Tennis Elbow is a Pain

November 05, 2014 21 Comments

Tennis Elbow is a Pain

 

Isn't it amazing how a spot of irritation can rule your whole day?  Tennis Elbow is a common complaint from weekend warriors to cubicle cuties it's no respecter of persons but, the pain of it all can be relieved naturally and affordably.  Try this first before considering something more drastic like a shot of cortisone that can break down joint health long term. Tennis elbow is a painful condition located around the protruding bone on the outside of the elbow (see red spot in photo).  It results from overuse of the forearm muscles, and is a form of tendinitis.  Despite its common name, it is usually a result of activities other than tennis.  The muscles that attach to the outer side of the elbow pass along the back of the forearm and wrist, and act to extend the wrist.  With repetitive or strenuous activity, the point where these muscles attach to bone becomes damaged and inflamed, and hurts! Symptoms to look for:

  • 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.

 

    1 cw round 150

     

    ingredients
      Directions
      1. Gather your ingredients, including a big bowl of ice water that you'll be able to stick your elbow in for a good soak, the colder the better! Icing the elbow will do two things, reduce inflammation and allow blood to come surging back in as the elbow warms up. Super way to aid faster healing, blood flow is good!
      2. Note: If you don't have time to soak your elbow try adding a drop of Cypress essential oil to aid in circulation.
      3. Use 1 to 2 drops of Lemongrass and massage NEAT (undiluted) to inflamed area (see red dot in photo above). Next, add 1 to 2 drops of Birch or Peppermint to a small bit of Naked Salve or carrier oil for a final massage. Apply 2 or 3x per day or as needed. Remember to rest that elbow of any strenuous activity until it's had a chance to calm itself. Wrapping the area with a pressure band can help support the tender tendons too.

      Recipe By: CampWander




      21 Responses

      Sami
      Sami

      May 10, 2017

      I have golfers elbow, the other side of the elbow. Would protocal be the same??

      Cindy Bryant
      Cindy Bryant

      May 10, 2017

      I have golfers elbow as well so glad to see it’s the same thing. what can I use for Plantar Fasciitis..please advise on what I can use

      lori
      lori

      May 10, 2017

      hi wondering would it help with osteoarthritis in the hands?

      Carol
      Carol

      May 10, 2017

      Good morning, I wonder if this would be great for corpatunel?
      Thank you so much for the information you share! Oils are the greatest,!

      MaryEllen
      MaryEllen

      May 10, 2017

      Thank you!! Very timely!! I love your blog… so helpful!

      Rebecca
      Rebecca

      May 10, 2017

      Yes, absolutely!

      Jessie L
      Jessie L

      May 10, 2017

      This post arrived in my email at the perfect time. For the past 3 weeks my right arm has an almost constant on/off ache. Of course, I didn’t have it start until after my yearly doctor visit. Thank you, I’m going to have to try this.

      Debi
      Debi

      May 10, 2017

      Would you please explain what you mean by massage NEAT? I have both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow in my left elbow, and I am also left handed. I have been suffering since July with severe pain, and am interested in trying Essential Oils. I have never tried oils so any advice would be appreciated.
      thanks so much, Debi

      Jenna
      Jenna

      May 10, 2017

      Perfect timing! My husband asked me last night if I had any oils that would help with his “tennis elbow”! :) I have all of the ingredients and can’t wait to try it! Could I make some up in a salve or roller bottle to take with him?

      Megan
      Megan

      May 10, 2017

      This sounds like an incredible option before cortisone. I have calified tendinitis and bursitis in my shoulder, would it work for this area as well? Obviously I can’t really soak my shoulder, but the massage with the oils soulnds like it may work for me.

      Sami Taylor-Bilow
      Sami Taylor-Bilow

      May 10, 2017

      Thank you!

      Cheryl Webster
      Cheryl Webster

      May 10, 2017

      Any ideas about Costochondritis?

      Rebecca
      Rebecca

      May 10, 2017

      This just might be a good remedy for you too with a change… Substitute Marjoram for Lemongrass and follow the same protocol using Birch or Peppermint layered for pain relief.

      Annette
      Annette

      May 10, 2017

      Suffering whiplash and neck/back injury from an accident. Was told by chiropractor I have strained muscles. Any recommendations? Thank you.

      Rebecca
      Rebecca

      May 10, 2017

      That’s a great idea!

      Rebecca
      Rebecca

      May 10, 2017

      Stephanie, I would invest in the 5ml bottle of Spark Naturals Lemongrass and Birch, both are pure EOs you’ll be able to put to good use as pain relievers etc. Just add a drop of each to a little bit of coconut oil or other carrier and massage in topically over areas of discomfort. Be sure to be consistent with a 2x daily application!

      www.sparknaturals.com/?id=6

      I have two pain relieving salves available in the CW Shop if you want something ready to use!
      www.campwander.com/shop/

      Stephanie
      Stephanie

      May 10, 2017

      My husband has tennis elbow, as well as my daughter. I am just now learning about EOs. Can I Buy your salve or something to try before I step out as an amateur? He’s been reluctant about trying but is on board now & I don’t want to hinder him! Thank you! Camp Wander rocks

      Karen
      Karen

      May 10, 2017

      This worked great on my painful elbow. The pain was simply gone!

      Christine
      Christine

      May 10, 2017

      If I were to make a batch of the Naked Salve & put the oils into the salve, how many drops of each per jar would you recommend? A 4oz jar :)
      Thank you!

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      Rose
      Rose

      May 10, 2017

      Oh my gosh…this really works! ❤️ I suffered months last time I had tennis elbow. This time relief began almost immediately!

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