For those of you who have Oedema, there is no need for introduction, I’m sure! But for other people who are unsure if this is the issue they have then I will explain:
Oedema is a build-up of fluid in the body. This build-up can occur in several parts of the body, including the skin, feet, hands, legs, breasts and even the face.
Normally fluids frequently leak out of the smaller blood vessels into the tissues, which the lymph system is able to flush back to the bloodstream but with this condition, it is unable to do so.
Therefore the excess fluid in the tissues becomes very uncomfortable and can make using the limbs affected very difficult and painful indeed.
Essential oils will help reduce the fluid build-up in the body.
Symptoms of Oedema
Swelling of parts of the body (most often the feet, hands and legs)
Aching where the swelling is taking place
Stiff or sore joints
Weight fluctuations (weight gain by night time, back to normal in the morning)
Swelling of the lower legs and ankles seems to occur mostly after standing for a long period of time or even sitting in the same position (like on a plane trip) for extended periods of time. This is because of increased pressure on the veins.
- Standing/sitting for long periods resulting in “pooling” of the fluids around the ankles and lower legs
- Heat – during hot weather the body is less able to remove fluids
- Menstrual Cycle
- Overuse of salt
- Weakened blood vessels
Stockings that can aid Oedema suffers
Heart disease. If the heart is impaired the fluid starts to accumulate in the body tissues.
Lung disease. Emphysema can cause pressure on the heart leading to heart disease
Thyroid disease like Hypothyroidism
Lymphatic system dysfunction
Arthritis can cause fluid to build up around the joints