More than 41,200 people across the nation were injured in 2012 while working in their gardens, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Conversely, many common flowers and plants have healing properties that can help gardeners treat their injuries.
Made from plants, as well as animals and minerals, homeopathic medicines offer some of the safest options for self-treatable conditions – and can be great for ailments and injuries that befall home gardeners. Because the risk of interaction with other drugs, supplements and herbs is minimal, experts say these natural medicines are a good first choice for early symptoms.
With that in mind, here are some homeopathic treatments for common gardener ailments:
Sore, stiff muscles. For gardeners suffering back and knee injuries, Arnica montana can be an essential gardening tool.
Commonly known as the mountain daisy, Arnica’s healing properties were first recognized in the 16th century. Legend has it mountain climbers chewed the plant to relieve sore, aching muscles and bruises from falls. Today, it is used by professional athletes and surgeons for muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruising. For information, go to Arnicare.com.
Sunburn, blisters and other skin conditions. In its homeopathic form, Calendula (garden marigold) is one of the most versatile aids for skin irritations. Try a Calendula cream or ointment for blisters and calluses, cuts and scrapes, rashes, and chapped skin caused by wind, dry or cold air, or sun.
Bug bites. To help relieve bee and wasp stings, as well as gnat, black fly or mosquito bites, take five pellets of Apis mellifica (honey bee) every 30 minutes for up to six doses. Also apply Calendula topically.
Take breaks and relax. While many plants help us nurture our health, remember to practice common sense. Prepare properly by stretching and wearing sunscreen. Don’t overdo it. Take breaks. End your day with a soaking bath.