Chilblains are small, itchy swellings that occur as a reaction to cold temperatures. They affect the body’s extremities, such as the toes, fingers, heels, ears and nose.
Chilblains are uncomfortable but can be prevented. They usually develop several hours after exposure to the cold, and it is possible to get several at the same time.
Some people have chilblains every winter that last for up to five months. These can cause persistent sores that may lead to scarring.
The symptoms of chilblains include burning and itching on the hands and feet and a change of skin color. In some cases, the skin may become sore and blister.
Sometimes there are possible complications of chilblains and these include:
infection from blistered or scratched skin
ulcers forming on the skin
permanent discoloration of the skin
scarring of the skin
It is often possible to avoid these complications by not scratching or rubbing the area, and not directly overheating the chilblains (for example by using hot water).
Chilblains are an abnormal reaction to the cold. When the skin is cold, blood vessels near its surface get narrower. If the skin is then exposed to heat, the blood vessels become wider. If this happens too quickly, blood can leak into the surrounding tissue. This is thought to be the reason for the swelling and itchiness associated with chilblains.
Chilblains can occur at any age, but are more common in children and elderly people. The condition also affects women more than men. Certain people, such as people with poor circulation, are more susceptible to chilblains.
Chilblains are common in northern Europe, where damp, cold weather is usual in winter. They are less common in countries with extremely cold winters, because the air is drier and people have homes and clothing that conserve heat better.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
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- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
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- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to ayurveda, chilblains are caused by an imbalance in Vata and Kapha, so it is recommended that you keep body temperatures from fluctuating and make sure you have good circulation.
Mustard oil application is often used as a preventive measure. Sufferers may find if they have had chilblains one year, they will have them the next. As temperatures drop, start applying mustard oil to the entire hands and legs, leave it for 10 -15 minutes and then take a warm water bath, preferably in the morning.
Diet can also affect chilblains and because of this, Trikatu powder is often used. Trikatu is a blend of three spices. You can use it in your cooking.
If Trikatu is too spicy for you, then at least make sure to include dry ginger in your diet. It keeps the joints warm, as well as being an excellent anti-inflammatory herb which boosts the digestion. Also increase the use of curry leaves, lemon juice, sesame seeds and coffee. Try to avoid oily food.
There are many ayurvedic herbal oils that relieve inflammation. They include neem. Applying a paste made from neem oil and turmeric will help chilblains to heal quickly. Washing the affected area with Triphala Kwath will help to relieve any blisters or itching. Guggulu is also recommended.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Chinese medicine believes that the cause of chilblains is the cold pathogen invading the body in winter, or the cold pathogen invading the body of an individual who is already deficient in Yang, preventing Qi and blood from flowing smoothly.
Liquorice is often recommended. This can be used in powder form to wash the chilblain. Put 2 spoons into boiled water. Soak a cloth and then apply to the chilblain. Hold the cloth against it for 20 minutes at a time. Cinnamon twigs, red sage and dried ginger are also recommended.
The Chinese formula Ren Shen Dang Shao San which contains Ginseng, Tangkuei and Peony Powder, is also recommended.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Neat geranium or tea tree oil is effective when applied directly to chilblains. Or try the following massage oil:
10 ml Calendula infused oil
2 drops Geranium oil
2 drops Lavender oil
2 drops Black pepper oil
2 drops Tea tree oil
Try taking a warm bath with cypress, rosemary and juniper oils – all of which can boost circulation.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Agaricus and Pulsatilla are often used in homoeopathy – Agaricus when the patient suffers intensely from cold, and when the chilblains are painful, and Pulsatilla when the chilblains are hot and itchy.
Sulphur is another key medicine when the above mentioned medicines fail. But it should be used only under professional guidance.
The following are recommended:
Cayenne -– take capsules or tablets three times a day to increase circulation.
Cramp bark -– a decoction made from the bark can be taken three times per day.
Garlic -– eat the fresh cloves or take capsules every day to aid healing.
Ginger -– a cup of ginger tea twice a day will help the circulation.
Ginkgo -– tablets are also useful for improving circulation.
The following can be applied externally:
Ginger -– fresh ginger that has been sliced or grated can be applied externally to stimulate blood flow to the affected areas.
Echinacea -– apply a drop or two of tincture to the chilblain. This will stimulate blood flow, and if the skin is cracked, it will help prevent infection.
Lemon -– apply undiluted juice to stimulate blood flow to this area. This may prevent blistering.
Garlic -– the oil from this herb will stimulate blood flow into the smaller capillaries to relieve some of the discomfort.
Mixed oils -– there is a recipe to try that mixes linseed oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil, thyme oil, comfrey and aloe vera with Bach flower remedies Aspen and Chestnut Bud. Apply this mixture to the skin to reduce swelling, restore healthy skin cells and increase the circulation.
Chickweed -– apply the crushed herb as a poultice to ease the pain associated with chilblains.
Black mustard – mix 50 grams of black mustard power with 200 grams of flax powder – add water to make paste. Add as a poultice to affected area for 10 minutes.
Cayenne – apply a cayenne based ointment to the area 3 times a day.Herbs
Mullein is a plant that grows in dry, barren places and it has been used for centuries because of its outstanding medicinal qualities. Its healing properties are found in its roots, leaves, and flowers, and it has been effective in treating a variety of health conditions, especially respiratory disorders.
Mullein’s anti-bacterial properties make it effective in treating infections and it also has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. A mullein poultice soothes skin irritations, such as rashes, boils, and even chilblains.
Try making mullein oil which can be applied to the chilblains:
Completely fill a jar with mullein flowers (fresh are best). Mash the flowers with a fork, but not to the point that they would pass through a strainer.
Add olive oil to the jar, completely submerging the flowers. Stir, making sure that there are no bubbles.
Cover the jar and leave on a sunny windowsill for five days. After the fifth day, remove the oil by straining the mixture.
Pour the oil into another glass jar, cover, and put in a cool place until needed. Mullein oil has a long shelf life of up to two years.
Note: Because of their toxicity, the seeds of the mullein plant should never be used in preparing tea or oil.
Turnips and Horseradish:
Applying a paste of finely grated turnips works well to get rid of chilblains. Alternatively, you can add grated turnips in water and boil it. Cool this infusion for a bit and soak the affected area in it for a while. You can similarly use celery and horseradish too.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Home ayurvedic therapies for chilblains: www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-chilblain.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Mullein for chilblains: www.naturalnews.com/033990_mullein_medicinal_herbs.html
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.