Broken Ribs &
by Bryan L. Moore
I have played lacrosse
for the last fifteen years and during that time I have only had two
injuries that prevented me from playing in any games. In late
September, 2003, I played in a lacrosse tournament in Las Vegas.
During the first game I was speared from behind in my lower back. I
did not feel any pain but did have a considerable amount of
stiffness into the night and next day. While waiting for my flight I
stretched out with my arms above my head. I heard a pop in the area
where I had been hit the previous day. From then on I was in a
considerable amount of pain.
It hurt to laugh,
cough, sneeze and even breathe hard. Upon returning to Arizona I
made an appointment to the sports medicine physician at the
University of Arizona. I was x-rayed and I was diagnosed as having
two broken ribs and my floating rib had been dislocated. My injury
had occurred on a Friday and I had been diagnosed on a Monday. The
doctor informed me that there is no proactive treatment for
fractured ribs. I was instructed to do as little activity as
possible. According to the doctor I would be unable to participate
in athletic activity for up to six weeks. Though the diagnosis was
prudent, it was unacceptable to me. I would go “crazy” if I was
unable to be active for eight weeks. My mother has made a product
called Bruise Juice since 1969. This infused therapeutic oil is made
of dozens of freshly picked and infused herbs with the addition of
3.8% essential oils. It has a long time reputation for healing or
helping to heal all sorts of physical injuries, sunburn, cuts,
bruises, etc. It was ‘invented’ from a formula that my mother
had found in an herbal text that dates from 1668. She made it when
she had been injured in an automobile accident and had broken
several ribs and was paralyzed on the upper right side of her body.
In the early ‘70s it was even used by professional trainers of
horses to reduce inflammation or injuries from racing. Mother sent
I started applying
Bruise Juice around the area that had been injured on the Tuesday
after my diagnosis in the hopes that my recovery time would be
reduced. At best I thought I would reduce my recovery time by a week
or two. I used it every evening right before I went to bed. By the
following Tuesday I started doing my regular evening run. I still
was not able to do any pushups or sit-ups but I was amazed at the
progress of my healing. I was able return the regular workout by the
third week after my injury. Instead of not being able to participate
in athletics for six weeks, I was able to start running after one
week and was able to be fully active within 4 weeks. I believe that
my speedy recovery was due to two factors. First, I believed in my
recovery and my ability to heal. Secondly and no less important was
my regular use of Bruise Juice.
Author Bio: Bryan L.
Moore is a dedicated Lacrosse player, and a senior at the University
of Arizona majoring in Regional Development.
for Bruise Juice: Herbal BodyWorks, 219 Carl St., San
Francisco, CA 94117. Order phone number 415/564-6785.
"I gave blood on Saturday. The tech
person poked through the vein and it
immediately swelled bigger than my thumb. When I got home I put
juice on it, liberally. There was almost no bruising, and today
hardly see it at all. The other arm they finally got the pint
out of is
more bruised that the arm that swelled! Good stuff!" -- E.T.
This product is a
Jeanne Rose original that has been in production since 1969.
Periodically and in season, fresh herbs, barks, root, spices,
conifer needles, garden plants are picked and infused with Calendula
flowers in oil or directly infused into S Olive oil. The infusion
takes at least 3 days and often longer depending on the action of
the herbs in the oil.
When Jeanne determines
that the plants have left their essence and properties in the oil,
the pot is briefly heated and allowed to cool and the herbs separate
away via decanting and straining. The oil is then left in a cool
dark place for a week or so, to allow the oil to separate into
layers — watery layer on the bottom composed of some of the water
extracted from the plants, the thin central layer is residue
composed of dirt particles and impurities and on top is the clear,
green, rich herbal oil infusion. The pot is briefly chilled to
solidify the watery and the residue layers; the oil is then decanted
off into a clean container.
Now 3-4 ounces of pure
essential oil is added to the gallon of green oil. Essentials such
as Tea Tree, Plai, Tasmanian Lavender, Ravensara and Petitgrain may
be chosen, depending on the time and season of the year. The
essential oils are incorporated, the container is separated into
quart sized bottles and the Bruise Juice is ready for the public!
some now while it is fresh and potent.415/564-6785
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