Raynaud’s disease is a condition that affects the flow of blood to the extremities of the body, causing pain, tingling, and discoloration of the affected fingers or toes. Fortunately, natural treatments for Raynaud’s disease exist, including magnesium oil, lemon water, and cayenne pepper.
What is Raynaud’s Disease?
Raynaud’s disease is one of countless diseases that is rather elusive. Some connect this condition to lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or thyroid disease. It is often counted as an auto-immune disorder. Triggers of Raynaud’s disease include stress, cold (even from something as simple as opening the freezer!) and nutritional deficiencies.
In Raynaud’s disease blood flow is restricted to the extremities causing pain, tingling, and discoloration of fingers and toes. A typical recommendation for those with this disease is to avoid cold. But this is not always easy for those who live where the seasons change, and especially in areas where it is cold most of the time. Air conditioning, cold air from the freezer, or even a cool breeze can make it nearly impossible for those even in temperate climates with Raynaud’s to avoid cold at all times.
Natural Remedies for Raynaud’s
Magnesium is an important mineral for a great many body functions. It is also a common deficiency due to the depletion of it in soil. Magnesium supplements are often helpful, but the best way to get magnesium is often “Magnesium Oil.” Magnesium oil is not actually an oil. It is magnesium flakes mixed in water. It does not feel oily on the skin, but it may feel sticky. It usually washes out of clothing that it may come in contact with as easily as salt.
Magnesium Oil is bought in a spray and spayed on the skin. The body readily absorbs the magnesium. When you first use magnesium oil, it may itch or sting. It is fine to rinse it off after 20 minutes. Some will use it 20 minutes before showering. As your body adjusts over days or weeks, the stinging and itching subsides and you may not need to rinse it off. Spray Magnesium oil onto arms and hands, legs and feet twice daily. (DO NOT spray legs right after shaving, however!) While some experience relief with magnesium right away, others will need to use it for a few weeks to see results.
Lemons, though an acid fruit, help to alkalize the body. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon to each glass of water (or herbal tea) that you drink daily will help to alkalize your body, helping many body functions to improve.
Herbs for Raynaud’s
Cayenne pepper is a wonderful herb for circulation. It helps to open up blood vessels and improve circulation and blood flow. Cayenne pepper can be bought in capsules and taken with meals. Some people find that it causes some digestive distress. In that case, adding some cayenne pepper to juice or food is a better way to get some daily cayenne pepper. If you are not used to cayenne pepper, start with a little. Your body will gradually get used to it and tolerate larger amounts. Keep a shaker bottle with cayenne on your kitchen table. Cayenne is delicious on eggs, in salads, and on meats and vegetables.
Ginger is another warming herb that is great for circulation. Ginger can be made into a tea, added to food, or taken in capsules. If you like spicy food, you may like to chew on a sliver of fresh ginger root a few times a day!
Often cayenne pepper and ginger are found together in capsules for heart health. Both are good for the circulatory system and ginger helps to balance out the digestive distress that is sometimes caused by cayenne pepper.
Cinnamon is a delicious spice that also has strong medicinal value and warming properties. Cinnamon can be added to foods or even taken as a nutritional supplement. For medicinal purposes, take Ceylon cinnamon. (Do watch for blood sugar changes as this cinnamon can lower blood sugar.)
Vitamin Supplements for Raynuad’s
So many health problems are caused by or made worse by a lack of nutrients.
Some important vitamin supplements for those with Raynaud’s include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Dietary Changes for Raynaud’s
Foods to Avoid
Caffeine is important to avoid because it dilates the blood vessels, which is already a problem for those with Raynaud’s. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, and energy drinks.
MSG, food dye, and artificial sweeteners should be avoided. These empty nutrients work against health instead of for it.
Foods to Include
A variety of whole foods is important for overall health. Replace processed foods, white flour, and sugar with whole foods. Use honey instead of sugar (in moderation!) Use whole grains instead of white breads and pastries. Make your own instead of buying prepared whenever you can.
Fat is important for keeping warm. Be sure to include some fat in your diet. Coconut oil and olive oil are good choices.
Other Lifestyle Practices for Raynaud’s
Epsom salt baths are an easy way to warm the body and get a boost of magnesium. Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
Whenever weather allows, get some sunshine. Walking in the sun will help your circulation and give you some extra vitamin D.