Bruise Juice

From "Herbs & Things - Jeanne Rose's Herbal"

+ The recipe!

The Writings of Jeanne Rose

     During my early research, I found in an old herbal, Receipts in Physick and Chirurgery, by Sir Kenelm Digby, 1668, a recipe called "A most precious Ointment for all manner of Aches and Bruises; and also for the Redness of Face."  I proceeded to make this ointment according to the original formula and then made it twice again, slightly enlarging and improving on the formula.  It really is a most precious ointment.  We have used it to relieve the pain of sunburn (and if used throughout the day, even if you skin is fair, it usually prevents sunburn and peeling).  We have used it on bruises to make them heal and disappear more quickly and on all the myriad little wounds, cuts, cat scratches and hurts that a child gets during a day.  We have used it to cure more quickly a bad case of poison oak, and have even heated it as a massage cream for sore aching muscles.

     It is a very handy all-purpose medicine to have in the house.  When applied externally, pain immediately disappears and the healing process seems to be hastened.


Take 2 handfuls each of the fresh botanicals, or 1 handful each of the dried.*



alfalfa leaf

balm (lemon balm leaf)

bay leaf


birch bark

camomile flowers

clary sage

cowslip flower and leaf

dill seed

elder flower



Jerusalem oak seed


lemon peel


marigold flower


mint leaf (spearmint)


myrtle berries




peony leaf and root



rose leaf





sesame seed



St. Johnswort



violet flower

white mint (peppermint)

white pond lily root

white willow bark



         If the botanicals are fresh, stamp them all individually in a stone mortar and cover with a layer of olive oil.  When you have gathered all ingredients together, put them into a large enamel pan.  Cover them with a thin layer of olive oil (about 2 quarts of oil altogether; you can substitute any other oil or lard for the olive) and add 1 quart of May Wine or any other dry white wine.  Cover the pot and simmer gently for 1-3 hours or until the wine has evaporated.  DO NOT LET THE HERBS BOIL.  Strain through a coarse strainer, then a sieve, then through 3 layers of cheesecloth.  This process of straining will take a little time.  Finally put it into a clean glass container and let it quietly settle for a couple of weeks.  Now decant the clear, beautiful, green oil and throw the dregs away.  This all takes time but you will be very satisfied with the result, and this amount of oil will last for a year or more.

*A handful of fresh herbs is about a foot's length of branches or twigs, approximately the amount that you can enclose in your hand.  They should be cut into 1-inch long pieces.  A handful of dried herbs is about 1/3 to 1/2 cupful, depending on the size of your hand.

- From "Herbs & Things - Jeanne Rose's Herbal" 



     We'd like to  thank Jeanne Rose, herbalist/aromatherapist extraordinaire, for generously allowing us to use writings from her many fine books.  Her wisdom is truly a gift to all of us.

     We highly recommend all of the books and classes that she offers.  You can see her teaching schedule, and all other information at her informative site

Address:  Institute Aromatic Studies - 219 Carl Street - San Francisco, CA 94117 / Tel: (415) 564-6785  FAX: (415) 564-6799 /

      Ms. Rose is personally available for both individual and business consultations on many subjects pertaining to Herbs and Aromatherapy.  For more information, please visit the Aromatherapy and Herbal  Consultation and Formulation page at the Jeanne Rose web site. 



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