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Natural Remedies for Bumps, Bruises, Trips and Falls

June 22nd, 2012 by Carolyn Collman

Lately I’ve been feeling like such a klutz! In the space of 2 weeks I: bumped my head so badly I almost passed out; tripped and fell on my right hip, knee and shoulder while trail running; and banged my shin on my spin bike pedal when my cycling shoe became unclipped (while it was turning rapidly!). I also developed a brief, but aggravating case of plantar fasciitis in my left (good!) foot.

Needless to say lately I’ve been focused on my own healing as well as my clients and in the process renewed my faith in the natural approach – it does work, especially for acute injuries. Key among my healing tools is Traumeel, a homeopathic ointment that works wonders on bumps, bruises and muscles strains. I keep a tube in my work bag, my purse and at my bedside. If I’m only dealing with one ache or pain the ointment is the way to go, but lately I’ve had so many mishaps resulting in aches and pains that I’ve also been taking Traumeel tablets internally – under the tongue. Another advantage of taking or applying Traumeel is that it helps prevent bruising. Non-steriodal anti-inflammatories such as Advil, on the other hand, increase the appearance of bruising.

Also on my healing list is lots of cold water fish – usually wild salmon or wild cod. They are both naturally high in Omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation and the protein they provide aids in tissue repair. I usually keep them both frozen in the freezer (Trader Joe’s is a great source for frozen fish). As a backup I also keep a Krill Oil capsules on hand. It’s my choice for an omega-3 supplement. Cherry Juice (Knudsen black cherry juice is my favorite) is another great anti-inflammatory. I dilute it withhalf water, half juice. Turmeric on my salads and vegetables also helps healing by decreasing inflammation. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables in general is very healing as they’re full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals – wonderful for repairing skin, bones, muscles and tendons.Epson salt soaks for sore body parts is another soothing remedy for bumps, bruises and falls.

I’m happy to say I’m on the mend. Now if this klutz could just find a remedy for a bruised ego :)

Be Well,


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