Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Home remedies and treatment for foot, back, knee bruises and sprains

I have been testing all kinds of natural, home remedies for a while now. Largely, because I am sick of allopathic medication and its side effects. Here, I have put down some remedies that I have found help heal a sprain. Note: This is a compilation of remedies that have been handed down my mom, grand mom, aunts, sisters etc, doctors, and also include remedies that I have read about and tried out.

The first thing you can do when you have a bruise or a sprain is to apply ice to the affected area be it your knee, foot, back, or knee. Very often, a ligament tear feels like a sprain and application of heat or rubbing in pain alleviating gels can increase internal bleeding. It's safer to go with ice. You can wrap ice cubes in a cloth or a towel and wrap it around the bruised area or you can place any other frozen food packet that is handy at the moment.

Cold compresses are a good idea for any kind of sprains or bruises. You can also apply rosemary oil or tincture of arnica. Mix a few drops (8-10) of arnica in cold water and apply as compress on the affected area.

Essential oils also help alleviate pain and reduce swelling in sprains. You can add a few drops of essential oils such as thyme, sage, marigold or lavender to any other base oil such as sunflower oil and apply to the sprained ankle, back or knee. Another option is to add a few drops of essential oil and epsom sals in warm water and soak the affected part.


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