With all the snow and ice we have been experiencing this winter, slips and falls can make for pretty sore muscles. Now I'm not referring to broken bones-but sore muscles and filled ligaments-connective tissue injuries that can make walking and moving difficult and painful. Let's take a quick look at some of these connective tissue injuries.

Pulled or torn ligaments:

These are commonly referred to as sprains-ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders, even hips and wrists. Ligaments are the connective tissue that holds bones together and are found at the joints. There is a limited blood flow to ligaments so repairs take time. Essential oils can be very helpful. Primary is lemongrass. Other helpful single oils include marjoram, helichrysum, lavender, wintergreen, birch, cypress, peppermint, rosemary and Eucalyptus radiata . Tendonitis is a torn or inflamed tendon and could encompass muscle damage, nerve damage, ligament strain or tear, inflammation, infection and possibly even involve an emotion. I propose selecting an oil for each potential cause and apply in rotation ore prepare a blend to address multiple causes.

Bruising:

Essential oils can help speed the healing of bruises and reduce the risk of blood clot formation. Oils like cypress help to strengthen capillary walls, while oils like helichrysum help speed the re-absorption of the blood that has collected in the tissue. Other suggested oils that may help with bruising include white fir, lavender, Roman chamomile and geranium.

Aches and Pains:

A fall should never be dismissed as just nothing. A fall can throw our spines out of alignment as well as misalign our hips, knees, ankles, shoulders and necks. It's always best to check things out with your medical practitioner. The older we grow, the sooner injection will set in from a fall. Use your essential oils that are anti-inflammatory as well as pain relieving. I suggest marjoram, wintergreen, birch, lavender, German chamomile, peppermint, geranium or elemi. Do not forget to use ice to decrease the inflammation as well.