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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)

WHAT I’M DOING WITH MY “SOCIAL DISTANCING” TIME

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.

 

OREGANO OIL THIS TIME

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).

MY PLACE SMELLS LIKE A LEMON-DROP

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.

ADIOS ANTS! DIY Ant Spray

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.

DIY ANT SPRAY
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.

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

VINEGAR AND WATER DIY ANT SPRAY
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).

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ESSENTIAL OIL AND VINEGAR DIY ANT SPRAY
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.

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ALL ESSENTIAL OIL DIY ANT SPRAY
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

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CASTILE SOAP SPRAY:
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.

WARTS: FOUR THIEVES TO THE RESCUE

I’ve had this recurring wart on my finger for years. It comes; I go to the dermatologist; he freezes it off; I am wart free for a while; and, then, in the twinkling of an eye, it’s back right where it was before.

This time, I have done some research on natural wart removal methods. So many ideas have been listed on the Internet.

In addition to the duct tape, garlic, banana peel, and apple cider vinegar methods I found, hypnotherapy  was mentioned as a potentially successful method (How come I didn’t know that?)

I decided that I would try essential oils. I have read that clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon, lemon grass, oregano, peppermint, tea tree, and thyme essential oils are good for removing warts. I have all of those in my stash. The basic method for essential oils is to choose your combination, mix, put some drops on a cotton ball, tape it onto the wart with a bandaid or duct tape, and wait.

Then, the other day, I remembered that I had a little vial of Four Thieves Oil in my handbag, to use for eczema itching or whatever else comes up.  I was at work and I just took out the bottle, rubbed some on the wart, which was bothering me at the time, and went on about my business. I figured the Four Thieves would at least sedate the wart.  Surprisingly, the next day, the wart was hanging off, partially detached. I pulled it off because it was bothering me. It left a little red hole, but there was no discomfort. That was two days ago. I’m waiting and watching, but, right now, it just looks like a small skin scratch (a whole lot more attractive than a wart). I’m happy.

These are my two recipes for Four Thieves oil:

FOUR THIEVES OIL
1 part eucalyptus
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon
1 part clove
1 part lemon
Carrier oil (olive, jojoba, or your choice)
Mix

I put 50 drops of each oil in a 2 oz. bottle and then top it off with jojoba oil (I like jojoba oil because it seems to never go rancid).

An alternative recipe:
200 drops Clove Bud Oil
175 drops Lemon Oil
100 drops Cinnamon Oil
75 drops Eucalyptus Oil
50 drops Rosemary

Mix with jojoba oil.

Although my recipes include jojoba oil, I must confess that, when I make up a vial for carrying around, I just use the essential oil mix straight with no carrier oil. I use Four Thieves a lot, hence it is always in my bag. If you use it without a carrier oil, it might well sting quite a bit, but, in my case, if I’m using it to stop a major discomfort, like what you get with shingles or eczema, I know the sting is going to go away, and, with is going to go that discomfort I was feeling. Your mileage may vary. You can always try the Four Thieves straight,  and then add a carrier if the sting is worse than what you are using Four Thieves to stop.
 

TWO GOOD SITES FOR ESSENTIAL OIL/AROMATHERAPY INFO

Here are two good sites for aromatherapy/essential oil info.  

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Complete_Guide_to_Essential_Oils

http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/essentialoilsguide.asp

CONTAINER SUPPLIERS

If you are making your own products, eventually, or right now, you will find that you need to get containers….

You can save empty containers that once contained something else….

If you scour discount stores and craft stores, you may find containers that will do, or are even perfect…….

BUT eventually, you will probably need more containers.... or you will want containers of a specific size or application.

 CONTAINER SUPPLIERS THAT I HAVE SEEN RECOMMENDED OVER TIME (they go in order by the frequency of mention)

http://www.sks-bottle.com/
http://www.containerandpackaging.com
http://www.sunburstbottle.com
http://www.specialtybottle.com
http://www.essentialsupplies.com