Vitamins B: They support the nervous system. Vita B1 (Thiamine), Vita B6 and B12. *Vita B1 reduces pain and inflammation and prevents cellular damage. *Vita B12 deficiency can cause peripheral neuropathy*. Vit B6 may help maintain the covering of the nerve endings (no more than 200mg per day). Higher doses can lead to further nerve damage. *Foods are rich in Vita B: Meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy foods, fortified cereals, vegetables. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Alpha-Lipoic Acid: A powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress (kills free radicals) and helps with neuropathy caused by diabetes or cancer. It lowers blood sugar levels, improves nerve function and relieves the following uncomfortable symptoms in the arms and legs: *pain, itching, tingling, prickling, numbness, burning * 600-1200mg per day*. Foods with high amounts: Liver, red meat, broccoli, brewers’ yeast, spinach, brussels sprouts. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Acetyl-L-carnitine: An amino acid and antioxidant. It creates healthy nerve cells, raises energy levels, and reduces neuropathic pain. 500mg twice a day as a supplement. *Food sources: Meat, fish, poultry, dairy products. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
N-Acetyl cysteine: An amino acid and antioxidant. Reduces inflammation and neuropathic pain. The antioxidant properties improve nerve damage. 1200mg once or twice a day as a supplement. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Curcumin: Found in Turmeric. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic properties. Can relieve tingling and numbness in the hands and feet. *Supplements *. Add fresh or powdered form to your tea. Use it in curries, egg salads and yoghurt smoothies. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Fish oil: Has anti-inflammatory properties and repairs damaged nerves. Relieves pain and discomfort. *Supplement from 2400 to 5400 per day*. Food sources: Salmon, walnuts, sardines, canola oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, mackerel, cod liver oil, herring, oysters, anchovies, caviar, soybeans*. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Tea Tree 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. In this case, you will add 5 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Eucalyptus and 2 drops of Tea Tree. Rub the mixture over the feet and legs, 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:
- 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, 1 drop of Tea Tree and 1 drop of Eucalyptus. Add Epsom salts.
- 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 drop of each oil).
** 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 **
** Eucalyptus – Avoid during pregnancy/lactation, epilepsy, on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use for children under 1 and with caution up to the age of 8 **
** 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 **
** Tea Tree – Avoid up to the age of 5. Can irritate the skin and be very drying on its own **