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How to Get Rid of Bruises Naturally

Why is it that the largest bruises always seem to appear when you don’t expect it? Maybe it’s just me but I always end up thinking to myself “how the heck did I end up with that?”

Anyway, some years ago my mum ended up with a huge big bruise and decided to try out some lavender essential oil to get rid of it. So she put some drops of lavender onto a cotton pad and taped it over the bruise. The problem was that the cotton pad wasn’t big enough to cover the entire bruise so when it was taken off, there was a surprising result….

The covered area was yellow whereas the exposed area was still black/blue.

I wish I had a photo to show you, it looked amazing. No one could try and say it was just a “placebo effect”!

None of the bruises I’ve had recently are big enough to reproduce this experiment however if I do get one I’ll make sure I take a photo as proof.

Lavender oil isn’t the only natural remedy you can try, here are some other suggestions:

  • When the bruise appears, apply fennel, helichrysum or hyssop essential oils to the skin.
  • Arnica gel, a homeopathic remedy, is said to be one of the best ways to get rid of a bruise.
  • When the bruise has turned yellow, rosemary oil is said to help by increasing circulation.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C.
  • Bromelain (a digestive enzyme found in pineapples) breaks down proteins that trap fluids in the tissues after an injury.

Has anyone else successfully treated bruises using natural remedies?

What Are The Benefits of Aromatherapy?

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy harnesses the body’s sense of smell to help relieve stress, boost moods and improve general wellbeing. Each type of essential oil has its own unique health giving properties. If you want to feel energized then choose eucalyptus or peppermint, whereas if you want to feel relaxed and sleepy then lavender and chamomile are excellent choices. If you’re feeling tired and want to feel revitalized then choose either lemon or rosemary.

Wow! Aren’t our Bodies Amazing?

The sense of smell is powerful. In fact, the body can distinguish around 10,000 different scents! As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the Limbic System and when stimulated it releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other ‘feel-good’ chemicals.

Aromatherapy isn’t all just about scent. The oils from the fruits, plants, herbs or flowers are also carried into the blood stream when rubbed into the skin. Chances are you’ve practiced aromatherapy without even realizing it. The reason being is that many fragrant lotions and creams you buy to make your skin feel soft contain essential oils.

There’s a huge selection of essential oils to choose from and are often found in lotions, inhalants, gels, bath salts, vaporizers, candles, perfumes and room sprays. Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils, oils that have been extracted from naturally-occurring materials. Because they’re natural there is less chance of developing allergies to them. Essential oils are far from being a new phenomenon, despite being considered by some to be “new age”. In fact, they’ve been around since Ancient Egyptian times.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

1# Enjoy in Your Own Home

if you have the money to spare, then visiting a professionally trained aromatherapist can be a real treat. However for the rest of us who have bills to pay, aromatherapy can just as easily be enjoyed in your own home. All you need are some candles, Aromatherapy or bath oils and a burner or diffuser. To achieve the maximum results, you’ll also want to seek out a quite and comfortable space for your aromatherapy session!

#2 Improve Your Health Naturally

So many people are getting fed up of taking prescription medication that they are looking for natural ways to improve your health. Be careful however; make sure you always take advice from a physician. If you only have mild health problems such as colds and headaches, aromatherapy can help instead if you don’t want to take such meds as aspirin. Although there are few side effects with aromatherapy, it’s important to remember that there is still the possibility of an allergic reaction. If you have particularly sensitive skin you should always test on a patch of skin.

#3 Not Tested on Animals

As a vegetarian and animal lover, I love the fact the buying essential oil means I don’t have to worry about cruelty to animals. Although many manufacturers say they don’t test their products on animals, they in fact test the ingredients on them instead. I think this is very misleading to say the least.

Absolutes in Aromatherapy

What makes aromatherapy so attractive? Many people will say that smell can improve the body, mind and soul. That’s why it’s so important when practicing the use of aromatherapy to find one that smells attractive. Absolutes are only recently becoming part of aromatherapy. The highly-concentrated scent of absolutes can waken powerful feelings and emotions even in the busiest of lives.

So What Exactly are Absolutes?

Absolutes are basically a more concentrated form of essential oil extracted from plants. What actually makes them different is the process by which the oil is obtained. Essential oils are primarily extracted using a steam distillation process.

However, the process of extracting absolutes involves the use of chemicals and solvents. This extraction method creates a more concentrated version of the plant’s essence – one that is far more fragrant. The problem is that traces of chemicals and solvents can often be found in the end product.

This is why absolutes are generally used by perfume manufacturers, rather than aromatherapists. They can be used in aromatherapy but with extreme care because then can trigger an allergic reaction in some people.

On the whole essential oils are preferable over absolutes but sometimes it’s just not practical to use traditional distillation methods. Two examples of plants which need to go through the chemical extraction process are Jasmine and honeysuckle.

Some Popular Absolutes

Jasmine absolute – Extracted using solvents, Jasmine absolute offers an exquisite scent. Used for years in perfumes and therapy sessions, this sweet heady fragrance is among other things an effective aphrodisiac. If you suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, Jasmine is said to be able to help. It’s also helpful for relieving headaches, depression and also has antiseptic properties.

Lavender absolute – Extracted using alcohol, Lavender absolute has a sweet, floral and woody fragrance reminiscent of a lavender shrub. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of soaps and creams with lavender in it

Oakmoss absolute – Extracted using solvents or alcohol, Oakmoss absolute has a rich scent that is both earthy and woody. Imagine the smell of damp oak along the seashore and this is what oakmoss absolute smells like – very comforting.

Rose absolute – Extracted from rose blossoms using chemical solvents, rose absolute is a feminine scent that is very intense. It’s perfect for relaxing after a hard day or for when you’re feeling particularly sexy. Something you don’t hear much about is that roses absolute also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. The only downside is the price; it takes many rose blossoms to produce an absolute.

Lotus absolute – Extracted from either pink or white lotus flowers using solvents, lotus absolute has healing qualities. It can also help build confidence and self-esteem.