Carb soda, also called bi-carb soda or bi-carbonate of soda is very useful for skin conditions. It is especially useful to take the redness out of a rash, ease sunburn and is very good to ease those red raw patches that some people get under a tummy roll.
These raw patches of skin under the tummy roll are sometimes painful, sometimes not. They can be treated in many ways. Sometimes the doctor may give antifungal cream. This may help but can sometimes make the redness worse by keeping it moist.
Treatment for Inflamed Skin under a Tummy Roll
After a shower make some warm water in the basin. Add a couple of teaspoonsful of carb soda ( bi-carb soda). This can also be called Baking soda. If you happen to have some pure Lavender aromatherapy oil, you can add one drop to this mixture. One drop is plenty. Fragrant oil smells like aromatherapy oil but is of no benefit to you. Only the aromatherapy oil will benefit. This can also be called Essential oil.
Soak a wash cloth is the warm water containing the carb soda and lavender oil. Squeeze it out loosely and wash the affected areas. Do this a few times. Pat dry the area. Make sure all the moisture has gone.
Next, use a medicated talc. Try Curash. It has zinc in it. Zinc is very healing. Sprinkle the powder onto your hand and apply to the affected area.
This is not a quick treatment. It needs to be used daily. Use the treatment twice daily if the redness is very bad. Continue until the skin is clear and back to its natural colour.
Do not stop the treatment totally but keep using the medicated powder. Make sure the skin under the tummy roll is dried after each shower and apply the powder.
This powder can be purchased in the chemist or in the supermarket. You will find a suitable powder in the baby section in the supermarket.
Do not use on open wounds where the skin is broken.
An infection in the head can be a very nasty business.
Symptoms can include:
This photo illustrates what it is like when you have an infection in one side of your head. The red part is the infected side, the side with the heat.
Symptoms for this type of infection could include:
If symptoms are persistent seek medical attention. If this occurs in a child, definitely seek medical attention.
If symptoms are just starting and you catch it before it gets too bad you could try
Echinacea - a herbal remedy
Olive Leaf Extract
If symptoms persist seek medical attention.
The most popular natural toothpastes I sell in my online stores are Propolis, Vicco Olive Leaf toothpastes.
Today people are becoming increasingly aware of food they eat and the cleaning products they use on their body.
With chemicals in the environment abounding since the 1950s, we are constantly surrounded by them.
Today, more than ever before, cancer takes its toll on the community. It was a rarity in the 1930s to 1950s.
Commercial toothpaste is a product that has also been invaded by chemicals. It must make your teeth look whiter, It must kill the bacteria in your mouth and it must have plenty of froth and bubble. Then, of course it must come in attractive containers and sometimes the paste itself is even coloured, and be peppermint flavoured.
Well, I for one am prepared to go without most of this. I definitely don't want the chemicals, especially the dangerous ones. I don't need the froth and bubble. When was the last time that the air in a bubble of froth cleaned anything?
What I Look for in a Toothpaste
My preferences in a toothpaste are
How I found Out There was a Need for Natural Toothpaste
I sell a variety of things on Ebay. I started out selling plants, cutting and seeds from my garden. I have been into Natural Health products all my life and make my own Flower Essences, Creams, Herbal Tinctures and Homeopathic remedies.
After a few years with severe allergies and chemical sensitivities, I was buying Natural toothpaste from my supplier. I put some on my Ebay site along with my bottles and vials and suddenly the toothpaste became popular. As I say, I didn't set out to supply toothpaste. However if people need it I am happy to supply it.
Oil from Australian Eucalypts is a powerful healer
Aromatherapy Oils in Australia
Here in Australia we are lucky enough to have some aromatherapy oils that come from this wide brown land.
Soon after the English claimed the new land they called Australia, the early settlers learnt from the native aboriginal people about the medicinal benefits of the eucalypt and tea tree bush.
Today much is known about the healing benefits of the oils from these plants and they are known around the world.
In recent years rich aromatherapy oils from more Australian native plants have revealed themselves to us.
Benefits of Australian Oils
Eucalypt is known to be very beneficial to help ease head colds and bronchitis. Put a few drops in an aromatherapy burner during winter to keeps cold and 'flu at bay. If you have a head-cold an inhalation with eucalyptus oil will clear your head.
Tea tree has wonderful antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is good to put on cuts and sores. It can be applied 'neat', that is, it does not have to be diluted. Tea tree oil takes the sting out of mosquito bites. Apply to the skin beforehand to deter mosquitos, or after being stung by them.
