PPE/HFS - Chemotherapy Side Effect Part 4

by Jamie Saphow November 22, 2017

Across the web, there are tons of sites about herbs and all of the different types of benefits they can bring. My entire business is centered around the use of herbs or natural materials to help bring about positive changes to the body.

For Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia, I feel no different. I read through my various herbal books, and the websites of experts in this field to find herbs that will bring something to this product.

PPE Herbal Oil Infusion

I will share the final formulas for everything once I get some feedback about how well the product is working.

First I added Thyme (Thymus vulgaris leaf). This herb comes with the benefit of adding a healthy dose of Vitamin C. Together with Vitamin E, it provides anti-oxidant benefits to the body as well as helping to stabilize the formula.

I then added Calendula (Calendula officinalis) as it is well-known for it's skin nourishing benefits and anti-inflammatory action. 

Next is Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and it's ability to support wound healing and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a super star and I added this for it's ability to support healthy circulation and wound healing. Traditionally, yarrow has been used to help soothe vein varicosities. I plan to utilize this in a future product for varicose and spider veins.

Lastly, I added Peppermint (Mentha piperita). I discussed it briefly in the first post, but this herb provides a cooling effect and a vaso-constriction benefit.

Now I had to choose my oil. Normally, I stick with one oil to keep things simple, but I really wanted to pack this blend with as much good stuff as I could. Instead I used three different oils and they each bring something special to the party.

Sunflower Seed Oil provides Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and the Omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid. In my research I saw many benefits to using the essential fatty acids in topical applications for influence over the inflammatory response of the skin as well as raising levels of these chemicals in the blood. One thing to always keep in mind with omegas, you want a balance between your 3's and 6's, with 3's being the majority of what you consume.

Flaxseed (Linseed) oil was added to provide the Omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linoleic acid. 

Last but not least I added Rosehip Seed Oil. It contains beta-carotene, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid. It's also well-known for it's skin health benefits and fast absorption.

I mixed everything together in a jar and gently heated in a double boiler for a few hours. I then strained the material through cheesecloth and a strainer.

Herbal infusion

I was left with a beautiful, dark green infused oil. 

Please remember that I am not a doctor and that you should always discuss any outside treatments with her in order to ensure your health and safety.


Stay healthy!


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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