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The Homestead Medicine Chest

| 6/9/2010 2:40:56 PM

Robyn DolanWhen accidents happen, how do you keep the homestead running? For minor injuries, it helps to have some remedies on hand.

I stubbed my toe a week before Easter and ended up not being able to walk. When I did manage to start hobbling, I did so with the aid of a walking stick. Crutches would have come in very handy that first day. The toe is still puffy a month later, but I am getting around quite well now, and I give some of the credit to the remedies I keep on hand, and eventually gathered the wits to apply to myself.

My first course of action, after calming my own hysterics (amazing how much pain a li'l ole toe can sustain), was to ask my young son to get the ice pack from the freezer, and to drag myself to the recliner and put my foot up. I pulled off my thick, woolen sock and inspected the damage. At first I could not move my toe and so could not tell if it was broken or dislocated. My optimistic mind opted for a bad sprain. I applied the soft rice filled cold pack and waited. I took a dose of anica montana 30c and slathered lavender essential oil over the injury. After 20 minutes and very little swelling and redness, I was able to flex all my toes except the injured one. I continued to alternately apply lavender essential oil and the ice pack. I took the arnica every 20 minutes for a couple hours. At feeding time I could only hop on one foot, but with the help of the boy, and the jeep, all the critters got fed.

At this same time, the wind was blowing lots of pollen around, and our hay fever started acting up. Because our climate is so dry, I started boiling water in the morning and evening to add a little humidity. I ran the air cleaner a couple of hours on bad days. With the onset of sniffles and headaches comes the application of camphor rub (Vicks, etc.) to the soles of the feet, protected by clean socks. If you smirk at the effectiveness of using oils or ointments on the bottoms of your feet, try this experiment: peel a couple cloves of garlic and put one in each of two socks, put the socks on your feet. Make sure the garlic is touching the soles of your feet. See how long it takes for you to taste the garlic in your mouth. That is how long it takes for the garlic on the bottoms of your feet to pass through your bloodstream, emitting their healing properties along the way up to your taste buds. In fact, the garlic is an excellent remedy, if you can stand it! Unsophisticated as it sounds, the camphor/menthol rub actually acts as a decongestant and cough suppressant. And the dollar store brand works great. It also seems to help block the histamines that irritate so much with hay fever. At least that's my experience.

Essential oils and homeopathics

Though I had most of my supplies readily available, I discovered a few that I plan on acquiring for future needs, such as crutches, and maybe a wheelchair, to scoot around the property if I can't walk. A grabber would help too, if it's too hard to bend over to pick something up. All these items tend to turn up at garage sales and thrift stores now and then.

9/13/2013 8:42:54 PM

enjoyed your article question, can the rice bag as a hot pack be heated in a regular oven as we do not use a microwave

9/13/2013 8:40:36 PM

enjoyed the article can a rice bag be done in a regular oven, we don't use a microwave

Robyn Dolan
6/10/2010 10:59:34 AM

Cindy, thanks. We do have to kind of plan ahead and try to be prepared out here. Shannon, thanks for commenting...the garlic in the socks is just an alternative to eating it raw. Just try it for whatever you would otherwise eat garlic for. Dave, yes Vicks has been around so long and is so simple most people think it's a joke. Supposedly essential oils of cinnamon bark and oregano will also kill virus, but they're a little more costly than good ole' onions and garlic!

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