Need Pregnancy back and hip pain relief? Great tips on how to nurse yourself better – naturally

Mary Mason said “A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die”.  All of us mothers know thats so true….but what Mary should have added is “and your back will never be the same again“.

Sadly over 66% of all women suffer from back ache or pelvic pain during their pregnancy.

Here’s some tips from Nature’s Nurse to help you nurse your back better during and after pregnancy.

Rapid Recovery Family Pain Relief Cream is great to use to relieve aching backs, hips and shoulders during pregnancy, back massage relief in labour, bumps, bruises and general injuries or any where you are feeling strains and pains.

family_rub_main_imgIts safe easy & effective use in pregnancy -with no harmful or addictive ingredients -just natural effective pain relief.

It works fast – you’ll start feeling relief in just 4 minutes – way faster than a (possibly dangerous) pill.

Its targeted to the area thats hurting – rather than being absorbed by your stomach, liver and kidneys before a small amount makes its way to your back.

Its 100% natural, fast absorbing, non-staining & hypoallergenic.

It smells wonderful – with a truly therapeutic Lavender oil and feels great too.

You can use whenever you need it -simply rub on as often as needed for relief from back, hip & pelvic aches*.

Its also ideal for aching shoulders and arms as you carry and feed when you’re bundle of joy is born.  And for stress relief massages too!

The blend of ingredients treats the pain and the cause of the pain.

We use highly therapeutic levels of anti-inflammatory Arnica, with natural MSM mineral provides fast acting pain relief. Colloidal minerals provide the building blocks for our bodies repair and  Lavender essential oil helps calm & soothe.

Made in NZ to the highest quality pharmaceutical grade standards in TGA Eco-cert manufacturing facilities,  with sustainably sourced, medicinal grade herbal extracts & selected pure ingredients that are safe for use in pregnancy.

No parabens or phenoxyethanols – we use a natural, especially blended EcoCert preservative

Available in 80g and 50g tubes or 480g pump bottles, from Natural Health Stores and selected Pharmacies, Physio, Osteo & Massage Therapists. Or order online at www.NaturesNurse.co.nz Phone 09 529 0433

*Commonsense use clause – Always read the label and use only as directed. Avoid open wounds or infected skin.  If you are concerned or your symptoms worsen, see your healthcare professional. TAPS #PP3572

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Want fast safe natural pain relief? Wonder if Arnica creams or herbal cures actually work? Here’s what you need to know.

Do Arnica Cream or Herbal Creams actually work?

Are you skeptical that Arnica cream and other herbal creams actually work? How do they give you natural pain relief? How do they help with healing sprains, strains, muscle and joint injury or bruising?

Are you trying to find natural pain relief options that are safe for you and all your family? Or an effective fast acting anti-inflammatory cream for sports injuries?

Are you wondering about the health risks of using NSAID drugs like ibuprofen or diclofenac (such as Voltaren or Nurofen?)

Here’s why Rapid Recovery Cream is the perfect safe effective and natural pain relief anti-inflammatory bruise cream and healing remedy.

Rapid Recovery -natural pain relief creams that help you heal.

Do Arnica Creams actually work?

The quick answer is absolutely yes....It’s possible to get fast, safe & natural pain relief and fast anti inflammatory relief. But you must choose herbal creams with the right active ingredients, and the right quantity of active ingredients.

Our advice? Read the label and choose a product with highly effective levels of proven natural ingredients.

And check out the way the ingredients are processed. For example – you will want to choose those products with Arnica flower tincture (NOT the cheaper Arnica oil). Only Arnica montana flower tincture has the active phytochemical called Helenalin. This is the potent, natural anti-inflammatory which stops bruising & swelling and with strong immune stimulant properties, it speeds up your healing process. Other Arnica extracts which are from Arnica stem or roots wo’nt work – those parts of the plant does not have high levels of helenalin. Nor will those extracted in oil as the vital phytochemical helenalin is not oil soluble. At best products wih Arnica oil extract will have helenalin esters which are roughly 1/10th of the strength of Helenalin extracted via hydroalcoholic tincture.

Better yet choose a product like Rapid Recovery. Made with Arnica montana flower tincture & other ingredients like Comfrey & MSM mineral supporting all aspects of injury healing & repair

Here’s what you need to know about Arnica…

Arnica comes from the highly regarded Arnica montana plant which is a member of the daisy family. The best quality Arnica is grown at high altitude on stony soil in remote European mountains.

Arnica montana flower is strong natural medicine. When extracted as a hydroalcohoic tincture, it is the only recognidsed source of potent natural anti-inflammatory & immune system support - the phytochemical Helenalin
Arnica montana flower. Only the tincture form has Helenalin – the key active botanical

First we scientifically test Arnica flower for purity (to be certain it’s the right plant). Then the extraction process begins which can be via oil or in a hydro-alcoholic blend (called a tincture). The key phytochemical, Helenalin, is a polar molecule. It is only soluble in alcohol and slightly soluble in water. Not soluble at all in oil.

Also – we recommend you avoid homeopathic extracts. These use the same base herbal tincture (called the mother tincture) as medical herbalists would use but then are diluted to such a high degree ( upto 1 part per billion) they are unlikely to have any effect

So to get effective Arnica cream you must choose an Arnica flower tincture product. Arnica oil and Arnica root or leaf doesn’t contain Helenalin and is much weaker.

Nature’s Nurse founder is a medical herbalist. Researching and understanding how herbal ingredients work is her absolute passion. Her guiding principles (and our company logo) green cross herbal medicine, that is fast, effective, safe and natural.

We don’t ever cut corners and use cheap ingredients. Everything works together for a complete solution. In many cases our ingredients do double or triple duty -supporting multiple aspects with one ingredient.

We are totally committed to creating premium quality holistic remedies that treat every aspect of common painful and pesky conditions. We use the best botanical ingredients that work with your body systems and help you heal – naturally.

Our Arnica montana flower tincture extract is premium quality.

It is wild crafted in remote, pristine European mountains. It is extracted in the tincture (hydro-alcoholic) form. And scientific testing now proves the purity, quality and efficacy of the phytochemicals both before and after manufacturing. As with all our ingredients they are research based, made with GMP practices equal to pharmaceutical ingedients and of the very best quality available.

