After Jonathan returned home from the hospital, I started applying one of my herbal salves and an essential oil blend that I had mixed up, to his head injury.
My goal was to address 3 major problems…that resulted from the concussion.
In many situations a concussion can cause permanent brain damage and loss of memory. When Jonathan first “came in” from the “accident” he was not able to communicate with us at all. He did not know who we were, his pupils were constricted and would not dilate, and he could not stand or walk by himself.
We are still not sure whether Jonathan might have had a seizure at some point, or if the initial accident was caused by a hit to the head. But he hit quite a few walls, door jams, and other objects on his way to find help… and as a result acquired a nice large bump on his head, and some inflammation around it.
This is probably the first one that we all usually think of. When we are in pain we want something to numb us… something to soothe and take away the source of what is hurting us. Jonathan had a terrible headache following the accident, that began to improve throughout the evening and following morning, as he rested and applied different remedies. My mom actually used some Headache Oil on him while they were still at the hospital, and he found this very helpful in providing relief.
What I Used…
In order to address these problems, I chose Arnica – my favorite herb for bruising, swelling, pain, and muscle/bone injuries. I also love Comfrey for its power to “knit together” something that is broken or damage. Plantain is excellent for any type of swelling or inflammation, and has brought immediate and effective relief/healing to quite a few bee stings in our family! I love essential oils of Helichrysum and Eucalyptus for swelling and bruising… and Wintergreen, Peppermint, Lavender and Clove Bud are top favorites for pain and soothing.
Since I have all of these ingredients in my Sore Muscle Salve, (plus Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, and Vitamin E Oil which are excellent for this type of injury!) I applied that first, followed by a diluted essential oil blend (second) to his head every few hours. I also rubbed the essential oil blend on his big big toes and thumbs (reflex points that directly relate to the brain), and up and down the back of his neck – the brain stem.
For the essential oil blend I used about 1 part infused Arnica oil (with Coconut and Olive Oil) to about 3 parts of the following essential oils: Helichrysum, Frankincense, Rosemary, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Bergamot (in that order, beginning with the ones I used the largest amounts of). These are all great for brain repair, swelling, bruising, pain, and relaxing/soothing.
It has been 24 hours since Jonathan returned home from the hospital, and the large bump on his head is gone. There is some slight redness where the bump was, and his head is tender if pressure is applied. He is his normal self again laughing, talking and playing with the younger boys… even completing his school work and wanting to do yard projects. He is required to get some rest for a few days and avoid any activities that could cause further injury or risk another “hit to the head” where he is already healing… he remembers everything up until the very moment that he went outside to do “something”, and he does not remember any details pertaining to the accident or drive to the hospital. But we are grateful that although the cause of the “accident” is a mystery, he is our happy, fun, energetic Jonathan again! And he is healing quite nicely 🙂
God is good! 🙂