Do you ever get out of the shower and notice a nasty bruise and wonder, “where in the world did THAT come from?” We try to retrace our steps over the last couple of days and can’t remember getting bumped or hit. Now there’s an unsightly purple, green, and blue spot. The elderly get those reddish-purple surfaces bruises, usually due to the thinning of aging skin. Wrestlers and boxers get bruises from their matches, baseball players get them from getting hit with the ball, and kids get them on their knees from playing outside. Many stay-at-home moms usually get them from bumping into furniture while cleaning house. Whatever the case may be for you, we all agree that we want them to heal as quickly and as naturally as possible.
Oregano is one of those all-around natural wonders and we use it for a variety of healing purposes from anti-bacterial cleansing to Mediterranean Salve for what ever ails you. While using a dilution of oregano essential oil is a quick approach to making a bruise fade away, some of you may not yet have oregano essential oil. However, you can make oregano tincture at home and it works pretty darned well. You can also create an oregano infused oil with olive oil.
Here’s why oregano works on bruises: Oregano essential oil contains a constituent called sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are analgesic (pain killing), anti-inflammatory, and can calm irritated tissue and skin. Though other essential oils have a higher percentage of sesquiterpenes, oregano has been a popular choice for bruising.
- Fresh Oregano (I use organic, fresh, oregano that is available in the produce section of many prominent grocery stores or your natural foods store)
- Menstruum For Tincture: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s) or Vodka | For Infused Oil: Olive Oil
- Glass jar
- Cutting board
- Removed root system from oregano and crush the plant in several places to release the essence from the leaves.
- Place the plant into the jar and pour with your chosen menstruum until covered.
- Place the lid on tightly and shake well.
- Keep in a cabinet you frequently open each day so you’re reminded to shake each day and do so for 4-6 weeks.
- After 4-6 weeks you can strain the plant out of the tincture/infusion, reserving all that healing essence for your bruises.
Directions for use: Apply a dab of tincture/infusion to your bruises 2-3 times a day until healed. Some people have a skin sensitivity to applying vinegar that often to the skin and some don’t. You can test a patch of skin with vinegar for a couple of days before making your tincture.
For a dilution of oregano essential oil, try a minimum ratio of 1 drop of oregano essential oil to 5mL of fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. Pour these ingredients into a 10mL roller bottle and use for 3-5 days. If the bruise isn’t healing by then you may want to increase the oregano essential oil to 3-5 drops. **These dilution recommendations, and results, may very depending on skin sensitivity and intensity of the bruise.
Caution: Oregano essential oil is a HOT essence. It CAN cause irritation if applied undiluted. Always read product information, supplied by vendors, before using.
Other uses for oregano:
Athlete’s foot, yeast infection, fungal infections, warts, cough, canker sores
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