Arnica flower from the European chemotype, grown in rocky high altitude soil, like the European Alps has the highest amount of the powerful Helenalin active that gives Arnica it's anti-inflammatory action to quickly reduce bruises, swelling & redness and speed up the healing process for common musculoskeletal injury like sprain, strain, contusion, tendon and ligament tears and other common soft tissue damage
Arnica montana grows best on rocky mountain soil, in remote European alps.

We also make sure every aspect of your injury repair is covered.

Along with Arnica, Rapid Recovery Creams gives you fast natural pain relief with Sulphur from the MSM mineral (which is believed to , work by blocking the nerve pain pathways) and Allantoin which supports improved healing from Comfrey leaf (for delivery of repair essentials like osteoblasts and fibroblasts that are used to create the repair scaffold, and later support the rougthly formed scar tissue realignment) , along with therapeutic essential oils and colloidal minerals.

This holistic remedy means you have everything for faster healing and injury repair. This means you have a complete remedy to nurse yourself and your family better – naturally.

But back to Arnica…..Recently we have been digging deep into the biochemistry of this awesome ingredient. We wanted to let you know about how effective it is for injury healing and speeding repair.

First a little background info.

Arnica has a long history of use in Europe, especially in the mountain areas where it grows naturally.

It is commonly called Wolf’s bane or Leopard’s bane. Bane is an old-fashioned word that means annoyance or distress.

The history of this name explains Armica’s benefits. Shepherds observed that when young goats they were tending occasionally fell from the mountain paths, they rolled in or sometimes ate the mountain daisy (Arnica montana) flowers. This herbal medicine meant the clumsy goats survived the bruising and muscle joint injuries from their fall and quickly repaired with full mobility. And because of using Arnica they frustrated the waiting wolves and leopards who were hoping to enjoy a tasty young goat that had conveniently died from injury. So they plant became commonly known as Leopard/Wolves Bane. And the shepherds started using it on their own muscle and joint injuries with great success.

The first recorded medicinal information was in the writings of the medieval healer Hildegard von Bingen who wrote about this plant in her work entitled “Physica” in the 11th century. She gave Arnica montana its name

European Arnica montana flos. (flower), grown in high alpine conditions, extracted in tincture (hydroalcoholic) form at various strengths with the 1;5 ratio being the strongest. This is the plant variety, part, growing condition and extraction method recognized by the EU Commission of Herbal Medicine as a long standing traditional therapeutic topical remedy for bruising, muscle strains, joint sprains and other acute and painful musculoskeletal injuries, along with relief from insect stings and bites,

How our body deals with trauma …

When we have an accident and suffer from a musculoskeletal injury – such as a sprain, strain, muscle tear or bruise, it’s what is happening in our cells that matters.

With the force of the trauma the cells at the site of the injury get damaged. The cell walls may rupture and split spilling their contents into the intra cellular space where they don’t belong, the blood vessels may tear and spill blood under the skin (bruising), muscle cells & fascia tissues rupture and tear (strains), and ligaments which attach muscles to your bones stretch or rupture.

In order for us to get better and begin healing the body needs to stop the damage, clear up the mess and begin repairing the injury. It does this by a system called the inflammatory system.

It’s a bit like what happens when there is a major traffic accident on an important highway. Just like with a traffic accident, the cleanup can involve alot of chaos and damage with lots of people & organisations involved. The goal is to first to stop any more damage, and then to repair the road system. All involved work together passing messages, making plans, laying down alternate roads to stop further congestion happening on the highway, working in a coordinated way to clear up the damage and make repairs.

You might see first responders, police, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, traffic management & repair crews, even civil defence units or the army in major accidents. There is lots of coordination and organization involved – with every decision going through the central control system. Everything has to work in stages. There might be set backs and temporary patch ups required. It can take a while to get repairs underway until all the materials and workers are in place.

Things often get abit messy before they get better. But if the system is working right after a while the highway is repaired and things are back to normal and working well again.

In the human body, we have the same type of system, designed to help us heal after a muscle or joint injury trauma. Just like in a serious traffic accident, there are lots of parts involved in getting the human body system fully repaired. We call this the inflammatory repair process.

The inflammatory process has 3 basic stages:

  1. Inflammatory – where the injury message is sent to the immune system – this involves the inflammatory signals of heat, redness, swelling, restricted range of movement & pain
  2. Proliferation – where the immune system “repair crew” & the healing material is rushed to the injured area. Then dead cellular waste is carried away
  3. Repair & remodeling – where the repair process starts, with temporary scaffolds of fibrin scar tissue material. Then rebuilding and realigning of the damaged cells/ tissue to their final state.

The first stage of repair involves letting the main control center of the body (the brain) know that there is an accident or injury and what type it is.

Cytokines are one of the key messenger cells that cruise around the areas of the body, like local traffic officers on local highway. When they see a big traffic accident, they can’t deal with it all by themselves. They must let the central control system (our immune system) know that help is needed.

Unfortunately, cytokines don’t have cell phones. They send messages through nerve pathways and messenger hormones. But sometimes, when it is an emergency, that system is too slow. They need to create a bigger, faster warning signal, so the immune system takes notice and sends lots of help. They have to use what they have available, so they create inflammation. This is abit like creating a bonfire on the highway, setting light to damaged cars, to send an urgent signal to the control headquarters.

Inflammation is the signals we all know – redness, heat, swelling and pain. These are our body’s way of alerting the immune system to start the repair process.

To do this, cytokines sacrifice some of the cells in the area to create an inflammation -the message bonfire. The cytokine messengers bind with receptors on nearby cell walls and enter the cell. Then they travel through the NF-kB pathway down to the cell’s nucleus. There, they alter the DNA to send an inflammatory mRNA message out of the cell. This makes the cell rupture an die, spilling it’s cellular material into the intracellulare area, where it doesn’t belong. When enough cells have ruptured, they get noticed by other immune cells like phagocytes. This triggers the immune system response and starts the first phase of the natural repair process.

The immune system then takes over and begins to coordinate the other 2 stages of the repair and remodelling.

