Home Remedies for Bruises
Bruises are a fact of life for almost everyone, especially the clumsier among us. While some people bruise more easily than others, everyone gets a bruise somewhere on their body at some point for one reason or another.
With a little attention and care for everyday activities and avoiding activities that have a high level of physical contact, most bruises are preventable and can be avoided. However, when you do get a bruise somewhere on your body, there are natural ways to reduce pain and speed its healing.
How Bruises Form
Bruises start to form from the second an injury is received to the soft tissue of the body.
When you are injured, blood from throughout the body rushes to the site of the injury. If you were to have had a broken bone, laceration, or otherwise have torn the skin, this serves to bring clotting factors to the area and prevent your body from bleeding out.
However, in the case of a bruise, the tiny blood vessels immediately under the skin known as capillaries are broken or ruptured, though the skin remains intact. With nowhere else to go or escape to, the blood pools under the skin and forms a bruise.
Treating Your Bruises The Natural Way
The best immediate treatment for a bruise is to stop it from fully forming in the first place. This is done by applying ice or cold immediately after you are injured, while the skin is still red but before the bruise has had the time to form. This constricts the blood vessels and prevents blood from accumulating to form a bruise.
You may be deficient in vitamin C and vitamin K if you bruise too easily. Adjusting your diet to include more citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables can help in addition to other all-natural protocols.
There are natural remedies that promte healing of bruises, such as Arnica Montana.
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