Chilblains

We would also suggest the following vitamins and supplements:

Vit B3: Niacin: This vasodilator may improve circulation, open up blood vessels and help prevent chilblains. There are 2 main types of Niacin, the flushing and the non-flushing. The flushing form causes a tingling sensation and redness in the skin. It physically feels like a flushing wave of heat is prickling and radiating from your face and scalp to the tips of your fingers and toes. It will pass in 10 minutes or less. It is not a reaction or anything to be concerned about. It is merely your blood making its way to your tiny capillaries. Avoid taking it prior to family photos or a hot date. You have the option on the non-flushing form, however in this instance, the flushing form is recommended. A daily dose of 100mg is ideal.

Omegas: Essential fatty acids are important for circulatory health and the integrity of the blood vessels.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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We would also suggest the following herbs:

  • Cinnamon – If there is itching: apply witch hazel or calamine lotion.
  • Garlic and Ginger
  • Turmeric

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Lifestyle tip:

Exercise: This is very important when it comes to microcirculation. 30 minutes a day is recommended. Walking and rebounding are highly recommended for promoting circulation to hands and feet. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Early morning wee for chilblains. Wee in a potty or bucket your first wee in the morning. Put your chilblained feet or hands in that for about 5 minutes. Don’t wash off for at least half an hour. It works wonders. – Listed by Shelley Finch, March 2018

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Turmeric

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Assists with high cholesterol, diabetes, rheumatism, osteoarthritis
  • Relieves hay fever
  • Assists with depression
  • Antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic properties
  • Heal’s skin conditions like eczema

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness or diarrhoea

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Garlic & Ginger

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Elimination of toxins
  • Boosts digestion
  • Eases discomfort of the stomach and bowel
  • Enhances appetite
  • Clears the respiratory tract
  • Soothes aches
  • Reduces inflammation

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Ginger slows down blood clotting in some cases, and should not be taken with other medications (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) that also slow down clotting, as it will increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Garlic unpleasant breath or body odour, heartburn, burning in your mouth or throat, nausea, vomiting, gas or diarrhoea

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. If it’s for a child, halve the amount again, making it 5 drops. (3 of Lavender and 2 of Rosemary). In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Rosemary. Rub the mixture over the body, especially shins, as required.  Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Rosemary. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes

Compress – (A warm compress). Add 2-3 drops of Essential oil into a bowl of water. Soak the cloth in it. Apply the cloth to the area for 15 minutes or so.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime **

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