It’s common for people to believe “all inflammation is bad” and they should just take a pain pill or NSAID drugs or use ice to stop the symptoms of inflammation after a muscle or jont injury. .

That is understandable as we all want to avoid things that are painful. But it is faulty information, starting from drug companies and sports physicians, that has now been dicredited.

Infact, it is vital for our bodies to go through each step of the inflammatory process to repair correctly. If you stop the process during the inflammation step, then the other two steps of the vital clean up and repair process are halted and our injury healing is delayed.

The second phase of the injury repair is called proliferation – which involves the body bringing in the repair crew. Healing material and specialist immune repair cells rushed to the injured area. Bleeding is stopped. The dead cellular waste is carried away. The basic fibrin repair structure is roughly laid down to give a scaffold for other more careful repairs later on. There is often a lot of swelling and congestion at this stage which explains the term proliferation. Gentle movement is very beneficial to support the transport to the area (lymph etc only moves when the muscles move – doesn’t have a beating pump like blood does).

The 3rd phase is the repair and remodelling process. The rebuilding and realigning stage. Blends with the 2nd stage and continues the work of rebuilding the damaged cells/ tissue to their final state of full strength and range of motion. Involves al ot of strengthening exercise and can require manual massage or frictional massage to support scar fibre breakdown or realignment -especially in harder ligament or tendon fibres. If this stage is skipped or not fully completed the joint or muscle will be permanently weakened or have scar tissue adhesions which limit your range of motion and ease of movement.

Using Ice or NSAID’s and anything that stops this process delays your healing.

That is why using ICE on musculoskeletal injury has been discredited. Ice numbs the skin and nerves by freezing them, but it also slows or stops the immune system response, by stopping the flow of the messenger hormones and the first responders & emergency vehicles who are trying to repair the area. Ice use was developed in the 1970’s as part of the R.I.C.E. protocol by Dr Gabe Mirkin. This renowned US Sports physician used it because ice because it was cheap, easily available and felt good on a hot injury. However over recent years significant research has shown ICE delays healing, weakens muscles and has the risk of cell death from frost bite. Dr Mirkin himself has now discredited the use of R.I.C.E. & ice for injury care.

In a similar way using NSAID drugs stops the inflammatory messengers and the vital first inflammation step, so they delay your healing. NSAIDs are the commonly available Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs which include pills and gels. The common drug names and brands are:

  • ibuprofen (Nurofen®)
  • diclofenac (Voltaren®)
  • naproxen (Noflam®, Naprosyn®)
  • ketoprofen (Oruvail®)
  • celecoxib (Celebrex®)
NSAID Drugs look pretty but delay your healing and have many dangerous side effects affecting your cardiovascular system (increased risk of heart attack & stroke), your GI tract (increased stomach ulcers and bleeding) and increased risk of kidney damage. NSAID drugs work by down regulating prostaglandin which is damaging because prostaglandin also signals inflammation to the immune system and controls functions in the 3 vital body systems above - your heart, kidney and stomach.

Why NSAID’s cause you harm….

These bright colourful pills look pretty but, unfortunately, NSAID’s delay your healing and can cause many serious health risks.

Here’s why.

NSAIDs work by regulating your prostaglandin hormones. These prostaglandin hormones are supposed to be balanced, a bit like a see-saw.

And, like a see-saw when one side goes down -the other side goes up. Simply put, anything that down-regulates one side, up-regulates (or increases) the other side.

On one side of the see-saw, Prostaglandin hormones – particularly PEG E2 – control the release of vital cytokines – which is our body’s messengers who use inflammation signals to warn of danger & trauma. Stopping cytokines stops the symptoms of pain and inflammation. But it also halts the viral first step of the inflammation process so delays your healing response. This means you are treating the symptom but not the cause. You wont get better until you stop taking the NSAID drugs, as without all the 3 steps of the inflammation repair process, your injury cannot begin to repair.

Unfortunately, the bad news gets worse.

On the other side, prostaglandins also control your cardiovascular system & kidney function GI tract and other vital systems.

Extensive medical research now recognises NSAID drugs -both pill and to a lesser degree, topical gels- increases risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage. They cause GI bleeding, due to limiting the production of the mucosal lining which stops stomach acid from eroding your stomach and creating bleeding ulcers. The warnings state NSAID’s also increase health risks in pregnancy and increase asthma issues with susceptible people.

Unfortunately, as well as delaying your healing process, these pretty, bright coloured pills can cause serious harm and even death.

NSAID drug risks are not very well known. Many people simply don’t read the packaging info to know the risks. Or they assume, because NSAID pills are so widely prescribed and sold, even in supermarkets, they must be safe.

It’s common to “pop a pain pill” to treat any pain condition. Using NSAID pills (along with ice and the RICE protocol) is the first line of action for nearly every common muscle and joint injury. Or even to avoid upcoming pain, such as a hangover or DOMS pain from a hard training or sports event.

Want Research and Proof?

It is proven and documented that NSAID drugs just mask the symptoms, but do not treat the underlying injury. Yes they give you temporary relief, but delay your healing with dangerous risks to your health.

In both 2005 and 2015 posts by the FDA warns about the increased risk of death from NSAID’s as being from a 10% to as high as 50% increase, (depending on the drug taken and the dosage). NSAID risk increases even at low dose and infrequently, or without prior cardiovascular, GI bleeding & kidney damage risk. The US FDA requires US drug companies to outline all the risks on their drug warning information and advertising as well as with a “black box warning” on the outside of the drug package.

So NSAIDs mask the problem, delay your healing process and can increase your risk of serious harm.

A better option is to work on the source of the pain and to use products that support our body’s natural healing process.

What about other types of creams and gels?

Other products, like heat creams or liniments, use capsaicin, methyl salicylate or very high levels of camphor and eucalyptus. These are a group of rubs or gels called “counter-irritants“. This basically means they take your mind off the deep pain by causing surface pain and irritation on your skin. So, you get two layers of pain – on the skin, and at the injury site.

Heat rubs or counter-irritants can be beneficial for increasing blood flow. This warms up the area and over time supports healing, but these type of heat gels and creams don’t have active healing properties. They are usually very smelly, greasy to use and stain your clothing. They can be hard to wash off your hands. So beware. If you get heat rubs on sensitive body parts (face, groin, lips, eyes) you’ll have hours of unintended pain.

