5 of My Favorite Lymphedema Winter Essentials

in , by Linda B Hurd, December 07, 2018
Living with Lymphedema is what you make it out to be. During the winter months, it is much easier to hide and disguise a swollen limb. There are so many options to choose from that aren’t comfortable during the other seasons.

I love wearing fuzzy socks! Look I know I cannot trade a pair of compression socks in for fuzzy socks. I wish I can, however, I know it is not practical. Even though I do not face as many issues with my swelling during the winter months I still have lymphedema winter essentials! 

My first lymphedema winter essential is 

Cold Pressed Castor Oil 

Cold Pressed Castor oil nourishes and softens the skin on contact. After I get out the shower or bathtub I massage my feet with castor oil. Castor Oil is also an amazing oil for massaging. It helps with the poor circulation in my feet greatly. I drastically notice a difference from using castor oil on my feet every night. The swelling decreases and any tightness in your feet or foot as well.

Dr. Teal’s Therapeutic Solutions Pure Epsom Salt

Soaking your feet in a warm water foot soak with Epsom salt is crucial with lymphedema. Epsom salt soaks are also known for removing toxins from the body.
Dr. Teal’s brand has so many Epsom salt options to choose from! Get your soak on this winter season because Epsom salt soaks help swollen ligaments by reducing the inflammation.

Ginger & Lemon Tea

Ginger tea is great to drink year round when you live with lymphedema. Ginger and lemon are both natural anti-inflammatory which can help reduce inflammation caused by lymphedema. It’s best to drink 1 cup of ginger tea 3 times daily for the best results. You can even infuse ginger in boiling hot water on the stove to create a more potent tea.

Dry Skin Body Brush 

Dry skin brushing is one thing I always talk about doing! Dry brushing boosts your circulation and exfoliates your skin. It also helps reduce cellulite and offers both stress relief and invigoration. 

Shea Butter (whipped with oils of choice) 

Shea Butter is great for massaging all over your body during the winter months! I love making my own whipped shea butter with oils such as castor, coconut, and extra virgin olive. Shea Butter has inflammatory properties and can help decrease swelling and redness. I use whipped shea butter year round! 

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