Off and on, I’ve been posting about itching,  rather as if it is one of my favorite hobbies.  I am starting to think that it may well be… at least it is my skin’s hobby. In the past 3 months I’ve really being good at itching, and it didn’t seem like I could come up with anything that would calm it. Even my beloved Four Thieves couldn’t touch it.  Nothing the dermatologist could prescribe or do would stop it.  The dermatologist started saying that I had eczema (at least, he was giving me a word, finally, but I was NOT HAPPY.  I don’t want to have eczema. That is not how I see myself).  The diagnosis gave me a point of reference from which to start researching how this got on me and how I could make it go away, or at least manage it.

Then, about 2 weeks ago, I suddenly got the brilliant idea to slather coconut oil all over my skin, where it itched and everywhere else, too. That worked pretty well, and the itching would abate some for a few hours.  I got used to smelling like coconut.  Then, two days ago, for some odd reason, it occurred to me to smear apple cider vinegar all over the itchy areas.  That stung quite a bit, so I figured it was going to work.  I slathered coconut oil over top once the ACV had dried.  After a few minutes of really hoping that the ACV effect was going to calm down, I was good to go (actually, it really wasn’t any worse than putting Four Thieves on a weepy shingles lesion).  The effect (NO ITCH!) lasted for about 12 hours, and then I repeated the ACV/coconut oil application again.  This morning (Day Three), I repeated my ACV/coconut oil protocol, and, yet again, I was mostly comfortable for about 12 hours.

So, since I have something good to report, something you might be able to use at some point, if not today, I’m posting the results of my experimental research on the one subject who lives in my room and sleeps in my bed (me!). The results of my research are not scientific, because I’ve only done it on me, but I can tell you that it worked when I was just about ready to hurt myself just to take my mind off the itch.

Meanwhile, interestingly, three days ago, one of my cousins posted her soap find for anti-aging annd rejuvenation on Facebook. (If you have eczema, I’m told, you have to be careful what soap you use).  I thought it sounded   like a good soap, and then I read the comments from her friends. One guy said that he had used the Black African Soap for his eczema…. lo, and behold! I used to use Black African Soap (another brand), and I never had eczema then! I friended the guy, in case he might say other things about life with eczema, and I turned around and ordered both the soap my cousin had mentioned and the Black African Soap this guy recommended: So, today, I received Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Soap with Frankincense and Myrrh as well as Shea Moisture African Black Soap. I am eagerly waiting to try them.  (I haven’t opened the packages but they both smell really nice (I think this brand of African Black Soap smells nicer than the one I used to use)

BUT WAIT! THAT’S NOT ALL!!!!!  I’ve had this thing on my skin since forever (have asked the dermatologist about it many times), and then it changed color and started to be extremely uncomfortable/uber-itchy , to the point where I had to give up certain underpinnings to avoid further irritation.  The dermatologist has agreed to remove it in two weeks, but…. how to live that long?  Today, I decided to do something drastic… I doused it in undiluted oil of oregano, and then bit a towel for about 2 minutes, until the burning sensation wore off — MIRACLE!!!! I haven’t even noticed that place all day!!!!!!

THE SECRET LIFE OF MOSQUITOES: their favorite colors, and more

Who knew that mosquitoes have favorite colors?

Dark colors, like black, blue, and red, are most attractive to mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes notice these colors more easily than they do light colors.

Even though it is estimated that 20% of all people are highly attractive to mosquitoes genetically, the mosquitoes’ final choices as to who to bite depends on who they notice first. Once a mosquito has seen people, it makes its choices based on smell. Carbon dioxide is particularly attractive to these bloodsuckers. Mosquitoes usually zero in on people who exhale more carbon dioxide, such as larger folks, or pregnant women. Not on these lists? You are still not out of the woods: mosquitoes appear to find the smell of beer very attractive.

On the topic of mosquitoes, I had a very interesting experience about 14 years ago, when I was living in Virginia Beach, Virginia, possibly, according to me, the mosquito capital of the world (they have all sorts of mosquitoes there – big ones, small ones, in between ones, and more, and they all seem to like people like me) So, anyway, one evening, when I was busy swatting away stealth attack mosquitoes, I had a brainstorm. I had been reading Machaelle Small Wright’s MAP and Behaving As If the God in All Life Mattered, and I got it into my head that I could contact the “diva” of mosquitoes. So, I centered myself, and went looking, or, rather, I put out a call, and waited. You are free to believe this or not. I  know it is way woo-woo, but this is the way it happened. Shortly, I felt a presence and knew I was in contact with a “head mosquito”, if you will. I explained patiently that I did not want to hurt any mosquitoes, but that the mosquitoes were hurting me. I offered a deal to not kill any mosquitoes, so long as no mosquitoes bit me. I did add in the caveat that I am somewhat mosquito-ist, in that I cannot distinguish one kind of mosquito from another, and, so, if she wished to accept my offer and play ball with me, she would have to contact any other mosquito divas and let them know the terms, and I also made it clear that if any mosquito, of any size or type ever bit me again, I would wage an unholy war on all mosquitoes I ever came across.  I know, I know – it sounds like I was hallucinating or something, but I did live out the rest of my year in Virginia Beach unbitten. As a matter of fact, I never saw another mosquito that year, and, until yesterday, I had not seen another one since.

