Sports Injuries

Sportspersons are often at a higher risk of being affected by injuries such as cuts and bruises and even fractures. Often, most of these injuries require the assistance and advice of a practitioner to be dealt with, however, certain herbs and foods could also be used as a natural treatment for these sports injuries.

Here we’ve put down a list of some of the best herbs that could help you tackle sports injuries.

Comfrey

Comfrey is by far one of the best-known herbal remedies used to deal with skin cuts and bruises. This herb can be used in the form of a tincture or a tea, and is one of the oldest known remedies when it comes to tackling skin conditions. Applied topically, its anti-inflammatory properties are thought to work and reduce swelling and promote skin repair. Care should be taken not to ingest this herb as it could be toxic to the liver.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is one of the many popular herbal remedies for many skin conditions including bruising and wounds. The astringent properties of this herb stop internal and external healing and its valuable anti-inflammatory properties reduce the swelling of tissues and blood vessels near the wound area.

Parsley

You may have used this one to garnish your dishes, but it turns out, there’s much more to this herb than meets the eye. Just a few leaves of wet parsley when applied to the affected, bruised area can speed up healing of broken tissues and also reduce bleeding, if any.

Ginger

Surprised this one made it to the list? Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and is among the best known remedies when it comes to reducing inflammation. A cup of ginger tea a day could not just calm down inflammation of the affected area, but also promote digestive health.

Turmeric

Turmeric is well known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to be one of the best natural remedies when it comes to tackling skin conditions. This herb is thought to possess the best antimicrobial action, and is a great remedy for those affected by sports injuries such as bruises and wounds.

Just applying a mixture of turmeric and water to the wound can prevent bacterial infections and also speed up tissue healing.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an amazing antiseptic agent that is believed to be helpful in tackling many skin conditions including sports injuries. Tea tree oil can be applied to bruises and wounds to prevent infections, and speed up healing of broken tissues.

Oatstraw

While broken bones usually need an approach of a physician, herbs can sometimes also be supplemented with medications to speed up healing. Oatstraw is an herb that is packed with important nutrients that speed up bone repair and regeneration and can be taken to promote bone health. It is advisable to seek medical advice before taking this herb.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is the best-known herb used as a treatment for a wide range of skin conditions. It is thought to possess amazing anti-inflammatory action that soothes the swelling of tissues and promotes healing. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of this herb make it a wonderful natural remedy for bruises and cuts that are prone to infections.

Just applying the gel extracted from the aloe vera leaf topically to the affected area can promote healing of tissues and speed up wound repair.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is yet another effective herbal remedy that curbs many skin conditions, particularly sports injuries. The extracts of this herb are believed to curb pain associated with injuries, and its cooling, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties relieve pain and muscle stiffness of the affected area and also reduce inflammation. The extracts of this herb are also thought to be effective against insect bites and burns.

Other Herbs

Many other herbs such as those listed below could also be helpful in tackling sports injuries.

• Horsetail
• Nettles
• Goldenseal
• Echinacea
• Chaparral
Valerian
• Passionflower
• Catnip
• Skullcap
• Chamomile
Hawthorn
• Licorice root
• Wild yam
• Rosemary
Chamomile
• Lime
• Calendula
• Cayenne pepper
All herbs must be taken in their appropriate dosage and only after the advice of a practitioner.