Rib pain

Rib pain and clot

Apple cider vinegar compresses

Three times a day, mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with the same amount of water. dipp a clean muslin rag or paper towel into the apple cider vinegar mixture and held it against  bruised ribs firmly for about 15 minutes.

Raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ has traditionally been used to heal bruises. As the bright complexion of anyone who takes apple cider vinegar regularly will testify, it stimulates the blood circulation. In this case, apple cider vinegar helps the body to remove the clotted blood from beneath the skin, both improving the appearance of the bruising and speeding healing.

Epsom salt and lavender oil baths

Normally,  shower to conserve water, so a daily bath for a week felt like absolute luxury. The body absorbs magnesium sulphate through the skin as you soak in an Epsom salts bath, which helps to reduce the inflammation of the bruised ribs. It pays to have Epsom salts in your bathroom cupboard, as they can be bought very cheaply from your local pharmacy or online and are brilliant for soothing all kinds of aches and pains.

add a cupful of Epsom salts to a warm, not hot, bath, along with a couple of drops of lavender oil to promote relaxation of the muscles.


Completely natural and safe, turmeric is one of the most powerful home remedies for the treatment of injuries. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is a potent anti-inflammatory, an effective painkiller and also speeds healing.

Take  a teaspoon of turmeric with a grind of black pepper (piperine, one of the chemicals in ordinary black pepper, enhances the bioavailability of turmeric significantly) in water three times a day.