Doctor Oz did a segment on bruises to teach us home remedies and cures to make bruises hurt less and to make your bruises disappear faster. Plus, did you know that a bruise could be a sign of something more serious?
Dr. Oz first explained what causes bruising and why bruises make your skin change color. When something hits you, the blood vessels next to your skin break down and form a puddle deep within your skin, which seeps towards the surface as it metabolizes, and thus changes the color of your skin. Dr. Oz said that older people bruise more easily since their capillaries are thinner. You may also bruise more easily if you take coumadin, aspirin, or steroids, which all make your capillaries more fragile. Certain herbs, especially ginkgo, ginseng and glucosamine (the “g” herbs) can make you bruise more easily too. However, if you have unexplained bruising on your belly (especially with back pain), then you should see your doctor because it could be a case of bad pancreatitis, leukemia or major trauma.
Dr. Oz’s Home Remedies for Bruises
1. Frozen Vegetables or Frozen Peas
A bag of frozen veggies, especially frozen peas, makes a great ice pack! Layer the bag over a towel if you find it too cold.
The propylene in pineapples can help your bruise to heal faster.
Papaya can help reduce the swelling of your bruise.
Dr. Oz says that he regularly uses Arnica Cream and Arnica Pills to ease sore muscles and to heal bruises. Arnica dilates your blood vessels so that the healing power of your blood can come through! If you don’t have any in your house, definitely add Arnica to your medicine cabinet!