I dedicate this article to a fellow blogger and a friend, Byrony (KristenCoffin). On Thursday, Byrony had a back surgery that didn’t go so well, and now she is in even more pain, due to a damaged nerve. As I probably mentioned in one of my articles, I have a book that has herbal remedies for dozens of diseases. The book is not available in English, at least I didn’t come across it, but I think there is a German version (which comes in handy only, if you speak the language). It is called Home Pharmacy by Simon Ašič. I hope, Byrony, that you will read this article, and that it will help you, and other readers with similar problems. Before using any of the following remedies, be sure you aren’t allergic to a particular substance in a herb and consult with your doctor, if necessary.
- Teas: horsetail (Equisetum arvense), yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and sage (Salvia officinalis).
- Baths: with infusions of wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum), horsetail (Equisetum arvense) or yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
- Massages: arnica (Arnica montana; in spirit or oil), comfrey (Symphytum officinale; extract), lady’s bedstraw (Galium verum; ointment), yarrow (Achillea millefolium; extract), a patch with fluid and non-heated pine resin (put it on the site of pain for 12 days). For massages, you can also use spirit, in which horse-chestnut was soaked (put three chesnuts — together with the peel — in ½ l of spirit. Add sea salt that was sautéed until yellowed. Leave in a warm place for 24 hours. Massage the spine before going to sleep).
Note: When lubricating the spine, always start at the bottom!
- Compresses: with an infusion of horsetail (Equisetum arvense).
(Pain, not nervousess.)
- Teas: valerian (Valeriana officinalis), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), peppermint (Mentha x piperita), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), primrose (Primula vulgaris) and rue (Ruta graveolens).
- Dishes: juniper (Juniperus communis; eat 12 berries per day, if you have healthy kidneys), brown bread (with wine), milk soup (with brown bread), warm milk (a sip every 2 hours).
- Compresses: with hay debris.
- Steam Baths: with an infusion of chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) or pine oil.
- Painful Legs
- Teas: nettle (Urtica dioica), horsetail (Equisetum arvense), yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
- Baths: with infusions of nettle (Urtica dioica), good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus; add some salt and vinegar), wolf’s-foot clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum) or wormwood (Artemisia absinthium).
- Compresses: with comfrey (Symphytum officinale; leaves and roots, crushed in a pulp), male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas; when walking a lot, put it in your shoes), oat straw or hay debris (every 2–3 hours, when having throbbing pain in the legs), and Swedish bitters.
- Knee Pain
- Teas: nettle (Urtica dioica), horsetail (Equisetum arvense) or Swedish bitters (15 drops, three times per day, with water).
- Baths: with an infusion of horsetail (Equisetum arvense).
- Massages: nettle (Urtica dioica; soaked in spirit, massage in the morning and evening).
- Rubbing: with sweet flag (Acorus calamus; extract).
- Compresses: with comfrey (Symphytum officinale; soaked powder), clay, an infusion of arnica (Arnica montana), coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris; all three herbs together), infusion of chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), hay debris, pine resin (put non-heated resin for 7 days on the knee) or Swedish bitters.
Source: Home Pharmacy by Simon Ašič (1987; Spine: p. 48–49, Nerves: p. 133–134, Legs: p. 75–76)