Be careful of burning heat rubs on sensitive areas -the pain can last for hours
OUCH….Heat rubs on sensitive areas can cause hours of pain….

Homeopathic creams are natural and do start with full strength herbal extracts – including Arnica tincture. However, homeopathic formulas get very diluted (up to 10x-12- a billion times). When taken orally homeopathy does seem to have benefit. The extreme dilution makes it very unlikely to be beneficial if used on the skin.

Now there is a better alternative.

Rapid Recovery Cream is an amazingly effective natural relief and injury recovery remedy. It combines highly active natural ingredients, which work as anti-inflammatories and immune system stimulants, to support your rapid relief and healing. It is highly effective for swelling, bruising & mild to moderate musculoskeletal injuries like sprains, tears and strains.

It combines highly therapeutic levels of full-strength herbal medicine, including Arnica flower & Comfrey leaf tinctures, along with MSM mineral pain reliever, Essential Oils & Colloidal minerals. This gives you the complete package of natural pain relief, inflammation support and rapid injury recovery.

The active ingredients are formulated in a cream base that absorbs deeply. This delivers the active ingredients right where they are needed and works much faster than pills. You begin to feel relief in just a few minutes.

Created by a medical herbalist to work holistically and support faster, safer recovery and repair of common muscle and joint injuries. With Rapid Recovery Cream you can nurse yourself (and your family) better- naturally.

Here is how Arnica works to stop inflammation in our body.

Here is info on natural pain relief options and how they work with your body to support your healing process. Look for herbal creams containing Helenalin from Arnica tincture blended with other herbal actives. This means you will fully support the body’s natural healing and repair process.

Cellular research shows Arnica’s Helenalin phytochemical works inside human cells, right at the beginning of the NF-kB pathway – which is the inflammatory pathway to the cell nucleus.

Helenalin, found in Arnica flower tincture, works by stopping the release of P65 dimers at the cell membrane wall. These dimers are like the first domino in a row of dominoes that allow citokines to travel from the cell membrane to the cell nucleus.

Helenalin is a natural anti-inflammatory and potent immune system stimulant. It

1) stops the NF-kB pathway being triggered (which means the cell does not have to die) and

2) sends an instant message to the immune system that injury or damage has occurred and

3) works hard to keep the cells healthy by regulating cellular fluid levels, removing cellular waste products and improving flow of healing plasma & nutrients.

4) Works by blocking NF-kB pathway at multiple sites through out the cell.

5) Also down regulates Interlukin and TNF protein messengers to keep the cell healthy.

6) Helenalin is the first chemical that has been shown to turn off inflammation where it has already started (like in arthritis or chronic pain).

cell biochemistry showing how helenalin phytochemical works to stop NF-kB breakdown and how it supports cell health.
How Helenalin from Arnica tincture works inside a cell speeding your recovery

This picture explains some of the complex cellular biochemistry. What is important to understand is the multiple ways Helenalin works, without side effects.

By contrast, pharmaceutical NSAID drugs work by working only on one aspect – limiting Cyclo-Oxygenase – COX 1 & COX 2 which stops production of the cytokine messengers and has health risks.

The end result for you is that if you use Rapid Recovery Creams you get fast acting natural inflammation control and pain relief plus better healing from common muscle and joint injuries like Grade 1 & 2 sprains and strains. (Remember- for serious pain, grade 3 injuries and other uncommon symptoms that dont resolve quickly get urgent medical help).

And if you use it as soon as an injury occurs (and for 3 or 4 more times to get the active ingredients into your body), bumps and bruises will resolve rapidly.

Again…where’s the proof ?

Photographic proof:

This is my daughter Sophie at her 8th birthday party – where an accident happened causing a huge, instant bump on her forehead.

Fast reduction in Bruise on childs head using Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream with Arnica and MSM. Goes from significant dak hemotoma to flat  and pale in one hour.

Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream was gently applied to the bump, then repeated 3 times. The injury was almost completely resolved in just one hour. The first 2 photos shows how upset Sophie is, with a bump that stuck out further than her nose. The following three photos -taken 20 minutes apart – show how quickly the bump resolved.

After one hour (4 treatments) the bump is flat. You can only see the slight colour of a minor bruise.

This isn’t an isolated example. The same results of very quick reduction of bruising and swelling have been seen again and again. Especially if applied as soon as possible after an injury and used at least 4 times. This gets the full dosage of herbal ingredients to the injury site.

And people with chronic swelling and joint stiffness like osteoarthritis, or muscle pain / myalgia report they get great temporary natural pain relief and overall improvement in their easy comfortable movement. They tell us they can knit or garden again, or move more easily, while reducing their arthritis medication.

Field testing proof:

To prove effectiveness of the Sports Repair Cream we have field tested on thousands of athletes after finishing endurance events like marathons, full triathlons or CrossFit competitions. The endurance athletes – whether they are elite athletes or weekend warriors – love the fast results. They find it very effective for natural relief on their hot tired and painful muscles. Best yet, it can be used for warming up muscles and joints, or before a race to treat a niggly pain. And it is very safe without known side effects. After over 15,000 field tests and 15 years of in market use – we have not had one report of health risk or harm from using this Rapid Recovery product.

Rotorua Marathon stand – field testing on thousands of marathon runners

How can you use Rapid Recovery Creams to speed up your healing

But our Rapid Recovery Creams are not just highly effective Arnica cream. It also has a very fast acting natural pain relief ingredient called MSM & other repairing ingredients.

MSM mineral has a very high level of Sulphur. This important natural pain relief mineral physically blocks pain messages, reduces inflammation, reduces cellular toxins and supports joint health.

The repairing ingredients include Comfrey leaf (in the Sport Repair Cream), essential oils and colloidal minerals. These provide important trace mineral support your natural healing process and speed the repair of injury.

Here is a comparison table. It shows the amount of active ingredients in many common New Zealand Arnica creams and muscle rub products:

Comparison table Shows significantly high levels of Arnica and other active ingredients in Rapid Recovery - with 96 mg/g of actives compared to just 2.46mg/g in competitors like Anti-flamme (which also uses inferior Arnica oil)
Rapid Recovery Sports Repair Cream has the highest level of the key Arnica tincture with active natural pain relief mineral and healing ingredients. And nothing nasty.

