Update to my earlier post. The skin on the tip of my husband's finger has peeled off with new skin underneath. Back to normal. Yay! So it took about 2 weeks to heal.
My husband got frost bite on his middle finger about a week ago. The tip had a definite purple line. We didn't do anything until the next day when we realized how bad it was. We followed the paste of bentonite mixed with hot pepper flakes as posted here. We applied it overnight. It wasn't completely gone in the morning, but it was better.
He is an acupuncturist so he dry needled the area the next 2 evenings and also started taking 1.1 grams of ginger and 2 grams of vitamin C a day and is still taking it daily. Also he is keeping olive oil on the area. And keeping it warm by wearing gloves when it is cold. It has been 10 days now and the color is normal and it just has a hard spot on the very tip of the finger that is getting smaller each day. He has complete feeling back in the finger.
Thank you Earth Clinic!
Thank you for posting about hot peppers for frostbite.
I was doing cryotherapy for fat loss on my stomach. I noticed some blisters, swelling, redness that wouldn't go away, and numbness. The fat was frozen alright, but....it seemed like it was dead/dying tissue. It scared the heck out of me! I don't trust doctors unless I need surgery so I came here first.
I mixed some clay I use for my skin with water and dried chili peppers. I applied Saran Wrap over it and around me like a big belt so it would stay secure and wouldn't rub off on my clothes. In 20 minutes I can already feel some circulation (warmth) come back to the area.
One emergency room visit for the beginnings of an ulcer cost over 3k, so I'm not doing that again.
I hope this works!
Hot pepper works! My son went skiing and came back with frostbite on his toe. I looked here for help, but didn`t know how to make a paste out of pepper so I took hot, crushed red pepper from my spice cabinet & mixed it with a little bentonite clay to make a thick paste. I put it on his toe that was all deep purple and hurting. Actually he didn`t show it to me for several days so it had been this way for some days. I put the paste on his toe, then softly wrapped a cotton square around it to keep it in place and then secured it with bandaids to hold it in place. I did that before he went to bed.
The next morning, the bandage had turned all black but his toe had completely healed except for a pen dot size blue dot. I was amazed at the quick effectiveness.
I read that cayenne pepper is good to treat frost bitten toes. Please explain.
My husband had frostbite for 13 yrs., we made a paste of jalapeno, habanero peppers, put it on the area, covered it to hold in place. We left it on for several hours, he hasn't had problem since. The capiscan in the peppers brings the blood to the area and gets it circulating again. Sorry i dont have measurements, just make enough to cover the areas. Hope this helps, worked for us. By the way he had third degree, toes were black.