Accidents happen. You can plan on that…and of course it is smart to be “best” prepared for when they do and to minimize the damage.
As a parent, the dreaded hit to the melon is what nightmares are made of. Concussion are incredibly common, most of the millions of incidents that happen annually are with teen athletes. But it can happen to the little ones as well as they learn the limits of exploration. My boys have fallen so many times and I wonder what grows faster; the size of the tears or the size of the lump / bruise.
The big question that so many of us have is how do you know if you or your child needs extra help? As a disclaimer, we do have to encourage you do seek professional help. When the head experiences enough force to “rattle” the brain, bruising and even bleeding can occur. Losing consciousness is one of the warning signs, but headaches, memory loss, vomiting, delayed response, pain, dizziness and more can also happen. It is important to know who the trusted experts are to check the depth of the injury and we recommend practitioners who have gone through the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. The site has a “find a doctor” link to seek a qualified practitioner near you.
With that being said, here are my best home remedies to reduce the symptoms of the concussion, improve the body’s ability to heal and to reduce the long term damage of a mild traumatic brain injury;
- Hydration – high quality, filtered water with lemon or added trace minerals or organic coconut water should be increased. At the very least, drink half your body weight in ounces each day, but extra support is recommended for healing. Here is a link to some of our favorite water tips.
- Sleep – increasing the amount of sleep is a crucial step in the healing process. During the times you’re asleep, the parasympathetic neurological system is pumping out inflammation from the brain and bringing in new healing nutrients. Here are some extra sleeping tips, but know it is common to have difficulty sleeping after a concussion.
- Rest – I just talked about sleeping, isn’t that rest? This part is equally important, but a little different. I’m referring to use of the brain for things like work, school and especially screen time. These things all require concentrated brain power and after an injury these normal tasks can easily over-stimulate the neurological system and cause the healing process to be drawn out.
- Healthy Fats– at least 60% of our brain is made of fat. The health of the brain is not only dependent on the quality of good fat, but the quantity. We recommend organic and pastured animal products and/or raw sesame, hemp, flax and chia seeds and avocados to increase the amount of fat in your diet. Processed foods and grains are especially harmful post-concussion due to their inflammatory nature.
- Turmeric- this potent anti-inflammatory is smart to use in close proximity to the accident to help reduce the inflammation you can (and can't) see.
- CBD – I firmly believe that every house needs to have CBD in the medicine cabinet, if for nothing else than neurological support. This lovely plant naturally reduces pain, inflammation and most importantly, has properties that support neurological regeneration and protection from future episodes. There are also CB2 receptors on the microglial cells in the brain which are specifically responsible for inflammation in the brain.
- Arnica – this has been a really helpful homeopathic tool to use internally to reduce pain and topically to help reduce the bruising and swelling. You can find it at your local health food store in little homeopathic vials or topical creams.
- Essential Oils– another one of plant medicine’s winners, frankincense has properties that reduce pain, inflammation, stress reduction and much more. Apply on the roof of the mouth at least 3 times a day, diffuse and use topically; basically the more the better! Other oils like lemongrass to promote blood flow, citrus and peppermint to help increase alertness, focus or grounding blends to encourage calming are all good thing to incorporate as well.
There you go, you now have an extensive list to keep handy in preparation for a head injury for you or your little ones!
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