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Tips to Avoid Injuries While Gardening

For many people, gardening is one of life’s greatest joys. But exercising your green thumb carries some risk. Don’t let a day of digging, weeding and watering get the best of you. Take steps to prevent and treat common gardening injuries.

Protect Yourself

– Safety goggles and gloves shield your eyes and skin from chemicals and pesticides and protect you from sharp or motorized equipment.

– Spending hours in the sun each day can lead to sunburn and can increase your chance of skin cancer. Sport a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Take frequent shady breaks, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is at its highest.

– While watering your plants, don’t forget to water yourself. Drink plenty of liquids, but avoid alcohol or sugary beverages that will dehydrate you.

– Use lightweight hand tools with rubber handles and ergonomic designs. Tools with offset handles make digging and weeding easier. Or cover your current handles in foam tubing. Sharp, clean tools work better and require less effort, so maintain or replace your equipment often. Handle extenders and reachers can help you reduce the need for bending, reaching and stretching.

Homeopathic medicines to treat common injuries

– Did you get scraped or cut out there? You can treat minor injuries with aloe[1]. You can also try Cicadermine, a homeopathic ointment to relieve irritated skin.

– Treat pain at first sign with Arnicare! Arnicare Gel, Cream and Tablets help relieve muscle and joint pain and ease resorption of swelling and bruising. Try it for neck, back, shoulder and leg muscle pain, swelling from injuries, and bruising.

Arnicare Gel is unscented, paraben-free, non-greasy and quickly absorbed by the skin, so it’s convenient to apply and easy to use anywhere on your body.

– For stings and bug bites, apply Dapis gel. This non-greasy and paraben-free gel relieves hitching and promotes the healing of insect bites.

– You enjoy flowers, but you suffer from seasonal allergies? Try Sabalia, a non-drowsy and antihistamine-free medicine to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms.

By following a few precautions, you can make this gardening season a safe and pleasant one.

These homeopathic medicines may not be right for everyone. Always read and follow the label.

[1] http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=32&lang=fra

 

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