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Jammed My Thumb In The Car Door


Author: Richele B.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 01-01-2017
Views: 366
Word Count: 376
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 11088-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Last week I was in a rush to get to a massage client. As I was getting out of my car, I realized my thumb (of my dominant hand, nonetheless) was not with the rest of my hand before SLAMMING the door on it! In that proverbial "split second" realization, I attempted to yank my thumb out in a futile attempt to avoid smashing it.

You can imagine the EXCRUCIATING pain! It swelled up, turned black and blue, bled and throbbed all the way home . . . as I contemplated whether or not to cancel on my client - insanity or shock?

When I got home, I held it under cold water for a few minutes, which made it throb, even more. I tried to recall the most appropriate oils for this circumstance, but all the pain and discomfort was clouding my brain, so I went for what I think is one of the cure-all oils, Lavender. I put a couple drops onto the nail bed and into the nail at the tip of my finger. I rubbed the excess onto the bruising area of my thumb near the joints and on the palm side.

Yes, I admit I did shed a couple of tears and repeatedly called on Jesus like a kid calls on Mommy without pause! Then I thought to call my "oil mentor" who quickly reminded me of the PanAway oil blend (duh!) and Copaiba oil.

I put a couple of drops onto the nail bed, into the nail at the tip, and rubbed into the whole thumb every 10 minutes for the rest of the evening (both oils).

By the next morning, the throbbing had stopped and, although it was still sore, the pain had decreased significantly. I was able to make a fist (to punch myself for being so mindless and clumsy).

I continued with the PanAway and Lavender for the next 2 days (every 30 minutes) and was able to perform full body massages with firm pressure, using my thumb as I could tolerate.

I am so thankful for my mentor, Rachel L., for introducing me to these essential oils and answering my questions. I feel so blessed to have these oils and love learning and teaching about them. They truly do have healing qualities!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: general-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
2.Associated topics: general-pain — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
3.Associated topics: general-pain — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
4.Associated topics: general-pain — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
5.Associated topics: general-pain — "In traditional folk medicine, tarragon [Artemisia dracunculus L. (Asteraceae)] has been used for treatment of pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.... This study reported the peripheral and central antinociceptive activity of the EOAD [essential oil of A. dracunculus] and rationalized the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of different painful conditions."Link
6.Associated topics: general-pain — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
7.Associated topics: general-pain — "Burn Healing Potential of Nigella sativa seed oil in rats.... Nigella sativa L. (Black cumin) has shown a broad spectrum of pharmacological effects like antipyretic [fever reducing], analgesic [pain reducing], anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.... The present study suggests the burn wound healing action of seeds may be due to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of major compounds in the oil."Link
8.Associated topics: general-pain — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link

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