This herb grows wild in the mountainous regions of Greece, and it’s one of their go-to ancient remedies for nasty bruising.
“Arnica is now the most popular homeopathic remedy worldwide, and it’s phenomenal at preventing and healing bruises -- even after surgery,” says naturopathic physician Pina LoGiudice, co-director of Inner Source Natural Health in Huntington, New York. Arnica is rich in plant compounds that reduce swelling by as much as 30 percent and improve circulation through damaged tissues, boosting the flow of healing nutrients and flushing out pooled blood, German studies show.
You’ll find arnica gel in your local health food store. Gently rub into injured spots up to four times daily.