There it is – a vivid red, yellow and purple bruise for everyone to see! Or maybe you became a feast for mosquitos on your summer camping trip and your arms and legs are covered with itchy, red welts. Luckily there is a natural way to get rid of bruises and insect bites quickly with arnica gel or lotion. Arnica, a member of the sunflower family, has been used for centuries to reduce swelling, pain, inflammation and bruising when applied to the affected area. The plant is toxic when taken internally, but safe in homeopathic commercial preparations when used topically. As with any plant, some people may be allergic to arnica and should discontinue use if symptoms worsen.