32 Proven Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bruises Quickly

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Bruises are purplish, red or black-blue spots on the skin that are caused due to an injury. When any of part of your body gets a hard knock, the small blood vessels under the skin get damaged. A sudden blood leak from these blood vessels pushes into the surrounding tissues, causing the black-blue marks (1). A bruise is medically termed as a contusion. It only takes minutes for your skin to turn dark with a bruise after a hard hit. You may also feel pain and inflammation in the affected area. Bruises heal in around 12-15 days. However, if you follow the remedies on how to get rid of bruises quickly, you can prevent a bruise overnight.

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Home Remedies for Bruises

The following are some useful home remedies to get rid of bruises before they turn into a major scar.

1. Ice Therapy

cold compressIf you want to know how to get rid of bruises fast, then the most important home remedy is an application of an ice pack immediately after the injury is sustained.

An ice pack is the best first aid for bruises. Ice packs cool down the damaged blood vessels, control the blood leakage and reduce swelling.

When flesh and skin are swollen, this is when secondary damage occurs to tissue so it is vital to apply an ice pack as quickly as possible to prevent bruising.

Keep the ice cube on the bruise for 10 minutes for an immediate relief. Do not exceed the time to apply a cold pack for more than 20 minutes (23).

  • Alternatively, if an ice pack is not available, then soak a cotton cloth in ice cold water and place it on the affected area. Repeat it several times a day for about 10 minutes (4).
  • Moreover, frozen vegetables can also help you get rid of bruises overnight. Wrap them in a soft cotton towel and place it on the bruise (5).
  • Another option is to take two stainless steel spoons and put them in the freezer for 15 minutes. Later, place them on your bruise. This helps reduce the blood clot.

2. Elastic Bandage

bandageYou can use an elastic bandage to stop bruise from spreading. Whenever you find a bruise on your body, immediately wrap a plastic bandage to control the blood leakage in the tissues.

This not only prevents bruises from spreading, but also makes the healing process speedy (6, 7). You can also use a cloth to tie around the affected area (8).

3. Hot Water Bottle

hot compressTake a bottle and fill hot water in it. Keep it on the injured area. Hot water will certainly reduce the blood clot and slow down the blood flow to the affected tissues.

In case of swelling, first, apply a cold compress and then hot compress. (9).

Moist heat works better on bruised tissues in comparison to dry heat therapy, as it goes deeper and spreads quickly.

Apart from hot water, you can also use hot bath, hot water soaked towel or a warm Jacuzzi (10).

Note: Water used should be warm, not too hot and it should have a consistent temperature.

4. Vinegar

vinegarVinegar has the efficiency to drive away the blood that has pooled in the affected area.

Once bruises appear, mix vinegar with warm water and apply it on the affected area to treat blood clot instantly.

5. Pineapple

pineapplePineapple has an enzyme called bromelain (11). This enzyme when consumed can reach the damaged blood vessels to digest the protein that causes bruise and skin inflammation (12, 13).

Taking at least 500 milligrams of bromelain each day can fade away bruise faster.

6. Vitamin K

vitamin kVitamin K is an effective remedy to treat blood clotting and tissue damage in the body (14). To treat bruises quickly, eat vitamin K rich vegetables.

Add Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and leafy green vegetables to your meal.

  • Alternatively, buy vitamin K cream from the nearby drug store and apply it on the bruises to treat them faster.

7. Chocolate

chocolateChocolates contain cocoa bioactive compounds that have an anti-inflammatory property that proves very beneficial for skin health (15).

Melt some chocolate and keep that warm melted chocolate on the bruised area. Now cover it with a bandage to let the chocolate dry over the affected area.

This hot chocolate pack compresses the damaged blood vessels to control the blood flow. This also reduces bruises instantly.

Note – When trying a hot chocolate pack, be careful not to burn yourself.

8. Papaya

papayaThis fruit contains an enzyme called Papain which is used to treat many skin problems (16). Therefore, eat papaya to get rid of bruises faster.

9. Vitamin C

vitamin cVitamin C rich foods such as mangoes, broccoli, peppers, sweet potatoes, and oranges also help reduce skin inflammation and bruises sooner.

According to research, this vitamin is very safe to be used in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, photoaging, tissue inflammation and also for tissue healing (17).

10. Grape Seed

grape seedGrape seed fastens wound healing (18). Crush a few grape seeds to extract the juice from it. Apply this flavonoid-rich grape seed juice to heal the bruise. Alternatively, drink this juice twice a day for effective results.

11. Turmeric and Tamarind Paste

tamarind turmeric

Turmeric is traditionally used in many South Asian countries as a remedy to get rid of bruises because of its therapeutic and medicinal properties.

It is also a strong antibacterial agent (19). Turmeric contains a compound called Curcumin which has many health benefits like that of reducing soreness and promote healing (20).

