Eczema Attitude: I will do what I will do

April 30,  2020

I’ve talked enough about eczema in the past few months.  (That’s how it goes:  you can’t really tell your  neighbors, or even your close friends, because they just can’t understand and they’ll grow tired of your “complaints”.  You can’t wear what you might like to wear because it might expose really scary looking skin, and people might grimace and back off — what is a tanktop?  It’s embarrassing.  The super in my building asked me if I had bedbugs because I had shoved my sleeves up to my elbows when I stopped to ask him a question, so I had to go through the whole song and dance, and I even offered to show him the prescriptions from doctors.)

So, at last writing, I mentioned what I was doing: using the prescription items from the hospital doctors as well as my aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies.

The infection is clearing up quite rapidly, now that, on top of all else, I rub in a few drops of oregano oil, neat (my aromatherapy diploma course said that you only need a few drops in a whole bottle of carrier oil, but the “zing” that I feel when I put the oregano oil directly on that area makes me feel like it is really working)

My mother, bless her heart, sent me a little booklet she’d picked up at the dermatologist’s office, which talks about the possibility that dietary and lifestyle  (stress) issues may bring on eczema.  Why do you think that I am a raw vegan? Certainly not because I like carrots!   I’ve seen most of those ideas on the internet, and it is worthwhile, I think, to play around with elimination diets, to see if any particular food triggers or aggravates an eczema bout.

So, anyway, my basics now are oregano oil, and my long-time favorite, Four Thieves oil (search in my blog’s search box) I’ve always used Four Thieves neat. I like the fragrance, and other people often ask me what perfume I am wearing (That beats: “Hey, how come you smell like a salad?”)  I do often use Medicine Mama’s All in One Healing Skin Cream (beeswax, royal jelly, honey, etc) as a carrier, especially if I need to cover major areas of skin – right now, upper back, lower hiney, inner thighs, arms from hands to shoulders, and legs from knee to toe.)

At this point, I am feeling pretty good.  My ankles and feet are no longer swollen with the lesions, my arms are thin once again, and almost soft, I can walk normally, and I can see the bones in the backs of my hands. (I’m still waiting to see the bones in my right foot, but I am sure they are there and will come back as soon as they can)

MORE ON ECZEMA: is this starting to sound like a lifestyle?

A month ago, I went to Bellevue Hospital (one of the three that surround the building where I live).   I went there for a couple of reasons.  1) they are kind of famous for handling weird stuff, and I felt that what I was dealing with was weird stuff, and 2) they don’t make you pay up front and they don’t get too excited when you don’t have health insurance.

So, three doctors got all sorts of excited when they saw my “symptoms of eczema”, i.e, the skin from my ankles to my knees.  They actually took pictures.  (that has turned out to be good because anybody can see that if they have to call me)  So, last week, I was supposed to have an “in person” appointment, but, “: I did what they said, and then I “supplemented”.  For their edification, I used the prescribed chemical medications, and, if they didn’t really work in 15 minutes, I used my aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies.  So, I have actually been sort of kind of “comfortable”, and there has been some improvement in the past week (let’s note, that I have not really seen any improvement from the chemicals, but it will make the doctors happy to know that I am following their prescriptions)  My aromatherapy approaches have been slather some rosemary oil all over the lesions, and/or slather lavender all over the lesions. (when I do the prescribed remedies, I give it 1/2 hr to kick in, unless I am about to tear some skin off)

So, the doctors called unexpectedly today.  I had just finished using all both of the prescribed “ointments” (one for the open wound/infection, and one for the rest of the skin), and I had “topped off” with  a coconut oil/rosemary oil rub, with oregano oil for the open wound.   The doctor asked me if I had been following protocol, and I told her I had.  Then, (ha! ha! big boo-boo!) she asked me if I had seen a marked improvement, at which time, I told her what I had been doing to actually relieve the symptoms, at which time she told me to stop doing those things and only do the prescribed medications!  Guess what!  Not going to happen!  I am going to continue using the aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies, because, when I use them, I feel better.



I can’t just sit around and watch TV (not having a TV helps with that), so I’ve gone back to school, sort of.  I came across a Groupon for an on-line course in Aromatherapy, and I thought that might be fun, so, 3 days into NO WORK BECAUSE MY JOB SHUT DOWN TO WORSHIP THE VIRUS, I have finished 14 fairly rigorous modules out of the 22 modules in this program.  Honestly, it isn’t what I expected (truth to tell, I just wanted to get more info on essential oil usage, as well as making oil blends), but, since I paid for it, I figured I might as well work my way through it.  It is kind of interesting learning about human biology and how the body systems work, and there are some suggestions of specific oils to use for certain issues.

Why am I telling you this? No, I am not associated with the provider, Centre of Excellence.  I just think that their courses are reasonably well put-together, and even though the diploma will be one of those British style ones (not pretty like my high school and college diplomas, or even my TEFL/TESL certificate; British style certificates/diplomas look  more like a packing slip), I feel like I’m learning something.

So, I will tell you the real reason I’ve decide to write this bit about Centre of Excellence courses:  I was just finishing my latest “assessment” (or exam), and had clicked on SEND, when I got an error message:  It was telling me that I had not answered one of the questions!!!!!!  Honestly, never in all my born days, have I had a tester remind me that I had left a question un-answered!  Usually, you just have to take the hit.

