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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)


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).


to alleviate swelling and relieve itching of insect bites.

1 drop Roman Chamomile
1 drop tea-tree
1 drop savory
2 oz. witch hazel extract

Blend oils with witch-hazel.
Soak a cotton ball in the mix and dab on insect bites.
Also helps protect skin from infection resulting from scratching

Niaouli oil relieves the itch, helps reduce swelling, and
helps insect bites heal faster

2 drops niaouli
2 T witch hazel
mix niaoli and witch hazel and apply to the affected area

Moisten a cotton swab in fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or witch hazel

Add 1 -2 drops of lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemongrass oil to the swab then dab on the bite.


Oils to Use: Lavender or tea tree

Dab a drop of lavender or tea tree on the
affected area.


If bite site is swollen, apply a cold compress made with
2 drops lavender
2 drops chamomile


Lavender helps stop itching and reduces
swelling and risk of infection.

1 t lavender essential oil
1 T vegetable oil

Combine lavender oil and vegetable oil and
dab mixture directly on bite as needed.

Store in a tightly closed glass bottle

combine lavender with echinacea and bentonite clay into a poultice.
The clay pulls the poisonous material from the bite or sting to the skin surface and keeps it from spreading.

Echinacea lessens any allergic response.
Lavender stops itching and reduces swelling.

Apply 1 drop of undiluted lavender or tea tree oil directly to the bite.

Other oils to use diluted
Lemon, Eucalyptus,
Pine, Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Lemongrass,

Dilute by moistening a cotton swab with lemon juice, cider vinegar, or witch hazel and adding 1 -2 drops of the essential oil to the swab. Dab on skin as needed

To help sooth the bite site and relieve discomfort.
Apply to bite every few hours! The first ingredient is a carrier oil.
1 t Aloe Vera Gel
5 drops Geranium
1 t Borage
2 drops juniper berry
2 drops tea tree
1 drop lemon
1 t of Aloe Vera gel
5 drops chamomile
1 t flaxseed oil
2 drops sweet basil
2 drops lemon
1 drop marjoram
1 t sesame oil
2 drops juniper berry oil
2 drops sweet basil
1 drop lime
1 t Aloe Vera Gel
5 drops lavender

1 T echinacea root tincture
1 T distilled water
1/8 t lavender essential oil
1 T bentonite clay

Combine the tincture, water and lavender essential oil.
Add mixture to the bentonite. Stir slowly as liquid is absorbed.

Paste should be tacky enough to adhere to skin.
Apply directly to bite as needed.

Store in tightly covered container.
If mixture dries out, stir in distilled water, as needed, to return it to paste consistency.