Monday, June 22, 2009

Recipe for Dry Hands/Feet


A very common side effect of chemo treatment is dry hands and/or feet which can become very painful and irritating.


I'm going to post a recipe using "Henna" that a caregiver Belinda passed along to me. Thanks so much Belinda!


Let us know how it works for you! Remember as well, that I have posted other suggestions for this particular side effect on my worksheet.


Here it is: a quick summary of everything you need to know to get
started
using henna to relieve your Hand Foot Syndrome!

HOW TO USE HENNA TO TREAT HFS/PPE

MAKE IT
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup henna powder
A squirt of lemon juice

Bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat. Add the henna slowly
and stir until it is like cream of tomato soup. You will probably use
about 1/8th of a cup. Add a squirt of lemon juice. Let it cool. (If you
already have cracks, skip the lemon juice. It will sting.)

APPLY IT
Cover a work area with plastic bags or an old towel (henna stains).
Paint a thin layer on your bare feet and hands. I use a foam paint brush
to apply it.

LET IT DRY
It takes up to 15 minutes to dry. You can rinse it off. Instead, I put
socks on and leave it for my next shower.

WHERE TO BUY IT
I recommend this type of henna: “Jamali, most recent harvest.” You
might find that at an Indian grocery store. Most people buy online or by
phone. Here are two excellent sources.

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