Chilblain remedies and help – what works?

From rubbing in the juice of onions or raw potato slices to lemon juice, there are some pretty silly sounding remedies for Chilblains.

Firstly the best thing to do is to keep your wee toes and fingers warm, wear warm socks, merino wool ones are great as they are not itchy. Simple things like leg warmers help to by warming the blood at the ankles, wear in and out doors. Pair them up with wrist warmers. When you do go out in the cold wear thick soled shoes/boots to keep you up away from the cold ground, make sure they are not tight so not to restrict the circulation any further.
In bed wear the warm sock as bare skin next to a hot water bottle is best avoided. Keep then out of extremes of hot and cold, so you may need to keep you feet out of the bath if a hot one. (Best temperature is body temperature).

legwarmers Jewellery Bijou

Crochet leg wamers by Jewellery Bijou on Folksy – “Unique fashion for unique people”

Secondly Drink fresh ginger and lemon tea. Eat circulation-enhancing ingredients like chilli, ginger, garlic, onion, thyme and turmeric. Avoid to much alcohol.

Thirdly you can also try these simple home remedies that I made for my sister and they worked really well.
Chilblain Cream – Take 30ml (about a heaped table spoon) of a plain fairly thick unscented cream (preferably a natural one of course). Mix in well these 4 Essential oils: 4 drops of Lemon, 3 drops of Geranium oil, 3 of Marjoram and 2 of Ginger. To use the cream, massage it into effected areas twice a day, perhaps once early evening and then just before bed, followed by your warm socks! Massage will help to as it will boost the circulation.
Salt & oil soak –  Get a 60ml jar, and some natural salt, I used fine Himalayan salt which is known for its therapeutic properties, to detox and heal, also helps improve circulation. You can use dead sea salt or any other natural salt (not table salt as it has had its good bit stripped out!).
Add the salt to the 60ml jar until it is 3/4 full. Then pour in organic Sesame oil until it just covers the salt, (you could also use Sunflower or Olive if you already have those in your kitchen). Then add the same essential oils as the cream: 8 drops of Lemon, 6 drops of Geranium oil, 6 of Marjoram and 4 of Ginger. Mix well (I put lid on jar tightly and shook it). Then top up with more salt if the oil level is above the salt. You could also try adding 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric powder to this remedy.
To use this chilblain remedy, its best used in the bath. Run a body temperature bath or keep you feet up out of the bath, perhaps rest them on the taps. Scoop about a tea spoon amount from the jar and gently pat and spread it over the chilblain area. Leave to soak into the area for about 5 mins, then wash of gently with body temperature water. Try to do this once a day for a week to see results.

For a home Herbal Remedy and further ideas on how to prevent Chilblains and details on Raynaud’s disease clearly outlined here Body & Soul website

warm-your-sole chilblain remedies

I also found this ready made natural remedy that looks great available online:
Warm your Sole by Body Essentials
contains antiseptic qualities to soothe and comfort skin.

Marjoram is also analgesic and fungicidal.
Ginger warms the area and is known to improve circulation while providing analgesic and anti-bacterial elements.
Geranium acts as an antiseptic and deodoriser. It is non-toxic, non-irritating and generally non-sensitising oil.
Lemon stimulates the white blood corpuscles, strengthening the body’s defence mechanism.


Hidden Gem of a Heath Shop in Westfield Stratford!

as_nature_intended westfield stratford

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

I looooove mooching about in health shops and to my delight I found a brilliant one in Westfield, Stratford.

How unexpected to find this quiet little haven in that big ‘ol shopping mal.

‘As Nature Intended Shop’ have a great range of natural remedies from vitamins to skincare. A lovely range of natural mineral make up including INIKA’s range. They also have health foods and yummie herbal teas. They also have branches in Chiswick, Ealing and Balham.

The shop assistant was so friendly and very helpful, she even gave me free samples of PAI natural creams for free, I didnt even ask! So I left with a load of natural goodies and a big smile. Yay to the Health shop find in the bowels of Westfield (Stratford).
To find it you go to the Lower ground floor level and its tucked away in the corner SEE MAP HERE

Dyslexia Training Workshop, East London 11th Feb!

Ministry of stories

Does your child have dyslexia, if you live in East London there are some workshops run by the ‘Ministry of Stories.
There is one this coming Monday.

10:30am Monday February 11th, 2013

“In partnership with the Helen Arkell Centre, we will be running a special workshop for previously trained writing mentors in how to work with dyslexic students.  The workshop which will last 2.5 hours is free, but the number of places is limited.  Please register as soon as possible to reserve a place. Click here for workshop link

More about the Ministry of Stories – We are an organisation dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation.

Fire your imagination, have a look around and get involved. (They are always looking for Volunteers)

“The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London. We use storytelling to inspire young people aged 8-18, in the belief that writing unleashes their imaginations and builds confidence, self-respect and communication.

Nick Hornby, Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne founded the Ministry of Stories in 2010. In its first year, over 3000 young people took part in our volunteer-led workshops and writing projects. Our inspiration came from the writer Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari, who opened a shop for pirates and writing centre called 826 Valencia in San Francisco.

To find us, you’ll need to go through Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind…”

The Ministry of Stories
159 Hoxton Street
London N1 6PJ

T: 0207 729 4159

We are what we do!

we-are-what-we-doI just stumbled across this great sounding company and wanted to share more about them, this is from their website  – “We Are What We Do is a not-for-profit behaviour change company that creates ways for millions of people to do more small, good things.

We make stuff that people want to buy or use and which have positive behaviours built in, aiming to reach massive audiences and help address major social and environmental issues.

At the heart of our work is the understanding that telling people what to do doesn’t work. So our creations are things people simply like, which incidentally help them to do more.”

General Inquiries

Rebecka Mustajarvi
+44 (0)20 7148 7666
71 St John Street
United Kingdom

Beautiful Barking Bathhouse

When you think of ‘Barking’ in East London you dont naturally think beautiful or serene. So how unexpected it was to find out about the Beautiful and Serene Barking Bathhouse.

They offer spa treatments from facials to saunas. You can also have a natural cocktail in the bar or chill out in the ice room! See you there!



Barking Learning Centre (BLC)
Town Square
Barking IG11 7NB

5 minute walk from Barking station


Broadway Theatre
62, 287, 368, 387, 687






0208 2272990