So, there you have it.  If you’re looking for something to do, look for a Groupon for this outfit (or a similar one: I’ve taken several of International Open Academy’s courses- and *they* have a really nice certificate!) Another thing I like about COE is that they have a Facebook page for people who are taking the courses.



For some odd reason, I recently recalled that oregano oil is anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-staph. It is also supposed to be good for anything that ails you. When I went to read up on it, it sounded like it could do just about anything, so, I figure it is probably good for staying healthy during this big epidemic scare we’re going through.

It can’t hurt (I’m actually *not* allergic to something!), and, according to the claims in The Cure is in the Cupboard, by Cass Ingram,  it might alleviate some other issues I’m dealing with — actually, I do notice that I’m feeling better than I was before I started.  (Please notice: I am not giving any links because I am just commenting on something I’m working with personally. If you think it might work for you, please do your own search).

Okay, Rosemary Oil for Eczema

I’ve been dealing with eczema for more than 10 years now.  I keep finding new things (I mean, things I didn’t know about before, that people suggest to do for eczema. Eczema is not fun.

I’ve been having a bout of eczema on my neck for three months now.  It’s been pretty awful, because I have to wear turtleneck shirts and sweaters in order not to disgust the people all around me. I have to wash these shirts and sweaters daily because the eczma messes them up (gooey, ooh-y, yuck)

If you’ve read here before, you’ve seen my other suggestions, which I do use as a first resource (apple cider vinegar, apple cider vinegar with coconut oil, four thieves essential oil mix), and they all do good work, but, this time, after 3 months of agony dealing with this (and I don’t have health insurance . now), I saw one of those surprise/annoying/where did this come from emails in my email, and it was about rosemary essential oil (warning here: I am not currently affiliated with any seller, so I am not advertising, and you will have to do your own on-line search). Curiously, I had just recently purchased some rosemary oil from Fairway Supermarket (a cool local NYC supermarket), so I swiftly became interested.  It turns out that rosemary oil can alleviate the suffering of eczema.  So, a few minutes ago, I rubbed rosemary oil neat all over my “eczema: neck, and, 1/2 hr. later, I am not messing with the mess (if you have eczema, you know what I’m talking about: I am not rubbing, scratching, or stabbing….  actually, I am not even touching.  Woo-hoo!



Actually, all I did to get rid of the ants (last post) was wipe down the window sill they came in from, and the air-conditioner cord they walked down on with white vinegar. I mean, I have the white vinegar in my cleaning bucket, and I figured I would see how minimalist I could go and still get away with it. It worked for a month or so… that post was in May.
Nevertheless, about 3 days ago, the ants were back. I threw vinegar on them. I wiped down with vinegar again, but I guess they thought it was salad dressing or something.
So, today, I went out to the hardware store and bought a plastic spray container (too bad that store chain doesn’t have an affiliate program, because I am very impressed with this bottle… The beauty of this baby is that it has measurement markings on the side so I don’t have to get out measuring cups and all that. Plus,the sprayer thing even fits on my favorite water brand’s bottle. Am I going to see if they sell the sprayer separately? You bet!)

So, anyway, the  ants were back, so this called for more muscle.  I looked in my essential oil box and my hand fell first on the lemon oil. Especially good since that is the EO I have the most of.

I made my spray of:
1/2 C water
1/2 C white vinegar
40 drops lemon EO

I shook the bottle, and advanced on the ants’ marching line. Yes, they do go marching one by one. Until they die.

Right now, I am feeling very medieval. I am leaving the bodies of the dead lying around, so that the invaders can see how I deal with intruders and marauders. (Okay, I’ll vacuum later)

Meanwhile, my place smells like a lemon-drop.


There they were: a small army of ants, marching across my window sill from the window to the wall.  (This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with ants!  I guess I’ve been lucky before, considering all the places I’ve lived).  

So, I started thinking about a way to make them not be there that did not involve a shoe or a store-bought spray.  Today, I live ant-free.

Kills and repels ants on all types of surfaces, leaves little residue.

2 C white (distilled) vinegar
2 C water
3 T Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (or any dish detergent that suits your fancy)
3 T table salt

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into a spray bottle.

Shake before each use.
Thoroughly spray the entire area where ants are, as well as their trail. The ants will die.
Once the ants are dead, use a paper towel to wipe off the sprayed area to remove any residue (and deceased ants). The detergent and vinegar smell will repel ants from the sprayed area.

It is said that the soap makes the spray stick to the ants, thereby increasing the effectiveness of this spray.

Oh, I just can’t stop with one remedy! Here are some others.

1 C white (distilled) vinegar
1 C water

Combine water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
Spray on ants anywhere. Use a paper towel to wipe away residue (and deceased ants).


Essential oils that will kill ants on contact include clove, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree.
40 drops, clove, lemon, peppermint, or tea tree EO
1/2 C distilled white vinegar
1/2 C water

Mix in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.

1/2 cup of water
15 drops lemon EO
30 drops peppermint EO
30 drops tea tree oil EO*

Combine in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: Do not use tea tree oil on surfaces used for food preparation. Instead, use:
30 drops peppermint EO
15 drops lemon EO
1/2 C water


1/4 C liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)*
20 drops of peppermint oil
1 qt water

Mix in a spray bottle. Shake bottle and spray liquid on the ants to kill them. Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: you can also grate 1/4 cup-worth of a bar of castile soap, and mix it in thoroughly with the liquids, until it dissolves.