by A. Grano on August 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am
Accidents happen. From pulling a muscle or scraping a knee, these little mishaps can put a damper on your day – and while they may seem trivial, minor sprains or wounds could lead to a more serious injury or infection if not given a little TLC.
Note: Always seek professional care for severe injuries to determine if diagnostic tests, sutures, antibiotics, or other treatments are necessary.
Bumps & Bruises
Most bruises are not a cause for concern, and result from tiny blood vessels bursting and collecting near the surface of the skin after impact, causing a ‘black or blue’ mark. Discoloration may be accompanied by a slight bump or minor swelling. Do watch for severe swelling and pain, which indicate a sprain or fracture. However, most bruises heal on their own, but natural remedies can help expedite the process.
Try: Filipendula almaria, Magnesium phosphoricum, Symphytum officinale and Matricaria recutita help to heal bruises from the inside out, strengthening tissues and rebuilding cellular and vessel strength below the skin. Bonus: Herbal and homeopathic ingredients provide gentle yet effective relief, soothing pain and lessening inflammation without the risk of side effects.
Sprains & Strains
What’s the difference? Sprains are related to ligament injuries, while strains are related to injuries to muscles or tendons and may require professional care depending on severity. For minor sprains, the old-fashioned RICE method is the best bet for healing – rest, ice, compress, and elevate! Resting allows the injured ligaments to heal, icing for 2 days post-injury for 15-20 minutes at a time eases discomfort and promotes healing, and compression while elevating helps reduce swelling, which slows healing.
Try: For powerful anti-inflammatory relief plus tissue healing properties, try homeopathic Arnica. While helpful for bruises, Magnesium phosphoricum and Symphytum officinale also greatly assist recovery from sports injuries and sprains.
Cuts & Scrapes
For minor cuts and scrapes, cleanse with warm water, apply a natural ointment to prevent infection and soothe the wound, and cover with a bandage during the day. Allow the skin to “breathe” uncovered at night, and never pick at scabs!
Try: Agrimonia eupatoria, a well-known astringent, tightens and constricts tissues to help heal wounds naturally. For a natural, effective first-aid solution, try Calendula officianalis, which also facilitates the healing process by stimulating healthy skin and tissue regeneration.