3-Step Herbal Remedy For Easing Your Tennis Elbow Pain
If you suffer from tennis elbow pain, you may wonder if there is anything you can do at home to naturally ease your symptoms. If so, use the following three-step herbal remedy using ingredients you can find in pharmacies and natural health shops.
Step 1: Rub Your Elbow With A Homemade Herbal Massage Oil
The first step in this home remedy involves massaging your elbow with a homemade herbal oil. This oil uses eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties. They also have a cooling effect that can also help relieve muscle pain.
Olive oil is also used as a carrier oil. The rich texture of this oil has a soothing effect.
To make the oil, mix together a tablespoon of olive oil with four drops each of the eucalyptus and peppermint oils. Then, pour a small amount in your palm, and rub your hands together to warm the oil.
Massage the oil into your elbow and the surrounding muscles. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Wrap Your Elbow With Comfrey Leaves And Gauze
After rubbing your elbow with the herbal massage oil, this next step involves wrapping the area with comfrey leaves and gauze wrap. Comfrey leaves are known to have properties that reduce pain and inflammation. The gauze wrap holds it in place for the next step.
To prepare the leaves, hold them over boiling water, and let them steam for a couple of minutes. This brings the natural juices and oils to the surface, as well as heats the leaves. Let them cool for about a minute, then place them on your elbow.
Wrap the area with the gauze wrap, then go on to the next step.
Step 3: Move Your Arm Around
Once your elbow is wrapped securely and warmed by the comfrey leaves, move it around. While the muscles are starting to relax, the combination of the movement and remedy can help loosen them up.
However, do not do any strenuous exercises. Instead, you can either perform the exercises given to you by your physical therapist or do a few warm-up exercises to get your arm moving.
Using the above home remedy twice a day can help ease the tightness and pain caused by your tennis elbow. However, if you still experience symptoms or have problems moving your elbow freely, ask your physical therapist for recommendations on products or exercises that can help loosen up your arm. You may need more physical therapy to help improve it.