How to Use Herbs for Sprains and Bruises

Two Methods:Using Herbs for SprainsUsing Herbs to Treat Bruises

When you sprain or bruise part of your body, the immediate course of action is often rest and ice. There are other things you can do to minimize pain and swelling and help you recover. Some people take pain medications while others prefer a more homeopathic approach to relief and recovery. There are several herbs that have been known to treat sprains and reduce bruising. Use herbs for sprains and bruises by determining which herbs are best for your injury, and applying or taking them as directed by your healthcare practitioner or healer.

Method 1
Using Herbs for Sprains

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    Take Arnica internally in a diluted form. This is an alpine herb that has been used for thousands of years in Russia and Swiss cultures to relieve injuries, sprains and strains to the back and other muscles and joints.
    • Look for homeopathic remedies that include Arnica and can be ingested. Health food stores might have teas with Arnica, and you can also get it in a dropper form to add to any of your regular drinks.
    • Rub Arnica oil into the sprained area as well. Salves and ointments containing this herb are available.
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    Use Eucalyptus oil for sprains, sore muscles and sports injuries. Rubbing the oil or a lotion that includes Eucalyptus will help lessen the pain of an injury.
    • Combine Eucalyptus oil with other oils such as Rosemary oil or Almond oil to increase the flow of blood to the injured area.
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    Apply the herb Helichrysum angustifolium, also called Everlasting, immediately after you sprain something. An oil from the sunflower family, this herb will reduce pain and swelling if you rub it onto the affected area right away.

Method 2
Using Herbs to Treat Bruises

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    Crush up petals or flowers of herbs and apply them directly to the bruise. The best herbs to use this way are lavender, chamomile, St. John's wort or calendula.
    • Leave the crushed herbs on your bruise for 3 hours to reduce the swelling and promote healing.
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    Make a poultice out of parsley, or add it to a cold compress to lessen the pain and impact of your bruise. The properties of fresh parsley are known to offer comfort to any inflammation or discoloration.
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    Use aloe vera to soothe a bruise. The most popular form of aloe is in a gel, but you can also apply aloe oil or fresh aloe leaves to a bruise. Aloe will relieve any pain with a bruise and speed healing.
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    Drink bilberry tea if you are someone who bruises easily. It is made from purple berries that taste good in a tea and will improve circulation and vein health, keeping you from bruising immediately any time you bump or hurt a part of your body.


  • Try other natural remedies in addition to herbs to treat sprains and bruises. For example, a slice of fresh pineapple placed on a bruise can speed up the healing process.


  • Talk to your doctor, healthcare practitioner or homeopathic healer before taking any herbs or herbal remedies. They are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can be harmful if overused or taken the wrong way.

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