Replaces many products in your medicine cabinet…

Rapid Recovery is many solutions in one product. It is a:

  • natural topical relief cream that gives targeted relief in around 4 minutes (4x faster than taking a pill)
  • topical anti-inflammatory that supports your body processes to reduce swelling, bumps and bruising fast
  • supports your injury repair process for mild and moderate sprains, strains and bruising
  • works as a natural muscle relaxant to soothe tight tense muscles and release knots
  • helps improve joint health and easy comfortable movement
  • ideal for soothing massage -whether for relaxation (Family Care Cream) or sport (Sport Repair Cream)
  • a warm-up cream before sports to increase blood flow to hard working muscles. Improves ligament pliability for full range of motion movement
  • after sport recovery rub that supports removal of metabolic waste and improve healing. This is a far better solution to speed your muscle and joint recovery than ice baths which have been discredited. Multiple research studies on use of Ice for sport injury or recovery show ice just freezes cells and numbs nerves in a temporary manner.
  • speeds return to sport after hard or long training sessions -significantly reduces DOMS and makes your after sport foam rolling recovery routine way faster and more comfortable.
  • Many other uses. You can use on unbroken skin to quickly soothe many minor topical inflammations like itchy bites, bee stings, sunburn, swollen glands.
  • Ideal for swelling and bruising on sensitive areas like black eyes, groin strains or rubbed on the jawline to reduce swelling & bruising with tooth extractions.

Topical application means you bypass the stomach and liver systems. So targeted relief and faster results – no delays and you get relief from your pain right where you need it.

Rapid Recover is fast working and long lasting. Relief begins in around 4 minutes – 5 to 7 times faster than oral pills – and lasts about 4 hours. Plus get a complete remedy: rapid natural pain relief, inflammation support and healing. Ideal for all moderate muscle and joint injuries, including sprains, strains & bruises.

Two varieties for different users:

Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream is ideal for whole family use. Gives natural pain relief for back and hip pain in pregnancy. Helps treat the bumps, bruises & growing pain of children. Supports stiff, swollen, aching joints of seniors.

For sports people Rapid Recovery Sport Repair Cream provides fast natural pain relief. from aching, tired muscles. It supports rapid healing of muscle, joint and ligament injury- including sprains, strains swelling & bruising. Its also ideal for improving warm up before training, for reducing DOMS pain and speeding recovery after endurance events like marathons.

The world is changing … Pharma drugs often have serious side effects

We used to believe that pharmaceutical drugs were safe and beneficial, and that herbal medicine was outdated. Significant research on many protocols – from pharmaceuticals, heat rubs, using ice & R.I.C.E. protocol show this is untrue. Ice and NSAID’s delay your healing and the pharmaceutical drugs can cause significant harm, even death.

Now medical herbalists and researchers are able to understand how the herbal phytochemcials work. We know why they are so beneficial to help the human body heal. Basically, herbal medicine, made right and used right, works with your body systems for fast results and natural healing.

Rapid Recovery ….. Helps you heal – naturally

At Natures Nurse we are committed to creating the most effective products that help you heal – naturally.

Rapid Recovery creams - with Arnica montana, MSM Comfrey leaf, & colloidal minerals for fast acting natural pain relief and inflammation support for sprains, strains and bruising of muscles joints and connective tissue
Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream and Sports Repair Cream

Get your Rapid Recovery now. Buy on line at www.naturesnurse.co.nz We have fast free NZ wide urban delivery. Or available through quality health retailers, pharmacies and physical therapists. Highly effective. 100% natural, quality guaranteed. And really fast working and helps you heal – naturally!

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Dear New Zealand Parents!

Did you know that 20 to 30% of kiwi kids have head lice or nits at any time? So, the chances are pretty high that when your little darling is at school or playing with friends…they’ll be bringing home some unwelcome guests to share with you and the rest of your family.

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With Lice Lather we’re here to transform your experience with our all-natural, highly effective lice and nit treatment solution.

The Shocking Reality – finding Head Lice, Nits, and Lice Eggs in Hair

As a parent, discovering head lice or nit and lice eggs in your child’s hair can be an alarming experience. Maybe you notice your child scratching. Maybe you see a nit or a lice on the hair. If you are anything like me, you probably will feel disgusted, shocked and worried. And you will be wondering what you can do to get rid of them – FAST!

It’s nothing to be ashamed about.

These pesky critters, along with lice eggs in hair, are more common than you might think. Unfortunately, treatment resistant “super lice” have been the norm for decades now as chemical pesticides stopped working. Almost every parent will deal with them at some point.

Because I am a parent too, I’ve experienced horrible head lice firsthand (and had a dose or two myself). I was shocked to find the only options were nasty ineffective chemical poisons or unpleasant oils. When I couldn’t find a safe effective solution for my family, I researched the herbal medicine options. After much trial and research, I created Lice Lather. It’s a 100% natural product that works faster and better than any other. Thats not all. It’s also easier to use, smells better, and costs less per dose than any other we know about.

Why Lice Lather Tops Other Lice Treatments in NZ

While conventional lice treatments often resort to harsh chemicals, Lice Lather offers you a soothing, yet potent alternative.

Our 100% natural ingredients, including Neem leaf and Quassia bark, have been used for thousands of years as natural pesticides. We’ve combined these with Calendula flower & Peppermint leaf oil, not only to combat lice and nits but also to soothe itchy scalps and keep them healthy.

Fast, Effective, and Easy to Use

  • Fast
  • Effective
  • Easy
  • Lovely to use
  • Great value for money
  • Complete range available

Here’s how it compares:

Fastest – Our formula requires just a 5-minute head lice shampoo. This means it the fastest and most user-friendly lice treatment in NZ. (Most others take at least 10 minutes up to 8 hours!)

Most Effective – Its efficacy is unmatched, with a success rate of over 94% in the first wash – which makes it the best % we know of in NZ

Easy – Parents love using Lice Lather – its quick and easy one step shampoo makes lice removal a breeze. It’s an all-in-one treatment – that works fast on head lice -including super lice. And Lice Lather dissolves the nit egg “glue”, which means nits slide out easily with a help of a good metal comb.

