Essential Oils, Self Help and Reflexology for Sprains
If excessive demands are made upon a joint, the ligaments that hold the neighboring bones together and keep the joint in position may be torn. This injury is a sprain, and its severity depends on how badly the ligaments are torn.
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Within the first 24 hours, apply a cold compress/ice pack to the affected area to minimize swelling
After the first 24 hours, apply heat to the affected area to promote healing
Support the joint with an elastic bandage and rest it
When at rest, keep the affected area elevated
Soaking a sprain in warm water with rosemary or thyme will help increase circulation to the area and speed healing
Arnica tincture can be used to make a hot compress or bath. Use 1 tsp in ½ litre of water. Soak the sprain for 15 minutes in the solution, repeating every 4 hours
After a day or so, start to exercise the joint as much as possible and within your level of pain tolerance
Arnica gel, cream or ointment will also help, but do not use it if the skin is broken
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