Bruises

Bruises Essential Oil Usage

When an area of the body is strained or hit hard, the blood vessels near the surface are broken and blood is lost into the surrounding tissue forming what soon becomes a discolored area called a bruise.  Bruising may also occur with some medical treatments or for some that bruise easily from just a slight or unnoticed bump.  A severe bruise may include excess blood leakage that will cause the discoloration to extend below the area of the injury as gravity exerts its force.  Bruising may also be accompanied by swelling and pain from the injury. 

A bruise or contusion is a subset of the general term hematoma. A hematoma is any collection of blood outside a blood vessel. They can be very tiny or large with significant swelling and associated with any organ of the body.  Bruise refers to a hematoma where blood has leaked out under the skin and gives the characteristic dark discoloration of the area.

Bruising is more common in women and older adults.  For older adults this happens as the fat layer under the skin decreases and the skin becomes thinner and not as pliable.  Minor bruising is not a serious problem but if there is severe bruising after a blow or fall it may be an indication of a more serious problem that needs attention.

 

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Bruises Essential Oil Usage

Oils & Blends: Cypress, Deep Blue, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass

Essential oils based products: 

Also consider: Fennel, Myrrh, Rosemary

Suggested protocols:

If the bruise (or hematoma) can be addressed immediately Cypress and Lavender constricts the blood vessels and relieves pain. Also the more quickly cold is applied to the area, the less bruising there will be. Always protect the skin by not placing ice directly on the area and do not leave it on the area continuously. It is recommended that 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off is the most that ice should be applied.

After the first 6-24 hours when swelling has stopped, the constriction of blood vessels should be replaced with a method of increasing blood circulation to heal and reduce the bruise more rapidly. Apply the Helichrysum, 1 - 3 drops, neat every few hours or for even better results use the blend below. Also alternating hot and cold compresses with the essential oils will speed the process. 

Suggested blend:

•  5 drops Helichrysum

•  4 drops Lavender

•  3 drops Cypress

•  3 drops Lemongrass

•  3 drops Geranium

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