Itch Relief With African Shea Butter

Have you heard about raw African Shea Butter? After a couple of people suggested that I try putting some one my inflamed psoriasis like condition skin, I researched it. I found out the following positive attributes:
 

1. Many have been using it for along time for its skin supporting properties.
 
2. It nourishes the skin with vitamin A, B, and E and is a anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral moisture sealer.
 
3. Not only does it promote collagen production but also soothes itchy skin.

 

So I decided to give it a try. Wow! What a relief! I found that if I put it on when I start itching it tingles for 10 minutes and then the itch goes away. I have also notice an improvement in my skin. It is less red and inflamed.

 

I would encourage you to consult you doctors before using it and buy a pure and raw source of it.

 

What are your itch reduction tips?

 

Until next time,

 
Love, light and laughter,
Vicky
Certified Holistic Health Coach

Let’s Shop.

I am wishing you a Happy celiac awareness month. Whether you are celiac or gluten sensitive, May is a great time to stock up on nonperishable and frozen gluten-free foods. You will find specials, discounts and extra coupons during this month. Also consider attending one of many gluten and allergy friendly expos and events where you can sample items before you purchase them, collect coupons and learn tips.

 

Remember your freezer is a great resource. You can cook more than you can eat in one day and then put the leftovers into individual size containers and freeze. You just made your own frozen meal.

 

In addition, I also freeze flours and flour mixes. Remember after you open gluten free flour or flour mixes to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. I found the article to be very helpful: http://www.glutenfreegigi.com/research-based-facts-about-storing-gluten-free-flours/

 

What are your shopping storing tips?

 

Until next time,

 

Love, light and laughter,
Vicky
Certified Holistic Health Coach

How To Ease The Itch Of Eczema

As I rolled out of bed one chilly February morning, I happen to look at my right forearm. I was surprised and confused when I saw a round red and flaky spot. Even though it was not itchy or spreading, I tried a couple activated charcoal patches because they would help pull the toxins that were causing my reaction out of my body. Since there was no change, I ignored it until March when I was on vacation. I went to a wellness spa. I applied a drop or two of oregano essential oil with coconut oil onto spot before going into the infrared sauna for 35 minutes. Later that day I started to itch. The itch was so intense I could not sleep and a rash develop and spread over my arms, torso and legs. I went to an urgent care facility and the doctor told me the original spot was eczema and the rash was an allergic reaction to the oregano oil. She prescribed topical ointment for the original spot. When I got home the itchy rash was still spreading. So once again I went to the urgent care. The doctor said it was eczema and prescribed oral steroids and Clairton. I am still healing my eczema and sometimes the itch is very intense. When I start to itch, I do one or more techniques from the list below.

 

What do you do when you itch?

 

1. Put ice on the area for 5 to 10 minutes.

 

2. Take an oatmeal bath. I cut two 8-inch pieces of unbleached cheesecloth. Put one on top of the other to form at. Then I place ½ cup of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats in the middle. I pull up all the corners and tie it. This will form a ball shape. Place it into a cool/warm bath. Relax in the bath for 10-20 minutes. Pat dry.

 

3. Take a sea salt with food grade hydrogen peroxide bath. I place ¼ cup of salt and 1/8 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a cool/warm bath. Relax for 10- 20 minutes and pat dry.

 

4. I do Lee Holden’s Evening Qi Ritual for 20 minutes :

 

5. Do acupressure:

 

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Mock Tomato Sauce Recipe

On Saturday, I went to the Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market and one of the things I picked up was four medium sized zucchini. Did you know this vegetable is high in fiber, vitamins C, A, beta-carotene, folate, magnesium,  and potassium. Zucchini also has a high water content. I wondered what new way could I use this healthy vegetable?  I decided to experiment and play with my food. Then an idea popped into my head and I decided to make a mock tomato sauce with them. Yummy. Below is the recipe:

 

Zucchini Mock Tomato Sauce
4 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

 

Wash and peel zucchini. Place in blender, Vita-Mix, or food processor. Add Italian seasoning and puree. Pour into pot and add coconut oil. Cook on low for ½ hour to an hour. Stir occasionally.

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