Tamarind is also used commonly for healing wounds and cure inflammation because of its antioxidants and antimicrobial activity (21).

Make a thick paste of tamarind and add two pinches of turmeric to it. Now heat this pack and gently apply the hot pack on the bruise. Cover the bruise with a soft cotton cloth to let it disappear faster.

12. Onion

onionOnion has inflammatory properties and it can work well on the damaged skin cells (22).

When bruises are caused due to blood vessels injury, you can extract onion juice and apply it on your bruise.

Let the skin absorb juice so that it works deep within the blocked blood vessels to treat the blood clot (23).

13. Lemon

lemonLemon contains vitamin C which is very useful in treating skin problems (24, 25). This could be a little painful treatment for bruises, but it is the most effective one.

Apply lemon juice on your bruise and gently rub for about 5 minutes. It will soon heal the bruises.

14. Black Coffee

coffeeWhen you get a wound, grind some black coffee and keep it on the wound. Now tie a bandage around it. This remedy will heal the bruises within a few days (26).

15. Sugar or Honey  

honeyWhen bacteria enter your cut or wound, it grows faster. Sugar has antibacterial properties and it promotes wound healing.

Application of sugar syrup or honey can prevent the growth of bacteria along with treating the bruise (27).

Honey has antibacterial and wound healing properties which make it an important remedy for healing bruises (28, 29).

Apply hot sugar syrup on the bruise and tie it with a bandage. If hot syrup sounds scary to you, then first apply thick sugar syrup on the bruise and afterward place an ice pack on the affected area.

Now, let the sugar dry to tighten the skin so that bruises stop spreading all over.

16. Black Pepper, Vaseline, and Cayenne

pepper cayenne vaselineCayenne contains a substance called capsaicin that has tremendous pain relieving properties.

Apply it directly on the skin to get rid of bruises (30). Mix cayenne and pepper with Vaseline, and then apply it on your bruise to heal it quickly.

17. Butter

butterButter has anti-inflammatory properties. It has been proved through several studies that butter has medicinal properties which can cure skin problems (31).

For treating minor bruises and burns, you can use butter. Apply fresh butter on the bruise and gently massage your skin.

18. Castor Oil

castor oilRubbing castor oil on the bruise not only reduces it but also prevents the skin from peeling off once the bruise is gone (32).

 

19. Raw Potato

potatoTo keep bruising under control, you can apply shredded raw potato on the bruise.

20. Ginger

gingerGinger contains antioxidants which are very beneficial for skin health (33).

Slice some ginger and soak them in hot water for some time.

Then, strain the water and drink it. Alternatively, rub the crushed ginger directly on the bruises.

how to get rid of bruisesHerbal Remedies for Bruises

21. Comfrey Leaves

ComfreyComfrey leaves (either dried or fresh) make a perfect herbal solution to treat bruises. Take dried or fresh comfrey leaves and add them to the boiling water.

Let it boil for 15 minutes and strain the water to treat bruises overnight.

Comfrey ointments can be applied directly to bruises to heal the pain and reduce swelling (34).

Comfrey root extract also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation (35).

22. Arnica

ArnicaAccording to a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial, this herb is very effective in curing bruises (36).

Arnica can be applied directly to the affected area to reduce pain and swelling caused due to bruises.  Alternatively, you can also consume arnica orally (37).

23. Parsley

ParsleyDeficiency of vitamin K also causes bruises. Include parsley in your diet to overcome Vitamin K deficiency (38).

Once you wrap your bruise with an elastic bandage, keep some crushed fresh parsley leaves underneath the bandage.

This not only checks bruises, but also controls blood clot, inflammation, and reduces the pain caused due to bruising.

24. St. John’s Wort

st johns wortAccording to a pharmacological research, St. John’s wort is an effective remedy for the treatment of dermatological disorders like bruises, wounds, sunburns, abrasions, etc.

It is used as a topical application in the form of oils or tinctures (39).

This herb has natural anti-inflammatory properties (acylphloroglucinol hyperforin) and it quickly heals the wound that otherwise would cause a bruise on your body (40, 41).

It also helps relieve pain.

Apply St. John’s wort oil on your bruise, or you can boil dried St. John’s wort in water.

Strain the water and drink till the bruises are completely gone.

25. Herbal Tea Compress

herbal tea cold compressFor herbal tea compress, add 6 drops of essential oil to 9 oz of ice water. First, add water to a bowl and then put essential oil in it.

Dip unbleached muslin cloth in the water and apply it on the bruise.

Essential oil like Eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, peppermint, and ginger can be used (42).

26. Olive Oil and Mullein Flowers

olive oil & mullein flowMix macerated mullein flowers and olive oil. Store the mixture in a corked bottle and keep it in sunlight for a long time.

