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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!!!!!!

“ITCH BE GONE” AROMATHERAPY REMEDY from NourishingTraditions.com

I have boldly copied this recipe from NourishingTreasures.com, 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


Silly me! I mean, I am a nutritionist, but… I just never thought about it. There are nutritional steps you can take if you have shingles.

I got this from National Nutrition

* Avoid coffee, cola, and black tea – caffeine depletes nutrients needed to deal with stress
* Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
* Take  a Vitamin B complex, ase well a Vitamin C, Oregano Oil, and lysine to boost your immune system
* Use capsaicin cream or Four Thieves oil to relieve discomfort


Yesterday morning, I suddenly realized that I had a “nifty” full-blown case of shingles… again!  (I don’t want to sound like I am bragging, but this is my 15th occurrence of shingles.  I say this because most physicians will tell you that you can only get it once.  My dermatologist told me, when I mentioned my experience, that it is, in fact, possible to get shingles more than once.   So… if you have had it more than once, don’t feel discouraged when they laugh in your face… if you have had it once, you are an expert and can recognize it if it ever comes back.  Stick to your guns.  I only wish I had been seriously documenting all these occurrences. I could probably get listed on some list of medical freaks, and, perhaps, even be paid for being studied by people who want to know how I can do this so well– I mean, I am really good at shingles).

Anyway, at first, I feared I had a skin cancer (a sore which would not heal), or worse, some kind of  breast cancer (this sore was on my breast and there was a long line of red on either end of it).  Washing it with my hand, I felt the tell-tale “bubbles”, and knew it was shingles again.  (This occurrence is really annoying because I cannot wear a bra.  I have to wear a tight-ish t-shirt under a baggy blouse or sweater)  

I went to the dermatologist’s office without calling to make an appointment and begged to have him see me, citing shingles as a life-threatening emergency.    When the doctor saw me, he immediately agreed with my diagnosis, but he refused to give me the Zovirax cream, saying that it wasn’t very good (I’m sorry, but I am an expert at what works for my shingles!  I want Zovirax!)  He gave me pills which affect me just about the way “walking chemo” affects people who have that – no energy,  disorientation, etc.  I’m taking it anyway, but I still have THE PAIN.  

I got out my bottle of Four Thieves Oil and spread it all over the shingle lesion.  Woo-hoo!  Major agony (although not as bad as the agony of non-stop shingles pain).  The sting of the Four Thieves Oil lasted about 1 minute, and then there was no pain at all. I almost forgot about the shingles.  

The relief lasts about 4 hours, so I need to tote the bottle with me and re-apply, but, at least, I can be in control (who wants people to be watching them stroking the side of their boob all the time)