Healing Oil — The Secrets of Famous Bruise Juice Decoded
by Jeanne Rose

Bruise Juice and Calendula Oil by Jeanne Rose
Bruise Juice & Calendula Oil by Jeanne Rose

History of Bruise Juice – During 1969 I was trying to figure out how to cure my paralyzed shoulder. One source for historical herbal information was the library at the U.C. Medical School. There I found a most fascinating book, “Receipts in Physick and Chirurgery,” by Sir Kenelm Digby, Knight, 1668. There was a recipe for a potent ointment that would heal at a far distance. Well, that was certainly fascinating as it meant if you had an injury in New York I could rub the same place in while in San Francisco and heal your injury 3000 miles away. So I set about collecting the ingredients and spent the next six months working on the formula. Since the receipt itself was so old, the names of many of the herbs were a mystery: such as what in heck was smallage? It turns out the name smallage is simply an old name for Celery seed. So that was not a problem. Also, the ointment was made with ‘herbs in season’. that is, freshly picked botanicals. This meant that I had to start in spring and end at the next spring. I solved this problem by purchasing some dried herbs from Nature’s Herb Company in San Francisco and also using some fresh herbs. The process and original formula is in my book, Herbs & Things that was written in 1969 and published in 1972.

This book is still available and is still a wonderful source of information. Buy it in the month of September and receive a big discount by saving $13 on shipping charges. So the entire amount to send would be only $18.00 www.jeannerose.net

I teach my students how to make both bruise Juice and a truly wonderful Calendula infused oil in my Herbal/Aromatic SPA class given in April of every year. Check out our classes and sign up, you too can learn to take care of yourself and your family with simple herbs and essential oils.

I always use at least 50 – 60 herbs, roots, barks and spices in the Bruise Juice to combat any sort of physical problem. Great for athletes; football, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, rugby and used on all sports injuries Bruise Juice, pick and start work on a waxing moon. Let it drain and bottle on a waning moon.

Neutral Herb

Eliminator Herb

Building/Maintain status Herb

Analgesic – 20%
Relieves pain

Aromatic — 10%Smells good
Feels good

Astringent – 20%Tightens skin or helps reduce discharge

Emollient — 20%Soothing/Healing

Healing — 30%Heals/antifungal/

Aloe vera
Basil California 

Tobacco leaf

Lemon Balm

Bay leaf
Geranium root
Rose petal/leaf
Witch Hazel

Aloe vera
Comfrey leaf/root
Marshmallow leaf Marshmallow root
Slippery Elm
Violet leaf

Aloe vera
*Comfrey leaf/root
Nasturtium Oregano leaf/root

Essential Oils per gallon • Each quart of Bruise Juice contains over 2.5% essential oil and should contain all or some of these oils. Tea Tree essential oil by itself is not effective.

Plai – first aid in all its forms
Litsea – anti-viral (in a combination with Tea Tree 1•9)
Palmarosa – anti-fungal and anti-yeast
Rosemary verbenone - anti-fungal (verbenone) and stimulating
Spikenard – anti-fungal
Tea Tree – mild anti-bacterial and first aid treatment

Some of the herbs that I have used are as follows – of course since this is a Seasonal product, the herbs used depend on the season that we are making the Bruise Juice. Spring Bruise Juice is often greens, leaves and early flowers; Summer Bruise Juice is flowers and lots of herb parts; Fall Bruise Juice is leaves and roots; Winter Bruise Juice is often conifers, seeds and barks.

Angelica archangelica – leaf & stem
Artemisia absinthium – Absinthe leaf
Artemisia arborescens – leaf & stem
Artemisia latiloba - leaf & stem
Artemisia vulgare – leaf & stem
Artichoke leaf – Cynara scolymus
Bougainvillea flowers & leaf
California Poppy flowers
California Fuchsia
Comfrey – flower, leaf & stem
Fennel Seed
Fern (Lady Fern) Athyrium filix-femina
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium
Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica
Foxglove flowers
Giant Sequoia – Sequoiadendron giganteum
Iboza riparia – leaf & stem (anti-microbial)
Lemon Balm – leaf & stem
Marjoram & Yellow Marjoram – Origanum majorana
Marshmallow leaf & stem – Althea officinalis
Matilija Poppy Romneya coulteri – Fried egg flower
Mint leaf & steam of Bergamot mint, Wild mint
Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus –
    flower, leaf & stem
Nicotiana alata Tobacco flower –
    flower, leaf & stem
Pelargonium graveolens – flower & stem
Pelargonium odoratissimum
(Apple & nutmeg)

Healing Symbol

Peppermint leaf & stem
Potato Solanum tuberosum - leaf
Rose eglanteria leaf
Rosemary – leaf & stem
Salvia clevelandii
Pineapple Sage – leaf & stem
Sequoiadendron gigantium – leaf & bark
Spanish mint - leaf & stem
Spearmint – leaf & stem
Strawberry, wild
Violet leaf & stem & flowers
Wisteria flower – W. sinensis
Witch Hazel bark, stems, buds
Woodruff leaf
Yarrow flower & stem (Achillea millefolium)

