This is a great formula for treating sprains and bruises, as well as achy joints and sore muscles. It works by increasing circulation to the affected area and reducing tissue swelling. The herbs in this formula are readily available at your local grocer, health food store and even on the side of the road. Arnica and Calendula can be grown right outside in your garden and Cat Tail can be gathered in ditches all over the United States during the summer months.
Cat Tail Pollen
Making the Formula
Add an ounce of each herb in powdered form to a mortar and pestle and give it a few turns to complete the base mixture. Store the mixture in an airtight bag, bottle or tin and keep it in a cool dry place.
For muscle injuries, sprains and swollen joints mix one ounce of the base mixture with enough hot water to make a thick paste. Rub a little Olive oil on the affected area and apply the medicine directly to the injury. The oil keeps the herbs from sticking to the skin. Cover with a dry cloth and apply heating pads for about an hour.
Dit Da Jow
Dit Da Jow is an old Chinese liniment used by martial artists to stimulate circulation to the hands during toughening exercises. To make Jow, simply add four ounces of the base mixture to one liter of vodka or rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for two weeks and shake the bottle twice daily. At the end of two weeks strain the medicine through cheesecloth and pour it back into the bottle after cleaning. There is no need to refrigerate the formula since the medicine is suspended in alcohol. To use the Jow, apply a little to the hands before and after hand exercises.
To make a soothing ointment for tired and sore muscles, place a heaping tablespoon of the base mixture into a pound of beeswax. Heat the beeswax in a ceramic pot until it has melted and then add the mixture a little at a time. Gently stir in all of the mixture and cook it for about five minutes. Remove the medicine from heat and let it cool down a little before straining it through cheesecloth. It is important to cook this mixture on extremely low heat. Too much heat will burn the wax and give the ointment a very unpleasant odor. After the mixture cools down, stir in a little vitamin E. It will preserve the mixture for storage.
Poultices and liniments are designed to be applied to unbroken skin only. Never apply them to open wounds. Never apply heat or herbs to new sprains. It will result in severe swelling and bruising. Apply ice on sprains for the first 24 hours.