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The painful inflammation of small blood vessels in the skin that occurs in response to prolonged exposure to cold, but not freezing, air is Chilblains (CHILL-blayns). Chilblains, also known as pernio, can cause scratching on your hands and feet, red spots, swelling and blistering.

In one to three weeks, Chilblains typically clear up, particularly if the weather gets warmer. For years, you can have recurrences seasonally. In order to alleviate the symptoms, care requires covering yourself from the cold and using lotions. Chilblains normally do not cause permanent damage. But the disease can lead to infection, which, if left untreated, can cause serious harm.


Apply 1 drop of undiluted geranium oil to the affected area, usually the toes or fingers. Do this for two days, then apply a little of the following oil:

Basic blend – massage

Geranium 5 drops
Lavender 1 drop
Rosemary 1 drop

Blend together and then dilute by adding 3–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil or aloe vera gel.

Alternative chilblains blend

Chamomile german 5 drops
Lemon 5 drops
Geranium 5 drops

Blend together and then dilute by adding 3–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil, or add to aloe vera gel.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: tea tree, lemon, chamomile roman, *chamomile german (Matricaria recutita), *ginger (Zingiber officinale), *black pepper (Piper nigrum)

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