Tripped at the post office carrying 24 copies of “Spinach and Beyond: Loving Life and Dark Green Leafy Vegetables” to mail to Amazon. Suddenly I had five book orders, totaling 27 cook books and one massage book with DVD! Something happened this week… that is a lot for my small publishing company, Moon Field Press.
Fell face first, but my knees took most of the hurt. Right knee especially. It is badly skinned. I also have a mild cut on my left hand. The books went flying of course….
Some people write that a blow to the knee is a call for more humility. I was excited about selling a lot of books, but I don’t think it had gone to my head. I still have many unsold in the basement…
But the more interesting piece to send off into the ethers is what treatment do I suggest for such an injury? I was on my way to my brother’s house, and apparently I had not recently gifted him with any arnica. Homeopathic Arnica 30C would be my first choice, with Traumeel for the topical application. No Arnica Gel for the open wound, as it is best not to use it on an open wound.
I should have used some ice, he did have that probably, but I always forget about that simple remedy. I love to eat it, but forget it is healing.
I was working on my brother’s hand, which has sort of stopped working as a side effect of his many strange health problems. I can put bones back in place and have it be OK for a bit but it isn’t holding. He is losing too much muscle and tendon strength. For a computer programmer/video game player this is not acceptable. So I’ll keep going back and doing what I can, but also suggest bromalein and probably manganese to help some, we also talked about diet improvement that may help.
But back to my injury – I was due at a faculty meeting, after working on my brother, and the first aid kit at school includes homeopathic remedies although the arnica was only 6C. Combined with Waleeda wound healing gel, I did that and continued to take Arnica during the meeting when the pain returned. Coming home I have a large bump on the knee, but not too bad. The pain has returned significantly in the last half hour so I’m about to take another dose of Arnica, and also spread some yellow dock root oil (Rumex crispus) onto the injuries. This is an oil I discovered the last time I really did in my knees – falling on a piece of slate rock in the dark in the Catskill mountains carrying firewood (hmmm – come to think of it the loads are very similar, feet can’t be seen, tripping and going down… I think cement might be harder than slate though…).
I cried that time, but was also surrounded by healers and herbalists as it was a gathering for Susun Weed. A fellow herbalist shared her yellow dock oil, and I used it all night. I was concerned that I might have trouble driving home the next day – to my amazement the bruising was minimal, I could easily bend my knee, and I felt better in the AM than I had soon after the accident.
I’ve made it myself and used it ever since, fabulous for bone deep bruising, black and blue bruising, injuries from car crashes, I even had a lot of healing with a broken bone. The yellow dock grows in my front yard, and is also great in the spring for making pesto from the leaves.
So I will do that, try not to stain my new sheets, but hope I’ll be OK for long walks starting tomorrow. Meanwhile it is ice covered everywhere, especially my own street, and it makes me even more scared to just walk out my front door! I put down a couple pounds of ice melter, but will need to use the rest tomorrow. That’s more than 100 pounds this season – a big year for ice. Perhaps this is the last time?
Now for the Arnica, some hot Chocolate (I don’t see a problem combining them 15 minutes apart) and the yellow dock oil, and in bed to read.