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Healing Broken Bones

I broke my foot last weekend. It's a sad story, with the basis of it all being the loss of our precious family dog. He was struck by a potato truck. In the process of me helping to calm, comfort, and carry him to the truck to rush him to the vet, my foot went into a divot. As I turned, my foot snapped, and I fell to the ground. Result: Not only a heart-breaking event but bone-breaking as well. A full fracture of metatarsal 5, ankle bone avulsion, and torn ligaments. The orthopedic doctor's updated protocol: No weight-bearing for a minimum of 4 weeks, and full recovery projected at 6-12 weeks. NOT happy news for someone whose job includes therapeutic bodywork & teaching yoga.

What to do? Here is my plan of execution for a speedy, complete healing:

The red/orange elements are referring to ligaments.
  • The basics: The smart practice of RICE: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I continue to do these four steps daily. Compression, I only do at night to secure the movement of my foot when I am sleeping (I move around a lot in my sleep). I use a mild compression sock for stabilizing my injured foot.

  • Topically: I faithfully apply these essential oils (in a blend): Turmeric, lavender, arnica, peppermint, and frankincense. The anti-inflammatory properties of these botanicals work wonders. I apply this treatment in the AM & PM. Note: Comfrey and mullein are also excellent herbal oils for bone restoration. However, I did not have any on hand when making my blend. Christopher's Tissue & Bone Massage Oil is fantastic! I ordered some of this soon after the injury. It is a thick, herbal oil. You can find it here:

  • Supplements: I am consuming fermented turmeric (to ease inflammation), probiotics (to keep my immunity strong), vitamin D (for added bone support), and collagen powder (for joint & tissue repair). I add the collagen to my organic coffee in the AM, and then add a scoop in my smoothie mid-afternoon. Finally, I am taking New Chapter's Bone Strength Take Care supplement, which contains calcium, magnesium, and much more bone fortifying properties! You can find it here:

  • Foot Soak: I soak my feet at night with herbal Epsom salts. The magnesium in the blend helps to relax my ligaments. I sometimes get charlie horses in the night, and soaking my feet/lower legs helps to prevent my calf muscles from seizing up. Here are a few I like: White Egret Epsom Salt Lavender and Zum Tub Bath Salts (Mint)

  • Diet: As mentioned, I am consuming high antioxidant smoothies daily + collagen, as well as lots of greens for vitamin K benefit ( Kale, Spinach, Collards, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts), and of course plenty of fluids to help flush out lactic acid. This includes water, herbal teas, and bone broth. Try Ancient Medicine's Bone Broth Collagen or NeoCells' Super Collagen

  • My saving grace: I have dense bones. I can attribute this mainly to my nourishment and exercise routine. Yoga, High-Intensity Intervals, and weight-bearing activities such as hiking, walking, and use of free weights all help to keep my bones strong. Remember that, my friends- exercise is MORE than just for losing or maintaining your weight and waistline.

Please, share your thoughts/comments below on your ideas, experiences, and tips to add to bone health & healing!

In Grace,














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