Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
Cold Hands and Feet
Cold hands and feet may seem like a natural bodily state; however, if not in a cold environment, an individual’s hands, feet, or any other extremity should really not be cold. While having cold hands or feet is generally a part of the body’s natural response to regulate and control the body temperature, persistently cold extremities may be a sign of underlying health concerns or potential development of health issues. Consistently cold hands and feet, mainly if accompanied by changes in color, could be a warning sign for additional issues. Health concerns that are related to having cold hands and feet include nerve issues, blood circulation problems, and damaged tissue in the hands or fingers and feet or toes. Additional symptoms to pay attention to if experiencing cold hands and feet include changes in the color of the skin – such as white or blue, numbness or tingling in the extremities, open sores or blisters, and tightened or hardened skin.
While the cause of cold extremities may simply be the body’s innate response to regulating the bodily temperature, ongoing cold hands or feet could have a number of underlying causes. The most frequent causes include problems with the blood circulation or the blood vessels in the hand. Additional causes for issues with cold include anemia, Buerger’s disease, diabetes, frostbite, lupus, Raynaud’s disease, and scleroderma.
Home Remedies for Cold Hands and Feet
In any case, natural remedies can restore the body's equilibrium, enhance circulation, and support the metabolism. When circulation is inefficient or the metabolic system is not running as optimally as it could or should be, the body extracts heat away from the extremities to preserve the internal organs. Regular exercise can revitalize the body and improve circulation. Likewise, caffeine and cayenne pepper are stimulants that have the same effect and increase blood flow.
[YEA] It is unusually cold in Tennessee this year. Yesterday my son was getting read to go work outside all day and it was to be below freezing all day. He is quite lean so doesn't have much body fat to keep him warm, though he does bundle up! I told him that if he sprinkled cayenne pepper into his socks it would help keep his feet warm. He did do this. He didn't use a lot, just a few sprinkles from the cayenne shaker (like a salt shaker.) In the evening he told me what happened.
Apparently, after an hour his feet were HOT. They cayenne had worked its way to between his toes. It was, in fact, so hot that he took off his boots and 2 pairs of socks (sitting on the flat bed of a truck, outside the freezing cold) and poured water from a water bottle (that was cold) onto his feet to rinse off the cayenne! He was warm all over and no longer needed to have on two pair of jeans, either. In the evening, as he reported this to me he said his feet were STILL warm! Yeah for cayenne! His feet were not burned or red or anything, just very warm.
This morning I decided to try it for my cold feet. I did just a little bit of cayenne in my socks. It did warm my feet up. It didn't last as long, though, for me. Maybe a couple of hours.
So, the amount needed must really vary from person to person. He was very active yesterday and that may be why it worked so well.
In conclusion, cayenne works to warm up the feet!
~Mama to Many~
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[WORKED TEMPORARILY] A misty/drizzly day will TOTALLY remedy my cold and sweaty hands, but any other weather, hot or cold, and I'm out of luck.
This seems to be in complete contradiction to everything I read concerning cold and sweaty hands and feet. Does anyone have an explanation for this? Does anyone else experience this phenomenon? I've tried everything from magnesium supplementation to iontophoresis and everything in between herbally, etc. No amount of abuse to my body or pampering seems to make a difference except the weather.
Can you have a section for Cold Hands just as you have for Cancer, Candida, Canker sores etc? I've been battling it for a while and had to go through many different sections to find readings on it.
Finally I've found something that works for me and would like to post it but not sure which section is the most appropriate for that.
I will check back and post my remedy when that becomes available.
EC: Post away!