Falling or overloading an area of your body usually leads to inflammation, which is your body’s response to aggression in that area. But do you really know what an inflammatory process is? According to its definition, an inflammation is a set of chemical reactions that are triggered in a part of your body, characterized by redness in the area, an increase in its volume, pain, a feeling of warmth and even the appearance of a functional disorder. Its causes may vary and can be due to pathogenic agents, irritating substances or simply as a result of a blow.
We recommend the RICE method as first-aid treatment for inflammation in muscles and joints:
- Rest: get as much rest as possible.
- Ice and apply a cooling cream such as Physiorelax Polar.
- Compress the affected area to reduce swelling and water retention.
- Elevate the injured area to improve blood flow.
On the other hand, for milder external inflammation, these natural remedies can come in handy:
- Arnica and harpagophytum: are two of the best anti-inflammatory herbs that nature has provided us with which can be applied topically. You can also find them among the ingredients of our Physiorelax creams.
- Calendula: excellent for skin inflammation. Our Physiorelax creams have just the right percentage of calendula, providing your skin with benefits.
- Cucumber slices: to reduce inflammation in the eyes and eyelids.
- Aloe vera: cut off a piece directly from the plant; the sap that drips out reduces inflammation and heals scars.
- Clove oil: its active ingredient is eugenol, a compound with anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and antioxidant properties.
- Wintergreen oil (“the natural aspirin”): a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic, which is contraindicated during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and in children under 6 years old because of its methyl salicylate content.
- Eucalyptus oil: highly useful in cases of arthritis, and also found in our cream Physiorelax Forte Plus.
- Rosemary oil: a muscle relaxant with an analgesic effect, indicated for muscle contractures, torticollis, etc.