Mindy Green is a new member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council. Each Human Touch Wellness Council Member serves as an ambassador for the importance of daily massage, communicating their key wellness messages through online and offline media, community events and public forums. Mindy is a consultant known for imparting to others her firsthand experience running a botanical operation. She’s also an active, international public speaker due to her unparalleled aromatherapy knowledge. The third industry in Mindy’s natural-products triad is healthcare and wellness. It is Mindy’s philosophy that individual health translates into global health. She is a long-time environmental activist and a board member for the non-profit organization United Plant Savers, where she contributes to a wider awareness of how plants create health for us all.
Botanical Remedies for Sports Injuries
by Mindy Green
Now is the perfect time of year for getting your exercise outdoors. Running is free and is easily accomplished in the beauty of the great outdoors. It is an activity that takes in the scenery and warm weather is sure to keep you in top shape. Whether you are a daily devotee, weekend warrior or anything in between, you may want to be prepared with remedies that counter the symptoms that accompany this particular form of exercise. While jogging along your favorite path you may well be passing by the plants that can offer relief from sports injuries such as sore or strained muscles, excess lactic acid and pain. Dried herbs infused in a carrier oil make a good base in which to dilute the stronger therapeutic properties of essential oils. The king of this domain is arnica, which can be in the form of an oil, ointment, or gel for external use. Its ability to reduce swelling, pain and bruising is legendary and it is an optimal choice, but should only be applied to skin that is not broken. For road rash or other cuts, the herbal oil base of preference is calendula, also found in many forms such as oil, gel, cream or lotion. Calendula is best known for wound healing, yet also addresses swelling and pain. Either herb choice preparation is commonly available at most health food stores. Choose which base is best for your particular need and combine one ounce of this base with the following essential oil formula:
3 drops lavender (soothing antiinflammatory)
3 drops rosemary (increase circulation)
2 drops lemongrass (reduce lactic acid)
2 drops peppermint (reduce pain)
Mix together and apply liberally several times per day over the affected area. This blend can be used both pre and post workout.
There are a number of other essential oils that can be substituted such as German chamomile, sweet marjoram, helichrysum, juniper or eucalyptus, but do not exceed 10 drops total of the essential oils to one ounce of the carrier oil, ointment, cream or gel.
Relying on the remedies of nature is sure to healthfully keep you on your exercise regime with fewer aches and pains, naturally.
NOTE: Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin
Mindy Green uses Human Touch products along with her essential oils for optimum wellness and relaxation. Please be sure to check back on additional posts by Mindy where she will continue to share her tips and advice for essential oils and using massage to live a more balanced life at home.
Human Touch’s Wellness Council is committed to educating professionals, sports-enthusiasts, back pain sufferers and consumers alike on the importance and benefits of taking control of their daily lives, maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and maximizing their overall health and wellness lifestyle by incorporating regular massage into their “wellness” routine through the use of personal massage products.