Ducane Kunzea is a powerful antioxidant. It is so strong that it stops metal from oxidising (rusting) and preserves wood. It has wonderful healing properties. It is an anti-inflammatory, eases pains of arthritis and other aches and pains. It is also proven to kill 99.5% of Golden staph (Staphylococcus aureus). Ducane Kunzea is from Tasmania in the far south of Australia.
Fragonia is as strong as tea tree oil in its anti-infectious and anti-bacterial properties. It is a good expectorant and an effective treatment for joint, muscle and dental pain. Fragonia has a mild, very pleasant fragrance. Fragonia is from Western Australia.
Australian Blue Cypress is from Northern Territory in the north of Australia. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It relieves itching and is a mild pain reliever for muscular tension and pain. It is reported to heal warts. Australian Blue Cypress is a blue oil.
Next time you need the healing power of some lovely aromatherapy oil try a fair dinkum Aussie oil.
Rotate clothing in the cupboard to keep it fresh
Keeping your Cupboards FREE from Musty Smells
Have you ever experienced a draining feeling when you walk into an Op Shop (secondhand clothing shop)? Have you ever smelt an overpowering musty smell when walking into an old shed or basement? Have you started sneezing in these places?
Our cupboards can get this musty smell too and if they do it also gets into our clothing and sheets. Mustiness can bring on an asthma attack or overpowering sneezing and affect those with tendencies to great fatigue. We wish to stay as healthy as possible, boosting our health in we are unwell. Here are some tips.
Rotating Clothing & Linen
To keep your clothing in your cupbards free from that musty smell which is so bad for people with CFS, CFIDS, ME, Fibromyalgia and a load of other auto immune illnesses, rotating can help.
By rotating I mean when you replace your freshly washed clothing in the cupboard, place it at the bottom of the pile. Then use new clothing from the top of the pile. This way the older clothes are always at the top and you keep the pile of clothing cycling through.
This is also important in your linen cupboard and bathroom cupboard. Keep face washers and towel rotated, putting the freshly washed goods at the bottom of the pile.
Discard Unused Linen & Clothing
This rotation will not help you hugely if you have an enormous pile of sheets or clothes. Therefore, go through your cupboard twice a year and discard what you do not wear or use. Keep your stack of clothing and sheets small so that they are recycled regularly. If you have an excess quantity which you do want to keep, wash them regularly and hang them out in the sunshine to dry.
In the old days the washerwomen used to spread the delicates over lavender bushes to dry in the sun. This way they also smelt pretty when they were returned to the cupboard. You could add a few drops of aromatherapy oil to your wash load if it suits you.
Musty Cupboards, Allergies and CFS
Have a great day
Australian Essential oils can ease aches and pains
Aussie Massage Oil for Aches and Pains
Aussie Massage Oil for Aches and Pains has been made especially for the relief of muscular and joint aches and pains. It includes Eucalyptus oil, Lemon scented Tea Tree oil and grapeseed oil.
All these oils are anti-inflammatory. This means they help ease inflammation. I have written a lot about inflammation. Its symptoms include heat and redness causing pain.
Eucalyptus oil is the most typical oil for Australia. The aboriginal people were already using the eucalyptus tree for healing when British settlers arrived on the shores. Eucalyptus oil contains tannins which are believed to help reduce inflammation.
Eucalyptus oil is used by athletes for muscular aches and pains as well as by people with Arthritis.
Lemon scented tea tree oil (Leptospermum petersonii) is also an anti-inflammatory. It smells nicer than Tea tree oil. It is not the same plant as tea tree oil.
Grapeseed oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pain.
Multi Purpose Oil
Although this oil is suggested to be only for muscular and joint aches and pains, it is really a multipurpose oil as each of the oils have other healing properties.
Eucalyptus oil is also wonderful to help relieve coughs and colds, nasal and bronchial congestion, it helps heal wounds and fungal infections and kills bacteria, some viruses and fungi - moulds.
Lemon scented tea tree oil is also multi purpose. It prevents moulds, is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It is a powerful insect repellent and also helps kill off some lung infections.
Other articles on the same subject
Inflammation and Essential Oils
Natural Supplements for Inflammation
Is there a Connection between Potatoes and Arthritis?
Is There a Connection between Potatoes and Arthritis? Part 2
Photo and design by Therese Vahland
Plant oils can ease the pain of inflammation
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a reaction of the immune system to infection, injury or disease. It involves pain, swelling and redness of the area.
Inflammation can occur on the inside of the body where the internal organs are involved or the outside of the body where the reactions are noticeable on the skin.