The procedure produces an oil that can be applied directly on bruises and gives relief from pain and inflammation.

Alternatively, oil can also be produced by placing the flowers near the fire for several days (43).

27. Margarine

margerineRub a little margarine on your wound to prevent it from bruising.

 

28. Alfalfa

alfalfaAlfalfa works best for blood clotting since it is rich in vitamin K.

Apply alfalfa on your bruise to prevent it from getting severe (44, 45).

29. Arnica, Chamomile, and Yarrow

arnica chamomile yarrowArnica is popularly used to get rid of bruises (46). Chamomile possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help to get rid of wounds.

It can be used both internally and externally for treating many health conditions.

Tea made by mixing 3 teaspoons of this herb in water can be used as a compress to get relief from pain and inflammation (47). Yarrow is an herb which is also used to cure wounds (48).

Take arnica, chamomile, and yarrow, and mix them together to form an herbal infusion. Apply it regularly on the bruise to make it fade away faster.

30. Bilberry

BilberryBilberry contains strong antioxidants known as ‘anthocyanosides’ that reinforce the blood vessels and balance the collagen, thereby, reduce the bruises.

You can consume bilberry extract or can take it in the form of pills.

31. Witch Hazel

witch hazelThe active ingredients found in witch hazel have astringent properties which prove useful to cure bruises (49).

Apply a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel on the bruise to speed up the healing process and soothe the inflammation.

You can also apply witch hazel astringent bark tea on bruises for curing pain and inflammation (50).

Do’s

  • Use the above remedies as many times as possible in a day.
  • There are microwave moist heat packs available in the market. You can buy such heat packs to treat your bruises better.
  • Soon after treating your bruise with cold or warm packs, a soothing massage is recommended. If you cannot tolerate the pain then miss this step.
  • You can combine both warm and cold bruise treatments alternately to get better relief from a bruise. However, it is recommended that you give at least 2 hours gap between these treatments.
  • If you are living in a tropical area then expose your bruise to direct sunlight. Sunlight breaks down the bilirubin to make the bruise yellow in color, thus, it fades away faster.
  • If possible, keep the affected area elevated (51, 52).

Don’ts

  • After bruises appear, restrict moving around often. The more you walk, run, jump or move around, the bruise develops more. Avoid putting strain on the affected area (53, 54).
  • Start your treatment as soon as the injury is sustained as the blood clot may get severe.
  • Avoid intake of aspirin.

Sometime bruises may occur without a fall, trip or any other injury. This is a serious condition and you should consult your doctor. Bruises can also appear due to leukemia, anemia, and hemophilia that are deadly, so consult your doctor immediately.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Well most of the items listed I dont have at home. But the ones that I did worked spectacularly! I love the lemon and hot water bottle one and I took your advice to put ice on the bruise then the hot water bottle. Thank you very much for the help! 🙂

    • Sorry about that. I think it would look worse if we showed a woman with a black eye. Kids do get accidental black eyes. Adult black eyes tend to be more concerning.

      • I’m sorry, I really disagree with this. A photo of a child with a black eye linked to page telling people how to get rid of bruises fast is incredibly concerning and unsettling. Perhaps a child with a bruise on their arm or leg would make more sense as kids often fall when playing, but a black eye is intrinsically linked to injuries cause by another person – especially with the heartbreaking look in that child’s eye…

        • ZB, thankyou for your comment. I hear what you are saying but we will have to agree to disagree. I have had many black eyes as a child and all of them were accidental sporting injuries. Blackeyes on adults are nearly always caused by violence inflicted by third parties. I stick by my assertion that a black eye on a child is much less menacing in its implication than a blackeye on an adult. We could show a bruise on a knee or an arm, but if you are interested in getting rid of a bruise, chances are it’s on your face as this is always visible. I hope you understand that because we offer home remedies for bruises, we are by no means condoning the (perhaps malicious) actions that caused the bruise in the first place.

        • Get with it. Kids have black eyes all the time. Part of growing up. That’s why this new generation is so over sensitive to anything. Over protective parents hovering over their children constantly.

  2. Use a banana peel hold it on skin for as long as you can, checking back and forth and you will start seeing the bruise fade.

    • I agree with you completely….the inside of a banana peel works well when rubbed directly on bruises. However, this technique is more of a temporary fix (almost immediately has a fading effect) versus an actual remedy. Again, I am by no means disputing this remedy for bruises, just stating the fact that it is not the best treatment option, but can be very helpful as a quick fix.

    • I tried the banana peel. I used surgical tape (it doesn’t rip your skin off) and placed the peel over the bruise, taped it on, left it on as long as I could (am & pm). I was SHOCKED – it worked! The bruise on my face was gone in a couple of days. Will be depending on this method again. 🙂

  3. This is definitely very helpful just one question with the onion juice can i just cut the onion in have and rub it on my bruise?

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