Natural Remedies for Chapped Hands

· August 21, 2014
Rose petals are recommended for caring for sensitive or dry skins, or skins with alterations from aging. Rosehip is healing and very hydrating.

The skin on your hands suffers all the aggressions of climate, certain types of work, aggressive skin products, etc. When they dry out and chap, it is not just a question of aesthetics, but the danger that they get worse if left untreated. Here we have a few natural remedies and homemade creams to help you treat not only chapping and dry skin, but also rosacea, burning, cracked skin and any other problem you may be having with the skin on your hands.

Foods that help improve circulation

These foods are truly medicinal, and among their properties is that of improving circulation, which makes them a great choice for improving the skin on your hands.

  • Garlic: we recommend that you eat it often and raw or try out the Tibetan garlic cure
  • Cayenne: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper into your food, but make sure not to go overboard as some people’s digestive systems may not tolerate spicy food very well!
  • Ginger: ginger also has a bit of a spicy edge but it’s a bit lighter. It can be consumed grated, as a tea, candied, etc.
  • Chestnut honey: All honeys have medicinal properties, but these properties can vary depending on the blossoms the honey was made from. Chestnut honey helps to improve circulation.

On the other hand, it is also important to avoid high consumption of salt, as salt dehydrates and devitalizes your skin.

Supplements for your skin

You should keep in mind that your skin particularly nourishes itself on Vitamins A, C, and E.

Regarding minerals, selenium is indispensable for your skin, accompanied by Vitamin B6. This vitamin is best taken as a supplement each morning, as at night it can affect your sleep, or as an ingredient in whole-grain cereals. And, last but not least, silicon gives your skin the flexibility it needs to protect itself against outside aggressions.

Medicinal plants

  • Ginkgo biloba: this medicinal plant has many properties that are good for treating multiple different conditions. One of these is the ability to carry oxygen all the way into your extremities, thus improving circulation. This makes it extremely useful for improving circulation to the hands. You can take it as a tea, at least three times a day, or as an extract for three months. Afterwards you should take a break of a few weeks or months and, depending on the results, you may pick up the treatment again later.
  • Witch-hazel: this bush is an astringent or, that is to say, it helps to shrink tissues, dry out injuries, and alleviate burns, etc. It can be used both internally and externally, taken orally as a tea or an extract, or applied as an infusion or as essential oil.
  • Aesculus hippocastanumThe bark of this tree has important properties for protecting the skin and can also be used both internally and externally.

Homemade rose and lemon cream

You can prepare for yourself some natural and homemade salves at home that are wonderfully free of toxic substances and, indeed, much more economical than purchasing their equivalents at the store:

Leave 20 grams of rose petals and 5 grams of lemon peel to soak in 30 milliliters of olive oil for one week. Once done, filter the solid pieces out of the oil and apply twice a day on the affected area. Store in a cool and dry place.

Rose hip seed oil and aloe vera gel

This salve is extremely simple to make. All you need to do is mix some aloe vera gel (direct from the plant or bought) with some rose hip seed oil. Both speed the formation of scabs and skin regeneration and are very nutritious. This gel can also be used to soften the wrinkles around your cuticle.

Alternating hand baths

Without a doubt, the most economical treatment for improving circulation in the hands is to alternate cold and hot water baths. You will want to have two separate receptacles and alternate your hands between them, first submerging them for 15 seconds in the cold water and then for 30 in the hot water, for at least 5 minutes at a time. You always want to finish up with the hot water, gently scrub your hands with a towel and, if you should so desire, apply a natural salve that you have previously prepared or just a bit of olive or sesame oil.

Homeopathic remedies

Homeopathy is a very natural and useful form of medicine and doesn’t have any secondary or harmful effects.

  • The homeopathic remedy Calcium Fluoratum 6CH increases your skin’s elasticity.
  • If you suffer from chronic dryness, you  might want to try the Petroleum 6CH remedy.
  • If you seem to be developing a sort of yellow crust on your hands, you will want to use the Graphites 6CH remedy.

For each of these remedies, you should take three units under the tongue three times a day, separate from meals, food, and strong and minty flavors (such as gum, toothpaste, etc). You will want to continue this treatment for at least 3 to 6 months.

Images courtesy of deejaytee23 and Jacob Whittaker