, then we know that we will experience the pain which comes with it. The best thing you should do when you have a fracture is to speak with your doctor. But many people are not able to go to their doctor as soon as they got a fracture, for example, they are on holiday and they are apart from doctors or they live in a village in which there is not a doctor. There are some home remedies which can ease the pain and they can make you feel comfortable. There are many symptoms of bone fracture such as difficulty in moving the fractured part, pain, bruising, and swelling. You should follow these effective home remedies for bone fracture which would be beneficial in case you suffer from a fracture.

19 Home remedies for fractures

Application of ice

Ice is one of the best home remedies which you can use if you have a bone fracture. You should put crushed ice wrapped in cloth or ice packs on the affected area for eight to ten minutes. You should not apply the ice directly because it can cause an ice burn. Ice application reduces pain and swelling. If you have a bone fracture, then you should apply ice two to three times per day.


Boron is an important nutrient which you can use as your natural treatment for healthy bones. This natural cure can help in healing fractures and strengthening bones [1,2]. One of the richest sources of boron is nuts.

Avoid processed foods and sodas

Sodas have a high content of phosphorus while processed foods have high amounts of salt. Excess phosphorus and salts are removing the calcium from your body which is making your bones weak and this takes time to heal.

Natural cures for fractures


You should increase your zinc digestion because this can promote significantly the repaired tissue damage which is connected with a broken bone [3,4]. You need to consume foods that are rich in zinc such as chicken, seafood, lamb, turkey, pork, beef, and seafood such as salmon, lobster, clams, and oysters.

Sesame seeds

When you consume sesame seeds, then this can help the natural treatment of bone fracture because they have nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, etc. which will help in healing the fracture faster and strengthening your bones [5].


The building block of our bones is calcium. Calcium is a vital mineral for healthy bones. When you have a bone fracture, then many doctors are recommending increasing the amount of calcium in your body by consuming foods that are rich in it [6]. Dairy products and leafy vegetables are good sources of calcium.


Pineapple has Bromelain enzyme which is a very effective natural treatment for bone fractures [7]. If you suffer from bone fracture, then you need to drink pineapple juice or eat pineapple every day. You should avoid processed or canned pineapples and always buy fresh pineapples. Also, you can take bromelain supplements if pineapple is not available in your local markets but firstly talk with your doctor.

Tying with a wooden piece

This is one of the simplest but most effective home remedies for fracture. The only limitation is that you cannot use it on every bone. You can only apply it to your hand or leg. You need to take a small wooden piece and tie it with cotton cloth or plastic on the affected bone area for ten to twelve minutes.

Proper rest

One of the most important things in the natural treatment for healing bone fracture is proper rest. Proper rest is a very important thing because the movement can increase pain and swelling. This is a reason why many doctors are advising to be immobile for a few weeks. Doctors are also suggesting complete rest for three to four weeks.

Castor oil

This natural cure is used for the treatment of many health issues such as infections, constipation, and skin problems because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Not many people know that castor oil can help in nursing bone fractures and other bone-related problems such as arthritis [8]. If you have a bone fracture, then you should dip a cotton cloth in castor oil and you should wrap it around for 2 days. Also, you can use castor oil packs daily.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another effective home remedy for broken bones. There are some studies in which is said that when you intake foods which are rich in Vitamin C can stimulate the formation of collagen which can help your body to create healthy bones [9]. You need to include Vitamin C in your regular diet. Strawberries, cauliflower, papaya, oranges, and bell peppers are foods that are rich in Vitamin C.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol

When you use some foods and drinks in large amounts, then they can weaken your bones. Caffeine is no exception of it [10]. Also, cigarettes are bad for your health because it has chemicals that can possibly work to destroy the healing process of your broken bones. Also, they can prolong the period of damage duration and it can be even more than 5 months longer for severe breaks. When your body contacts tobacco products, then the caffeine is making the amount of oxygen that reaches bone tissue reduce. Alcohol also has a negative impact on your bone mass and also it disrupts the absorption of calcium. You should limit drinking alcoholic beverages because this is one of the best ways in which you can maintain the strength of your bone health [11].


This is a health-friendly ingredient and all people know that turmeric has many health benefits. You should include turmeric in your diet which is one of the best natural treatments for healing bone fractures. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can aid in the treatment of bone fracture [12]. You can drink turmeric milk or you can wrap turmeric and onion paste for one to two days around the fractured area for relief.

Black caraway seed

There are many studies which are shown that this natural cure has medicinal properties due to the presence of vital nutrients such as phosphorus, iron, zinc, etc. which are very good for the health of our bones [13]. You should massage the fractured area with black caraway seed oil two to three times per day in a day for 2 weeks which can help in the natural treatment of the bone fracture.

Use pillow

You should use a pillow to elevate a broken foot or ankle because this can help you to get relief from the swelling. In order to speed up the healing process of your fracture, it is suggested to put your broken bone in a higher position than your heart. This can help your fluid and blood to be drawn away from your injury. One of the most trusted home remedies for fractures is placing some pillows at the end of your bed.

What you should not do

It is very important to remember these things because they can worsen the fracture:

  • Do not try to test to move the bone
  • Do not reposition a possible spine injury
  • Do not straighten a bone or change its position if the blood circulation does not appear hampered
  • You should not move a person suffering from a spine injury
  • You should not move a person who has a pelvis, an injured hip, or upper leg when it is not needed
  • Also, you should not move the person when the broken bone is not stable

Cold compress

This is one of the best natural treatments for bone fracture which many people place the belief to use. This natural treatment can help your bones to get relief from swelling and pain. You should apply ice packs to the affected areas up to four times per day in about ten minutes which can bring you good results. Both cold compress and ice packs are very effective in healing fracture pain. Also, your bone will get repaired.


Vitamins are the indispensable element which can support great bone health when you have a problem with your bones. Boron assists in healing broken bones. Potassium and magnesium can encourage bone health because they are promoting the healing process and they can protect your bones from any other destruction. You can opt for raising your consumption of bone–healing vitamins by choosing foods that are rich in potassium, magnesium, and boron.

Essential oils

There are many people who are saying that essential oils are one of the best natural cures for fractures. When you apply this natural treatment to the injured areas, it can accelerate the process of healing as you are expecting. Essential oils such as cypress, fir, or helichrysum can help to repair the bone and they can strengthen bone health. You can rub these essential oils three times per day or until your condition gets helped effectively. [14]


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Dr. Emil Sarsath (aka) Vijila, a licensed naturopathic doctor (BSMS) who always ensures his patients receive compassionate, and individualized care. He has extensive experience in primary care, digestive health, mental health, nervous system disorder and more.Area of Expertise – Naturopathic Medicine, Whole Foods-based Nutrition, Siddha, Panchakarma.She is always available through [email protected]


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