PART 3. THE REMEDIES
Crashing your bike, taking a spill on the street, or tripping into office furniture leaves you with more than a crushing blow to the ego. It can rupture blood vessels and damage underlying tissues, causing pain, swelling, and a colorful, hard-to-miss mark on the skin. These simple remedies bring relief while helping the injury to heal. If a severe bruise worsens, stays swollen, and continues to be painful despite first aid treatment, see your doctor to rule out an underlying bone injury.
YIELD: 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 5 MINUTES
Arnica eases pain and swelling, making it one of the best herbal remedies available for bruises. Make this balm ahead of time and keep it in your first aid kit.
7 ounces organic olive oil
1 ounce beeswax, grated
20 drops arnica essential oil
1.In a double boiler over low heat, combine the olive oil and beeswax. Stir until the beeswax is completely melted.
2.Remove from the heat and cool for 2 minutes.
3.Add the arnica essential oil.
4.Pour into a glass jar or tin and cool completely before capping tightly.
5.Using your fingertips, apply a thin layer of salve to the bruised area.
6.Reapply the salve up to 3 times daily.
7.Use each day until the bruise has faded. Store in a cool, dark place.
St. John’s Wort–Calendula Spray
YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE WITH A SPRAY TOP
TIME: 5 MINUTES
St. John’s wort essential oil and calendula oil combine with witch hazel to stop pain and swelling while promoting healing.
3½ ounces alcohol-free witch hazel extract
½ ounce calendula oil
20 drops St. John’s wort essential oil
1.In a glass bottle, add the witch hazel extract, caledula oil and St. John’s wort essential oil.
2.Cap tightly with a spray top.
3.Shake well before each use.
4.Spray on the bruised area and let it penetrate.
5.Use up to 3 times daily. Keep in a cool, dry place between uses.