This time of year (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere) is so busy for many of us “not dabbling in normal;” there’s gardening, preserving, getting ready for winter, etc. I don’t know about everyone else but all that work leaves me sore, bruised, bitten, sometimes swollen, and even occasionally burned. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a klutz but I know most of us get a little beaten up in the height of our “busy” season.
To help care for myself I keep a small stash of items for those days when just a little TLC and minor first-aid might be needed:
- Epsom Salts – Always good for a warm foot or hand soak when they’re sore and/or swollen. It never ceases to amaze me how a little soak can do wonders for my aches and my spirit.
- Dandelion Massage Oil – Made by soaking dandelion flowers in some oil for a month – works great on those sore muscles with just a bit of rubbing. If you can talk your spouse into rubbing it in for you so much the better.
- Arnica Cream – Helps reduce swelling and bruising. Great for those times when you walk into the wheelbarrow while watching the egret fly over ahead instead of watching where you’re walking.
- Aloe – Inevitably, I get in a hurry while I’m canning and burn myself just slightly. I have an aloe plant in the kitchen for just this occasion. Aloe is good for sunburns too.
- Ice Packs – I keep a few bags of ice in the freezer to help bring down swelling, which comes in handy at least once a summer.
- Toothpaste – Okay, toothpaste serves many purposes, but it can help relieve the sting from some bug bites when rubbed onto the area and left to dry. (If you have allergies to bee / wasp stings, please keep your epi pen close by.)
For the most part the above items with a little extra rest when I need it, help me stay relatively injury free. Paying closer attention would do wonders, too…