Inflammation can affect the joints or muscles and tendons in our body. When
joints are inflamed it is called arthritis.
Muscles are important to us. The skeletal muscles hold the body together and the soft muscles are those of the stomach, intestines and other parts of the internal workings of our body.
When muscle mass is increased, there is more power to fight infection. The more muscles you have the higher is your metabolic rate. The metabolic rate is how fast your body works. The stronger your muscles, the less fat you have.
Healthy people in China
Last year we travelled to China. We went to places where people had not seen Westerners before. We spent quite a bit of time in the country and I noted how muscular the people were. They were small, thin and what I would call 'wiry', an old fashioned word. I suppose it means that you can see the muscles like wires beneath the skin. Even the young people were strong with lots of natural muscles. They were energetic. We do not see that in the Western society I live in. People go to the gym to build muscle. They have forgotten how to work physically to build muscle naturally.
Aromatherapy Oils Can Help Ease Inflammation
Many medicines used to relieve inflammation and pain have what is called COX-2 inhibitors. Many aromatherapy oils have these same inhibitors plus they also have nitric oxide inhibitors. A Japanese research study found that the oils that contain these inhibitors decreased COX enzymes by as much as 75%. Lemon and lemongrass are in this group of oils.
Many plant oils contain these inhibitors. The following aromatherapy or essential oils all centre around the lemon fragrance
Lemongrass also called Citronella
Lemon oil helps relieve inflammation of the joints. Caution: After you
massage lemon oil into your body, do not expose that part to sunlight as it may
Lemon balm or Melissa officianalis relieves muscle spasms and arthritic and joint
pain, fibromyalgia and soreness or pain from exercising. It has antioxidant properties and stimulates the immune system and so is good for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and allergies.
Lemon verbena extract has been shown in a study done by a University in Spain to decrease the signs of muscular damage in people who do lots of exercise. It helps in ways that antioxidant supplements alone did not do.
Lemongrass, also called citronella relieves tired, aching legs. It also eliminates lactic acid which builds up during exercise.
The National Library of Medicine says that lemongrass has analgesic properties which help reduce pain from inflammation of muscles, joints, tendons and other parts of the body, It is being used in Asian medicine for depression and fatigue or malaise. muscular spasms and acts as a painkiller.
Try some of these oils in a massage oil to relieve pain from inflammation and see how they can help you.
Deodorants smell strongly of perfumes
People with allergies and chemical sensitivities can be mildly to severely affected by perfumes. I have written a lot about where perfumes hide in our lives in the precious article.
Ways to Eliminate Perfumes from our Lives
You cannot do anything about everybody else's perfume load, but you can start with yourself, the people in your home and everything in your home. You have this power. Make use of it.
Go through any products you use to perfume your body. At this time in your life you will probably not be able to smell the perfumes. We get used to the things around us and turn off from them. Our senses get overloaded and we do not even realise that some products have a perfume. We are just so used to them. When your sense of smell has been awakened, you will gradually notice that some things have a strong perfume that you never noticed before.
So, to eliminate your personal perfumes and body sprays, collect them all. If you cannot bring yourself to throw them out, seal them in a couple of plastic bags and place them out of the house, maybe store them in the garage. Don't give them away to a friend because, guess what, you will meet your friend and she may be wearing the products you gave her. Sorry guys for just referring to women, but the same goes to you too.
No 2 Bathroom
Go to your bathroom and read the labels of all your shampoos, conditioners, deodorants and soaps. If they are not perfume free or unscented, ditch them too.
Depending on your health, you may decide to use them up, then replace them with unscented products. This is up to you.
Now ladies, look at your cosmetics. I'm sure they will smell pretty (after all, the cosmetic companies want you to buy their products). Again, look for alternative products. Remember the face creams, hand cream and sun cream. Some of these have really strong perfumes.
Men, check out your deodorant especially that spray stuff, it's deadly. When I was very ill with allergies, a young male visitor sprayed some deodorant rooms away. I smelt it in seconds. These things travel in the air, and you would be surprised how quickly and how far they travel. Remember shaving cream, if used, and especially after shave splash.
No 3 Kitchen
Check out the kitchen. Especially look at your dishwashing detergent. This often reeks with chemical perfume. Get rid of it. I think this is one of the most deadly things. When you squirt it into the sink full of hot water, what happens. The hot water steams up into your face. What does it carry with it? The ghastly chemical perfume. Look for natural, environmentally friendly products that are perfume free.
If you have a dishwasher, what are you using in it? Some of these products are very strongly perfumes. Find one you can tolerate.