Lovey to use: No more stinky fumes. No more burning scalp or eye irritation. No more tedious waiting. No more mess. With Lice Lather the long, ineffective SMELLY & BURNING head lice treatment is a thing of the past. And there is no worries about nasty chemicals. Lice Lather shampoo and spray are 100% natural and very gentle on the scalp.

Our new improved shampoo with a natural detangling ingredient makes wet combing even better. Which means a faster, pain-free experience for you and your child…and the best for long thick hair.

Great value: Head lice treatment doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! With Lice Lather there are 10 to 20 treatments per tube, giving you great value for money. Now you can treat the whole family with just one tube.

Complete Range: Our Lice Lather Preventative Spray keeps lice away, which means your little one doesnt get reinfested. Our long tooth, engraved metal nit comb is the best nit comb for removing nits and lice egg in hair.

A Kinder Approach to Lice and Nit Treatment

We understand the importance of keeping your family safe. That’s why Lice Lather is 100% natural and free from toxins and harsh chemicals, making it a safe choice for you and your little ones.

Lice Lather shampoo breaks the head lice life cycle, which means you are treating head lice, lice eggs and lice bites in one easy to use product.

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What do nits look like? Nit eggs look like small black or tan sesame seeds attached firmly to the hair by a protein glue.

Join the Fight Against Head Lice, Nits, and Lice Eggs with Lice Lather

Head lice, nits, and lice eggs don’t stand a chance against our Lice Lather range.

With our improved formula, you’re not just choosing a lice treatment; you’re choosing peace of mind. You’re choosing a natural product that’s gentle on hair, tough on nits, and kind to your child’s scalp.

As a Kiwi company dedicated to natural remedies, we at Nature’s Nurse understand the value of a safe, effective solution for your family.

My journey, from being a mother of three to a medical herbalist, led to the creation of this revolutionary product – a testament to the power of natural, effective care.

As you can see from these photos Lice Lather is easy and pleasant to use and of course it works incredibly well. (Thanks to my little girl – who along with her brothers – were the original Lice Lather product testers 🙂

It is such a simple process with Lice Lather -just apply enough to cover the hair, Shampoo in. Wait 5 minutes for it to work, Rinse well then Wet comb


Make Head Lice a thing of the past with Lice Lather….

Don’t let head lice, nits, and lice eggs disrupt your family’s life any longer.

Choose Lice Lather for a natural, effective and very easy to use solution. Visit our Lice Lather product page now and join the many families across New Zealand who trust in Nature’s Nurse for a lice-free life – naturally!

Best advice for Athletes – how to treat your sport injuries and avoid the errors of common myths like RICE

All You Need to Know about Treating Sport Injury & DOMS….

For sport and in life pain is inevitable……using Rapid Recovery makes suffering optional

At some point every athlete will deal with pain – whether its the dull ache you feel the day after an intense training or whether it’s the searing pain of a sprain or strain from an injury.

How you treat your pain and injury could make all the difference to your longevity as an athlete and how long you will keep doing the sport you love.

The way we see it there are three types of pain:

  1. Good pain ….. DOMS pain or that sweet ache after a tough workout
  2. Bad pain ….Mild and moderate Grade 1 or 2Strain, Sprain, Bruising and common Sport injury
  3. Terrible pain of a serious injury* …. Fracture, break, wound or complete Grade 3 sprain, strain or tear Get urgent medical care

Rapid Recovery Sports Repair Cream helps reduce good pain & speeds your rapid recovery from bad pain.

Remember for Terrible pain * you need to get urgent medical care. Rapid Recovery can help you when you are rehabing from this type of injury and in pre-hab to support your warm up and recovery after you have returned to sport or work.

Good pain and what to do about it:

Good pain is that dull ache you feel the next day after an intense workout or a tough competition. Its when you’ve deliberately pushed yourself and your muscles feel the deep ache. You don’t feel it straight away – it starts the next day.

This “good pain” is also called DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Ultimately, you have broken down the muscle fibres to build them up as they repair. That is how your muscles get stronger and more durable. It’s the purpose of your training and how you become a better athlete. It’s beneficial for you – this is why we call it “good” pain.

What is happening is that your intense exercise has broken some of the muscle fibers inside your muscle bundles. As part of the inflammatory response the body brings fluid to the injured area – to flush out damaged cells and to bring in the repairing nutrients. The swelling and injury creates pain messages that feel like a strong but dull ache every time you sit down, stand up and walk up the stairs….so every move hurts quite alot and can take a few days to get over.

What can you do about it?

Improving warm up and stretching….

There are two types of stretching : Static and Dynamic……

Dynamic stretches are controlled movements that prepare your muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues for performance and safety. Static stretches are those in which you stand, sit or lie still and hold a single position for period of time, up to about 45 seconds.

An example of dynamic stretches is increasing functional movements from a a low intensity to a peak intensity level – for example a sprinter would start with 50 slow warm up moving upto 50m all out sprint just before her race starts so she knows her body is able to perform at the intensity required for a race sprint.

An example of static stretching is the long slow holds a runner might do before their training stretching out their hamstring or calve muscles.

Static stretching is outdated thinking.

Static stretches (long held stretches) do not warm up muscles – they stretch connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons but can actually weaken muscles by loosening the tiny sarcomere connections in the muscle fibers. This means your muscle contractions are weaker.

The only thing that warms up muscles is increasing blood flow to them -through massage and movement. You can do this by massaging Rapid Recovery Cream into the key muscles (Arnica increases blood flow) and by doing doing functional dynamic movements on the key muscle groups you use in your sport, with increasing intensity.

Using Rapid Recovery on the joints will also increase the pliability (stretch) of connective tissue so that the key joints are able to reach their full range of motion more quickly.

This is a win:win – your muscles are warmed up ready to fire with nutrient rich blood flow to support their function and the joint stiffness is reduced and you are able to move more freely with a full ROM. ( If you are a runner this will feel like you have got into your easy stride and race pace more quickly.)

