Yesterday I gave myself a new opportunity to learn about the oils. You see I slipped on ice and fell and broke my arm. Yes it hurt at the time but not enough to make me run to an emergency room. However this morning I realized that I couldn’t bend or straighten my arm. So after a few x-rays it was confirmed that indeed my arm w as broken. As the doctor was splinting my arm–I asked him to make sure I could get to my elbow area where ther fracture was located so that I could use my essential oils for the swelling, pain and bone healing. He not only complied but wanted to know which oils I was using and could he have one of my business cards so that he could learn more about essential oils.
Bone Healing with Essential Oils
First, think through the cause and type of injury and select oils to address each problem. So for my simple fracture of the head of the radius, these are the oils I have chosen to use.
Helichrysum for pain, swelling and bleeding. I started to use helichrysum almost immediately. This great oil that goes by the common name–Everlasting, it is an excellent anticoagulant, anesthetic, and antispasmodic. It is also a detoxifier, stimulant, regenerates nerves and is a liver protectant.
Lemongrass was my second choice since it helps to regenerate connective tissues and ligaments. It dilates blood vessels, improves circulation, and promotes lymph flow. Lemongrass is high in aldehydes though and may feel warm to the skin–when that happens, simply dilute it with a little vegetable oil.
Peppermint for pain and inflammation. It has great pain-relieving qualities. In addition it is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, a digestive stimulant, and is great for opening up the respiratory passages. I found using peppermint as the last oil helped to drive the other oils in and provided a cooling to the skin.
Wintergreen is a wonderful oil that is 90+% methyl salicylate.Therefore it is a great oil for pain. It is an anticoagulant, antispasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, a vasodilator, and analgesic/anesthetic.
Spruce oil is a great antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, contisone-like and immune stimulant.
Idaho Balsam Fir is another anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory oil. Great fragrance–it’s the Christmas tree smell!
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