Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dry Cracked Fingers


Inevitably at some point during the colder months, my hands get dry and split around my nails. It is painful and annoying since I work in healthcare. The open cuts on my hands put me at risk of contracting an infection. I use to apply liquid bandage especially when working around bodily fluids. The liquid bandage forms a tough waterproof protective barrier over the minor cut. I found however that my cracked fingers only got worse.

When I looked on the US Department of Health & Human Services website, I discovered that liquid bandage has several health warnings such as "prolonged absorption of material through skin could cause damage to blood, kidneys and nervous system." No more liquid bandage for me! Thankfully, I have found a very healthy alternative, and it works better than anything I have ever tried. Therapeutic grade lavender essential oil.

When my parents came to visit us this past summer, my father had a wound on his hand that would not heal. He had tried several OTC products but they wouldn't do the trick. While he was with us, I applied lavender oil three times a day to his hand and immediately it started to heal! The following day, the wound started to itch (sign of healing). I sent him off with some oil of his own and the wound healed completely in three days.

If I could only grab one thing from my medicine cabinet in an emergency, it would be lavender oil. Matter of fact, I keep a bottle of it in my purse. Lavender essential oil is the most versatile and has a distinctive fresh floral aroma that is soothing and relaxing. It is an adaptogen, which means that it can help the body balance out or adjust as needed. Therapeutic grade lavender essential oil may be applied to common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations as it has antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tips for Cracked Fingertips

Keep your skin well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Moisturize with your favorite natural moisturizer such as shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, almond oil, flax oil, etc.

Reduce exposure to harsh chemicals and detergents. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a chemical found in most shampoos that may cause dry cracked fingers or contact dermatitis.

Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in order to absorb essential nutrients.

Healthy Hands!
Jan


Source:

http://www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=brands&id=13030001

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product mentioned is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition please consult your physician before using the suggested product.

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