Home remedies for chilblains are an effective treatment which can provide cure and immediate relief from the pain and congestion. Chilblains normally affects to those who live or work in damp and cold conditions however family tendency, anemia, hormonal disorder or tissue disorder also contribute in raising this problem.
Primary home remedy for chilblains is to avoid them, and the best way of doing it is by keeping feet and hands dry and warm as much as possible. Protection from cold and moisture by wearing proper clothes will help in avoiding chilblains. Scratching shall be strictly avoided instead anti-itch creams shall be used to calm it.
Once chilblains have occurred there are few good home remedies that can help in curing them. Soaking hands and feet in warm water mixed with marigold flowers and a teaspoon of sea salt helps in reducing chilblains. Elevating the affected part also helps in improving from chilblains. Heating the affected parts with warm water bottle or heater, several times in a day and particularly after every exposure to the cold, helps in improving the blood flow to the troubling area.
Onion is commonly used as a home remedy for chilblains. Slice of red onion shall be rubbed gently on the affected area for instant relief from itching and treating chilblains. The application of onion juice directly on the affected area also treats chilblains. Rubbing potato slice with some salt sprinkled on it also helps in curing chilblains. Cupping the fingers or nails by discarded lemon halves or massaging the affected parts with these, also improves the blood flow to the affected area.
A paste made of honey and egg also works as a good home remedy for chilblains. One tablespoon of honey mixed with one egg white, some flour and half teaspoon of glycerin to make a paste, this paste applied at the affected area and left for at least 6-8 hours helps in curing the problem quickly.
Massaging the affected parts with mustard oil, sesame oil or any other warm vegetable oil with lemon juice mixed to it helps in curing the problem, after massage, warm water shall be used for washing off. Mixing garlic juice with warm mustard or sesame oil also helps in alleviating the problem. Few garlic cloves can be fried with a tablespoon of any vegetable oil and later strained and stored, this oil can be used for massage, after warming, for relief from chilblains. Frying few peppercorns with mustard oil or sesame oil and applying it on the affected part after straining it, with a gentle massage, is also a good home remedy for chilblains.
A very effective herbal remedy also works as a good home remedy for chilblains. This can be made by mixing 3 parts of prickly ash bark, 3 parts of hawthorn berries and one part of ginger. These can be taken in powder form or can be grinded together. Take one teaspoon of this mixed powder, stir it in a cup of boiled water and let it stand for at least 15 min. Later, drink this water after straining the herbs, this works magically on chilblains.
Soaking hands and feet with water boiled with turnips and celery leaves also works as home remedy for chilblains. While treating this problem, with any home remedy, care should be taken to avoid any bruises or abrasion of skin.