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raynaud's disease 

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


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.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: 

Circulation: CypressC, Invigorating Blend, Eucalyptus, GeraniumC, HelichrysumC, Lemon

Stress: Grounding Blend, FennelC, Tension Blend, Patchouli, Calming Blend, Wild Orange

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: CloveC, RosemaryC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

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).

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Teresa - I have Raynauds in my hands, and I know many people who also have this problem.  Any suggestions?

Mary Beth - Renaud's is a circulation problem that effects hands and feet. You can be hot all over, but your fingers and toes turn blue because they aren't getting much blood and they are cold. This is just what I know because my sister in law has it.

Kathy - I'm sure you will get more experienced answers than mine but I would try Birch or Soothing Blend first.

Pat - I would also add Cypress to any protocol to help with the circulation.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen

Abscesses are nature's way of purifying the body, by bringing toxins and waste materials all to one place, so that it can easily be drawn out. Pus is formed by the loss of organic sulfur from the cells, therefore herbs that contain organic sulfur, such a garlic, can be used to rebuild and prevent this condition.

In general, the brighter and tighter the redness, the smaller the abscess; the softer feeling and darker colored, the larger the abscess. A thick yellow pus is considered healthy, where a thin watery greenish pus is considered infected and unhealthy.


Abscesses heal when the discharge stops and the cavity of the abscess begins to close.

According to Dr. J. Christopher “The basic cause of all abscesses, tumors, cysts, etc., stems back to an impure bloodstream, with its major cause being improper food intake. This condition causes poor action of liver and bowels, a faulty digestion, or disturbances in the lymphatic glands are generally responsible for the accumulation of impurities in the blood.”

Poultices will bring the abscess to a head and clean it out.

A poultice made of 1 part Lobelia and 3 parts Mullein is very effective in drawing out the toxins as well as relieving pain

· A poultice made of hot onions put directly over the abscessed area

Add a few drops of an essential oil of choice to the poultice for added effect.


How to make a poultice:

Dried Herb Poultice

Grind dried herbs into a powder with a mortar and pestle,and add enough warm water to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.

Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it, and wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place. Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.


Fresh Herb Poultice

Chop up about 1/2 cup of the fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer herbs and water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture, but don't drain. Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it. Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

Once the abscess has burst and pus has drained off, apply a poultice of comfrey leaves or root.


Dr. Mom the Kitchen:

Garlic Tea

1 small garlic Clove minced and mashed with a ½ tablespoon of honey

Juice of ¼ Lemon with 2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

1 teaspoon of mint or sage

½ teaspoons minced parsely

Let steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. Drink the same day if using mint, however, if using sage it can be kept in the refrigerator and will be good for two days.

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