By: Diane Knickerbocker
What is Trauma Oil
Trauma Oil is an infusion of three herbs, Arnica, St. John’s Wort, and Calendula in a base oil. By adding essential oils in it amplifies the already medicinal properties of these wonderful and therapeutic herbs. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, an athlete or you’ve experienced an injury from an accident or have to endure chronic pain, this formula is for you!
Why it works
Let’s take a close look at the ingredients to learn why it works so well. Unforgettable Oils is all about quality and the health of you and the ecology of the world so first and foremost everything we use is organic, Wildcrafted, and sustainably sourced and we use fairtrade products whenever possible. This is true for all our products!
Arnica- ( Montana, latifolia, and others) Webmed.com states that Arnica is applied to the skin for pain, swelling, bruising, acne, sprains, insect bites, Arthritis, muscle and cartilage pain, chapped lips and more. It’s active ingredients reduce swelling, edema, decrease pain and acts as an antibiotic.
Kami McBride is a well respected herbalist and says, Arnica dilates blood vessels and removes stagnation. Bruises are stagnant blood under the skin’s surface. Arnica gets blood moving so bruising dissipates or minimally form. It can be used before strenuous activity to help avoid soreness, after for recovery and in days to follow for full healing. Use Arnica for bumps, bruises, contusions, and torn ligaments to shorten recovery time. It can also be used after dental procedures on the outside of the jaw. Kami states that if it’s aggravated by movement and helped by rest it an Arnica moment. It’s recommended to use Arnica oil for no more than 2 weeks at a time then take a break before using again.
Arnica may feel warming or cooling. It is:
- Analgesic – Used to relieve pain
- Anti- Inflammatory – Relieves inflammation
- Circulatory – Improves blood flow through surrounding tissues
- Stimulant-Herbs that excite or quicken the activity of the physiological process .
- Vulnerary- Helps tissues to rebuild to heal wounds or cuts
Use after cut has closed.
Not for use during pregnancy but can be used post birthing with help from a midwife.
For use on children 7 years and older
St. John’s Wort- (Hypericum Perforatum)
This beautiful little flower is amazing in so many ways! Press the fresh flower between your thumb and index finger and it releases a dark red juice of sorts. When infused into a base oil such as coconut and olive oil like we use and it becomes a versatile oil used for burns, pains and more. Webmed.com states this oil can be used to treat scrapes, inflammation, scaly and itchy skin (psoriasis), first degree burns, wounds, tooth pulling pain, bug bites, hemorrhoid, and nerve pain. Kami McBride says it can also be used to help menstrual cramps, rashes, shingles, herpes, muscle spasms, sciatica, varicose veins, sunburns, whiplash , growing pains, and scars!!! WoW!!!
- Analgesic – pain relieving
- Antibacterial- kills bacteria
- Antiviral- kills viruses
- Antispasmodic- calms muscle spasms
- Vulnerary- helps heal and rebuild tissue
Contradictions are few and mostly limited to interactions with medications for bipolar and schizophrenia. Though oral use is not recommended during pregnancy use as in an oil or ointment for the above symptoms is highly recommended and can be very helpful.
Though some of these require orally taking St. John’s Wort, the list is impressive.
Calendula- ( Officinalis), Pot Marigold
Not to be confused with the vegetable garden variety of Marigolds, this calming, rejuvenating, skin softening Asteraceae plant may be mild and edible and in general safe for most everyone but boy does it take care of you.
Calendula is old as time. It isn’t mentioned specifically but I would bet it grew in the Garden of Eden. It was used by the Ancient Egyptians for its rejuvenating properties. The name Marigold refers to the Virgin Mary since the 14th century and is used in an English recipe for fighting The Plague.
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
- Vulnerary – heals or rebuilds tissue
- Sudorific- induces sweating
- Emmenagogic- stimulates or normalizes the menstrual flow. Tonic to the female reproductive system.
- Antispasmodic- reduces muscle spasms
- Antifungal – kills fungus
- Emollient – moisturizes tissues
- Lymphatic- stimulates movement of lymph
Though it can be used in cooking as a “poor man’s saffron” and added to soups, salads, and stew as well as used a dye or added to potpourris I’m mainly going to talk about skin care here.
You will find calendula in many skincare products, in fact, you will find it in many of ours including our Antibiotic Ointment, Barefoot Heel Balm, Intensive Care Body Butter, and Pain Relieving Trauma Oil. It is its amazing ability to heal and rebuild cells, calm inflammation, protect against infection, and kill bacteria besides being nutritive that is its claim to fame. It increases circulation and speeds the healing of wounds and burns with minimal scarring.
Kami McBride tells a story of a man suffering from diabetes on the verge of amputation from Gangrene. She had never treated something like this before in her early years of herbalism but in a last resort she was asked to help. After one treatment they saw big improvements and the nurses in their supportiveness said to continue with the treatments. He was able to go home with his appendages and instructions on how to treat himself in the future.
The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia says Calendula is for acute or chronic inflammatory skin lesions. Natural Healing in Gynecology by Rina Nissim says Calendula is an excellent remedy for wounds, fissures, boils, and burns. The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy (1915) states Calendula is especially applicable to burns to promote healing and prevent the formation of contracting scars. It causes the Sara to form in the simplest possible manner.
This is by no means an all inclusive list of these herbs uses but a good start.
We added these particular essential oils for these therapeutic effects.
Birch– Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, significant pain reduction, Bone healing, Antineuralgic, and more!
Helichrysum– Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, stops bleeding, nervine, and more!
Clove– Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, spasmolytic, anti neuralgic, and more!
Peppermint– Anti-inflammatory, nervine, antispasmodic, antiseptic, analgesic, antibacterial, and more!
Elemi– Anti-inflammatory, nervine, antiseptic, fortifying, and more!
As you can see this formula is a powerhouse of healing, pain relieving, put your mind at ease oil. It’s all you need when your body has been overworked, over played, or abused. Pick up a bottle (Here)!
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