No 4 Laundry
Now, just walking down the supermarket aisles of laundry powders is enough to send anybody reeling with the smell of chemical perfumes. Don't kid yourself that any kind company would waste 100 time the amount in cost to perfume their products with real aromatherapy oils just for you. It just wouldn't happen. Besides, real aromatherapy oil evaporates, disappears, and does not last. Chemical perfumes last on and on. You just can't get rid of the smell of them.
So dump your perfumed powders or liquids, or again, depending on your health, use them up and replace them with unscented, unperfumed products. You, and all your family will be healthier and happier.
Good luck on your endeavours.
Photo by freedigitalphotos.net with thanks
Perfumes are mostly made from chemicals
People with allergies are often affected by perfumes. Perfumes may once have been thought of as the scented waters that women applied to themselves to make themselves smell pretty.
With the growth of the Perfume and Cosmetic industries there is now a vast array of perfumes.
Once perfumes were made from real flowers. These sweet smelling flowers were then able to be distilled and the oil of the flower was collected. This is now used as aromatherapy oil. It can be used to make perfume, but most perfumes today are made with chemicals. So probably the perfume you adore has been made in the laboratory with chemicals.
Where Perfumes can be Found
Perfumes can be found throughout our society today. They abound in the workplace, wherever people gather, and especially in the home. They are in
Places to Avoid
Super market aisles near laundry powders and cleaners, cosmetics and sugar.
Groups of people early in the morning.
I know you are going to you are going to say 'What? Has she gone mad?' But here's the reason.
What do most of us do when we get up in the morning? Have a shower with nice smelling soap, wash our hair with perfumed shampoo and conditioner, dry ourselves with fabric softened towels, use deodorant. Ladies may put on perfumed face cream, sun cream or cosmetics and perfume. Men may apply shaving cream or after shave lotion, maybe some hair gel. When they they walk out of the bathroom they are fresh and FULL of chemicals. When a group of these people get together it can spell disaster for the chemically sensitive.
Where would these people be? At church, on trains and buses and at work.
What to do about it?
Find out my suggestions in my next article.
Lavender smells beautiful and has healing powers
Lavender is a flower that many people think of when they think of the old days.
Long ago the washer women used to dry the ladies' washing by draping it over the lavender bushes. The clothing would be imbued with the scent of the lavender.
Lavender bags brought the scent into the linen closets. The heads of lavender were collected and put in a little bags then hidden between the sheets or underclothes in the cupboard. You may think of your grandmother when you think of lavender bags.
When the distillation process was established one of the favourite flowers to distill was lavender. People already liked it and had found uses for it.
Today lavender oil is one of the favourite essential or aromatherapy oils. People still like the perfume - or most do anyway.
The Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender aromatherapy oil can help ease headaches. Dab a little oil on your temples and massage it in. Take a rest while it works. You will find yourself calmer.
Lavender can help you drift off to sleep when you are restless at night. It soothes and calms. Put a few drops on your pillow when you get into bed.
Lavender can help relieve anxiety. Place a few drops on a tissue and keep it in your pocket throughout a stressful day at work, home or travelling.
Lavender can help relieve burns. The French scientist, when he was experimenting in the laboratory one day, burnt his hand then accidentally put it in a vat of lavender oil. To his amazement the burning and stinging eased quickly.
I always use lavender oil to kill off bacteria. Whenever I cut myself I always put a couple of drops of lavender oil directly onto the cut. It usually only needs to be done a couple of times for the cut to heal quickly. I find this useful whenever I have forgotten to wear my gloves in the garden. I always seem to get cuts and scratches easily and they usually get infected. However my beautiful lavender oil heals these for me quickly and pleasantly.
Lavender Hydrosol or Lavender Water
Lavender water was in use in the olden days as well as a perfume. Today, the water left over from the lavender distillation process is called a hydrosol. It can be ingested in small quantities for medicinal purposes but mostly it is used as a linen water or air spray. The linen water is sprayed onto the clothes before ironing, sprayed over the bed sheets to have them smelling pretty or sprayed around the room for a lovely fresh smell. This is much better than the chemical laden air fresheners bought in the supermarket.
It can also be used as a personal aura spray when we feel stressed. It is very calming.
The perfume from Aromatherapy oils and hydrosols does tend to evaporate. This is how you know that is the real thing. When the smell lasts for days and will not go away then you are much more likely to have a Fragrance oil. These fragrance oils are made from chemicals. I would not use these. They have no healing benefits.
Lavender oil is one of the safest aromatherapy oils and can be applied directly onto the skin. Do not use too much though. Always dilute it to use for a massage.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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