PROPER RECOVERY FROM SPORTS INJURIES

Recovery sport injuries
Recovery sports injuries

PROPER RECOVERY FROM SPORTS INJURIES

 
 

I am in favour of a lot of active exercise. It gives you a natural high and, of course, a bunch of health benefits. Bones and tendons become firmer, muscles thicker and your joints more flexible. And – not unimportantly – it is good for your skin. A wonderful extra which, as a natural skincare specialist, I greatly appreciate. Win-win-win.

“Sweating contributes to having radiant skin,
because it enables all kinds of harmful substances to leave the body.”

Twisted ankle, whiplash, tennis elbow, twisted knee, bruises, brain injury. A not-so-pleasant list of common sports injuries. These injuries can be caused by, for example, uncontrolled movements, over-training and falling. By the way, the least injury-sensitive sport is swimming.

For those injuries, one plant in particular, is very effective. A medicinal plant that likes to grow at high altitudes.

SPORTS INJURY HERO: ARNICA MONTANA

Arnica grows preferably in Alpine meadows in Central and Southern Europe. The orange-yellow flowers look fragile. But don’t judge a book by its cover, because arnica is strong and can withstand strong mountain winds. It is a protected plant, so picking it in the wild is highly inappropriate. And be beware: arnica should only be used on intact skin and not in the eye and mouth areas.

 
 
Recovery sport injuries

“Arnica has a restorative and relaxing effect on joints and muscles.”

PRETTY ARNICA FACTS

Effects: promotes the resorption of bruises, reduces swelling, increases blood flow, anti-inflammatory, (nerve) pain relieving, warms/restores and relaxes muscles.
Indications: bruises, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing, superficial phlebitis, joint pain, inflammation from insect bites, and swelling from broken bones.

HOW TO USE ARNICA

Arnica Tincture: External use:
– 1 part tincture to 3 to 10 parts water.
– Soak compress with it.
– Apply the compress to the painful area.
Arnica Oil: External use:
Apply the oil to the painful areas.
Arnica oil can also be used as a massage oil for tired and strained muscles.
Arnica ointment: External use:
Apply the ointment to the painful areas.

Source: Dr. Geert Verhelst