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I wanted to share a home remedy for these awful toe demons that I've discovered after years of desperation. I've been on nifedipine since I was diagnosed 5+ years ago. It made them all but disappear, and I thought I was in the clear--until I moved to a colder climate and they returned with a vengeance. To offset the damage of the frigid mountains, I discovered peppermint oil and rosemary oil. 100 percent pure oils can be bought in health food stores/natural markets. Apply liberally to the affected area 2x per day (just mix 8-10 drops of each together in a cup and apply with your fingers, but WASH your hands thoroughly after).
I usually don't recommend home remedies, because mileage may vary depending on your body, but seriously, the results were almost immediate. Within 24 hours, the duration and intensity of attacks went down by 50 percent; within 48, the swelling went down and my toes were back to a very flushed red rather than sausage-y and almost purple.
These oils are recommended for two different kinds of circulation issues; peppermint works on acute pain and discomfort while rosemary is often recommended for long term vasodilatory therapy and healthy blood flow.
Warning: your fingers/toes will tingle and get warm and "burny" the first few times you apply it until your body adjusts, and those around you will gripe about everything smelling like an Italian market at Christmas time. But, I swear by this stuff. I hope this can help someone out there!
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