Black eye • Natural home treatment

A black eye refers to the bruising around an injury near the eye, which is caused by broken blood vessels under the skin’s surface.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Blurry vision
  • Bruising around one eye following an injury
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Pain
  • Swelling

MEDICAL FIRST AID

Apply an ice pack to the bruised area every couple of hours for ten minutes.  Don’t put pressure over the eye area; just let it rest loosely.  Never put ice directly on a wound.  Use a bag or cloth between the ice and your skin. If you don’t have ice, use a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth. The sooner you treat a black eye, the more likely the treatment will work; try to start treatment before the injured area turns color.

SELF TREATMENT

The suggestions below are self-treatments that others have found helpful for this condition and are offered as information for your further research.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Pineapple or pineapple juice
  • Papaya or papaya juice

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Bilberry extract
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Calendula—cooled tea compress for a few minutes

ESSENTIAL OILS

Add a few drops of any of the essential oils below to a natural  ointment or to coconut oil and dab on the bruised area, keeping the oils out of your eyes. Avoid irritating your skin by not overdoing.

  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Bromelain
  • Extra Vitamin C

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apply Aloe Vera.
  • Apply chilled tea bags for 15 minutes several times a day.
  • Apply crushed pineapple to the area.
  • Apply cucumber slices to the affected area.
  • Apply papaya pulp to the affected area.
  • Apply raw potato to the affected area for 15 minutes.
  • Apply warm compresses to the eye after a couple days. Do this several times a day.
  • Apply witch hazel to the bruised area, keeping it out of your eyes.
  • If you don’t have ice to apply right away, put some spoons in the freezer and use them when they are cold.
  • Take some Arnica tablets (homeopathic first aid remedy) to relieve swelling and reduce bruising.
  • Very gently massage the area around the discoloration (but not on it).

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

  • Don’t blow your nose, which creates pressure.
  • Don’t take aspirin for pain; it may cause more internal bleeding.

If you have any of the following symptoms, visit a doctor immediately

  • Behavioral changes
  • Bleeding ears or nose
  • Dizziness
  • Inability to move your eye
  • Vomiting

PREVENTION

  • Wear safety glasses when needed.
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