Unfortunately, yesterday morning, I saw a nice big mosquito in my shower, just as I was going to get in. I learned that Scrubbing Bubbles will nicely fell a marauding mosquito.

DETOX BATH – lower stress hormones, balance pH levels, draw out toxins

(to lower stress hormones, balance pH levels, and draw out toxins)
based on recipe from Raw for Beauty

Handful of Epsom salt or sea salt
1/2 C baking soda
10 drops lavender essential oil

Thoroughly mix all ingredients
Draw a warm bath.
Add bath ingredients and swish around to mix thoroughly in the bath.
Get in the bath, sit, and relax for 20 minutes.

Relax in this bath once a week.

MORE ON ITCH-BE-GONE: Yes, it’s shingles!

I finally realized that this was episode #20 of shingles.   Got past all that “head talk”, based on previous doctors’ poo-pooing. There comes a point when you just look at it, and you know.

The Itch-Be-Gone did marvels keeping me comfortable while I was ignoring the reality (it’s all over my right side, and couldn’t be anything else). When I ran out of the oils to make the remedy, I broke down and went to the pharmacy to see if I still had a refill on file. Yea! I got the doctor medicine and it worked, which confirms my diagnosis.

This is good to know, because, the next time, I won’t have to go to the doctor. I’ll just use Itch-Be-Gone until it gives up the ghost.

The news for you, my readers, is that, even if you have the most hellish itch, this stuff works really really well.   And, if you do happen to have shingles, but don’t have insurance, there is very nice help (and it smells good, too.)


I have boldly copied this recipe from, and I hope she will not mind (please go visit this wonderful site  – there are so many interesting and useful things there!)

Itch-Be-Gone Recipe

  1. Fill a 2 ounce spray bottle to the shoulder with witch hazel.
  2. Add the following essential oils (not fragrance oils!):
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Tea Tree

In my real life, I did not have any witch hazel, so I doubled the amounts and put them in a little bottle I could carry with me.

I have had a really bad rash for about a week. I have tried lots of things that have worked a little (doctor medicine, my own ideas, what other people have told me), but this EO recipe has worked really well for me. I am thinking about trying it with the witch hazel, but right now I am very very happy to use the oil only. It helps for contact dermatitis, as well as this strange rash (I don’t think it is shingles again, but it does look strangely like that – too bad there’s no money to go to the dermatologist) This oil blend takes the sting/itch away so I don’t have to scratch my skin bloody.

Nourishing Traditions says it is also good for bug bites and heat rash.

Many thanks to Nourishing TraditionsT


Lucky me!

I slept with my “mystery metal watch” on, and woke up with “contact dermatitis” (or, what I call “rich girl syndrome”).  I know that goes away after a bit, so I ignored it. Only problem was: I ignored it on a conscious level, but I kept scratching it (probably because I put the watch back on the next day).  Voila! Impetigo! (okay, that is my self-diagnosed issue, based on the fact that it looks like what the dermatologist told me when I had something that looked like this before: I can’t afford to pay the co-pay right now, so I am relying on previous diagnoses, and natural remedies)

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I am a big FOUR THIEVES OIL fan.  I put that on, and it reduced the discomfort. Then I ran out.  I put coconut oil with orange oil on it. That helped some, but it didn’t reduce the swelling, and the UNBEARABLE ITCH (WHICH IS DANGEROUS) kept coming back.  This afternoon, I suddenly remembered that I had some grapefruit seed extract oil in the back of the closet. It’s old, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.  I put the grapefruit seed extract on the lesions and rubbed it around.  Then I put some coconut oil on the spot and rubbed that around, in hopes of diluting the grapefruit seed extract a bit. I went back to what I was doing, and noticed that I was going to have to scratch my arm off.  I understood that at least part of that lovely sensation was the grapefruit seed extract working, and another partmight well be the coconut oil working, but it didn’t stop the discomfort.  After a while, I could not take it anymore, and I rubbed some lavendar oil all over the area.  That was an hour ago.  Immediately after I rubbed the lavendar oil on, the discomfort began to die down.  Now, one hour later, the color is less vivid. If I touch the area, it says “itch”, but I don’t need to scratch it, so I don’t want to touch it anymore right now, and I don’t feel any need to.

This is a major breakthrough for right now.  I can live my life without thinking about my forearm constantly.

I’ll let you know later how it’s doing.


This is kind of scary. As we grow older (and we all do, starting from birth), our thyroids are subject to aging as well, and they are also subject to whatever we do nutritionally or even environmentally.

Please check out this post from Rodale about 9 Thyroid Damagers Hiding in your Home