A sprain is an injury to a ligament around a joint, which has been caused by some trauma like tripping or falling and causing the joint to move in a direction it was not meant to move in. It occurs when the fibres of the connective tissue are torn and damaged with a bone being broken or dislocated. Sometimes bleeding occurs. The damaged tissue causes swelling and is extremely painful. If one suspects that a bone is broken immediately see a qualified medical practitioner, also if the pain and swelling from a suspected sprain does not disperse after a day or two.
In order to give the body a chance to heal itself, movement of the joint should be restricted and think RICE for sprains (R = Rest, I = Ice, C = Compression and immobilization, E = Elevate the area).
Rest — avoid any activities that cause pain or swelling.
Ice — apply cold compresses immediately to the area but avoid the direct contact of ice on the skin.
Compression — apply bandages firmly, but not tightly to the area.
Elevation — raise the sprained body part above the level of the heart, especially at night while sleeping.
Essential oils can be very effective for sprains when used in compresses.
Fill a bowl with ice-cold water to which is added 4 – 6 drops of essential oil or essential oil blend. Use a clean cotton cloth as a compress and soak this in the essential oil ice water, then wring out and place on the injured area. As the compress warms up repeat this several times. This will help to start the cooling process. After this apply an ice bag on the injured area for up to 20 minutes. Continue with compresses until the swelling comes down. By the next day you might want to alternate with hot and cold compresses as this will encourage the blood to circulate to the injured area, which will help to speed up the healing process.
An aromatic cream, ointment, oil or gel can be made up with the correct essential oils gently applied to the sprain area before applying any bandage. My own preference is to add the essential oils to a gel. Sprains can take some time to help completely and using an essential oil blend can be very helpful in speeding the recovery time up.
Essential oils to consider in cases of sprains include chamomile (German and roman), clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, lavender, marjoram, nutmeg, pine, peppermint, rosemary and vetiver. When creating your blend look for oils with analgesic properties, as well as something that will help with the swelling and bruising that usually occurs with sprains.
Blends for Sprains.
Essential oils can be added to compresses, creams, lotions, oils and gels.
|Blend 1||Blend 2||Blend 3||Blend 4|
|1 drop of Peppermint||1 drop of Ginger||3 drops of Lavender||1 drop of R.Chamomile|
|2 drops of Helichrysum||2 drops of Helichrysum||2 drops of Marjoram||2 drops of Helichrysum|
|2 drops of Rosemary||3 drops of Lavender||1 drop of Peppermint||1 drop of Peppermint|