I’m the mother of a 2 year old daughter and every single mom knows how fast and furious their little ones can be, full of energy all the time. Oh, but Maggie seems to run at Boston Marathon because she doesn’t stop all day long. Now, she plays with the kite and the previous moment you’ll see her hiding in the dog house or climbing in the inflatable slide.
Since Maggie has been on the move, my husband and I “took our hands off her” letting the kid to explore and learn things her way. Of course, all eyes are on Maggie, but we never wanted to be those type of alarmist parents, concerning about each single bruise.
Even if bruises are our less concern when it comes to Maggie, they do exist on her legs, especially on the knees. She falls, but she stands up quickly, laughing, not crying, because it’s just a bruise that will disappear until tomorrow with mom’s homemade arnica ointment.
Yes, I know a folk remedy that my grandma used on every scratches, bruises, swelling, and muscle soreness that I was complaining about and now I use it successfully to treat my daughter’s bruises. It is extremely effective and it speeds up healing. Of course, bruises will heal by itself in a week or two, but it’s pretty much unattractive and sometimes they hurt.
Homemade Arnica Cream
- ⅔ cup carrier oil – sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba
- ½ cup dried arnica
- ¼ cup grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles, or other wax of your choice
- ¼ cup cocoa, shea, or mango butter
- ¼ teaspoon of borax
- ¼ cup distilled or filtered water
- 3-4 drops comfrey infused oil, optional
How to prepare:
- Using a heatproof container, heat your carrier oil with the dried arnica. Keep warm for a half hour or so. Strain out arnica flowers and compost or discard them.
- Measure out ½ cup infused oil and add the wax to the oil. Heat until the wax melts. Then add the butter and keep the mixture hot.
- In another container, stir the borax into the water and heat until very hot. When the two mixtures are very hot, very slowly pour the water/borax mixture into the oil/wax mixture. (Be careful, as it will probably bubble up.) Stir as you go, gradually mixing the two together. Stir for a few minutes then add the optional comfrey infused oil.
- Use a stick blender to mix completely. You can incorporate air into it if you like it fluffy or keep it more like a cream. When blended, transfer to jars and close tightly.
How to use:
Simple! Apply the ointment directly on the bruise, scar, sore muscle, or wound, but not on broken skin. Massage until it gets deep into the skin. It’s better to apply this remedy before going to bed and the previous morning.
However, if the bruise is darker and it hurts, you can apply the ointment several times a day.