When it comes to First Aid, sometimes you need to have something easily accessible and ready to use, and bruises are no different. As those of you who follow my blog know I am a firm believer in Blending Holistically, however, when it comes to quick and immediate first aid I always have a few of products made up and stored in my fridge, just in case I need them. Of course, once the crisis has passed I will always assess the situation to see what, if any, changes need to be made for the follow-up protocol. I would recommend that you consider doing the same, and to help you get started here is some information on my Bruise Salve. Any simple salve base will work but here is one that I have used with success.
Basic Simple Salve Recipe
5 parts liquid oil
1 part beeswax
Essential Oils if using
- In a double boiler, gently heat the oil and beeswax until they are melted.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little
- Add the essential oil drops at the appropriate dilution.
Because of their long shelf life, I like to use either jojoba or re-fractionated coconut oil with the beeswax, but there are lots of different options available and any of these can work.
Essential Oils for Bruising Include
Geranium; Lavandin; Lavender; Marjoram; Peppermint and, my absolute favourite, Helichrysum.
My Bruise Salve Recipe
25 ml jojoba
5 ml beeswax pellets
14 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
7 drops Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
I usually only make up a small amount, but if this is something your family uses a lot of, you can certainly make it up in larger amounts. Depending on whether you base your calculations on 20 drops of essential oil in 1 ml; or 30 drops of essential oil in 1 ml, this is a 3.33% or 2.33% dilution. When I am making larger batches I always weigh all my ingredients and work out percentages based on weight, however when I’m only making a small amount I usually just use the formula of 20 drops of essential oil in 1 ml.
This dilution will work well for most small bruises so this is the formula I have on hand, in my fridge, ready to go. However, once I’ve assessed the bruise, if it looks like it is more extensive, covering a larger area I will make up a new blend at a stronger dilution of around 4 – 5% to use for the first couple of days.