Bruise Juice is a well-known product developed by Jeanne Rose in 1969. It was written about & described in Herbs & Things, Jeanne Rose’s Herbal – see pages 204-206. Each season of the year, the Bruise Juice is made with the freshest herbs of the season – so Spring Bruise Juice will smell and react a bit different than Summer made or Fall made Bruise Juice. Apply with fingers, cotton ball, t-tip as massage, application or rub. Rub it on gently or firmly, as often as necessary, at least several times per day

Summer 2008 — made Bruise Juice with herbs including
Comfrey leaf – emollient & healing
Yarrow flowers – astringent & healing
Lemon Balm tops – aromatic & antiviral
Mint & Bergamot mint - aromatic
Witch Hazel leaves – astringent
Marshmallow flowers and leaves – healing
Essential Oils of Plai, Lavender & Rosemary

101 Uses for Healing Bruise Juice – externally applied

  1. Aching joints
  2. Aching muscles
  3. Aching shoulders
  4. Acne
  5. Arch pain
  6. Arthritis
  7. Backache
  8. Back pack shoulder pain
  9. Baseball shoulder
  10. Basketball knees
  11. Bath oil
  12. Black eye
  13. Blister
  14. Broken ribs
  15. Broken toe
  16. Bruises
  17. Bug bites
  18. Bunion pain
  19. Bursitis
  20. Carpal tunnel
  21. Cat scratch
  22. Chapped skin
  23. Chronic fatigue muscle rub
  24. Combat injury (minor)
  25. Computer neck
  26. Cuticle oil
  27. Dance ankles
  28. Dandruff
  29. Dog bites or dog bites dog
  30. Earache
  31. Eczema
  32. Fencing cuts
  33. Football injury
  34. Ganglion cyst
  35. Golf elbow
  36. Grappling scuffs


  1. Gymnastics aches
  2. Hemorrhoids
  3. Hiking injury
  4. Horseshoe drops on toe
  5. Hunting injuries
  6. Insect bites
  7. Itches
  8. Itchy skin
  9. Inflammation
  10. Jaguar scratch
  11. Jumping rope burns
  12. Kangaroo bruise
  13. Kite falls on
  14. Labial tear
  15. Lacrosse slash
  16. Lice itch
  17. Massage oil
  18. Menstrual cramps
  19. Morton Neuroma
  20. Nasty pus sores
  21. O’ma’god jumping out
    of that plane hurt
  22. Open cuts
  23. Outdoor injuries
  24. Parachute hurts
  25. PCOS (poly cystic ovary syndrome)
  26. Penis bite
  27. Pets who have hurts
  28. Pinworm itch
  29. Poison Ivy/Oak itch
  30. Polo - those horses can kick
  31. Questionable creature scratches
  32. Quoits
  33. Rectal tear
  34. Refreshing, pick-me-up
  1. Ringworm itch
  2. Rug burns
  3. Rugby injury
  4. Salad dressing (not tasty but edible)
  5. Scalds
  6. Sciatica
  7. Scraped skin
  8. Scratches
  9. Shingles pain
  10. Sinus pain – external
  11. Sports aches
  12. Sprains
  13. Stress-relief
  14. Sunburn
  15. Tennis elbow
  16. Track sprain
  17. Turf toe
  18. Ulna pain
  19. Unicycle sprain
  20. Vibrator ache
  21. Volleyball hand strain
  22. Walking pain in feet
  23. Water sports injuries
  24. Windsurfing wave whacks
  25. Xanthippe (vengeful woman) bite
  26. X-ray burn
  27. Yo-Yo elbow/wrist
  28. Youngster fights
  29. Zebra Kick
  30. Zoo bite
  31. Anything else is just extra

We have many users of the fabulous Bruise Juice with comments and here is one,

“I received the bottle of Bruise Juice. Thank you!! I have been using it by application religiously each morning & evening. It is a wonderful formulation. I love the scent! If you have that scent in a more concentrated formula as a fragrance application I would like to know. Warm regards ... J” In the early days, people used this on salad as dressing but this is the first time that anyone wanted to use it as a scent!

"I gave blood on Saturday.  The tech person poked through the vein and it
immediately swelled bigger than my thumb.  When I got home I put bruise
juice on it, liberally.  There was almost no bruising, and today I can
hardly see it at all.  The other arm they finally got the pint out of is
more bruised that the arm that swelled!  Good stuff!" -- E.T.


Bruise Juice is always good applied on children’s injuries and even when those children grow up to be Warriors.

Bruise Juice Baby, Bryan Moore
Bruise Juice Baby, Bryan L. Moore


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