Create a Tissue Trauma Blend
Recently I found myself in a position to be my very own case study. It isn’t something that happens often but since I know I will have to do case studies at some point for the Atlantic Institute, today was my lucky day to create a tissue trauma blend. Okay, maybe not so lucky…
One morning when I rounded the corner of my kitchen, I found myself walking right into a small puddle of water. Followed immediately by slipping and falling while trying to take out a fairly heavy chair in… Initially, I felt an immense amount of pain around the top of right foot near the ankle.
At that moment, I was so thankful for my first aide trauma training and my small amount of medical training! I began checking to make sure I could walk on it without significant pain and easily enough I found nothing was broken (except my pride). I was definitely feeling the sting of mark across my chin near my ankle, but otherwise was fine.
*Please note that if you do happen to have a serious fall, we do recommend being seen for x-rays and a diagnosis from a doctor. *
I knew by mark across my chin that I had some slight tissue trauma and that bruising, and swelling would soon follow. And so, I began my day of forced self-care (I really am chuckling while writing this!). The
My Regimen for Soothing Tissue Trauma
I started by elevating my foot and utilizing ice packs. Then I formulated a soothing tissue trauma blend.
I started with a carrier oil called Trauma Oil that contains freshly infused St. John’s Wort flowers in organic extra virgin olive oil, dried and infused arnica and calendula flowers in organic jojoba from a local jojoba farm. This is a very soothing and anti-inflammatory herbal blend that has been around for many years. You can read more about it here.
The next important ingredient was my liquid gold for the skin – Helichrysum. Now there are several varieties of Helichrysum, so it is important for you to use this specific one, Helichrysum italicum G. Don. This one really is considered by vintage, professional practitioners and newer aromatherapists alike to be the most soothing and tissue healing of all others on the market. It can be quite soothing for the perception of pain in some cases where tissue trauma is involved. I personally never travel without it (I am clearly accident prone).
The next essential oil I chose was German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). This is a wonderful oil that works well with Helichrysum to create a powerful anti-inflammatory synergy. It is also used frequently for skin and tissue injuries because of its analgesic and antispasmodic actions seen in anecdotal evidence as well as those studies surrounding its specific chemical constituents.
My final ingredient for my tissue trauma blend is non other than my Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana). This precious oil is very soothing for sore and achy muscles. I have used it with on numerous occasions for minor inflammations as well. I have found it so effective; I use it in my Muscle Rub blend.
DIY Tissue Trauma Blend
Because I loved this blend so much after using it myself, I am sharing it here for you to use should you need it.
Create a 2 ml stock blend of essential oils:
- 3 parts Helichrysum
- 3 parts German Chamomile
- 2 parts Alligator Juniper
Then weigh 10 mls of Trauma Oil in a beaker. Once you have the weight, add 3-5% of your stock blend to it.
Believe it or not, 3% works quite well as you can see from the photo below. This is 24 hours after getting hurt. No real bruising and no pain. Just a little swelling. I applied this blend about 10-12 times yesterday in between using ice packs. For now I am off to apply more of my tissue trauma blend to my leg/foot area where the swelling is.
Cautions & Considerations
AGAIN: If you do happen to have a serious fall, we do recommend being seen for x-rays and a diagnosis from a doctor.
Please note that I am not a doctor or licensed physician. This information provided in this article is meant for informational purposes only. Please do not utilize it as a means of diagnosing or treating medical conditions. Should you have a medical condition you need help with, seek the advice of a licensed physician.