Sabby's right - BF&C stands for Bone, Flesh & Cartilage. This is one of Dr. Christopher's MOST successful/famous formulas. It is NOT one he created, but rather one that he says was 'given' to him when he asked for assistance from God.
The ingredients are: Organic Oak bark, Marshmallow root, Mullein herb, Wormwood , Lobelia, Skullcap, Comfrey root, Walnut Leaf, Gravel root
It can be used for restoring, healing and regrowing of every tissue in the body.
BF&C will ALWAYS help muscles, but many times it is unnecessary (and/or it takes longer) than using the Deep Tissue Repair oil and hot/cold contrast therapy.
The Deep Tissue Repair oil has these ingredients: Organic Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Menthol Crystals, Organic Essential Wintergreen Oil, Ginger root, Arnica flowers, St. John’s Wort, Calendula flowers & Habanero/African Bird Peppers
(and no, for everybody reading that has been scared away from Wintergreen Oil...truly NATURAL & organic wintergreen oil is NOT toxic - it's the synthetic counterpart that causes all the problems. Of course, everything is toxic in large quantities, but it is perfectly balanced in this this formula).
Here's a blurb about how it works from Dr. Schulze s website:
For years in his clinic, Dr. Schulze made many powerfully effective topical ointments and oils. Two of his most famous were his Deep Heating Oil and his Deep Tissue Repair Oil, both of which were used by top athletic competitors around the world. One day he decided to mix these two formulae, and that’s when the healing miracles really started to happen.
The herbal ingredients from his Deep Heating Oil formula are: Wintergreen Oil, Botanical Menthol and Habañero Pepper. These herbs are famous for reducing inflammation, reducing pain and increasing circulation, which all promote faster healing.
“The three most powerful herbs to reduce body aches and pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation and speed up the healing process.” — Dr. Schulze
PURE WINTERGREEN ESSENTIAL OIL
Wintergreen Oil has been used in topical preparations for centuries for muscular, tendon, ligament and connective-tissue strains, sprains, tears, overexertion, hyperextension and injury. It quickly reduces pain, reduces inflammation, increases circulation and promotes quicker healing and recovery.
Unfortunately, today, true Wintergreen Essential Oil is not used commercially. What is used is Birch Oil, which is a waste or secondary byproduct to the timber industry. Worse, since true Wintergreen Oil is almost pure Salicylic Acid, now chemists say that you can just make salicylic acid in the laboratory and that this is identical to Pure Wintergreen Oil. Worse, it is chemically synthesized from Bituminous Coal Tar and Carbolic Acid, two highly poisonous and toxic substances. Consequently, the heating balms available in most drug stores are no longer botanical in nature, but highly toxic synthesized chemical garbage.
Dr. Schulze uses only Pure Green Wintergreen Oil which is distilled from the true wintergreen plant leaves. It contains over 95% naturally occurring pure botanical methyl salicylate, which possesses almost magical pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties and dramatically increases blood circulation.
Menthol is the major essential oil found in peppermint leaves and other species of mint. Unfortunately, like Wintergreen Oil, most menthol used today is prepared synthetically in the chemical factories.
Years ago when you went into a drugstore and bought a heating balm of Wintergreen Oil and Peppermint Menthol, that’s exactly what you got, well, maybe 100 years ago. Today, you will walk out with a toxic blend of synthetic chemicals from Carbolic Acid to Ammonia and Coal Tar.
Dr. Schulze only uses pure Botanical Menthol derived from the leaf of peppermint plants. The concentration of Botanical Menthol into the Deep Tissue Oil is 100% saturated and absolutely no more will dissolve into it.
Botanical Menthol has many amazing attributes but the major one is how effectively it increases blood circulation to the injured area. When you injure an area of your body and it swells, this inhibits blood flow, which will slow healing. Botanical Menthol applied to the injured area will dramatically increase the blood circulation and also provide its counterirritant cooling effect, which greatly relieves the pain. It is also responsible for the oil’s ability to penetrate deeply into the injured area.
What makes the Deep Tissue Ointment deep red in color is the addition of the hottest chili peppers known on the planet. The addition of this pepper makes the Botanical Menthol work 10 times better and also makes this herbal ointment literally blast blood circulation to the injured area.
Dr. Schulze only knew of one herb, that when ingested makes your face turn red. That herb is hot peppers. This is blood circulation. The Deep Tissue Oil is saturated with the hottest Habañero Peppers he could find to increase its ability to bring blood to the injured area of the body, and also to help the area to eliminate damaged tissue and blood cells.
Habañero Peppers also reduce inflammation and pain as they powerfully drive healing blood circulation.
Habañero Peppers are also very effective for the pain and swelling of arthritis, bursitis and joint inflammation, as well as for migraine headaches and general muscle pain.
