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Sprains, strains or bruises – these two plants

have the answer


It always pays off to have certain natural products at home all the time, so they can be of immediate help when needed.

These two plants should be a part of everyone’s natural first-aid kit, as they are essential for treatment of minor injuries.


Arnica – the sprain doctor


One of the most tried-and tested nature’s medicines in our home has always been arnica, a herb with amazing healing properties, which I’ve been using in cream form for years.


Bumper by nature


I don’t know how, but somehow I manage to bump into things on a nearly everyday basis; and when gigging, then it’s a guaranteed ‘bumper’!

Often it’s the metal keyboard stand that ends up thrashing my leg, or my elbow banging the door frame while carrying a bulky amp.

So I often end up with sprains. The same applies to strains – I usually get them from carrying heavy baggage, or lifting a piece of furniture or studio equipment way beyond my capacity.

So that is when I reach out for a tub of arnica. Massaging the cream into the affected area accelerates healing of the tissue and helps prevent further bruising.




A good friend of the little ones


Arnica cream comes especially handy with kids. One can’t exactly expect they’d carry out a risk assessment before going out to play, so having the cream nearby is a good idea and can help soothe all those inevitable knee sprains and head bumps.



Calendula – the skin repairer


The next one on the list is calendula, another powerful healing plant, which I also use in cream form. While arnica is good for internal bruises, calendula is great for small injuries on the surface – little cuts, minor burns, and insect bites.


Fingers which dread central heating


In winter, I tend to suffer from small yet surprisingly painful cracks on the edges of my fingers near the nails, especially thumbs and index fingers.

When the air gets dry due to too much central heating, the skin on my fingers gets very dry too and this leads to these spontaneous cuts. Although they are almost invisible, the pain is a mixture of intense stinging and burning.

But then comes calendula cream to my rescue. I usually do the healing procedure before going to sleep, so the cream can do its healing magic for longer:

I apply a small amount on the cracked finger tops and cover the area with a plaster. The relief from the pain is immediate, as the calendula is highly soothing, and after two or three nights the cracks are usually healed.

It is also satisfying to observe how quickly a minor cut – e.g. from an accidental slip of a knife when preparing food – can heal after an application of a small amount of calendula.


That tiny buzzing nightmare


And for those summer’s nights, when the dreaded tiny sound of a thirsty mosquito enters our dreams, and it is usually too late to escape its vicious needle, then a cooling dab of calendula can come to our rescue, stop the itching, and thus help us get some more sleep (well, at least before the little vampire strikes again).


Stock up – one of each is enough


So, when you can, get yourself a good quality cream of both calendula and arnica – they’ll last for ages and you’ll certainly appreciate what they can do when one really needs it.


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