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It can sometimes be confusing whether to use heat or cold when treating sore muscles or an injury, but keep these facts in mind:
When muscles work, chemical by products are produced that need to be eliminated. When exercise is very intense, there may not be enough
blood flow to eliminate all the chemicals. It is the accumulation of chemicals, ( ie. LACTIC ACID), that
cause muscle ache. Because the blood supply helps eliminate these chemicals, use heat to help sore muscles after exercise.
- brings more blood to the area where it is applied
- reduces joint stiffness and muscle spasm, which makes it useful when muscles are tight
- takes the edge off of the pain of whole muscle spasms and trigger points, localized spasms and muscle knots
When an injury or inflammation such as tendonitis or bursitis occurs, tissues are damaged. Cold application numbs the affected area which can reduce pain and tenderness. Cold can also reduce swelling and inflammation.
- relieves pain by numbing the affected area
- reduces swelling and inflammation
- calms down damaged tissues that are inflammed, red, hot and swollen
Our traditional Golfers Pain Relief is a special proprietary blend of therapeutic herbs and the highest quality essential oils compounded together to enhance healing, health and wellness. The unique combinations of ingredients found in this aromatic blend, aids in the relief of pain caused by such conditions as arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoic arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis and chronic muscular pain.
· Essential Oil Background
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that contain chemical compounds, mainly terpenes and phenyl propenes that work on many levels. Their chemical makeup gives essential oils many antibiotic, antiseptic, analgesic, ant-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. These characteristics make them important agents of pain relief and healing. Essential oils that contain the chemical constituents called esters are relaxing and have anti-inflammatory properties while essential oils that contain phenols are stimulating and have antiseptic, bactericidal properties. This is common knowledge in Europe, where essential oils are frequently used in hospitals and other clinical settings.
The use of essential oils for clinical treatment is becoming a widely accepted complement to traditional allopathic medicine. Aromatherapists believe that the therapeutic effects are delivered in two ways: absorption through the skin or inhalation via the nose and bronchial passages.
· Essential Oil Ingredient Listing
||Lavender is the most versatile of all the essential oils. this deliciously fragrant oil blends with other essential oils and has a wide variety of therapeutic uses.
Properties: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative.
Common Uses: apply compresses of lavender oil to soothe minor burns and speed healing. Dilute in carrier oils and lotions and massage into head, neck and shoulders to reduce stress related symptoms, headaches, insomnia, anxiety and fatigue.
||Rosemary is a staple in most herb gardens. This plant, whose leaves have a warm, piercing aroma, is known for its stimulating effect on the mind and body.
Properties: antiseptic, analgesic, decongestant, energizing.
Common Uses: Inhale from bottle or diffuse into air to help fight mental fatigue. Add to massage blends and rub into affected areas to reduce muscular pain or rheumatism, to stimulate digestion, or to relieve headaches.
||Thyme, a pungent, aggressive essential oil is invaluable in fighting infections.
Properties: antibacterial, antiviral.
Common uses: Add to steam inhalation to combat bronchitis or sinus infection and help stimulate blood flow.
||Juniper, extracted from the berry, has a warm camphor scent.
Properties: antiseptic, diuretic.
Common Uses: add to bath oils, creams to help kidneys flush toxins from the body. Stimulates circulation.
||Roman chamomile is a yellow essential oil with a sweet scent.
Properties: antispasmodic, sedative.
Common Uses: Add to massage oils and lotions to relieve muscle spasms or ease tension.
· Herbal Background
Herbs contain hundreds of biochemical constituents that have therapeutic effects on the body. For example, the tannins found in an herb give it an astringent quality. Some of the properties herbs contain are alternatives (cleansing the bloodstream and toning organs), adaptogens (producing a normalizing effect on the body), analgesics, antacids, antibiotics, antiseptics, antispasmodics, and diaphoretics (including perspiration), just to name a few.
A number of plants are quite safe and effective and can be a valuable ally to have in your herbal remedy chest.
· Herbal Ingredient Listing
||The flower tops of this herb are well known for treating rheumatism or sprains.
Common Uses: Used externally on unbroken skin, arnica is one of the most popular remedies to reduce inflammation for sore muscles, bruises, and sprains.
||The roots of this common field green are full of nutritive value.
Properties: alterative, diuretic, tonic effect.
Common Uses: Used internally as a nourishing tonic, burdock is an excellent blood purifier and has high iron and mineral content. Excellent remedy for skin complaints such as eczema and psoriosis.
||An ancient herb used in Indian medicine which has a similar cactus-like appearance.
Properties: anti-inflammatory and offers a soothing warming feeling when applied to skin. Recently it has been discovered that this herb contains substances called boswellic acids, which are known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Common Uses: suggested as a treatment for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendinitis as well. This herb may also protect cartilage from damage.
||An alkaloid derived from chillies. It first entered European knowledge after Columbus second voyage to the New World in 1494. There is evidence that capsaicin can deplete Substance P. The herb, Capsicum or Cayenne, derives its name from the Greek, to bite, which refers to the hot pungent properties of the fruits and seeds. The active ingredient in capsicum is a compound called capsaicin, that functions to deplete substance P, which is involved in the transmission of pain from skin to the spinal cord.
Properties: antispasmatic, anesthetic.
Common Uses: Blended with creams and lotions and massaged into skin provides long lasting deep warm relief.
|St. Johns Wort:
||This plant is very usvery useful when applied externally to help dry skin conditions.
Properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, sedative, analgesic.
Common Uses: A soothing remedy for skin ailments. Used to treat eczema, psoriosis, dermatitis.
||A Mediterranean evergreen bush whose branches were used traditionally as broom straws, but also has medicinal uses.
Properties: Due to its anti-inflammatory property, butchers broom has been used to treat carpal tunnel, circulatory disorders, edema, Menieres disease, Raynauds, thrombophlebitis, and vertigo.
Common Uses: Massage onto affected area for increased circulation.
In addition to the essential oils and herbs found in Golfers Pain Relief, there is a therapeutic mixture of grapeseed, borage and apricot oil.
Apricot oil ccomes from the large pits of apricots that yield up to 45% oil. Extremely nourishing to the skin and excellent around the eyes and neck, apricot oil is a great emollient. According to the AMAs committee on Curtaneous Health, apricot oil does make the skin feel softer and smoother, and reduces roughness, cracking and irritation. It may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.
Borage oil, obtained from the seed of Borago officinalis, grows abundantly in the Mediterranean region, Central Europe and Asia. Borage oil has an extremely high gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. GLA is vital for synthesis of prostaglandin, an important function of the body, especially the skin. Borage oil also has the highest known content of essential unsaturated fatty acids. These are great skin conditioners. They regulate the hydration of the skin and are humectants.
Grapeseed oil is made from the seeds of wine producing grapes. The lightest of oils and virtually odorless, grapeseed oil contains vitamins aand minerals high in polyunsaturates and protein. Grapeseed oil is wonderful used around the eyes and neck. Grapeseed oil is an antioxidant for the skin, and is widely used in hypoallergenic natural products because it does not often cause allergic reactions in the highly allergic.