After a bad spill on the steps at the subway station, I was left with some pretty nasty bruising on both shins. Between the soreness and the aesthetics, I was not happy about the aftermath of my fall. To make matters worse, I had a ski trip coming up and tight-fitting boots are already painful enough to fashion–I was worried I wouldn’t be able to wear them, in turn making my trip a bust. After my fall, I started religiously applying Dr. Hauschka Skin Care’s Ouch! Aid Arnica Compresses and noticed that my legs were looking and feeling better after several days. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, arnica has been used for centuries to treat topical skin disorders by helping disperse trapped fluids and improve circulation in connective tissue. These handy pads by Dr. Hauschka made applying the oil easy and I was able to nurse my bruises several times a day–even from desk at work.
The day before skiing in Park City, I visited the Golden Door Spa at Dakota Mountain Lodge and asked the therapist to work some arnica oil into my 80-minute Mountain Salvation Massage. He happily obliged and commented that he uses arnica regularly on his little boy’s bumps and bruises because it’s so gentle, yet effective. By the time I hit the slopes the next day, my legs were in great shape and I didn’t have any discomfort sporting my ski boots. While I didn’t fall once on the slopes, I did come home from that trip with a few bruises from tripping over my own luggage at the airport. Of course, I went back to using the Ouch! Aid Arnica Compresses—too bad they can’t help me become less clumsy! For more on the magic of arnica, click here.