Use Arnica Cream for bruising & sports injuries too
Arnica has been known to be a healing herb for centuries.
Cream for Aches and Pains
As a cream, Arnica is primarily used to treat sprains and strains and muscular aches and soreness. It also works marvellously to disperse bruising.
Use Arnica on sore muscles caused by working, lifting or from sport.
Arnica Cream for Inflammation
The active ingredients in Arnica cream promote tissue healing, reduce swelling, and inflammation, and ease pain. It's also frequently used to soothe pains in the joints related to arthritis and to ease tired, sore, overworked muscles.
Arnica has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great pain reliever.
Arnica dissolves the impurities and stickiness in the blood, thus dissolving any areas of blockage around injuries.
Arnica cream can be used for
sore back pain
lower back pain
inflammation of arthritic joints
joint swelling due to injuries, over exertion or arthritis
Arnica is safe for children, adults, seniors and sports people. It is increasing used after accidents and surgery including orthopedic and plastic surgery. Arnica relieves inflammation and bruising and speeds recovery.
DO NOT use Arnica on open wounds or broken skin.
DO NOT take Arnica cream internally.
Homeopathic Arnica is safe to take internally as it has been greatly diluted.
Arnica has had wide recognition and has been regulated as a drug by the FDA (US) since 1938 and has had no reported drug interactions.
Anecdote about Arnica
My Mum had a bad fall when she was in a Nursing home. She honestly looked like a Panda bear. She was covered in bruises all over her face, arms and body. I gave her homeopathic Arnica and her bruising healed in a remarkably short time, much to the amazement of the nursing staff. Arnica cream would have eased the bruising too only would have been more awkward in her situation and the extensive area of bruising.
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Flowers share with us their gentle, healing vibrations
Major Flower Essences for Emergency
Flower essences or remedies help correct emotional imbalances.
Bach Rescue Remedy is a well known group of flower remedies that are tried and tested to helps us recover in times of stress. This can be as simple as staying calm during a busy day at work, when we are depressed or when a major event happens in our lives.
Bach Rescue Remedy now comes in drops, pastilles, cream or spray. They are easy to carry around with us ready for when they are needed.
Australian Bush Flower Essences have a group of essences called Emergency Essence from the flowers of Australian bush flowers that help address the emotions of panic, distress and fear. Certain flower essences are there to help us in an emergency during times of stress. Take as drops under the tongue.
My Heartsong Survival Remedy is made from flower essences and tinctures and crystal energy. This has been proven to work countless times in times of trouble.
This remedy addresses the physical as well as the emotional. It is great in times of emotional stress. It is also fantastic for headaches, pain, coughs, sneezing, colds, or when you just feel as though you are going down with the flu.
Take a few drops under your tongue. Often the results will come quickly.
My Heartsong Survival Remedy is also made in a cream which works well. The cream has helped people with back pain, severe acne, leg cramps and arthritic pain and much more.
Contact me if you would like any of these remedies.
Alkaloids in Potatoes and Tomatoes
Last time I wrote about alkaloids in certain members of the vegetable family that may affect people with arthritis. Catch up here.
Cooking Alters Alkaloids
Now here is the good news. If you cook these vegetables - potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant or peppers, then this destroys 40-50% of the alkaloids. So my Mum was able to get away a little bit with eating the tomatoes in her soup as they had been cooked. Raw tomatoes would have been much worse for her.
An easy way to tell if the potatoes in your cupboard are likely to have excess alkaloid in them is to check if they are green or sprouting. Always remove sprouted areas before cooking and if there are lots of sprouts on a potato then throw it away or plant it in your garden. This way you can grow your own fresh potatoes for the rest of your family in six months.
Tobacco, although not a nightshade, has alkaloids in it. Remember that the next time you light up a cigarette, especially if you have arthritis.
There is a substance in the Solanaceae family of plants that blocks activity in an enzyme in nerve cells. This can affect the nervous system control of muscle movement and you can get twitching, trembling and paralysed breathing or convulsions.
Inflammation and Arthritis
The joints can become inflamed after eating potatoes and/or tomatoes or capsicum and is recommended to eliminate any member of this family group of plants from your diet if you suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other joint problems like gout.
Some nervous system problems are Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Diabetes, Depression and Anxiety.
Sweet potato does not belong to the same family as potatoes so you may be able to substitute this for potatoes. If you are affected by tomatoes, then think of all the things tomatoes are in – tomato sauce, pizza sauce, tomato paste, tomato soup.
