How to heal a bruise
While the versatility of extra virgin olive oil was widely known in the ancient world, many today tend to only think of olive oil as simply a cooking tool.
Believe it or not, extra virgin olive oil was once highly esteemed for its medicinal benefits. This is no doubt due to «the antioxidant capacity of olive oil’s minor components, such as vitamin E and polyphenols — which have been found to possesses antioxidant characteristics that play a major role in human health.»
In addition to protecting and toning the skin, extra virgin olive oil has been found to soften and soothe bruises and wounds.
The process of healing bruises using extra virgin olive oil consists of four simple steps.
Clean the wound or bruise thoroughly with warm soap and water and pat dry it. Using the same towel or washcloth, use it as a spill guard when applying the oil.
Elevate the areas — external areas such as you arm or legs — and apply a cold compress to the affected area.
Continue to apply the compress at 20 minute intervals (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) until the swelling, redness, or discoloration decreases.
Pour a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil in the palm of your hands, rub them together and apply to the affected area.
Massage gently, yet firmly for several minutes to get the blood flowing and the oil worked into the dermis.
Continue applying olive oil to the affected area up to three times a day until the bruise, wound, or cut heals completely.
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