Herbs for Healing

It will take time to heal a sprain or strain. Herbal remedies greatly assist in healing the affected part and in rebuilding tissue.

    • Rub peppermint oil on the skin for a local anesthetic.

    • Massage the area with a mixture of five drops of essential oils such as thyme, lavender or sage in one tablespoon (15 ml) of almond or olive oil to relieve pain.

    • Rub St John’s wort oil on the affected area to relieve pain and relax muscles and nerves.

    • After 24 hours, apply hot, moist compresses with a calendula salve to absorb the blood from the bruised area.

    • Add five drops each of comfrey and thyme essential oils to a hot bath to stimulate blood flow to the affected area. This will speed healing and repair damaged tissue.

    • The silica contained in horsetail is excellent to help rebuild tissue. Take 15 drops of tincture diluted in water three times daily for a couple of weeks.

    • Curcumin is a herbal extract of turmeric and is as effective as cortisone for anti-inflammatory needs but without the cortisone side-effects. Take 500 mg five times daily.

    • A paste made of fresh crushed eucalyptus or camphor leaves mixed with three whipped egg whites stimulates lymph and blood circulation for quick healing.

    • Use Arnica lotion for mild strains or muscle soreness. Homeopathic Arnica is effective following a sprain or injury from overuse. The pain is worse when using the muscle. Strains and sprains with swelling, bruising and pain usually heal more quickly after several doses of Arnica.

  • Cool, moist applications of clay, fresh cabbage leaves or quark also help reduce inflammation. After inflammation recedes, gentle movement exercises and massage are recommended.
Life is for living. Go for it–stretch your body’s boundaries knowing that if necessary, you can overcome strains and sprains with nutrition and natural healing methods.