A couple of members agreed to have us share their suggestions with fellow Frosties in our Summer 2021 Member Tips post.
Manuka Honey for Digital Ulcers
In our Spring 2021 Member Tips column, we published tips on how over-the-counter products have helped heal digital ulcers for some Raynaud’s sufferers. Here’s a new one – manuka honey! This specific type of honey is made by bees that collect nectar from the manuka plant native to New Zealand and Australia.
Manuka honey differs from the standard grocery product in that it is darker in color, has a unique taste and texture, and contains the highest amount of flavonoid compounds. We’ve published articles in the past on the potential circulatory benefits of flavonoids (An Orange a Day Keeps the Cold Away?, Guilt-Free Chocolate Benefits for Frosties). Now we’re learning that flavonoids also provide skincare benefits by helping to fight off several skin stressors, plus help skin stay hydrated and soft. Could this product also work to heal digital ulcers? Kristina told us on Facebook she had ulcers from May to July. She applied manuka honey on July 16th and by July 24th they were completely healed!
This is the first time we’ve heard this approach to healing ulcers, but flavonoids and their antioxidant properties are getting a lot of press lately, so maybe it’s worth a try! Thanks Kristina for sharing your positive experience with us.
Portable Heater Attached to a Generator
This idea would only surface if you found yourself in a power blackout during an unexpected cold spell. That’s exactly what happened to Amanda this past spring during the Texas Freeze. We don’t usually think of Texas as a “cold spot” for Frosties, but the climate is changing across the globe these days, and it’s important to have protection from frosted paws wherever you live.
We checked out the safety of hooking up a space heater to a portable generator, and it appears a viable strategy as long as the power capability of the generator is sufficient for the heater, plus any other appliances you plan to connect to it. This issue is key, as you don’t want to be running a 1500 watt space heater off an 800 watt generator! Here’s an article we found titled Can You Run a Space Heater Off a Generator with more safety tips on the subject. Hope this strategy helps Frosties overcome any future power grid issues.
Amanda also passed along her love for HotHands Insole Foot Warmers and Smart Wool socks. Glad to hear you’re finding products that work for you!
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