Chilblains or pernio are defined as localised areas of erythema (redness), swelling and pruritis resulting from exposure to damp cold. They usually begin as small, burning, itchy, purple-red swellings on the skin which become increasingly painful. They may start to ache, then a "pins and needles"-type sensation is experienced followed by numbness. Chilblains become hot to the touch, swell and then dry out leaving cracks on the skin. These cracks may then expose the afflicted area to infection.

Aromatherapy Ointment for Chilblains

200g unperfumed skin cream (available from pharmacies)
3 drops Marjoram essential oil
3 drops Camomile essential oil
3 drops Lemon essential oil

Put the skin cream into a little cosmetic pot, then stir in the essential oils until thoroughly mixed. Apply two or three times a day

Aromatherapy Soak for Chilblains

61trs (3pts) comfortably hot water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 drop Black Pepper
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Coriander essential oil

Mix the cider vinegar and essential oils together. Pour the hot water into a basin, then add the aromatic vinegar and swish around to disperse. Soak hands or feet for 15 minutes, once or twice daily.

See also Chilblains and Chilblain Herbal Remedy.

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