How to Get Rid of Bruises Fast with Home Remedies

Everybody gets bruises at one time or another. Although they are not the result of deteriorating health and usually do not call for any medical attention, the sight of a bruise is hard to ignore.

Bruises typically occur when some part of your body takes a hard hit. The injury does not break the skin, but the blood vessels underneath the skin are ruptured. This damaged vessels leak blood into the surrounding tissues, causing black-and-blue patterns on the skin that are often accompanied by pain and inflammation.

However, there are other possible causes like delicate skin tissues, lack of vitamin D or coagulation (manifestation of a platelet issue) that can lead to bruises on your skin.

Medically termed as a contusion, most bruises fade away on their own in a couple of days. However, in some cases, you might want to get rid of bruises fast or maybe even overnight.


Here are some home remedies to help you get rid of bruises quickly and easily

Method 1: Use an Ice Compress

Things you’ll need:


  • Ice cubes in water (numbs the pain)
  • Cotton cloth

Soak a cotton cloth in cold water

dip a cotton cloth in ice cold water

  • Soak a cotton cloth in ice-cold water and compress this on the bruised area. Alternatively, you can wrap some ice cubes in the cloth and use it as a compress.
  • Hold it on the area for 10 minutes for instant relief.

Repeat every few hours.

Cold temperature or ice packs cool down the ruptured blood vessels and control leakage of blood. Make sure you do not hold the compress on your skin for longer than 20 minutes and do not apply ice directly on your skin.


Method 2: Use Castor Oil

Things you’ll need:


  • Castor oil (reduces pain)

Dip a cotton ball in castor oil

dip a cotton in castor oil

  • Soak a cotton ball in castor oil
  • Rub it on the bruised area for fast relief.

Repeat as needed.

Castor oil not only reduces the bruise but also prevents the skin from peeling off once the bruise disappears.


Method 3: Use Arnica Gel


  • Put a small amount of arnica gel on your fingertips and gently rub it on the bruised area.
  • You can also blend arnica with water and apply it on the affected area.
  • For effective results, repeat 3 or 4 times a day.

Do this for a couple of days.

Arnica improves blood circulation and encourages faster healing of bruises by promoting the movement of white blood cells to the injured area. White blood cells replace the damaged cells in the skin with new ones, thus healing the bruise. Arnica also decreases swelling and inflammation in the bruised region.

Method 4: Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Water

Things you’ll need:


  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) (helps heal bruises) – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – 2 tablespoons
  • Cotton ball

Mix apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl

combine ACV and water

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the solution and dab it on the bruised skin for 10 min.

Repeat this for a few days until you see improvement.

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties that help heal and remove unwanted marks on the skin. It drives away clogged blood in the affected region to treat the bruise instantly.


Method 5: Use Aloe Vera Gel

Things you’ll need:


  • Aloe vera gel – 1 tablespoon
  • Dip a cotton ball in aloe vera gel and apply it on the bruised area.
  • Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes or until the gel dries completely.

Repeat the treatment until you achieve positive results.

Aloe vera has antibacterial properties that reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process of your bruise.


Method 6: Use Pineapple

Things you’ll need:


Repeat as needed.

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that digests inflammation-causing proteins and diminishes the infirmities on the wounded site.

Alternatively, you may also apply pineapple juice or eat pineapple. For effective results, consume at least 500 milligrams of bromelain everyday.


Method 7: Use Witch Hazel

Things you’ll need:


  • Put a small amount of witch hazel liquid in your palm.
  • Gently rub it on the bruised area.

Alternatively, you can soak a cotton ball in witch hazel and dab it on the affected skin to speed up the healing process.

Witch hazel has astringent properties that help in healing and curing the bruise.


  • You can use warm and cold compresses alternately to get better relief from pain or discomfort accompanying a bruise. Allow at least a 2-hour gap between the two treatments.
  • Massaging the wound soon after a warm or cold compress treatment enhances blood flow around the injured site. However, if the pain is severe, you can skip this step.
  • If bruises appear on your hands and legs, you must treat them from top and not under the affected region.
  • Avoid putting strain on the affected area. Restrict moving around too often to ensure that the bruise does not spread further.
  • Elevate the injured area by placing it on a cushion or two. Elevation of the wounded area keeps the blood from pooling, thus reducing strain and swelling.

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