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Old 03-21-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default Drum's Alpine Salve - Consumer Review

Drum's magicv potion arrived a while ago but I wanted a period of several days where I DON'T have to use my left arm/shoulder to peroperly test it. My left shoulder & now up into my neck have been aching like crazy & lately it's been so bad I've not been sleeping well.

I just applied, (maybe a bit too much!), of the Alpine Balm to my shoulder, the neck area leading from it & the underarm area. I love the way it feels cool on the surface but a certain heat is penetrating into the flesh right now. It's soothing. The shoulder area still aches but not as badly & I've just had this on a half hour or so.

I'm going to keep 'reporting' on the effects.

Before I used it, I evaluated the motion of the shoulder as best I could without having a clue what I'm doing. I think it's moving through a normal range of motion - seems equal to the other side but I can hear & feel a lot of popping & clicking in the joint. As I rubbed the balm on, I noticed the muscle(s?), in the area above the joint & into the neck seems inflamed, swollen & hard. It may be a muscular injury that I keep reaggravating - I'm just not sure at this point. I'm going to keep using the balm... not sure how often I should reapply it...?

My only other issue is keeping Rikki - my tortoiseshell nightmare from trying to make himself one with my left shoulder. He's sitting here with his nose deep in my sweater, trying to climb... THROUGH me?
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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I have done many years of shoulder problems. Things I have been told.
Use a sling, rest it as much as you can. Probably rotator cuff and the worst news of all. It is an age thing and you deteriorate from too much hard work with that arm and shoulder. Do not rip it up anymore.
Good luck and hopefully I am totally wrong.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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I suspect you're right...LOL. Time to haul out the sling... if only to remind myself not to use it so much, even for small stuff.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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I wonder what the cats would do if you gave them the jar?

I hope it helps you, Sue. I apply it as often as I need it. Sometimes when my back is hurting bad that might be every few hours. I've never had irritated skin from it, but that's me.

btw, a young man that my oldest went to grade school with found her on Facebook last year. They messaged a couple times and that was about it until she posted the link to my Etsy store on her page a few days ago. He had been having shoulder and neck problems and ordered a jar. She forwarded me a message from him this morning.


"I picked up the package this morning! What kind of witchcraft is this? The balm is absolutely fantastic, and my neck owes your (sorceress?) mother a great deal of gratitude. I had one too many accidents that somehow involved me breaking falls with my head, and it is just fantastic to not feel cracking and popping at the moment. Is she married? Because, like, I totally appreciate a woman with medicinal ability... Perhaps second only to a mastery of the culinary arts? Cosmo should print that in a column."


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Old 03-21-2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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More after supper but so far, this is offering great relief. The pain isn't completely gone but it's been sittingt there & building for weeks. And as the muscles relax, I expect an odd sort of 'rebound pain' anyway.
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Damn, but that Alpine Balm is magic!

I have been battling athlete's foot for several months. OTC meds didn't touch it. Prescription meds seemed to knock it down, but it came back as soon as I stopped using it.

It didn't seem to bother me during the day, I suspect because there was enough other sensory input to drown out the sensation. But the burning and itching at night was driving me crazy. I couldn't sleep because of it. So last week, in desperation, I rubbed Alpine Balm on it, hoping to at least cool the burning sensation. ONCE. Just that one application.

This week I realized: No burning. No itching. NOTHING. It's GONE!
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Damn, but that Alpine Balm is magic!

I have been battling athlete's foot for several months. OTC meds didn't touch it. Prescription meds seemed to knock it down, but it came back as soon as I stopped using it.

It didn't seem to bother me during the day, I suspect because there was enough other sensory input to drown out the sensation. But the burning and itching at night was driving me crazy. I couldn't sleep because of it. So last week, in desperation, I rubbed Alpine Balm on it, hoping to at least cool the burning sensation. ONCE. Just that one application.

This week I realized: No burning. No itching. NOTHING. It's GONE!

Wut

Seriously?

---------- Post added at 09:06 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:03 AM ----------

Now I'm going to have to go back in research what I might have put in there that's an antifungal
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Maybe the menthol and the vitamin E, plus the aloe?
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Menthol... Vicks does an excellent job on toe and foot fungus.
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Well, there's a lot of menthol in it for sure.

Interesting.
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Maybe the menthol and the vitamin E, plus the aloe?

There's not that much Vitamin E in there. I use it as a sort of preservative in the infused herbal oils I make for the base. I put in 1/2 tablespoon in about 40 oz of infused oil.

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Except for the cottonwood infused oil. You don't need to add anything to that, it has it's own natural preservative.
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Is it still gone, MA?
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