Cortesia Quick Relief Liniment (with Solomon’s Seal): Its Use and Effectiveness

An herbal liniment is a medicinal liquid formulated with herbs in a base of rubbing alcohol, Witch Hazel, or oil. It is firmly rubbed into the skin to provide temporary, fast-acting pain relief for sore and inflamed joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It may also alleviate some of the discomfort of arthritis, bursitis, circulation problems, old injuries, rheumatism, sprains, strains, bumps, and bruises.

Liniments are extremely practical, having been used for thousands of years, often giving necessary short-term relief from pain, discomfort and stiffness within minutes. For those with joint health issues (stiffness, inflammation, pain), an effective liniment is invaluable. Athletes and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, from runners to gardeners, often use a liniment before and after exercise to keep muscles and joints loose and flexible. It goes without saying: Every medicine chest should have a bottle of liniment.

We have taken great care in formulating our Cortesia Quick Relief Liniment. The selected organic herbs are known for their individual and synergistic therapeutic value. They are steeped in a Witch Hazel and Isopropyl Alcohol base for many weeks for optimal distillation of each herb’s chemical constituents. We hand-bottle each liniment on demand from the steeping menstrum base to ensure highest and freshest therapeutic qualities.

Although liniments are not designed to provide long-term relief from chronic pain or discomfort, they work especially well when combined with herbal salves and/or tinctures, which are more lasting over time in their healing effects. We discuss this healing strategy thoroughly below. Continue reading

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Using an Herbal Liniment: Key Part of a 3-Step Healing Strategy

An herbal liniment (such as our Cortesia Quick Relief Liniment) is a medicinal liquid of herbs in a base or “carrier” of rubbing alcohol, Witch Hazel, or oil that is firmly rubbed into the skin to provide temporary, fast-acting pain relief and increased blood circulation. A liniment can be used alone, however, its effectiveness is increased when part of a 3-Step Healing Strategy using an accompanying topical salve and tincture. A good therapeutic liniment is effective for the following types of conditions:

  • Sore and inflamed joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Alleviation of the discomfort of arthritis, bursitis, and rheumatism
  • Circulation problems (increases blood circulation in affected area)
  • Sprains, strains, and bruises
  • Injuries or discomforts from sports, gardening, work, or recreational activities associated with the above symptoms
  • Other conditions that may benefit from short-term relief

Liniments are one of the oldest known natural medicinal interventions, fully using the therapeutic qualities of certain plants. They have been used for thousands of years, applied externally on humans and animals alike. Horse trainers use liniments extensively to relieve leg strains and injuries unique to horses. Athletes and sports enthusiasts often find quick relief by using a liniment. (For example, rub in a liniment briskly before and after your morning or afternoon run or strenuous workout). Similarly, people suffering from arthritis or bursitis greatly benefit from the short-term relief that a liniment provides.

Although liniments are not designed to provide long-term relief from chronic pain or discomfort, they work especially well when combined with herbal salves and/or tinctures, which are more lasting over time in their healing effects. We discuss this healing strategy thoroughly below. Massage will also enhance the effects of a liniment. Continue reading

Joint Pain and Injury — How Solomon’s Seal May Help

Joint pain and discomfort is one of the most common health concerns today. Millions of dollars per year are spent on treatment, medications and over-the-counter interventions. There are numerous causes for joint issues — disease, accident, stress-injuries from overexertion, environmental, even nutrition and diet.

Most people have little knowledge about how their joints work, nor do they understand the mechanism behind joint pain and inflammation. This article offers a basic overview of joints, including joint pain and inflammation. It also clarifies how an herb like Solomon’s Seal works to treat joint issues and to optimize their health.

How Joints Work

Imagine your body without joints — remove all joints from toes, ankles, knees, hips, fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck. The result is that you would simply be a stiff stick figure that could not bend, rotate, properly walk, run, sit, or function in most human ways. To understand the mystery of joints is really quite simple: a joint is formed when two bones meet. Similarly, the mechanics of joint function is simple: ligaments, tendons, bursae, cartilage and synovium all work together as a system to seamlessly give flexibility. We can call this the joint system. It is this joint system that gives us movement and range of motion.

There are three categories of joints classified by the amount of movement they allow: fibrous joints which allow no movement, cartilaginous joints which allow limited movement (as in spine and ribs), and synovial joints which are free-moving (the most common type of joint in the body).

All joint issues are a result of a breakdown or dysfunction of one or multiple parts of the joint system that prevent basic movement. This article will help you know your joint system, and especially the unique way in which the herb Solomon’s Seal can help with joint issues. Continue reading

Healing Texting, Thumb and Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) with Solomon’s Seal: Part 2

Unlike my previous article, Healing Texting, Thumb and Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) with Solomon’s Seal: Part 1, this article looks more specifically at thumb issues, now being widely reported as a growing issue among texters, game players and computer users. I believe that if you understand the properties of your thumb, fingers, hand and wrist, you might better understand the potential healing effects Solomon’s Seal Tincture may offer in your convalescence.

Here is the key to understanding complications arising in your thumb as a result of texting or injuring it via a sport, avocation or occupation: For every pound of pressure that you push at the tip of your thumb, it is magnified at the base of your thumb, called the carpometacarpal joint (CMC).Basal Thumb Joint

It is estimated that people (especially teens) run a high risk of texting injuries if they text over 80 messages a day. This is about the equivalent of spending one hour a day only texting — repeatedly and rapidly tapping the thumb on a key pad. Add to this regular daily computer use and/or video games! That’s a lot of daily, sustained pressure at the tip of the thumb being magnified at the thumb’s base! (Note: there are other injuries associated with texting, as described in my article.)

Over time, repeated thumb use or injury can lead to problems: joint issues and nerve issues. In the most serious cases, excessive wear and tear and inflammation of the basal joint of the thumb can lead to osteoarthritis of the thumb. Thumb arthritis can cause hand pain, swelling, decreased strength and range of motion. Continue reading

Solomon’s Seal: Side Effects or Adverse Reactions

Observational and anecdotal information suggests that Solomon’s Seal has minimal to no negative side effects. This may be in part because tinctures are fairly benign. Their intent is to capture the essential qualities of a plant and to dispense those in a few drops into the body, almost like homeopathic remedies, flower essences, and the like. It is exceedingly difficult to overdose. Wellness practitioners have also told us that they have not found any adverse reactions from any of their clients taking our Solomon’s Seal tinctures.

Solomon's Seal root

As benign as Solomon’s Seal has historically been reported to be for over 3,000 years, it is important to state that the present medical system in the United States has strong opposing views about the value and usefulness of “alternative interventions” like herbs and tinctures. In the Far East, Solomon’s Seal is valued as one of the top five healing herbs in the plant world. In the West its medicinal qualities are little known.

Your medical doctor may oppose your using our tincture. S/he may not recommend its use if you are using other prescription medications or the like. They may be concerned about possible drug interactions.

Our intent is always to know and share the best and latest information available about using Solomon’s Seal or other healing herbs. As wellness educators, we are also attempting to work with the medical community, both traditional and alternative, so that practitioners are well-informed. In any case, however, if you are under medical supervision, please get consultation if you believe it is necessary. Continue reading