Hopefully we can all add something to this post that can help alleviate pain along with our other medicine methods.. Here is one that I can remember off hand, I'll post more when I can..
I posted this on the crohn's board, but I hope maybe some of you can get relief from this too. If anything more relaxed
Things you need:
1. Castor Oil
Hexane-free and certified average cost $4.50 from any health food store
2. Arnica Oil
Kinda expensive but average price is around $9.95
3. Rice Bag
You can make a rice bag with plain ol' rice and cloth, just dont add any zippers or metal so you can reheat in the microwave. You can buy one from a health food store or sometimes hospital gift shops carry them. Make sure its fairly heavy.
4. Cotton Flannel or Terry Cloths and A Sealable Plastic Bag
To soak up the oil and the bag to reuse the cloths
5. CD or Tape of Peaceful music or Nature Sounds.
silence works too ! hehe
I had this wonderful pack given to me by my doctor who believes in nature over practical medicine.
Make sure the area that is inflamed or painful is clean and that you have at least 20 minutes to yourself. Microwave your rice bag for 1 minute, try to get it as hot as you can without COOKING IT hehee. Lock yourself in the bedroom and play some peaceful music and turn the lights low.
Cover the area where you are going to be laying down, oil can be fun and messy!
Next get in something you can wear that you don't have to worry about getting oily.
Preparation of the oils:
With your cloth of choice, pour the Castor Oil onto the cloth in a figure 8 making sure it's the length of the cloth about 1ft worth.
With the Arnica Oil pour about -5 drops only- on the cloth in various places on top of the castor oil. Fold the cloth.
Unfold and lay the oiled cloth on the inflamed or painful area directly on your body, make sure your not allergic to these oils... most people aren't but have benedryl close by ;)
Take plastic wrap or anything that will not penetrate oil and cover the oiled cloth so you can then apply the heat. Lay down with this pack for about 20 minutes or until the heat turns cold. You can have someone reheat it if it cools sooner than 20 minutes.
When your finished, put the oiled cloths into the sealable bag or wash them whichever you prefer.
Try to do this once a day.
It relieved my back pain from a broken tailbone and she told me to use it on my stomach for my crohn's pain or anywhere else that is sore. I was painfree for 24 hours, swelling everything was gone.. but I had to do it the next day because it's not a permanent solution.. Ahh it also took the edge off too from being in such a relaxed state~ the oils, the peaceful music, and dim lights helped sooooooooo much!!
Castor Oil also helps arthritis pain, digestive problems, the list is too long for me to remember but ask a doctor what else it can do for you..
There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry. Two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday... And the other day I do not worry about is Tommorrow.
~Robert Jones Burdette