From the laundry basket of The Homegrown Mama
With a clumsy preschooler and a recently walking toddler, there are lots of boo-boos in our home. And then, their mother who does silly things like slip getting into a pool and bruise her foot all the way to the bone. Like I said, lots of boo-boos.
So right now, in my natural medicine cabinet, Arnica is getting a lot of attention. Either in a cream or a homeopathic pellet, it's been amazingly helpful. Arnica treats bruising, sprains, muscle aches, swelling from bug bites and joint pain. I had originally bought it to help my muscles recover as I participate in the Go Green Get Fit Challenge and it's been great to come in from a workout, take 2 pellets and feel the muscular discomfort slip away. When I slipped in the pool, I really thought I had broken my bone, it hurt so badly. My doctor told me that it would take up to 2 or 3 weeks to heal to the point that I would be able to resume my normal activities. I've been taking Arnica faithfully since last Tuesday... I ran a mile and a half Saturday morning with no pain.
The most awesome recovery so far was Liam's when he flipped off my bed. I gave Liam Arnica every 15 minutes after he fell until he went to bed that night. It was red and purple and swollen when he asked to sleep that night, but there was no sign of any internal damage, so I let him go. The next morning, I anxiously greeted him, assuming there would still be a nasty bruise, even if the swelling had gone down. If I hadn't taken a photo the night before, I would have thought I imagined the whole incident as I could barely see a line on Liam's forehead.
I had the opportunity to interview Peter Gold from the Natural Center for Homeopathy a few months ago and learned so much about the functions of homeopathy. I prefer to use a natural solution for illness where ever possible and with the increasing availability of homeopathics in my area, I'm excited to keep learning about options for healing that don't rely on a lab to create the appropriate chemical concoction.
What are your favorite natural remedies for the inevitable bumps and bruises that come along with life?