Monday, May 21, 2012

This is literally a new week for me! Meaning? This is the first week since February 6th that I will not be under nurse's supervision! I was offically discharged! My wound being healed and my bp under control, there was no further need for the nurses to monitor me.
In some ways I miss the attention and the schedule! Knowing that the nurse was coming would put everyone on their toes! Cannot have the nurse coming to a "dirty" house now could we???? That is the one drawback! We will probably start getting lax in keeping the house presentable at all times. LOL LOL Notice I did not say CLEAN!
Would like to send out a congratulations to my niece Tyonna Wright! She graduated from Clark University in Atlanta today! She is on her way into the world!!! Having an education makes the journey a bit more enjoyable!
Right now in Jersey we are about to begin our season of roast and burn!!!! What we call the tropics of South Jersey! The humidity!!!!! Living next to the water does not help at all!!! Always wanted to live near the water, and got my wish!! Surrounded by water and marshy swamps! Nothing like those nice seaside towns u see on the tube! One thing we do look forward to every year is the Farmer's Market! The chance to get fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables is awesome! Not that Acme does not have nice produce, BUT there is something about getting your corn right from the stalk! LOL LOL
Still educating myself about herbs!
Today's herb is? Arnica! Hope u got as much from this as I did!


(Arnica montana ([Latin]), also commonly called mountain tobacco or leopard's
bane, is a wildflower resembling a daisy that grows in the mountains of Europe
and North America. Arnica is commonly used in topical herbal medicines to
speed healing from bruises and other traumatic injuries. Arnica is thought to
provide the body with pain relief as well as anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory

Arnica contains sesquiterpene lactones, substances that are
known to reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Arnica prevents bruising by
keeping stimulating the white blood cells to disperse trapped blood and fluid
from the site of injury. Arnica’s effectiveness as a treatment for bruising,
sports injuries, and inflammation is well established and many commercial creams
used for treatment of pain, bruising, and swelling contain arnica as an active
ingredient. Arnica creams are also used to treat pain and inflammation resulting
from carpel tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

Arnica can also be used externally to
treat tired, overstressed muscles. One study performed in Norway showed that
marathon runners who applied arnica to their skin before the event experienced
less pain and stiffness afterward. Arnica is a relaxing addition to the bath,
and has been shown to be particularly helpful for soaking tired, aching feet.

Arnica’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect may be of some
benefit to those with inflammatory skin disorders. This herb is traditionally
used as a topical treatment for burns, eczema, and acne. However, arnica should
not be applied to an open wound, as it could cause painful irritation.

Arnica is seldom used internally, because it is irritating to the
stomach, and can be poisonous if consumed in large amounts. Signs of arnica
toxicity include vomiting, weakness, increased heart rate and nervous

However, an arnica tincture is sometimes recommended by
homeopathic practitioners to treat motion sickness and seizure disorders (of
course, if you have a seizure disorder you should be under a doctor’s care, and
consult your physician before taking any supplementation, including arnica).

Arnica is known to stimulate blood circulation and can raise blood
pressure, especially in the coronary arteries. People with high blood pressure
or heart disease should consult a physician before using arnica.

Topical forms of arnica are generally rubbed on the skin at the site of pain or injury.
Arnica salves are available for treatment of chapped lips and skin, eczema, and
acne. You can also purchase tinctures or even dried arnica flowers—add them to a
relaxing bath for relief of tight, tired muscles and sore feet at the end of the

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