Two weekends ago I was competing at the Muscle Driver USA Fall Open. During the snatch I felt a pop in the top of my thumb after my first snatch. It was taped up but I knew a callous had torn. Oh well I carried on. After my third attempt I happen to look down at my hand and noticed that in the middle of my hand another callous ripped off leaving a large hole. I wasn’t going to withdraw from a ripped callous so I taped my hands up and got things done. It was obvious that I had been lagging on my hand care and I didn’t want this to effect my training for the next few weeks.
I am telling you that story to bring to you another quick tip for dealing with an issue as a result of training. If you do any work with a barbell, dumbbell, kettle bell, or your hands in general you are going to cut, rip, or blister. Even if you keep your hands in tip top shape, freak things are bound to happen. For me it’s when I least expect it, I’ll be training and a callous will just randomly rip. Sometimes my hands will just crack and bleed from being dried out from the chalk, but I digress.
In between the snatch and clean and jerk I overhead a few crossfitters talking about soaking their hands in chamomile tea to help heal and prevent minor hand wounds. My first thought was “You guys are crazy, there is no way that worked.” I resigned to my routine Neosporin and band-aids to heal it up while training. I don’t know how many of you have gotten a band-aid to successfully stay in the middle of your hand throughout daily activities, but it is impossible. So I asked around for another solution to healing the hole in the middle of my hand. The chamomile tea soaking came up again and I decided to give it a shot. Bottom line: that stuff works and works great.
Being baffled as to why this worked I did some research. Here is why it works: Chamomile is a flower and is brewed into the golden tea a lot of people drink for numerous health benefits. Due to the abundant amount of antioxidant, healing, and cleansing properties, Chamomile is great for skin care. When you soak your hands in warm Chamomile tea it cleans, disinfects cuts and speeds up the healing process. This is because Matricaria chamomilla, a component of Chamomile, has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. I am constantly finding an abundance of natural anti-inflammatories as an alternative to NSAIDs and other over the counter pain relievers. I have my wife make a little extra and pour it in a bowl large enough for me to place my hand in. I let it cool a bit and then place my hand in there for 3-5 minutes. I did this for 3 nights straight and my thumb healed up completely in that time and the hole in my hand was drastically reduced.
Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea regularly can also help with promoting sleep and healthy skin, calms muscle spasms and upset stomachs, and help prevent colds and minor infections. So whether you are trying to avoid the common cold, get flawless skin, or speed up the healing process of some open callouses, you need to get some Chamomile and try it out.