For numerous people, besides nasal congestion, cough and joint pains, the biggest discomfort during the winter is the acute cold sensation in the extremities. The cold hands and feet syndrome that sometimes also appears during summer is quite frequent. One of the biggest causes is poor circulation.
Essential Oils to Stimulate Circulation and Heat the Body
To immediately warm your hands and feet, you must improve your blood circulation. In order to do so, you can use certain essential oils – especially those made of aromatic herbs: cloves, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, juniper, rosemary, mint, pine, cypress or marjoram essential oils.
– Mix 1 drops of your favorite essential oil with 2 tablespoons of olive or castor oil. Also, you can choose 3 of the previously mentioned oils and mix them. Combine 2 drops of this mixture with 1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
– Whichever the mixture chosen, you must use it to rub your hands and feet until they warm up. Use socks or gloves and get in the bed. You can also soak your feet in warm water (you can add some Epsom salt). Shortly, blood circulation will be stimulated and the whole body will warm up.
These essential oils will not only stimulate circulation, but will also sharpen the senses and make you feel better, eliminating stress, fatigue or depression.
Thanks to their anti-inflammatory, analgesic, soothing, antibacterial and antiviral properties, these oils can combat many other disorders that occur during winter – especially colds, flu, fatigue, stress, depression, muscle and joint pains, stiff neck or back. In these cases, you can add the oils in the bath water and take a hot bath.
Ointment to Warm Cold Hands and Feet (Recipe)
Black pepper essential oil used for this ointment is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent and can also stimulate circulation.
– 1 cup of olive oil
– 1 cup of coconut oil
– 4 tablespoons of beeswax
– 2 drops of black pepper coconut oil
Firstly, you have to prepare the base for the salve. Let the coconut oil, beeswax and olive oil melt in a bain-marie pot, on low heat. Stir the mixture and let it melt for about 20 minutes. Pour the liquid in small jars and let it cool down, covering the jars with paper towels. You must only put the lid after the product has cooled down completely. Keep it in the fridge.
This ointment can be used as a base for other medicinal salves, depending on the condition and the essential oils you choose to use.
To prepare the ointment that stimulates circulation and heats hands and feet, you must put in your hand ¼ teaspoon of the salve and pour 2 teaspoon of black pepper essential oil over it. Rub your hands to warm them first and mix the 2 ingredients, and then massage the feet for a few minutes. The cold sensation and the pains will instantly disappear.