Raynaud’s disease (syndrome or phenomenon) is a condition wherein the arteries to an area of the body narrow reducing the blood flow. The most common areas are the hands and feet and occasionally the ears, lips, or nose may be affected. Usually these are brief episodes and the fingers or toes become come cool and may turn blue or white. As blood flow returns there may be numbness or throbbing and a reddish color. Another result reported is the nails forming ridges and becoming brittle.
The narrowing of the blood vessels is known as vasospasm and is a natural response of the body in times of stress reducing blood flow to the extremities and protecting the core organs. In Raynaud’s the sympathetic nervous system over-reacts to an external trigger and reduces or cuts off the blood supply to one or more areas of the body. The most common triggers are temperature changes or stress.
Cypress is most used to improve circulation. Apply 1-3 drops with 10 drops of a carrier oil topically to the affected area. This same blend may also be applied to the reflexology points of the feet.
Aromas interact with our limbic system and provide a natural help for relieving stress and instilling a calming effect. Oils affect each of us differently. Therefore, it is good to experiment with those recommended to see which gives the most help. Most suggested are Grounding Blend, Tension Blend, Patchouli, Calming Blend, and/or Wild Orange. Suggested application techniques include:
For those on the go:
• Use an inhaler with the selected oil or blend.
• Use the Tension Blend roll on dispenser.
• Use simple cup and inhale technique.
Also consider foot or hand massage with selected oil or blend, the Massage Blend Technique or relaxing baths (3 – 4 drops of selected essential oil added to warm bath water. Mix well before entering).
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