Tennis Elbow is a Pain
- Pain on the outer side of the elbow and down the forearm, especially with use of the hand.
- Tenderness (and sometimes swelling) over the bone on the outer side of the elbow.
- Pain is especially noticed when lifting with palm facing the floor, or with the grip of a healthy handshake.
If you're pretty certain it's a tendon issue reach for Lemongrass. I like Lemongrass for tendons as it's somewhat warming and has anti-inflammatory properties. "Lemongrass extracts have a beneficial effect on the inflammatory actions of cytokines, which are the signaling molecules through which the cells communicate and respond in the body. Studies have shown that lemongrass exerts anti-inflammatory action and its constituents such as citral may be the cause behind its inhibitory effects on cytokine production." (Source) I will usually layer Lemongrass with pure Birch or Peppermint essential oil in a bit of Naked Salve as both are analgesics that can aid in pain relief and help drive the Lemongrass a little deeper into tissue. An icy cold elbow bath is in order too, here's my favorite Tennis Elbow protocol that's worked for me.