Bruises are a natural, if unpleasant, part of being human. When a part of the body experiences a strong, sudden impact it results in damage to the small blood vessels under the skin. The blood then leaks into the surrounding tissues causing painful and unsightly black/blue/purple marks. Though they can appear within minutes of receiving a hard blow, bruises can take up to three weeks to heal completely. Fortunately there are a variety of natural remedies for fast bruise healing, and here are the top recommendations:
Arnica has been used for hundreds of years to treat bruises and swelling. A member of the daisy family, arnica can be purchased in gel, oil, or tablet form, and works best when applied topically.
2. Pineapple & Papaya.
Pineapple and papaya both contain powerful levels of bromelain, an enzyme that helps reduce blood clots and swelling. Adding at least 500 milligrams of bromelain each day will speed up the bruise healing process.
3. Vitamin K.
Vitamin K is an effective way to treat blood clotting and tissue damage, and is found in dark leafy green vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Try to consume as much as possible in your diet, and for even faster results apply vitamin K cream directly to the bruised area.
4. Vinegar + Warm Water.
Vinegar is an extremely effective way to break up the blood that pools under bruised skin. Wellness guru David Wolfe recommends applying a solution of vinegar and warm water as soon as the bruise begins to appear, and repeat as often as desired.