My 12 year old son sprained his second toe playing frisbee. The first night I did an apple cider vinegar wrap since that usually brings significant relief overnight. However, the next day the toe seemed no better.
Then I remembered I had some Arnica/Comfrey Tincture. I had him apply it liberally to his toe before bed the next night.
He woke up with significant improvement.
Last night he asked for a comfrey tincture poultice, so I doused a piece of old t shirt with the tincture and wrapped his toe.
This morning he is doing well. Not 100%, but able to wear his boots as the swelling has subsided.
I made that particular tincture in the first place because I want to use it as a base for magnesium oil.
I have been using magnesium oil that has been made with magnesium flakes and vodka instead of magnesium flakes and water since it is less sticky with the vodka. (Thanks for that tip, Art! )
I thought, "Why not make magnesium oil with a vodka that is actually a tincture of herbs that is useful for muscle and joint pain?" I haven't gotten around to making my comfrey/arnica magnesium oil yet, but meanwhile, the comfrey arnica tincture is quite useful!
Here is how I did it:
I filled a mason jar about 1/3 full of dried arnica flowers. Then I added about 1/3 of the jar worth of loosely packed dried comfrey leaves. I poured vodka over the dry herbs to cover plus about an inch and let it sit for 6 weeks. (It may have been much longer, actually. 2 weeks would have been enough, though I think 6 is better.)
I strained out the plant material through a coffee filter and labeled my jar, "arnica/comfrey tincture."
By the way, while many herbal tinctures in vodka are meant for internal use, arnica is not to be taken internally. So this tincture is not for internal use.
~Mama to Many~
Calcium Bentonite Clay for Sprains
Calcium bentonite clay mud thickly applied and wrapped with plastic wrap is awesome! It quickly reduces pain and speeds healing. The mud needs to be at least 1/2 inch thick and covered with plastic wrap to stay moist. You don't want it to dry out. Putting a brace or wrap loosely over it also helps because stabilizing the joint helps support it and helps it heal faster.
Hello! I just discovered the amazing healing qualities of castor oil and thought I share my story...
My husband and I went to concert Friday night, where I danced my butt off and severely strained both my calf muscles (although I didn't know it at the time). For the next two days I was in a lot of pain and could hardly walk. I have to say, I found this rather comical--albeit a bit embarrassing--to discover that I can no longer shake it like I used it!
Anyway, last night I had the intuitive guidance to massage castor oil into my calves and lo-and-behold the difference straight away was utterly amazing! I did it again before bed, and then this morning before getting up, and although my calves are still a bit sore, they feel so much more comfortable, and I can pretty much walk normal again! I am completely blown away by how effective castor oil is at relieving muscle strain! Crazy-awesome-cool!
I plan to make an infused oil with healing herbs to have on hand to treat muscle and joint problems, which should help with recovery even more. Will probably make a warming balm as well.
Anyway, that's my experience with castor oil. Amazing stuff! Cheers
I had a broken ankle in the 70's that wouldn't show up on Xray, my ligaments were torn from continuous spraining that finally, in the 80's had an operation to fix cause newer Xrays showed a fracture, but ligaments would not heal, kept getting casts.
I heard of Comfrey Root applying it as a poultice. Comfrey Root is called a bone knitter, wound healer, etc. I have never had another sprain now for forty years. My father in law used it for his gums, rinsing with comfrey tea after his teeth were removed for dentures. His doctor said he has never seen gums heal so fast in his life.
While living in Peru, I sprained my ankle. Sweet little ladies took me to their home, whipped up some egg whites and slathered the “merengue” all over my ankle and wrapped it in a paper towel. (They actually made the “paper towel” by rubbing paper between their hands until it was soft, and then pricking it with a fork). As the white prickled and popped like rice crispies, the swelling went down. Finally, when the paper was touching my skin, the swelling had gone down completely. I'm not sure about the salt, it most likely was in the whipped whites, but I can attest that this egg white remedy works wonders.
Egg Whites and Salt
BEATEN EGG WHITES AND SALT MIXTURE PLUS ACV FOR SPRAIN
Yesterday afternoon I sprained my right foot and it was paining like mad! I looked for cures on EC (I am EC biggest fan! ) and found a few cures. Not knowing which one to apply, I decided to use all 3 together! I drank 2 TBLsp of ACV then soaked a cotton-wool strip in ACV and covered the area with it for about 20 min. I then applied a mixture of 1 beaten eggwhite with a tsp of salt to the foot. Reapplying every 10-15 min until all used up. My hubby then covered my foot with a strip of ACV-soaked-cotton-wool and covered it with an old sock at bedtime. I woke up this morning nearly pain-free. I would say 70% better! Last night I couldn't touch or stand on the foot and now I could move and walk on it! Thanks to all you guys and the granny from 1888!
Egg Whites and Salt
My Grandmother, borne in 1888, used beaten egg whites and salt on my sprained ankle. She slathered it all over my badly swollen ankle and in two days, I was walking on it, like normal. It was an ugly sprain and I can only attribute it to Grandma. I recently took a big digger, and the only thing that took down the swelling - salt and egg whites. As the egg whites dry, rub off the salt and 'hit 'er', again'. It's also very cooling.
The very best remedy for a sprained ankle (and other foot pains) in my family, is from Pete Egoscue's book: lying down on the floor (on a rug or blanket) next to the couch, putting your feet up on the couch so that your body forms right angles at your hips and knees. Usually, about 45 minutes does wonders. Take a book to read or watch a video so as not to get bored!!
