- water bottle, courtesy of Roswitha Schacht.
Back Ache First Aid Tips the Wise Woman Way
First Aid for Backache
Herbal Liniments and Rubs Tiger Balm, Olbas, Zheng Gu Shui, Wintergreen oil and other homemade or purchased herbal liniments and rubs can penetrate into deep muscle tissue to relieve tension and pain. They work best if followed by moist heat.
St. John's/Joan's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is highly effective at relieving backaches. The tincture is a specific for muscle spasms; use 15-20 drops in a glass of water every few hours as needed. For severe pain, add 3-5 drops of Skullcap tincture. The infused oil of St. J's has the unique ability to enter the nerve endings, relieving pain and easing any nervous system irritation. It works like a chiropractic adjustment, but through a different route: the nerve endings are soothed and the muscle is released, the vertebrae slide back into place.
Exercise for Backache
Knee/Chest Twists stretch the spine and keep it supple. Once a day, or when needed, lie on your back on a firm surface and pull your knees to your chest. Stretch your arms straight out to the sides. Roll your knees to the left and your head to the right; relax for half a minute, then roll your knees to the right and your head to the left and relax again. Repeat once or twice.
Also for Backache
Sleep with pillows supporting your legs, back and belly.
Wear shoes with flat heels and good support for the feet and legs.
Diet for Backache
Lemon juice in water, up to six glasses daily, benefits the kidneys, easing backache.
Herbs for Backache
Nettle infusion is unsurpassed for toning and aiding kidneys.
Comfrey infusion provides every vitamin and mineral necessary to prevent backaches. It is also rich in amino acids, the building blocks of protein, needed in plentiful supply for strong abdominal muscles and healthy babies.
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