Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

SPRAIN/STRAIN

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Minor sprains and strains can easily happen any time you fall, twist a limb, or lift something a little too heavy for your muscles to handle. If pain and swelling are minor, these treatments, along with rest, elevation, and a cold pack, may be enough to heal the injury. Be sure to see your doctor if you don’t see an improvement or if the pain gets worse.

Soothing Aloe Vera–Ginger Gel

YIELD: 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: PLASTIC SQUEEZE BOTTLE
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Think of the aloe vera in this treatment as a vehicle for delivering the warming, pain-relieving ingredients from the ginger deep into injured tissues. If you have no ginger essential oil on hand, use peppermint instead.

1 (8-ounce) bottle alcohol-free aloe vera gel

1 teaspoon ginger essential oil

1.In a large bowl, combine the aloe vera gel and ginger essential oil. With a whisk, stir well to blend.

2.Using a funnel, transfer the gel to a plastic squeeze bottle.

3.Apply a teaspoon of gel to the injured area. Massage gently.

4.Repeat 2 to 3 times daily. Refrigerate between uses.

Peppermint–Arnica Salve

YIELD: ABOUT 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Peppermint and arnica combine to penetrate injured tissue, easing pain and swelling. Use ginger essential oil if you have no peppermint on hand.

3 ounces coconut oil

3 ounces organic olive oil

1 ounce beeswax, grated

1 teaspoon arnica essential oil

1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil

1.In a double boiler, combine the coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax.

2.Stir gently over low heat until the beeswax melts completely.

3.Remove from the heat and cool for 2 minutes.

4.Add the arnica and peppermint essential oils.

5.Pour into a jar or tin and cool completely before capping tightly.

6.Apply a thin layer of salve to the injured area, massaging gently.

7.Use 2 to 3 times daily while recovering. Store in a cool, dark place between uses.

Quick Arnica–Sage Liniment

YIELD: 1 PINT
STORAGE: DARK-COLORED GLASS BOTTLE OR JAR
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Liniments made with fresh herbs take weeks to mature. This remedy is a quick one that can be used the same day it is mixed. The secret lies in the essential oils. Both arnica and sage penetrate deeply, delivering some relief from discomfort while encouraging damaged tissue to heal.

1 pint rubbing alcohol, vodka, or everclear

1 teaspoon arnica essential oil

1 teaspoon sage essential oil

1.In a glass bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all of the ingredients.

2.Shake well before each use.

3.With a cotton pad or soft cloth, apply a thin layer of liniment to the affected area.

4.Allow the liniment to evaporate before dressing.

5.Apply 2 to 3 times daily while recuperating from a sprain or strain. Use it alone for minor injuries or alongside pain medication and other therapies.