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Cracked fingertips

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:13 pm
by ItalianBee
Actually it's only my left thumb that has developed deep cracks over the past couple of weeks. I haven't changed my diet or my activities, so I don't know what's causing it outside of my age and the cold New England winter air... but regular hand lotion doesn't touch it, and even my nice home-made lotions with calendula, or liquid lanolin, don't do much.

What experience do you wise women have with this, and what has helped?

Re: Cracked fingertips

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:17 am
by Lady Alinor
Sorry it took me so long to notice this.
I also experience this, I live in the Pacific Northwest with high himidity.
I recall reading historical accounts of how sore, cracked and bleeding peoples hand would get during the Winter.
I personally find that my cracks get worse when I don't drink enough water or slack off on the infusions, it's real easy for me to forget to drink when it's so cold outside.
Nettle infusion benefits the skin from the inside out and my son swears by Nettle salve on his hands. Coconut oil is a nice healer also.

Re: Cracked fingertips

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:04 pm
by ItalianBee
Thanks, Lady A. I hadn't thought of making a salve of nettles! The problem has now moved to my right thumb.... so far the combination of keeping it covered and making sure to put some kind of lotion on it regularly, seems to have helped most. Hard to know, though. But I think nettle salve may be my next project!

Re: Cracked fingertips

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:23 pm
by WhiteHorse
ItalianBee wrote:Actually it's only my left thumb that has developed deep cracks over the past couple of weeks. I haven't changed my diet or my activities, so I don't know what's causing it outside of my age and the cold New England winter air... but regular hand lotion doesn't touch it, and even my nice home-made lotions with calendula, or liquid lanolin, don't do much.

What experience do you wise women have with this, and what has helped?


Comfrey ointment has been the best Ally for me and my skin. I work outside in the winter and I slather my hands and face with comfrey ointment. I know some folks that use it on their hands at night with gloves.

Re: Cracked fingertips

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:29 pm
by ItalianBee
WhiteHorse wrote:
ItalianBee wrote:Actually it's only my left thumb that has developed deep cracks over the past couple of weeks. I haven't changed my diet or my activities, so I don't know what's causing it outside of my age and the cold New England winter air... but regular hand lotion doesn't touch it, and even my nice home-made lotions with calendula, or liquid lanolin, don't do much.

What experience do you wise women have with this, and what has helped?


Comfrey ointment has been the best Ally for me and my skin. I work outside in the winter and I slather my hands and face with comfrey ointment. I know some folks that use it on their hands at night with gloves.


Comfrey ointment sounds like a great idea! Especially since my right thumb now has a crack in it too...

Re: Cracked fingertips

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:41 am
by Lady Alinor
Dang, you're all cracked up ...wink, wink hahaha
Sorry, having one of those mornings haha

Triphala on the cracks.....Slippery Elm......Plantain.....this time of year is hard on the hands and Summer it's the feet complaining.

Re: Cracked fingertips

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:54 pm
by Lady Alinor
St. John's Wort to soothe the nerves in the finger tips.
It's amazing how painful the cracks can be

Re: Cracked fingertips

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:23 am
by ItalianBee
Lady Alinor wrote:St. John's Wort to soothe the nerves in the finger tips.
It's amazing how painful the cracks can be


One thing I've been using is an oil I mixed up for a surgery scar last summer: St. John's Wort oil with a capsule of Vitamin E opened up into the small vial I made - so, about 1/4 Vitamin E.

And I just started some comfrey and nettle oils, to make the ointments recommended above - though I hope the cracks are gone by the time the ointments are ready.

And yes, they are painful!