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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cure a Bruise with Foods!

Being the granola-lovin', tree-huggin' people that we are, here at Peas of Mind HQ, we love to take the holistic route whenever possible.

Next time your child gets a bruise on the playground, try one of these natural home remedies.

Edible Cures for Bruises - Nutrients in Food
  • Vitamin C
    • function: prevents bruising by supplying oxygen to injured cells and strengthening the walls of blood vessels.
    • excellent food sources: citrus fruit, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and Baked Broccoli Veggie Wedgies.
  • Vitamin K
    • function: important for blood clotting and healing.
    • excellent food sources: cabbage, cauliflower, alfalfa sprouts, soybeans, spinach and other leafy greens.
  • Vitamin E
    • function: improves circulation, extends the life of blood cells, acts as an antioxidant
    • excellent food sources: wheat germ, nuts, seeds, asparagus, spinach and other leafy greens.

External Cures for Bruises - Natural Rubs/Salves
  • fresh parsley leaves
    • crushed and applied directly, parsley may reduce discoloration in just a few days instead of a whole week.
  • cayenne pepper ointment
    • mix 1 part cayenne pepper with 5 parts melted Vaseline. Let cool, then apply once a day to aid in circulation and reducing inflammation.
  • oil of oregano
    • blend a bunch of fresh oregano with olive oil (just enough to blend). Apply this oil directly on bruised skin for general healing of a bruise once or twice a day.

Preventative Tips
  • Eat lots of fresh, raw foods particularly fruits and leafy green vegetables. These foods are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K which help prevent bruising.
  • If possible, ice an injury as soon as possible to reduce swelling and later bruising.
  • If you choose to use a mild over-the-counter pain-reliever, choose one containing acetaminophen (in Tylenol). Aspirin and Ibuprofen encourage blood thinning which worsens bruises.

  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch.
  • The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition by Sheldon Margen, M.D. (UC Berkeley).


  1. It's a nice info to cure the Bruises with the foods in our diet and also by the other sources of prevention, Thanks a lot for the share..

    1. Your welcome Sai. When we learned about these holistic alternatives, we thought they were pretty cool too.