Yesterday I was running with a couple friends early in the morning, before the sun rose. We were running down a main road rutted with potholes and other obstacles. And I fell victim to it. The road lick me, as a Jamaican might say. I stumbled in a sizeable hole right up against the sidewalk but did not fall. Nothing hurt at the time, but a bit later in the day, my left ankle began to protest. It swelled up and I could barely walk.
Mrs. Denton, our office manager, suggested a “country” remedy: Canadian Healing Oil, custard apple leaves and marl. A nurse friend of mine also suggested this oil, so I thought I might supplement my usual regime of ice and elevation with this mysterious product.
I tried to get the latter two ingredients, but only managed to locate the CHO. I had seen it in the pharmacy several times and wondered ‘what about it makes it Canadian?’ and ‘what is it for?’ Well, now I know. It is a liniment that heals apparently most common ailments. The two main ingredients are turpentine oil and birch oil, curiously. And it is made in Guyana, so I still don’t know what the Canadian link is. All I could find on it was this article. I opened the small bottle at home and was immediately struck by the smell (like a campfire) and the colour (dark brown).
And I can report that it works! Or maybe the effect was psychosomatic, or the ice did the trick. In any case, I am now back to normal and ready to run (and probably fall) again. Enjoy your day!