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A-Z of Sports and Dance Injuries-3

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A nerve disorder in the hands and arms. Massage both hands, arms and shoulders twice a day with:

 Marjoram 10 drops 
 Lavender 10 drops
 Eucalyptus 10 drops
 Dilute in 30ml vegetable oil  

Chest Muscle Strain

Strain and injury to the muscles in the chest area,

Use the ice method four to six times a day and after fourty-eight hours us the heat method. Twice a day throughout , massage with the following oil:

Contact sports-Weight lifting-Dance-(male)

 Ginger 10 drops
 Eucalyptus 10 drops
 Peppermint 5 drops 
 Nutmeg 5 drops 
Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil  
 Soaking in a hot bath often relieves the symptoms, add 2 drops each of lavender and rosemary.  

Ear Injury

Use the Ice method to relieve discomfort, followed by the use of topical analgesic ointment:

Combine lanolin and rosewater in a bain-marie and when the mixture is cold add the essential oils and mix well:

 50gm Anhydrous lanolin
 25ml Rosewater 
 20 drops Clove
 20 drops Eucalyptus 
 10 drops Thyme
if you prefer a stiffer base, add 20gms of beeswax at the bain-marie stage.  


Elbow Contusions

Contact sports, Falls, Blows

Bruising of the skin and underlying tissues of the elbow. Apply the ice method for three days, four to six times a day, and after each session massage gently using the following oil:

 Hyssop 5 drops
 Ginger  6 drops
 Cypress 10 drops
Eucalyptus  9 drops 
Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil  
The compress or flannel heat method with 2 drops of eucalyptus can be used after three days.  


Elbow Strain

Contact sports.

Caused by overstretching the ligaments in the elbow joint. Rest the elbow in an ice pack, keeping it there for fifteen minutes, three times a day.

Between times, massage with the following oil.

Ginger 15 drops 
Nutmeg 8 drops
Clove 6 drops 
Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil.  
Hot water elbow baths also help, as do alternate hot and cold baths. In these place two drops each of rosemary and lavender.   


Elbow Tendinitis (Tennis Elbow)

Tennis-Ball Games-Throwing

Inflammation of the muscles, tendons, bursa or tissues of the elbow area which often causes pain in the arm as well. in cases such as this heat is usually the best answer.

Apply this to the area three times a day and afterwards massage the whole arm from the wrist to the shoulder gently with the following oil:

Peppermint 10 drops 
Eucalyptus  10 drops 
Chamomile Roman  10 drops 

Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil.


The Fragrant Pharmacy: Valerie Ann Worwood

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