And the flow of natural anti inflammatory ingredients, nutrients and anti-oxidants keep your muscle cells healthier so less micro tears or cellular damage is done during intense or endurance exercise.

Improving cool down and recovery….

Rapid Recovery is ideal to use after a tough training or sports event. It will reduce the inflammation deep inside the muscle bundles – where you have micro tears at the muscle fibre or connective tissue levels. It will circulate healing nutrients and trigger the production of osteoblasts and fibroblasts – the building blocks of connective tissue and muscle repair. And it will support the immune response speeding the healing process, provides oxygenated blood and increases removal of waste products.

Endurance athletes who use Rapid Recovery say their key muscles feel less hot and tired after tough events and they recover faster. Their DOMS pain is less or none the following day and their bodies feel ready to get back into training faster.

Our proof?

We have tested on tens of thousands of endurance athletes or competitive sports people -usually after a full marathon or an intense crossfit competition- and the athletes felt an almost immediate difference. The treated side feels less hot and tired and much less painful. We asked them to simply rub Rapid Recovery on one side (arm or leg) and after 5 or so minutes compare how it feels to the other side. Its the perfect test because both sides have done the same work. Even the biggest cynics can feel the difference. They can’t believe how quickly it works And they usually yell out to their mates to come and try it too.

We’ve also tested on elite athletes that really push their bodies – such as Triathlon World Cup holder and Ironman legend Sam Warriner.

What she said was

Rapid Recovery = Great Results

“In my triathlon training I cover hundreds of kilometres a week. At times I really push it to the limit. After all that exertion my body needs to recover.

Rapid Recovery Herbal Sports Rub is great for putting life back into my tired muscles and joints.  I use it as both a pre-training rub to stimulate blood flow and get me ready, and as a recovery aid once I’m finished.

3 things are important to me as an athlete; effective training, rapid recovery, and knowing that Rapid Recovery Rub is 100% natural.  It’s great for my performance and my health, and I recommend it to you too”.

Sam Warriner.
World #1 ITU World Cup Triathlon Holder 2008
, Silver medal winner 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Sam using Rapid Recovery Sports Repair Cream before she won the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman in 2009 in a course record time of 4:10:47.

Bad pain and what to do about it:

When we say “bad pain” we mean the pain from an accidental sporting injury or over use injury of your muscle, joint or connective tissue (ligament, tendon, fascia).

Accidental “acute” sporting injury is usually a muscle strain or tear, or a joint and ligament sprain such as from falling over, where you twist or damage a muscle or joint, or a bruising trauma like a tackle, collision, hard ball strike or a punch.

Overuse injuries build up over time – such as a chronic or over use injury – from training too hard, not warming up or cooling down properly -which causes your muscle or joint to fail. Often there are warning signs for this type of injury – the little niggle or twinge of pain that you just keep ignoring and then the full overuse injury flares up.

“Bad pain” can range from mild to moderate such as a grade 1 or 2 joint sprain or muscle tear…. Yes – it hurts -sometimes alot – and will take a while to repair.

But the good news is for many mild or moderate injuries you can care for the injury at home with some simple guidelines. You will be able to treat your injury faster, and save your self time and money.

The steps for mild and moderate musculoskeletal injury care are:

  • Reduce inflammation without stopping the immune system healing process – ie work on the problem and reduce the symptoms (pain, heat, swelling, bruising)
  • Treat the injured site (avoiding open wounds) and the whole kinetic chain (the muscles and joints above and below the injury which might also have damage/imbalance)
  • Keep moving -gently and carefully to avoid further injury
  • Slowly return to activity stretching first then strengthening
  • Do range of motion stretches within your limits
  • Support healing by avoiding any damaging movement – listen to your body messages and only move within the bounds of pain
  • Strengthen by gradually building up functional movements -supported weight first, then unsupported weight then single side
  • Practice pre-hab – preventative body maintenance, effective warm up and cool down to help keep you injury free

Using Rapid Recovery Sport Repair Cream helps with every stage of this process -especially if you combine it with stretching, strengthening and movement advice from a physical therapist or a trusted sports coach. Plus it is so simple to use you can treat your own minor injuries fast and safely without the time, cost & risk of pharma medicine.

Old harmful advice you must ignore……

Starting in the 1970’s standard sporting injury care was to take a pain pill and use the R.I.C.E. protocol – which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation. Using RICE protocol has been disproven and overturned -by the very man who created it Dr Gabe Mirkin. (Read “Why Ice Delays Recovery” here)

And for many years the advice from big pharma was if you feel pain, take a pill – now proven to be harmful for many reasons.

Here’s the new thinking:RICE is now outdated….

  • Dont Rest – keep moving. A small amount of rest is ok in the first few days until you get the pain and inflammation under control – but its better to keep moving with in the bounds of your pain thresh-holds. Doing gentle range of motion exercises is beneficial – like writing the alphabet, or foot pedal exercises for an ankle sprain is ideal. Work within your injury range. Follow physio guidelines.
  • Ice delays your healing and can cause further cellular injury: This is because using ice stops blood flow and removal of waste products – which delays your healing. Things which regulate healing nutrient rich flows into the injured cells and improve removal of injured cells and waste products is the best for healing. This supports your natural immune system response.

Use high quality Arnica – (choose Arnica montana flower tincture not cheap ineffective Arnica oil), in a cream that can absorb quickly to get to the injured cells. Arnica flower tincture is rich in a key phytochemical called Helenalin which is the best natural anti inflammatory to reduce swelling & bruising and to trigger the immune system healing response. Rapid Recovery Creams have the very highest levels of Arnica montana tincture, blended in a way which ensures they are delivered beneath the skin to the injured cells. Rapid Recovery works quickly to naturally reduce swelling, bruising and inflammation and helps you heal. (check the labels: if you see “Arnica oil” be aware this form of Arnica contains no helenalin phytochemical – only the oil loving esters -so doesn’t have the full anti-inflammatory benefits and will not work well. Also Arnica tincture needs to be at around 5% to be therapeutic.)

