3 Common Things You Use in Your Kitchen That Doctors Say Can Help Heal Frostbite and Help You Live Longer
Have a blister from the cold weather? Or maybe your muscles feel sore after an intense, healthy workout? Here are a few cheap, natural, and healthy remedies to ease your inflammation! They're right in your kitchen and help protect you from cancer and other inflammation-caused diseases too.
Danger: You Might Have Frostbite and Not Know It
Your 5 a.m. health walks are starting to feel like a trip into the freezer now that the colder seasons have arrived. But do you wear gloves, a scarf, and proper warm headwear with ear flaps? If not, then you're subjecting your skin to harmful cold temperature damage.
If you think it's not a big deal, did you know even the CDC recommends that you wear gloves when outside during cold weather? You can get frostbite when exposed to cold temperatures for as little as five minutes! It doesn't matter if it's only 50 degrees – if it's very windy, the wind chill could lower the temperature to frostbite levels (32 degrees Fahrenheit). And guess what – the ears and fingers are two of the most common frostbitten areas.
You might think frostbite only applies to the stereotypical extreme freezing of the skin until it turns blue, but that's far from the case. Frostbite actually has four degrees of severity. The first degree, which is the mildest, includes tingling or burning pain, reddening or whitening, and mild inflammation of the affected areas. If you've ever gotten blisters, that's actually the second degree of frostbite!
Why is it important to protect yourself from frostbite? There are varying levels of inflammation in every degree of frostbite. Even if the cold makes your skin a tad red, that's already affecting your whole body! Why? Recently, researchers found that rudimentary inflammation, like rashes, can cause depression. So any redness caused by frostbite can affect your mind. That's not all – inflammation also increases your risk for developing cancer. In other words, getting frostbite can make you sad and give you cancer!
Now you know to always wear gloves, a scarf, and proper headwear when heading out for your morning jog. But, if you do end up with frostbite, here are some natural, healthy ways to relieve the inflammation and prevent its cancer-causing and saddening effects:
1. Used Tea Bags
After coming back from your cold jog you probably can't wait to brew some healthy, antioxidant-rich tea. But don't throw out the bags! According to rheumatologist Jack F. Bukowski, teas have anti-inflammatory properties that can sooth inflammation, like swelling from arthritis and frostbites. He also says that drinking tea gives your immune system's T cells a boost, which means they'll better ward off the flu and help keep arthritis patients from catching illnesses due to their medication-suppressed immune systems.
How do you use them to help heal your frostbite? Just gently press and hold the tea bag (preferably while still warm) against the frostbitten area. The tannin compounds seep into the wound and act as astringents that shrink swelling. The tannins also help relieve styes and reduce pain, swelling, and heal cold sores faster when placed over the eyes or any of the three stages of herpes sores.
2. Baking Soda
WebMD says that adding one-fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and applying the mixture to your frostbite can lessen the redness, stinging, and swelling. You can also drink the mixture to calm indigestion.
3. Olive Oil
Researchers tout (uncooked) olive oil as a miracle anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, they say olive oil is the major reason why the MIND diet protects older adults from chronic inflammation-caused diseases, like neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and degenerative joint diseases.
The best way to treat frostbite is preventing it by wearing more than just your jacket. Remember to protect your hands with warm gloves and your face and neck with a warm scarf. Wear headwear with earflaps to protect your ears from frostbite too. If you do get frostbite, look to your kitchen for some olive oil, baking soda, or used tea bags to help prevent further depression- and cancer-causing damage.