The herbal ingredients in his Deep Tissue Repair are: Arnica Flower, Calendula Flower and St. John’s Wort Flower. These herbs speed up the healing process for broken bones, torn and strained muscles, tendons and ligaments,as well as fractures, sprains and just plain, old bangs and bruises.
“This dynamic, medicinal trio of powerful herbs are famous worldwide for healing breaks, bruises and trauma to bone, muscle, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints and speeding up the healing process.” — Dr. Schulze
Many years ago Dr. Schulze was teaching a Natural Healing and Herbal Medicine course at an alternative school in rural southern Spain. He had the opportunity to visit many remote villages up in the high mountains, far beyond where all of the roads end. The only way to get there was by donkey, horse, 4x4 or by foot.
Many of these villages are so remote, the only people who live there are the descendants of the people who have lived there for hundreds, even thousands of years. In fact, many bridges built by the Moors during their invasion 1,000 years ago still stand. Dr. Schulze recalls that some of these villages had the best almonds he had ever tasted in his life, but that is another story.
Anyway, he taught at this school many times over the years and that gave him a chance to do house calls in some of these very remote villages and to even meet some of the local mountain doctors and healers.
During one of his visits, he was fortunate to meet a “bone setter,” a local doctor who specialized in treating the locals who had broken a bone, whether a fracture or a compound break. This man was famous for his success beyond any other doctor in the area. Part of his therapy was alternating hot and cold hydrotherapy baths, and in the baths were all of these brightly colored yellow mountain flowers which he identified as Arnica montana, or whatever their local species of Arnica was. This healer told him that the bones set quicker, better and stronger when he put Arnica in the water, and that was his secret to being the best bonesetter around. He also stated that his patients had a lot less pain from the break when he put Arnica flowers in the water. Dr Schulze also heard of the same Arnica usage in remote alpine villages in Switzerland, northern Italy and Austria.
Dr. Schulze's Deep Tissue Oil uses the premium-quality medicinal species of Arnica flowers that are wild-harvested in the highest alpine regions of Europe and North America, above 9,000 feet in elevation, where Arnica flourishes. When making Arnica Oil it is important to protect the freshness of these flowers, so when you carefully hand-harvest them in the field, you place them immediately into olive oil to preserve the vitality and phytochemicals of the plant, doing this before leaving the mountain.
Arnica Flowers and Oil are famous around the world with mountain doctors, modern herbalists and even some medical doctors for the healing of strained, overexerted, and bruised muscles all the way to speeding up the healing of broken bones.
ST. JOHN'S WORT OIL
Although in the last decade, St. John’s Wort flowers have been become so popular as a medicinal treatment for depression, you would hardly know that their most important use in the past was treating blunt trauma to the body by healing damaged blood vessels and bruising, reducing inflammation and reducing pain.
St. John’s Wort flowers are bright yellow, but when they are crushed, the highly medicinal phytochemicals turn the crushed flowers a very bright red/burgundy color. Like Arnica Flowers, it is very important to put these flowers in the extracting olive oil immediately upon harvesting them. It is an amazing natural remedy for any trauma to the body.
Calendula (or marigold) is not the hybrid garden-variety marigold flower. It is a particular heirloom original variety of multicolored single- and double-headed, yellow to orange flowers. This diversity of color within this particular variety contains the highest concentration of rich plant bioflavonoid pigments and natural sticky resins not found within the typical orange monochromatic, single-flower “marigold” plants that you often see on sidewalks and commercial plantings.
The phytochemistry of Calendula makes it a potent trauma healer proven to heal wounds and damaged blood vessels many times faster than normal healing.
THE BASE OF THE DEEP TISSUE OINTMENT
All of the herbs in my Deep Tissue Ointment are brewed in a base of Organic Extra-Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive-Oil and Unbleached, Unfiltered Natural Beeswax.
Olive Oil contains Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, natural vegetable glycerin, sterols and mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) which all enrich, revitalize and carry the active principles and healing plant chemicals in these healing plants into the skin and deeper.
Hot/Cold Contrast therapy is generally most effective done sitting on the edge of the bathtub with a hand held shower. Start with hot for 2 minutes, the go cold-hot-cold-hot for 7 colds and 7 hots (1 minute each) and back to hot for 2 minutes. This can been down with hot-cold packs (hot water bottle, and even something as simple as a baggie with ice cubes, or frozen water). If you can only do it for 10 minutes, that can still be very effective...but more is better :)
Start with several daily hot/cold treatments, if that doesn't do the trick...add the Deep Tissue Repair Oil, and if that doesn't work, add the BF&C.
Since we started using the Deep Tissue Repair Oil, we've never found a need for anything else...the only time that wasn't the case was when Rocky53 threw out his back on the big trampoline (that required a chiropractor).
'SO glad to hear you're feeling better. I'll get caught up on the other posts a little later tonight :)