| Randall Agee
Sprains are stretched or torn ligaments that normally occur when a joint is twisted or hit in a way the forces it out of its normal position. Minor sprains respond very well to treatment at home; essential oils, ice, rest, elevation, and compression help ease the pain. If you heard a cracking noise at the time of injury or if swelling or discoloration is severe, see your doctor for an X-ray. You should also see your doctor even if an affected limb is not a weight-bearing limb.
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
Peppermint essential oil penetrates deep into tissue to temporarily stop the pain. Using it in concert with a cold compress can help alleviate pain while keeping swelling to a minimum.
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 Pint Cold Water
- Using your fingertips, apply peppermint essential oil to the sprained area, using as much as is required to thinly coat the sprain.
- In a medium glass bowl, add the cold water.
- Submerge a towel in the water, wring it out, apply the compress to the affected area and elevate the sprained limb. Leave the compress in place until it warms to body temperature.
- Repeat this treatment every 1 to 2 hours during the first day of the injury, and repeat this treatment as needed thereafter.
Thyme essential oil is both an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory, making it the ideal remedy for soothing sprains.
- 1 Teaspoon Carrier Oil
- 8 Drops Thyme Essential Oil
- Using your fingertips, apply the carrier oil to the affected area, followed by the thyme essential oil.
- Elevate the sprained limb and rest for at least 15 minutes.
- Repeat this treatment up to 3 times a day until the pain and inflammation subside.