Posts tagged ‘Holly’

May 10, 2018

Boo-Boos, Helichrysum Essential Oil and Epsom Salts

Boo-boos – we all get them. Big ones and small ones. Nor are our four-legged friends immune from them! I first witnessed the miracle of Helichrysum essential oil when I used it on the hematoma in Holly’s ear. Imagine half a ping pong ball in your ear. No wonder poor Holly was constantly shaking her head.

HollyEar

The vet told us that it would take a couple of months before the blood in the hematoma would be reabsorbed and her ear would return to normal.

I didn’t want her to suffer that long, though. I had learned about the wonders of Helichrysum essential oil from an aromatherapist. I wanted a superior product, so I ordered some Helichrysum from Purify Skin Therapy. It worked like magic! Within a week of daily applications of a few diluted drops, Holly’s ear had almost returned to normal. I was sold!

Last week, I stumbled on a step. Fortunately, I didn’t break anything, but I did hurt myself in several places. I had bad bruising and swelling in my left ring finger, as well my left ankle and toes.

finger

When I awoke the next morning, I was concerned that I would have to get my rings cut off as my finger looked like a sausage. Not a breakfast one, neither, but more like a Bratwurst. (Yes, a wee bit of exaggeration!) Then, I remembered that I had some Helichrysum essential oil. I prepared a dilution and applied it to my finger and foot. By the evening, my finger had returned to an almost normal size, even though it was still bruised. My toes and ankle are taking longer, especially since they weren’t in great shape to begin with. In addition to using Helichrysum essential oil, I’ve been soaking in Epsom salts, which has helped to reduce the pain. Oh, that magnesium! By the way, it is not uncommon for RA patients to be deficient in magnesium.

Note to self: If I ever injure my ring finger again, remember to remove my rings while the removin’ is still good!

 

About essential oils:

You want a trusted source. You pay more for this precious oil. A good quality (and effective) Helichrysum oil is very expensive, but when you learn about the harvest, you’ll understand why.

Helichrysum

Holly Draper, who owns Purify Skin Therapy, is a certified clinical aromatherapist. She cares about her products and she cares about you! If you have questions, she’ll take the time to answer them. (Like whether it is safe to use her Peppermint oil in baking? “Yes, experiment with it, ours is ingestible, being USDA certified organic. But use only very small amounts. It’s really strong.”)

Besides Helichrysum essential oil and epsom salts, what else do you have in your first aid kit?

In my next post, learn about the one trick I taught Holly that every dog should know in case of a medical emergency.

 

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January 10, 2018

#545 – How to Massage Away Scar Tissue for Hand Mobility

HandScar

“You have to continually massage the scar tissue.” I heard it over and over again, from the surgeon, the occupational therapist (OT), and the physiotherapist (PT).

The body produces extra collagen and deposits it to promote healing and strengthen the tissue after surgery or injury. It’s important to regularly massage it in order to soften the scar tissue tissue. When scar tissue builds up, it can restrict movement and reduce function.

Now I know why my mom’s cesarean scar looked the way it did. I remember being perplexed and somewhat fascinated by how it looked like a rough, tightly knotted cord. In those days, they were quite liberal with the knife, so her scar ran from her pubic bone to just below her solar plexus. (All 3 of us were not easy deliveries!) She never mentioned it, but it must have been uncomfortable whenever she stretched.

If I don’t regularly massage the raised ribbon of tissue that runs along the incision site, I can feel tightness whenever I open my hand. However, massaging it can be a challenge, especially if you have weak and/or sore hands. I have trouble applying enough pressure to soften the scar tissue, so I’ve found ways to work around that.

I regularly use a roller ball, along with some of my other massage tools, but when these gadgets aren’t at hand, there are other sneaky ways to massage my scar.

I rub my palm:

  • Over a doorknob.
  • Along the edge of a mug.
  • On the steering wheel when I’m stopped at a red light.
  • Along the edge of a table or desk.
  • Over Holly’s hard head! She especially likes the pressure on her ears!

HollyEarScratch

March 23, 2017

#521- Scissors – Making Them Work

A while back, my thumb was “misbehaving”. I wanted to sew a new jacket for Holly, as she had manged to chew through her old one. The poor girl had an itch she just had to scratch, and the only way to do so was to get rid of her jacket.

I had trouble cutting the fabric because of my sore thumb. It occurred to me to apply one of the same principles I use when trying to solve other problems, which is to look at it from another vantage point. In this case, it was simple. Turn the scissors upside down and put my other fingers in the hole normally reserved for the thumb. This allowed the force required to cut through the fabric to come from my other fingers, rather than from my sore thumb.

Fabric – cut. Jacket – sewn. Holly – warm!

 

October 25, 2013

#488 – Have Dog, Will Travel

When we bought our current vehicle, our previous dog had the seat in the very back of the car to himself. It was the perfect place for Murphy. He was built like a football player – his broad chest meant that he was contained in the back of the car. There was no way that he could squeeze through the opening in between the seats.

Murphy in the dog seat

Murphy in the dog seat

Holly, being of slender build, is easily able to either squeeze between seats, or hop over the seats. (Oh to be so nimble!) She has even chewed through seat belts – she’s one determined girl!

So, we ended up getting one of these dog barriers.

dogbarrier

It kept her in the dog seat, but it is far from being a wrist-friendly device. Whenever I cleaned the car, it involved a lot of twisting, both for me and my wrists. (Those bolts are not easy!) So, I tried many things to find the just-right barrier. A crate would be ideal, but when I put it into the car, my vision was seriously hampered.

This past spring, one of the local municipalities had a clean-up, as they do every year. It’s a dream for anyone who is an avid recycler. On one of our dog walks, I found my solution.

Holly in the Car

“Are we there, yet?”

Someone was throwing out a baby crib. I immediately saw the potential. Maarten kindly shortened the legs for me so that it easily fits into the car. A bungee cord keeps it secure. Now, all I have to do is paint it black, so it doesn’t look exactly like what it is. But then again, it is what it is – something to keep my baby safe. 🙂

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