When someone develops a black eye or an under-eye bruise, the main concern is how long it will last. After all; a black eye looks unsightly and is also difficult to hide. Whatever may be the reason behind your black eye, rest assured that you can heal it in a short period of time. Most black eye cases resolve on their own within 2-3 days. However, you can further expedite the healing by using the following remedies to get rid of a black eye overnight.
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1. Cool compress
The best thing to use on bruises of any kind, especially a black eye, is a cold compress. Apply some ice to the injury as soon as it occurs and leave it on the bruise for at least 10 minutes. You can wrap up the ice in a soft clean cloth or a kerchief to prevent numbness. In case you do not have ice, you may also use frozen vegetable packet. To prevent the surrounding skin from becoming numb, keep moving the ice/cold compress over the injured area. The cold reduces swelling and pain and shrinks the blood vessels back to their original size.
2. Take vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that speeds up healing. To heal your black eye bruise overnight, take at least 1000 mg of vitamin C. You can also keep sipping lemon juice throughout the day. Do increase your intake of citrusy fruits and vegetables like strawberries, kiwis, oranges, peppers etc.
3. Aloe Vera
A black eye that lasts for a long time indicates broken blood vessels under the skin that continue seeping blood into the tissues. This leads to a blackish bluish appearance. Aloe Vera gel helps soothe the skin and reduces inflammation. It is one of the best home remedies to get rid of a black eye overnight. Continue applying Aloe Vera gel or lotion 3-4 times a day to the injured area.
4. Bilberry extracts
Bilberry extracts contain anthocyanides which are powerful antioxidants that can heal the skin quickly. You can take a standardized dose of 160 mg of bilberry extract pills per day.
Arnica is a homeopathic/herbal remedy prescribed by surgeons to patients about to undergo surgical procedures. Taking Arnica before the surgery facilitates healing of wounds/scars. Take 2 pills of Arnica of 30C potency to relieve pain and heal the black eye quickly. You can also buy Arnica gel or cream which is readily available over the counter. Apply a thin layer of the cream around the eye to lighten the bluish-black color.
6. Vitamin K cream
Vitamin K is very important to heal injuries and bruises. You can eat a diet rich in Vitamin K foods like green leafy vegetables, broccoli, fermented dairy and prunes etc. Also apply vitamin K cream to the black eye to speed up healing.
7. Epsom salt compress
Mix a bit of Epsom salts in a cup of warm water. Soak a clean flannel cloth in it and wring out excess water. Dab the cloth on the eye and press gently. Keep the compress on your eyes for a few minutes. Repeat application a few times a day to heal the black eye quickly.
8. Apple cider vinegar
Soak a cotton ball in organic apple cider vinegar. Apply the cotton on the affected eye. Apple cider vinegar fights inflammation and reduces pain. Use this remedy several times a day for 2-3 days or until the bruising fades completely.
9. Tea bags
This remedy can heal black eye overnight and you can use it in place of ice or cold compress mentioned above. Boil a cup of water and add a tea bag (any tea bag works, though black tea or herbal green teas are best). Let the bag steep in for a few minutes. Now apply the warm bag to the affected eye. Keep it on for 10 minutes.
Apply pure butter (not margarine) to the black eye as soon as you get injured. This will prevent blackish-bluish bruise and heal the eye overnight. Cold butter works best as it reduces swelling.
11. Castor oil
Apply castor oil around the purple-blue-black eye and leave it on overnight. By morning, your bruise would have faded or at least lightened considerably.
12. Essential oils
Many essential oils are known to lighten and fade a black eye overnight. Lavender oil is the best as it heals and soothes the skin quickly. Dab undiluted lavender oil all over the wound and leave it on overnight. It is important to use pure essential oil only. Test the oil on a small area of your skin to ensure you are not allergic to it. Geranium oil also works well for black eye and other bruises and injuries.
13. Bromelain extracts (Pineapple)
Eat plenty of pineapples and papayas which are rich in bromelain-a compound that can facilitate healing.
14. Turmeric capsules
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and heals wounds and bruises quickly. Increase your intake of turmeric when you are suffering from black eye. Take 2-3 capsules of 500 mg per day daily to get rid of black eye quickly.
15. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is astringent in nature and helps soothe and heal bruises quickly. It contains natural salicytate compounds that heal pain and inflammation. Apply witch hazel on the eye bruise 3-4 times a day to heal the black eye overnight.
The next time you get a black eye, try these home remedies to get rid of it overnight.