June 26, 2014
I was having lunch with my sweet Mom and noticed a rather large gash on her forearm. There were broken blood vessels and just looked so sore and angry, all from bumping her arm against the kitchen countertop. As my lovely Mom ages her skin is getting thinner and more susceptible to amplified reactions from simple bumps. Thin skin and slow healing can be a common occurrence for our aging loved ones because of poor circulation and reduced cell division in the dermal layer ...and that's the rub.
I should also clarify that anyone can have thin skin or even circulation issues for various reasons. Thin skin can be a genetic trait or caused by too much sun exposure; ultraviolet rays can damage collagen in the dermal layer. My daughter has circulation issues, she was diagnosed with Reynaud's and loses circulation in her hands and feet if exposed to cold temps as you can see in the photo. Yes, it's pretty dramatic but the good news is, a topical application of key essential oils can help with poor circulation and even speed up healing process.
In my daughter's case an application 2 to 3 drops of CW Rosemary with Naked Salve had blood circulating in no time. Take note of what CW Rosemary can do but if you need an alternative to Rosemary try CW Cypress or CW Black Pepper. Okay, back to my Mom! I have a lovely book by Stephanie L. Tourles; Hands on Healing Remedies that includes a chapter on Elder Care Concerns - this is my source for the Circulation Rub and I wholeheartedly agree with the author on her choices of Geranium and Rosemary for the following reasons... -
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