BRUISING

ESSENTIAL OILS

Geranium. Helps increase blood circulation below the surface of the skin.

Helichrysum. A skin soother, dark-spot remover and pain reducer.

Frankincense and Cypress. Contain compounds that can reduce the appearance of bruising.

Lavender. Helps cells repair themselves and supports tissue health.

Research
A recent study found that aromatherapy, particularly the use of rosemary, lavender and citrus, works as an effective non- pharmacological method of therapy for patients with dementia. Patients showed improvement in cognitive function after regular inhalation

Home Remedy
Daily Brain Boost. Add 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil to a glass of water and consume daily. Also, a blend of rosemary and lemon can be diffused or applied topically to your neck.

Background
A bruise is an injury appearing as an area of discolored skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels. Bruises can also be caused by nutrient deficiencies, insufficient blood clotting factors and serious illnesses such as leukemia. They can occur at any age. Symptoms of the bruise vary depending on the cause. Discoloration of the skin is often the first sign. Some bruises appear with very little pain, and you might not notice them. You may also experience pain and tenderness in the area of bruising. These symptoms generally improve as the bruise heals.

Suggested Supplements

» Bromelain. An enzyme found in pineapple that reduces swelling. Take 500 milligrams three times daily.

» Vitamin C. An antioxidant that helps manufacture collagen, which is critical for healing damaged blood vessels. Take 500 to 1,000 milligrams daily.