Potatoes and Arthritis - an Old Wives Tale?
Have you ever heard of not eating potatoes or tomatoes if you have arthritis? Is it an old wives tale? Would you stop eating potatoes or tomatoes if they made your arthritis worse?
Lots of serious questions to ponder.
A Personal Tale of Arthritis
My Mum had very bad arthritis. She had heard this ‘old wives tale’ and looked for a correlation between when she ate tomatoes – she grew her own in a big veggie garden in the backyard – and the pains of her arthritis.
She did find a correlation so very reluctantly decided that she would no longer be able to eat these beautiful, round, red fruit. She went through a long period of grief about this.
It's Only a Little Bit
One day when I was visiting, we had some homemade vegetable soup. Mum always had soup ready to eat. ‘What’s this?’ I said. ‘There’s tomato in this.’
‘Oh, only a little bit,’ she said.’ I had to do something with them. I couldn’t waste those lovely tomatoes.’
‘But Mum, they’re tomatoes!’ I said. ‘You know they make your pains worse.’ She shut her lips tightly and I knew the subject was closed.
The next day I innocently asked her how her legs and hands had been through the night.
‘Dreadful,’ she replied. ‘The pains in my hands made me cry.’ This was a common answer to my question.
Some days later I talked to her again about how the tomatoes made her arthritis worse. Yes, she could agree with that.
’Well,’ I said, ‘why do you put tomato in your soup?’
‘Oh, but you can’t see it’, she said.’ It’s only a little bit.’
The Potato Family
Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, capsicum, bell peppers (lots of different names for the same thing, depending on where you live), eggplant, paprika and cayenne pepper all belong to the same family of plants.
Alkaloids, Arthritis and Tomatoes and Potatoes
All these plants have a natural chemical in them called an alkaloid. These can have an effect on our nerve/muscle function. Alkaloids are designed by nature to protect the plants that contain them from being eaten by insects.
Very sensitive people are affected by these alkaloids while others with arthritis may not be. Just like with allergies, some people are affected and others are not.
To see if you are affected by this family of vegetables containing alkaloids, eliminate all of them from your diet for a few weeks. Watch the symptoms of your arthritis and see if the pains subside. If they do, then, if you want to find out which specific vegetable affects you the most, introduce your favourite vegetable one at a time. Have it 2 or 3 times in a week. If there is no reaction, try it again the next week.
If there is no reaction, then on the third week you can try out another of this vegetable family. Continue this till you find one that affects you. It goes without saying that if the arthritic pains worsen considerably when you reintroduce one of these vegetables, then stop eating it and wait for the pains to ease.
Continued in the next blog
Other articles about Arthritis http://www.allergiesandcfs.com/1/post/2012/04/is-there-a-link-between-asthma-and-arthritis.html
Tai Chi has been proven to be good for your health.
In a recent study the practice by older adults was shown to increase the size of the brain.
Tai Chi has also been proven to benefit people with Arthritis and Diabetes. It can also help people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Tai Chi is a low impact form of movement that people practice to their ability. Tai Chi can also be practised by people confined to a chair.
Tai Chi opens up the meridians or energy channels of the body and allows the energy in the body to flow more easily. When we are unwell the energy channels are blocked. With daily practice these energy channels can open and we feel more open, more flowing, more free from pain.
8 Reasons people do Tai Chi
Tai Chi students come from all walks of life. They come for all sorts of reasons.
They want to :-
be more flexible physically
improve their body so that they are free of pain
learn to walk again
get help with Parkinson's disease
learn to relax
meet like minded people
improve their co-ordination
Daily practice of Tai Chi improves our health. Have you thought of doing Tai Chi?
A link between asthma and arthritis you say? But these are two totally different illness. Well, scientists today have found a link between these two different diseases. It is Inflammation - heat, redness and swelling. Other inflammatory illnesses are hepatitis, dermatitis, tonsillitis. Itis is on the end of each of these words. It means inflammation.
If you have read some of my previous blogs you will have noticed how I suggest using food for health. A connection has been made by nutritionists and scientists between deep fried fatty foods and inflammation. If you have any sort of inflammation, their recommendation is NOT to eat deep fried fatty foods.
So when your arthritis is playing up, do not have fish and chips for dinner or any other deep fried or fatty foods. Remember also that just a little bit of these foods is not alright when you have any sort of inflammation - that is heat, redness, swelling.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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