Several studies have shown that Raynaud’s Syndrome affects 3-12.5% of men and 6-20% of women. Flare-ups occur during cold weather, and this phenomenon causes a temporary pause in blood circulation in the fingers or extremities, such as the ears, the nose or the cheeks. The fingers can become white or blue and swollen for a period of time. So what is the best natural remedy for treating the symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome?
What are the symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome?
Raynaud’s Syndrome can be characterised by several symptoms, such as:
- cold in the extremities such as the fingers, toes and nose, and even the lips and ears
- these parts of the body go white, then blue, and finally red
- tingling, spasms, numbness and a loss of sensitivity or even pain in these parts of the body.
What are the causes of Raynaud’s Syndrome?
Several factors can play a part in triggering this syndrome, although in 80% of cases, the causes are unknown:
- a drop in external temperatures, or sudden changes in temperature
- emotional stress
- excessive consumption of caffeine or tobacco (which promote poor blood circulation -the main problem in Raynaud’s Syndrome)
Natural remedy to treat the effects of this syndrome
Here is the recipe for a simple, effective and 100% natural remedy for tending to Raynaud’s Syndrome.
- organic helichrysum essential oil (improves circulation)
- organic thyme borneol essential oil
- organic lemon essential oil
- organic mandarin essential oil (improves circulation)
- organic vegetable oil (castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, pomegranate oil, apricot oil, almond oil, avocado oil, oat oil, borage oil, cherry oil, strawberry oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil, etc.)
- Mix the 4 essential oils in the palm of your hand (ensuring your hands are clean and dry), adding 1 drop of each of the first three oils, 2 drops of mandarin essential oil and 2 drops of your choice of organic vegetable oil.
- Rub your hands together and apply the treatment to the affected areas, lightly massaging it in to heat the area.
- Repeat this treatment every second day or in the case of an acute flare up in winter to relax the blood vessels and reactivate circulation.
What are the contra-indications?
Caution: for people allergic to one of the ingredients in the list, people subject to contra-indications or for children under 6, ask the advice of a doctor, a naturopath or an aromatherapist.
Some of these essential oils are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women or for children under 6 years of age.
Be sure not to expose the area to sunlight after having applied this treatment because lemon and mandarin essential oils are photosensitive, which means you run the risk of developing brown spots on the skin.