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By Sonia L. Leiter, Guest Poster
Spring has sprung and in my house that means one thing…sports! I have four children and three of them are currently in sports. My foyer is constantly filled with a mix of cleats, soccer balls and lacrosse gear (and don”t get me started on the mud).
With any sport there is a risk of injury from mild (blisters and bruises) to severe (broken bones and concussion). While serious injuries require medical attention there is a lot you can do at home to alleviate discomfort and speed healing of many sports injuries.
First, remember no matter how tempting it may be, do not pop the blister. Doing so leaves the spot open to infection. You can apply any of the following items directly to the blister to promote healing:
- Aloe Vera gel or juice
- Witch Hazel
- Lavender Oil
- Rescue Remedy
- Boiled and mashed carrots (particularly good if it becomes infected)
- Roasted onion poultice (particularly good if it becomes infected)
Keep blisters covered during the day and during sports to prevent rubbing and damage. Uncover at night to allow it to dry out.
Everyone gets bruises and usually they don”t give you much trouble. But the bruises sustained during sports tend to be larger and far more tender due to the hard and swift contact that often causes them and the prominent locations. Arnica is an effective and popular homeopathic remedy for bruising. You can also speed the healing of bruises by applying any of these to the bruise:
- Compress or poultice of Comfrey
- Vinegar compress
- Macerated and heated bottle of cabbage leaves
- Witch hazel compress
- Roasted onion poultice
- Rescue Remedy
You should also increase intake of vitamin C, bioflavonoids and zinc to heal and strengthen the capillaries.
Cuts and Scrapes
Particularly deep or wide cuts may need medical attention. Use your best judgement. Diluted lemon juice or a small amount of cayenne pepper can be applied to a clean wound to stop bleeding. Direct pressure on the bleeding area will stop the flow of blood (if it does not stop after some time, medical attention may be needed).
The wound should be cleaned to remove dirt, debris and blood. Plain, warm water will usually be sufficient but for added measure of cleansing you can add to the water a few drops of tea tree oil, calendula tincture, myrrh or lavender oil.
To promote healing and prevent infection apply any of these items to the clean and dry wound:
- Aloe vera
- Calendula tincture in water
- Diluted echinacea
- Comfrey ointment
- Witch hazel compress
- Lavender oil
- Tea tree oil
- Geranium oil
- Honey (it”s best to know your source as grocery brands are often cut with corn syrup)
If your child is becoming stressed by the injury or your attempts to clean and dress the wound, apply Rescue Remedy or lavender oil to the temples to promote calming.
Whether the doctor tells you your child has a sprain or you determine it yourself, there are measures you can take to ease discomfort and promote healing. The affected area should be elevated immediately and a cold compress applied. Avoid rubbing or massaging the area as this will increase inflammation. To promote healing from within, increase intake of vitamin C, beta carotene, zinc, vitamin E and selenium. Other measures you can take are:
- A compress of cider vinegar to relieve pain and swelling
- Apply a poultice of raw onions
- A compress of ginger or ginger added to the bath/soak encourages healing
- Chamomile taken internally reduces pain and calms
- A few drops of lavender oil added to the bath/soak or compress
- A compress of sweet marjoram and rosemary can aid healing and reduce inflammation
- Arnica can be taken internally and applied with a cold compress
Whether you”re a soccer mom or a t-ball dad, knowing natural ways to care for sports injuries can go a long way in making this a great season for your child and you.
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Sonia: I’m a boxed-cake-ruiner turned real-food-lover who enjoys creating recipes and finding peace in my kitchen. I have a wonderful husband and four daughters who keep me busy and continuously fuel my desire to live a more natural lifestyle. I love to share what I learn in hopes of helping others improve their health and well-being. I also run a small in-home daycare and am I freelance writer.
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