  • Avoid Tight Compression -tight strapping was originally though to stop swelling in the injured area but it has been disproven. It can cause more damage as it stops the flow of healing materials and traps the waste fluids in the site of the injury. Gentle & graduated compression can be helpful as it provides support to the injured area, but very tight compression is likely to be damaging. Better to use moderate strapping or braces that supports the area while it repairs, but doesn’t compress it so tight that nothing can move.
  • Elevation helps: propping your foot or arm onto a cushion to lift your injured area above your heart level does help you feel more comfortable in the first few hours or when sleeping but doesn’t really support healing .

Avoid further damage ….Remember pain and swelling is a message to you that you have to look after an injured area. If your body hurts pay attention and treat the injury so you can recover faster. Take care with anything that increases pain like getting back into training too hard or too fast or mashing your injured muscles and connective tissue with a roller….

Simple steps for Rapid Recovery…

Simply use Rapid Recovery Cream as soon as possible after you have suffered a sports injury like a strained muscle or a sprain, or after a tough sport event. Rub in a small amount (about 2 mls per body part) into the bruise/sprain/strain/muscle (avoiding grazes, wounds and open skin) and repeat 3 to 4 times in the first 2 hours – the more often the better to get the active ingredients into the injury. Then repeat every 4 hours. Let your pain be your guide. Treat any other areas of pain or tightness or trigger points in the muscles and joints above and below the injury ( we are a kinetic chain. Often you have smaller injuries or strains above and below the major injury).

Don’t pop a pill when you are injured…

NSAID drugs (pills & gels like ibuprofen (Nurofen) and diclofenac (Voltaren)) are proven to delay healing & increase health risks.

We’ve all been programmed over the last few decades to pop a pharmaceutical pill when we feel pain or get injured. This is bad outdated advice for a number of reasons.

Pharma meds take time to work. NSAID pills work on the whole body so they get filtered by every organ before they are delivered to the injured area…. this takes time and exposes more body systems to these drugs. A targeted pain relief cream like Rapid Recovery Cream absorbs quickly to work where it is needed around 4 x faster than an oral pill.

NSAID drugs delay your healing: NSAID’s work by down regulating the prostaglandin (PEG) hormones – which stops inflammation but also stops the healing immune system from working. This means your injury healing process is delayed.

NSAID drugs can increase risk of serious harm (such as heart attack or stroke & kidney disease), even leading to death, and even with infrequent or low level use. This is because NSAIDs work on prostoglandin hormones which controls a number of body systems -including inflammation – but also your cardiovascular system (how your heart functions), how your kidneys work and the acidity levels of your stomach. When the PEG hormone is down regulated (to reduce inflammation) the other areas are upregulated – which can lead to cardiovascular events, kidney and GI tract bleeding & damage. The FDA have a serious black box warning for all NSAID drugs (see here). The health risks increase with increased dosage.

Avoid Opioids for musculoskeletal injury – Opioids are strong, mind altering addictive narcotics for short term use following major trauma such as surgery. They have many risks including serious addiction, breathing difficulties, constipation, skin rash.

NSAID drugs include common drugs like Ibuprofen Keptoprofen & Paracetamol or brands like Nurofen & Voltaren pills and gels

Wondering what you should do for self care of moderate injuries?…..

Our advice would be to RACE back to health

Reduce movement of the injured area asap…treat your injury fast for optimal results

Apply Rapid Recovery (4x in the first 2 hours in acute injuries – and at least every 4 hours after that -avoid open wounds) to treat the injury and help you heal faster – giving you Arnica for inflammation , MSM for natural pain relief & Comfrey for faster healing, uses moderate compression or braces for support

Careful controlled movement – after swelling & bruising reduce start careful stretching movements within safe ranges; avoid reinjury – use pain messages as your guide

Education – get expert physio or sport coach advice to understand your injury timelines, for strengthening exercises to get you back stronger and movement/training advice to avoid future injuries.

Rapid Recovery offers you many benefits for muscle and joint use in one cream:

  • Fast acting long lasting relief from pain – starts to be felt in around 4 minutes lasts for up to 4 hours. Works 4 x faster than pills.
  • Natural anti-inflammatory – reduces swelling and redness
  • Extra strength Arnica bruise cream quickly reduces bruising and discolouration – 700x more Arnica montana than homeopathic gels
  • Uses the premium grade of Arnica montana tincture which contains Helenalin not the cheap and ineffective Arnica oil
  • Topical anti-oxidant supports cellular health during the critical injury recovery time
  • Targeted to the injury area – doesn’t affect any other body system or interact with other medications
  • Supports joint health & reduces joint stiffness for easier movement
  • Supports better sleeping -helps you get to sleep easier when you have a painful injury
  • Supports your rapid recovery and faster healing by improving cellular delivery of healing actives and removal of waste products
  • Natural muscle relaxant to reduce tight tense muscles and muscle knots – great for therapeutic and sports massages
  • Helps reduce overuse and RSI injuries -use before and after repetitive work to support musculoskeletal health and recovery
  • Great for other minor and annoying inflammations such as mosquito bites, chill blains, chapped skin or even swollen glands
  • Sports Cream / Muscle Rub to improve your warm up and cool down and your muscle health during exercise
  • Absorbs fast and deeply to work at the cellular level.
  • Great to use – gently cooling, non greasy, fresh light mint aroma.
  • Highest level of active ingredients in the New Zealand market
  • WADA safe for drug free sport – No narcotic or banned ingredients
  • No nasty ingredients 100% natural cream, free from parabens, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, Animal testing and GMO’s
  • No known health risks after field testing on ‘000’s and 15 years of use
  • Proudly developed and made in New Zealand

Remember if your pain level is “Terrible*” or if it is a serious Injury Grade – 3 muscle or ligament tears, broken bones get urgent medical help….

(*NB: This is a general guide only and not replacing medical advice or physical therapy advice. In this classification –Serious Pain is a severe grade 3 injury -ie: a complete rupture of the tendon or full tear of a muscle or any type of bone fracture or break, or where you are bleeding extensively. Our advice is to get urgent medical help as soon as possible. We are only talking about self-care of mild to moderate muscle and joint sporting injury here – not bleeding, broken bones, infection, internal injuries and all the other types of serious pain or other medical conditions. If you experience any other concerning symptoms – fever, intense pain, loss of feeling , bladder or bowel control, nerve injury, etc seek urgent medical advice)