Ankle sprain - torn ligament
So I slipped down a hole unexpectedly. After the initial shock (tapped EFT-style - even though I am in shock, I deeply accept myself and the situation) I realised that I could still move my ankle and wouldn't necessarily have to call the coast guard. I remembered films about people dragging their broken legs down mountains/cutting off their own arms and remembered that I was only half a mile from the nearest house, hardly in a remote or extreme situation. I could even see people in the distance so I sat and let myself recover for a bit. I also had a phone and got some basic information about sprains. There was clearly damage - I elevated the foot for a few minutes, gingerly testing what I could or could not move. Then I remembered all the bombing in Syria and the recent earthquake victims in Italy, and how people have far worse injuries that this and not because they are stupid enough to walk on coarse paths in sandals, and I garnered sufficient courage to limp back to the car. It was quite painful, and it wasn't the best thing to do unassisted, but I drove to A&E where I had to park what seemed to be miles from the entrance, and they couldn't lend me a crutch!
Anyway, after 4 hours I was given an X-ray and an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon who said DO NOT DO ANY EXERCISE, WEAR THIS BIG BOOT OR I WILL WRAP IT IN PLASTER. He reckoned after 4 weeks I might either be healed or need surgery. So I Earth-cliniced and read a lot about sprains and tried essential oils (no good), tiger balm (no good) and arnica (no good). I also checked out Louise Hay's healing affirmations (I am confident in my inner healer/my body is perfect whole and complete etc). Eventually I tried the grape cure (spread split-open grapes all over swollen/painful area, bind up and sleep) which brought the swelling right down - maybe it was the grapes, or maybe just the time - it was 6 days after the initial injury. Some areas are still hot, however, so after 2 nights of grape-foot, now arnica gel mixed with peppermint essential oil is soothing, cooling and absolutely lovely for the foot.
I am on the road to recovery and feel confident that in a few weeks I will be taking off the boot and going for physio and not surgery. Fingers crossed. So, now I am feeling quite buoyant, but for a few days did find there was a whole lot of emotion coming up - all sorts of things, old injuries, memories of my parents' ankle injuries, a sense of shame that I haven't cared for myself when I could have, that I have taken for granted my own good health and not paid much respect to my inner healer/the amazing natural, inherent drive to repair disease in spite of the mental palava that so often gets in the way. I was having a dispute with someone which was upsetting me, far more than it should have, and this has helped me to get a sense of priority - what has been so important to me is the kindness offered all the time by strangers and colleagues, and the love and concern from others who are good enough to give me time and support. So I am still wearing the big boot and using crutches but the swelling is greatly reduced after 8 days. Who knows what miracles will happen in the next 20?
While on the subject of cures, I want to tell you about the grape cure as my mother calls it. If you suffer from a twisted or sprained ankle or wrist, you crush grapes and wrap in towels covered with plastic overnight. I have used this one countless times and the results are miraculous.
Friends of mine have come off crutches the next day! You must be cautious however because it does not heal broken bones but may confuse you because of the immediate pain relief. almost.
Here's what I use for repairing damaged soft tissue: Mix a tea of Arnica & White Willow (to remove microclots and provide pain relief), Comfrey & Plantain (contains allantoin to increase the fibroblast activity and lay down reparative collagen), Witch Hazel (to maintain suppleness of muscle fibers so area is not over worked), Thyme (to increase circulation), Vitamin C (to support collagen formation), Peppermint (soothing). Then coat the knee or ankle or elbow or what ever with the tea three times per day for two to three weeks. This way, the healing continues long after the initial inflamation and pain are gone and you get a more complete recovery. This Bruise Strain and Tear Repair can also be gotten from an online place called Nature's Rite, but I just make it myself.
(Playa Del Rey)
(Playa Del Rey)
What helped me get through the first week of what I thought was a stubbed toe was, the ice water, castor oil and bentonite clay. These were products available at home brought temporary relief. I thought because I could walk that toe was not broke. However about the third day I had to stand on it most of the day and the pain seem to worsen. I did a little toe pressure and felt it, click, click, click in and out of place. I continue with castor oil and added iodine. Now it is about the six week and I feel that my toe is almost back to normal. There is not a lot of pain when over worked any more and it no longer clicks. Thanks for your help EC.
I tried the ACV for my sprained ankle and it did not do anything. Instead I iced and massaged with oil, which made it much better within a few days.
Please never stop this website. It has helped me with everything I look up.
For ankle sprain, arnica gel, helichrysum, apple cider vinegar, dmso, all work! Bless you
Plantain is also excellent for bee stings, just crush the leaf up by rolling it between your fingers (traditionally it was suggested to crush it by chewing it a little mixing it with saliva to apply as compress) so that it's damp and wet, you'll definitely notice when you've bruised it enough, then rub over the bee sting or mosquito bite. Very effective and works quickly. When I was visiting Lancaster, Penn a man there told me the Amish harvest plantain by the bushels to make compresses and other applications to be used for tendonitis, arthritis; I had a sprained knee at the time and I did rub the plantain leaf on my left knee as many times a day as I thought to, probably 3, 4 or 5 times ....within a couple weeks I was completely out of my knee brace. People will think you're nuts as I have had many people snicker at me as I'm constantly picking plantain and rubbing it on either a bug bite or tennis elbow area.
EC: More about Ribwort Plantain here: https://www.earthclinic.com/herbs/ribwort-plantain.html