PPE/HFS - Chemotherapy Side Effect Part 3

PPE/HFS - Chemotherapy Side Effect Part 3

by Jamie Saphow November 20, 2017

I was thinking about this post and I feel as though I may be cheating you a bit by not including my sources. While I won't go back to add footnotes and links for everything, at the end of this series I will have a post with all my references.

Now back to our scheduled programming.

Vitamin A is the star of this show. You have probably heard of the two main vitamins, beta-carotene and retinol. A great source of Vitamin A is carrots. And this is where I source it for my Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia (PPE) product.

carrots and betakarotine

When Vitamin A is applied to the skin, it is first converted to retinaldehyde and then, finally to it's bio-available constituent, retinoic acid. This chemical has the ability to modulate gene expression and influence cell processes in both the dermis and epidermis.

I wanted to include beta-carotene versus retinol as retinol can be drying and irritating to the skin. In PPE, your skin is sloughing off and I hesitate to encourage any exfoliation.

I'm open to any feedback, so if you have suggestions, thoughts, comments...lay it on me!


Please remember that I am NOT a doctor. Please discuss any treatments, even herbs with your physician(s).

Scroll below to see how I infused my oil.


Carrot-Infused Sunflower Seed Oil

I used about 12 oz of carrots, cut up in slices. I dehydrated them for about 5-8 hours and roughly ground them up in a spice grinder. I then added them to a beaker, added sunflower oil on top, and proceeded to gently heat the oil in a double-boiler for about 3 hours.

Double-boiling of the carrot in sunflower oil

I strained the material through a coffee filter and was left with a beautiful, vibrant orange oil.

Straining the ground carrot from the oil

The oil has a lovely, fruity scent and it adds gorgeous color to my finished salve recipe.

Carrot-Infused Sunflower Seed Oil



These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Jamie Saphow
Jamie Saphow


Aspiring Herbalist and avid learner. I'm excited about helping people improve their lives through plants and smart life decisions. I'm studying hard to learn everything I can about plants and how they can help support a healthy body and life.

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