Traditional treatment for chilblains includes, topical application of corticosteroid creams to help relieve itching and swelling. Blood pressure medication. A blood pressure lowering drug called nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia) is sometimes used to treat the cause of chilblains, since it can help open up blood vessels. Infection prevention. If your skin has broken, treatment also includes cleaning and protecting your wounds to prevent infection.
The right essential oils and synergies could offer a really good alternative. You’d want a blend that would address circulation, skin soothing and prevention of any infections. The methods of application would include topical application to the affected areas and/or a soothing soak made with essential oils and warm to hot water. Remember that essential oils do not dissolve in water so add an equal number of drops of emulsifier, or if you don’t have an emulsifier add an equal number of drops of liquid soap to disperse the essential oil droplets through the water. Don’t use the essential oils directly over broken skin.
Many essential oils are used to help improve circulation, two of my favourites for this are black pepper and geranium, others include marjoram, rosemary, basil, ginger, lavender, lemon and cedarwood.
My favourite essential oil for soothing red, itchy skin would probably be German chamomile while others include: Roman chamomile, lavender, peppermint and sandalwood.
As always, keep in mind any contraindications to any of the oils there might exist for the person the blend is being created for.
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