essential oils for bruisesThe best essential oils for bruises

Do you bruise easily?

I have a friend who is always walking into the corner of her coffee table, and so her lower legs always seem to be black and blue. If this sounds familiar, I have a recipe for you!

Instead of getting rid of your coffee table, just keep a few essential oils for bruises on hand—Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

You’re probably aware of Lavender’s affinity for skin and healing—you can use it for almost any kind of wound (physical or emotional). It helps cells to repair themselves and supports tissues on deep levels. It also reduces inflammation and swelling, which is great for bruises.

Helichrysum is less well-known than Lavender, and yet it’s one of the most potent wound-healing oils I have ever used. It is actually my first choice for bruises, as it helps to heal the bruise so it’s not so long-lasting.

If you put a drop of Helichrysum essential oil on a small cut, you can almost see the wound heal before your eyes! It also prevents scarring. Later on, I will go back and put a drop of Lavender on the cut to continue the healing process.

There are several ways you can use these essential oils for bruises.

I like to make a blend in 1 oz (30 ml) of jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis). Just add 10 drops of Helichrysum and 10 drops of Lavender to the jojoba, and apply gently over your bruise.

Trauma Oil is another carrier oil that would be perfect for healing bruises. Trauma Oil is actually olive oil (or another carrier) infused with three flowers—St. John’s wort, arnica, and calendula. It’s very healing all by itself, but adding Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils is a great way to speed up the healing.

You can also blend the two essential oils directly in a small glass bottle, and then when you get a bruise, just add a drop of your stock blend to a teaspoon of jojoba or Trauma Oil.

If you know you always walk into tables or hit your elbow on the edge of your desk, these are great oils to have around!

Certain essential oils offer us amazing pain relief. When no bruising is present but muscles and joints are sore, we can use aromatherapy massage to reduce pain, soothe muscles, and invite relaxation and healing. I teach some very effective essential oil massage blends on my free webinar, “Reduce Your Clients’ Pain Using Aromatherapy.” Click here come to the webinar and learn to make custom pain relief blends for yourself, friends, family, and clients!


what is jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) seeds and oilI use jojoba in a lot of aromatherapy recipes.

It is so familiar to me, it feels like a friend.

But the other day I heard someone ask, “What is a jojoba?” And I realized that maybe it’s not as familiar to everyone else as it is to me! So I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little about jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis).

We often say “jojoba oil,” but jojoba is actually a liquid wax. So if we say “jojoba wax,” just know that they are the same thing. Because it’s a natural wax, it never goes rancid. It nourishes skin and absorbs well, and it doesn’t stain clothes.

I reach for jojoba wax when I want to make a blend softer—a more creamy body butter, a lip gloss rather than lip balm, a loose oily salt scrub for the shower.

Of course, there are other carrier oils I use (and love!), but jojoba is a great “go to” ingredient.

Jojoba wax has a rich texture, and it doesn’t have much scent . . . which means it doesn’t alter the aroma of the essential oils you blend into it.

Pure, raw jojoba wax closely resembles the natural oil produced by our skin, called sebum, which means our skin reacts well to it. It’s great for even very sensitive skin—including skin that is prone to conditions like eczema and dermatitis.

I interviewed The Jojoba Company a few years ago, and I posted that on my blog. You can find it by clicking here.

So now you know some reasons jojoba is an excellent ingredient to blend with:

  • It never goes rancid.
  • It resembles our skin’s natural oils.
  • It doesn’t significantly change the aroma of your blend
  • It’s great for people with sensitive skin

And that’s why I love jojoba wax. If you use it in your blends, I’m sure you’ll be able to add a few of your own points to the list!


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