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Chandra Sekhar

I recently had severe bruise on the right hip from a fall at a store. Head pad or cold pack did not do any good. Finally, I started applying OTC Hydrocortisone ointment twice a day. Bruise which was like 3' x 4' slowly disappeared in 5 days. Now I have my natural skin back with no signs I had a bruise.


Eat fresh garlic. As much as you can handle. The more you can consume the faster the bruises and /or bruising will heal. Even major bruises geal in about 2 days. The only side effect in your breath will smell like garlic and when you sweat it may smell like garlic. I know for a fact that this works. .


I got this remedy for bruises from my grandma. :)
So, when I get a bruise, I just mix some hot water (not too hot) with alot of salt in a small bowl and mix it until the salt has dissolved a bit.
Then, I dip a cotton ball in the salt water and dab it on my bruise and let it dry.
Use this as often as you can throughout the day (I like to use it at night, too)
P.S. Don't use this remedy if you have an open cut on/near your bruise. It'll sting ALOT!!
Hope this helps! <3

Lady 'C'

Rub shortening mixed with a little bit of sugar to create a paste like substance and rub enough to cover the area and try not to rub it off, its kinda messy, but i promise it works... :)


I rub vanilla extract on my grandchildren when they bump something like their forehead or knee. This prevents the black & blue mark from appearing. It works on adults too. I got bumped on my shin. I applied vanilla extract to the area and did not get a black & blue mark


immediately after the injury... apply metal a car key or spoon to the area, the cold keeps the blood from rising close to the skin... it will still hurt like heck, but wont show.


Apply Heinz vinegar to the bruise using a cotton ball. This will speed up the healing process.


Good ol' Witch Hazel, applied w/ a cotton ball or a cloth soaked in it. It reduces swelling and cuts way down - if not eliminating altogether - bruising. Once I stepped off a deep curb, turned ankle so bad I know I must have broken something; it turned deep purple w/in hours. The next day I heard about this, tried it, and the bruising was GONE w/in a couple of days. -miraculous!

selena matlock

I occasionally find myself 'mysteriously' covered in bruises (usually the legs) went to the doctor and found that I do not have diabetes or blood pressure problems or anything else they could find in my blood. The Doctor said that it was a vitamin K deficiency (due to high levels of stress) and to take a healthy orange and wash it good and eat a small piece of the skin (somewhere between the size of a quarter and a silver dollar) no more he said. Anyway, it worked for me and I am grateful. I still have my battles with bruises, but I just go and buy an orange!


Arnica cream or gel is fantastic. Also wonderful for sore muscles and back pain. I used to put it on my feet before waitressing and it saved me!

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