How To Get Rid Of Bruises

Although I was fairly active as a young man, most of my adult life resulted in a laid back, somewhat creative lifestyle. I never really got into any scrapes with the neighborhood kids like many of my friends and that was just the way I liked it. As an adult, nothing has changed except for the fact that I now live in Los Angeles, which is a change of pace from the farm I grew up on. I consider myself as retired, although I still manage to stay in touch with my love for art.

Because of the fact that a black eye or broken nose were simply not in my vocabulary, when I came across some unexplained bruising it concerned me enough to try to figure out how to get rid of it. I did not have any insurance for doctor visits, so I decided to ask around and see if any of my friends could suggest something for me to use and of course, some of the answers I received were interesting to say the least.

The first person I talked to was my neighbor from across the hall and her answer surprised me, “do you have any butter?” Apparently, this was an option used to treat minor instances of burns and bruises for some time now and although I did have some butter in my refrigerator, I was not sure if this decade old remedy was something I wanted to try, not to mention the fact that I could probably put that butter to better use.

The next suggestion to try Castor Oil was a little disturbing to me, but I listened carefully as one of my Thursday night poker buddies explained the benefits of using this product. If applied liberally on the bruise, the castor oil had certain healing qualities that would initiate a prompt response, I was also advised that this oil could reduce the chance of peeling in the area, which was interesting to note, especially since I never expected that to be a problem in the first place.

Considering the fact that I don’t usually keep vinegar in my apartment, I didn’t think much of my sister’s suggestion to mix it with some water and apply the mixture to the affected area. She informed me that this combination was supposed to increase the blood flow to the bruise and promote healing. I guess if it is as good as my sister said it would be, I could always make a trip to the supermarket, then again what else would I use it for?

Then I remembered hearing a conversation between my mother and her best friend about using comfrey tea soaked in a cloth. I was supposed to apply the concoction to the bruise and if my memory served me correctly, it was also supposed to provide me with a little pain relief, which I did not seem to have. With my list of possible options to deal with the bruise, I was off to the supermarket.