Arnica – has pain relieving properties. Add Arnica to salves and ointments. Make a compress of dried arnica flowers. Steep the dried Arnica in hot water for ten minutes. Strain and cool. Soak a face towel in the mixture and apply to the bruise for about 30 minutes.

Comfrey – Comfrey increases the healing of wounds. It also stops bleeding and is soothing. Make a compress by steeping dry comfrey leaves in hot water for 10 minutes. Let it cool down and put the leaves in a cloth on the bruise for up to a hour at a time.

Fenugreek Make a mushy poultice of crushed seed and hot milk for inflammation, ulcers, swollen glands, sciatica and bruises.    Buy/view Fenugreek

Plantain - Common plantain quickly staunches blood flow and encourages the repair of damaged tissue. It may be used instead of comfrey in treating bruises and broken bones.    Buy/view Plantain