The following article gives information about bruises and the pain such bring, but at first, my own experience:
- I take a slow release vitamin supplement that is designed specifically to prevent bruising. Its available from health food shops here in Brisbane.The ingredients are: 1000 mg Vit C, 50mg Bioflavonoid, 13.7mg Zinc sulphate monohydrate, 12.5 mg Rutin and 12.5mg Hesperidin.
- The vitamin C assists with collagen formation, Zinc is for healing, regulating muscle response, nervous system transmission and strengthening the connective tissue. The bio flavonoids, ruin and hesperidin help to protect the capillaries. You can take 1-2 tablets a day, I usually take 1 and then up it to 2 a few days before a spanking, and I get very little if any bruising now.
- The other thing you can use is Arnica cream, if you apply this soon after the spanking it will prevent bruising too. This is also readily available at health food shops. It is possible to effectively speed the natural recovery process from this painful condition. As part of our regular newsletter there will be examples of successful alternative treatments.
Increasing the speed of bruise recovery
Bruising results from the release of blood from the capillaries into the tissues under the skin.
The characteristic bluish-black mark on the skin lightens in colour and eventually fades as the
blood is absorbed by the tissues and carried away. Bruising usually occurs as a result of an
injury, but can occasionally be spontaneous and an indication of an allergic reaction, or more
Eat foods high in bioflavonoids, originally called Vitamin P. A bioflavonoids primary job is to
protect the capillaries, keep them strong and to prevent bleeding. Bioflavonoids are also anti-
inflammatory. Lemons, green peppers, broccoli and rose hips are good sources of
bioflavonoids. If taking bioflavonoid supplements, for the best absorption into the body, take
with Vitamin C.
The early Greek herbalists considered St. Johns Wort an effective herb for healing wounds . It
was used to dress sword cuts in the Middle Ages. Modern analysis of the plant has shown the
plant to have antibacterial and astringent properties, both qualities useful in the speedy
healing of cuts and wounds. Externally, either add a few drops of tincture to an organic oil or
cream and gently apply to the bruised area or apply a few drops of the tincture directly to the
skin and allow to soak in. An infusion can be used to bathe wounds, skin sores and bruises.
Internally, take as an infusion or tincture for anxiety, nervous tension, irritability or emotional
upsets. For long-standing nervous tension, take a tincture for at least two months.
is among the oldest herbal remedies for skin problems. Poultices of the fresh leaves
are a traditional home remedy for sprains, bruises and cuts. Comfrey not only promotes the
healing of tissue and bone, but at the same time reduces swelling, effectively speeding up the
healing process. Comfrey’s healing powers have been attributed to its high content of
allantoin, a substance that promotes the growth of tissue, bone and cartilage, both externally
and internally. There is however some controversy over the safety of taking comfrey internally
over a long period. It contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, compounds that are toxic to the liver. So
use liberally in a cream or oil externally on bruised skin.
has traditionally been used for medical purposes as well as for cooking. It has anti-
inflammatory properties, and contains chemicals which can prevent cancer. Applied to bruises
and swelling, macerated cabbage leaves will encourage healing .
has long been valued as a folk remedy for bruises and sprains. It has great pain-
relieving, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Although widely used in forms of pills,
creams and tinctures, it is best reserved for use on the skin. Add a few drops of the tincture to
a cup of water, soak a clean cloth and then apply as part of the bandaging. Alternatively apply
in a cream or make you own liniment*.
*liniment: a warming rub, often made by mixing tinctures with olive, coconut oil or a herbal
is a common garden herb, rich in vitamins and therapeutic properties. Parsley has the
ability to shrink small blood vessels and is helpful in treating piles, broken or thread veins and
bruising. Crush a handful of parsley and apply to bruised area. Repeat regularly with the fresh
herb and the leaves will clear up the black-and-blue marks in a few days.
One could also bathe the area with Witch hazel, which disperses the blood and encourages
healing. Witch hazel is an astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.