It is a little known fact that warts and verrucas are caused by the same virus - the human papilloma virus (or HPV). Warts are small, rough growths that tend to appear on the hands and feet - verrucas is simply the term given to warts that grow on the feet. Both can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and can disappear as suddenly as they arrived – sometimes taking many weeks or even years.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, painful veins that have filled with an abnormal amount of blood. They are quite common, affecting approximately 1 in 3 people (particularly women), and usually appear on the legs and feet.
Mouth Ulcers can arise as a result of dentures rubbing, biting your lip or tongue accidentally – or as a result of long term nervous tension and stress. If the latter causes recurrent ulcers, then it is often a sign that the immunity is suppressed, and that Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids and a strong Vitamin B complex are indicated. Some people specifically suffer from mouth ulcers when they are run down – so it is vital to read your body's signals and heed the warning signs!
Sinusitis occurs when the lining of the sinuses becomes infected and inflamed. Essential oils can be extremely effective in fighting the infection, reducing pain and inflammation and easing congestion.
Raynaud's is a common condition that affects blood supply to the extremities of the body - it normally occurs in the fingers and toes but the ears and nose can be affected too. It is caused by the blood vessels going into temporary spasm, which stops the flow of blood and leaves the affected area white in colour and feeling numb. When the circulation returns the sufferer experiences anything from a mild throbbing sensation to excruciating pain. It is not fully understood what causes the blood vessels to narrow in this way but it is usually triggered by cold temperatures. Stress and anxiety can also be a trigger, as can excess caffeine, smoking and the use of beta blockers. Raynaud's is not generally a serious threat, but in very severe cases it could lead to tissue death and gangrene - this is extremely rare however and is usually connected to other health conditions.
Psoriasis can be a serious, uncomfortable and disfiguring condition, where the skin erupts in red raw, scaling, itchy lesions. Read our expert holistic health advice which includes dietary and lifestyle tips along with a selection of aromatherapy blends that can help to soothe the skin.
A million children in the UK have headlice at any one time, and we spend millions of pounds on cures from combs and chemicals to oils and professional help. Here is our advice on how you can treat nits effectively with aromatherapy essential oils!