As some of you may know I am the mother of two offensive lineman. My two sweet gentle, quiet sons hit the football field and unleash the beast. Being unschoolers this was a surprise to me, but something they both really love.
So being my sons they come to expect herbal and aromatherapy options for all kinds of issues. These are some remedies I bring to the field on game day. Being knocked around by 300 pound guys means you are going to jerk, twist or pinch something. Sometimes your cool down is in a car driving for 2-3 hours, so you really want to apply the remedy before cooling down in the car.
Water– Lots and lots of water. Keep your player hydrated. They will have less injury and fatigue if properly hydrated.
Bruising– Arnica Liniment, or Arnica Salve. I really think the liniment works the best, and we go through buckets of this stuff. My sons always look like, during football season, that they have battled dragons. Do not use the arnica on open cuts or abraded skin.
1 quart jar
Fill with arnica flowers (Arnica Montana)
Cover with vodka.
Allow to steep for 6 weeks, strain and decant.
Swollen skin- For swollen skin I really like using infused Plantain oil and lavender essential oil.
Nerve Pain– St. John’s Wort Oil, infused and applied liberally. Sometimes I add peppermint or lavender essential oil.
Abraded Skin Compresses– My boys at times will play two games on one day, with an hour break in between. If they have really abraded or chaffed, stretched, sore skin I will often offer them a compress in between or on the way home.
In a canning jar make a strong plantain, St. John’s Wort, and chickweed infusion. Strain and bottle. 3-5 washcloths. Dip the cloths, or pour the infusion over the cloths and apply to the sore area.
Strained Muscles- I use my Football Liniment Recipe, this will be in my upcoming book 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes.
My Favorite Football Liniment
1 part Comfrey dried or fresh herb, leaf material.
1 part St. John’s Wort dried or fresh herb.
1 part Goldenrod dried or fresh herb
Place dried herb in a jar and cover with vodka or cider vinegar.
After it has sat for 4 weeks add a few drops black pepper and lavender essential oil.
Ice- Make sure you have ice, or ice packs on hand.
Keep your player well fed and hydrated and remember to have fun.
Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.