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Bruise Cream with Arnica & Bilberry



Bruise cream - Dr. Axe
All of us get bruised every now and then, from the kids taking a fall while playing to simply bumping into that nightstand … ouch! Bruises can be unsightly, and it can seem to take forever to heal bruises. While having a good diet can truly help with the healing process, using natural home remedies can make an even bigger difference.

I want to share my recommendation for the best DIY bruise cream. Try this and watch that bruise fade away.

Let’s start! If you have double boiler, you can use that or simply place a heat safe dish or jar in a pan of hot water. The key here is that we need to soften the skin-healing shea butter so that we can whip it into a nice texture.

Now, place the jojoba oil and shea butter into the double boiler or your heat safe dish and hot water. Bring it to a point where it is getting soft and stir with a whisk so that you continuously blend well.

Once well, blended, transfer to a small mixing bowl.

Next up, add the arnica oil! Arnica has been used since the 1500s to reduce bruising on the body — and it works due to the helenalin, a natural anti-inflammatory agent, within. Not only does it reduce the discoloration of bruising, but it reduces the pain, too, as arnica is commonly used for sore muscles.

We know we can’t go wrong with unrefined coconut oil. Let’s add this to the mixture, while continuing to blend. Coconut oil is great for helping to remove impurities and toxins from the skin and can help heal any damaged or bruised skin.

Have you heard of comfrey oil? It can do wonders for your bruises due to anti-inflammatory properties it contains. The leaf, root and root-like stem are commonly used to make medicine and has been attributed to its high content of allantoin, a substance that promotes new skin cell growth. Add the comfrey oil and continue to stir. I want to note that there are parts of the comfrey plant that are toxic. While comfrey oil should be just fine, make sure you know what you are buying and use in small amounts. 

In the next step we will add the bromelain and bilberry extract. Did you know that bromelain comes from the pineapple? It contains proteolytic enzymes that help reduce the inflammation caused by bruises. For your recipe, just empty the capsule into your mixture. And let’s not forget the amazing bilberry! Bilberry, similar to the blueberry, contains antioxidants that will also reduce the swelling and appearance of bruises.

Now, let’s add some essential oils. Blend the frankincense drops right into the mixture. Frankincense has been used since biblical times and helps reduce pain and inflammation caused by bruising.

Once you have blended these ingredients, slowly add the water and continue to blend well. If you like the mixture thick, simply add less water. Try blending just a little at a time to help get the right consistency. Use as much or as little as you want.

Now that you have blended the ingredients to the consistency that you prefer, transfer the mixture into a glass jar. Use two to three times daily until the bruise has diminished. If you notice any irritation upon use, use less frequently or discontinue use.

You now have an amazing chemical-free bruise cream filled with completely natural ingredients! Depending on how warm it is where you live, you may want to keep it in the refrigerator to help maintain the consistency and just set it out for a few minutes prior to use to allow it soften.

I hope your entire family enjoys the benefits of this useful bruise cream!

Bruise Cream with Arnica & Bilberry

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 10–12 ounces


  • 1/3 cup jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup arnica oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 3–4 drops comfrey oil
  • 1 500 milligram bromelain capsule
  • 1 teaspoon bilberry extract
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1/8–1/4 cup of purified water (based on desired consistency)


  1. Using a double boiler or a heat safe dish or jar in a pan of hot water, add the jojoba oil and shea butter.
  2. Whisk to soften the mixture and blend well.
  3. Once well-blended, transfer to a small mixing bowl.
  4. Add the arnica oil and blend.
  5. Add the coconut oil and blend.
  6. Add the comfrey oil and continue to stir.
  7. Empty the bromelain capsule into the mixture and stir.
  8. Add the bilberry extract and frankincense essential oil. Blend well.
  9. Once you have blended these ingredients, slowly add the water and continue to blend well. Adjust the amount of water to get the consistency you want.
  10. Transfer the mixture into a glass jar.
  11. Keep the container in the refrigerator to help maintain the consistency and just set it out for a few minutes prior to use to allow it soften.

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  1. Elaine V Johnson on

    Hi I love this article, along with your others on essential oils. I was wondering if you would share where to purchase the comfrey oil, bromelain extract and the bilberry extract. I’m looking for the purest form and, if available, organic. Thank you in advance and enlightening your subscribers.

  2. Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti on

    This is what i have been looking for my arthritic right hand. However, where do i get pure shea butter?


  3. Sheila Hollinshed on

    Can I purchase some of these things already made up and I can purchase it. Also can I purchase the book King Medicine Cabinet not the ebook? Ihave had fleas in my body for almost three years and people around me are getting sick as well.I had no pets,but lived in an high rise apartment.I went to the doctor for over two years,and he did not help me. What can I do about this?

  4. Joy on

    The only way I could get Bromeliad was in tablet form. Will they melt into the mixture?? Also, I couldn’t get the comfrey oil locally, so I’m admitting that….and it ended up costing over $70….But if it work; I’m good.

  5. MariaLuisa on

    Thank You for your invaluable service! I also, like another, would like to understand what to do to avoid easy bruising in the first place!
    Plus, in this case, might love to just buy it ready made.
    And, in my experience, I have had shockingly good results with just Virgin Coconut Oil rubbing gently, then I pay it repeatedly, gently.

  6. Amanda on

    Arnica 30c are amazing pellets too. I broke my Goethe other day and have been taking them on and off for 3 days.the bruising looks like it’s nearly healed up. Not to mention the stiffness and soreness, and bruising on my legs and foot. Fell through our baby I was in tears but within ten mins of taking I’m not as sore and then could get up. I’ve used this very often for my kids right after there bumps and bruises. It’s my first go to instead of ice. Honestly take it evrry where. Toddler and a now walking baby. It’s a necessity. But have the arnicare cream or whatever it’s called used it too. I was going about normally the next day. And I wasn’t sore anywhere except those bruises. It’s amazing BC I did that before on a mega block. And nearly splits, crying, hurting all over and in 10mins of taking it was getting off the floor fine headed to the store. I thank God for it!

  7. Janet on

    I may try this, but I would omit the water entirely and use it as a balm. Blending in water will cause it to spoil quickly (even if refridgerated) and a little vitamin E oil will also prolong freshness.

  8. Penny on

    Yes, initially there is stuff to buy, but this recipe looks like it will make quite a bit, and you’re only using it where and when you have pain and bruising, so it will last a long time. Plus you can use all the left over ingredients for so many other things.

  9. Sarah on

    Arnica gel works wonders for bruising and sore muscles. May not get all the benefits from the other oils in this concoction, but I’ve been using arnica gel on\off for 20 years and it amazes me how fast it works!

  10. Susan on

    Sounds interesring, but by the time I purchas all the ingredients, it will cost a small fortune! Is it available for purchase already blended?


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