Minor sprain baby toe
Sounds silly? Felt silly for how much it hurt and how little sympathy I received from family at the Thanksgiving gathering, even after announcing I was sure it was broken!
I tried to pretend it was just a stubbed toe, but middle of the night I woke up to throbbing. Elevated with a pillow and seemed to help. Iced next day and for several days, took one aspirin.
Weeks later, still hurting applied some arnica (still have trouble remembering when injured what to do for myself!), I'm guessing too late. I've always thought of arnica as an immediate application.
So today, sitting next to my Pocket Guide to Herbal First Aid by Nancy Evelyn, I look to the table of contents and guess which category to read with intention of addressing the lingering sprain. Oils. Linseed (flax). And find this:
Linseed oil (best purchased from health food store) "used as a massage oil is perfect treatment for strained, sprained, stretched, twisted and torn ligaments... Massage the area every few hours when the pain is acute and follow up with a daily massage of the area until the joint has totally recovered."
I've been taking a tablespoons of fish oil for inflammation, now adding the linseed oil massage.
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