Summertime funtime outside playtime! It’s always great for your body mind and soul to spend time with nature, but if you’re not careful or aware of your surroundings you could find yourself in an awfully itchy pickle.
Yup. Poison ivy has no qualms about setting boundaries!
A super helpful natural remedy resource for Poison Ivy,
How to happily attend a gathering alongside these plants.
Energetics: Why it’s here, what does it have to teach?
The value of awareness – and the cost of ignorance & inattention.
Poison Ivy has a “Passive” defense that isn’t an open attack. Meaning Sister Ivy doesn’t go out of her way to cause trouble. And, if you step on her, bruise her, or encounter her after shes been mowed, she often lets folks know it!
Science: Urushiol is the oil based sap that is found in Poison Ivy.
It is a persistent pervasive sticky oil that clings to EVERYTHING it encounters. (Including bottoms of shoes. Shoe laces, clothing, pet fur, bases of drums, ect. Be Mindfuland think about all the things that may have touched the ground!!)
As a chemical molecule it ends in an =OH (which is basically an alcohol… and since like dissolves like, (in this case, is changes the structure of the molecule) you can “neutralize” the Urushiol with something as simple as Rubbing Alcohol (also called Isopropyl alcohol)
Sometimes for a looooong time – WASH ANYTHING THAT MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND DOWN AT THE FIRE (Use 70% or higher Isopropyl alcohol / rubbing alcohol on shoes, bags, belts, and other non washing machine things. For cloths and ground blankets, Use HOT water and soap with surfactant (I use Simple Green) in the laundry.)
Urishiol as a chemical molecule ends in an OH. (In layman’s terms that means if you put alcohol on it, it changed its chemical nature. Meaning it will no longer spread.
Though next you need to get it off still!!!!
The quicker you do, the less gets absorbed by your skin.
Heat, sweating and itching may cause the reaction to keep presenting through the skin until the bodily stops reacting. (Which can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks, depending on how sensitive you are).
Most important is to wash ANYTHING that may have come in contact with alcohol and abrasive OR Hot Soapy water. This includes,walking sticks, bottoms of shoes, bags that may have been set down, ect.
Cultivating Awareness: Learn and be aware of how it looks, where it grows in proximity of your places of existing and traveling during the event. How I work with it, is when I arrive in a place that has poison Ivy, I immediately begin to consider the bottoms of shoes, hems of pants/dressed/skirts and any bags I may put down to be “Hot” and treat them accordingly → Never put them on your bed where you sleep, leave them outside your tent or home space, don’t set bags on laps, be mindful of hugging or touching others, ask if they have washed recently, wash after every contact, be mindful of things like touching your face after having your hands on the ground or petting a dog, Always. Leave. Shoes. Outside. WEAR SHOES. If you NEED contact with the ground to do your work, wash immediately afterwards. (some people react within a half hour, others react 6-12 hours later.) YES, its alot of thinking…. Remember, Sister Ivy is teaching us about MAINTAINING Boundaries – which requires mindfulness. Embrace this lesson, DO THE WORK and the struggle will ease. If you don’t, it may persist for some, for months….. Recontact is a big thing. Urushiol does not lose its ability to cause trouble, even after time. It MUST be neutralized.
Poison Ivy Self-Care Natural Remedy
#1: Wash WELL!! Use: Tecnu (specific poison ivy soap), OR Simple Green. OR Rubbing alcohol & salt OR sand AND Dish Soap.
-ROUGH ABRASION is necessary to remove this sap.
-Bag contaminated clothing separately and wash with hot water and plenty of detergent before using again.
-Place any cleaning cloths used to wash yourself, in a separate bag and DO NOT re-use until they have been washed.
#2: Treatment Suggestions: If you have a rash that is developing, with or without blisters,
WASH FIRST, THEN use any of the following in any combination that brings relief:
Baking soda poultice
Lavender / Peppermint / Tea Tree Essential oil
Rhus Tox 30c Homeopathic remedy (First 3 doses every 20 minutes, then 3 times a day until it begins to clear.) if Rhys doesn’t work, move to Apis.
#3: Prevent the Spread!!! These are all ways to spread Urushiol:
-BE CAREFUL HUGGING PEOPLE!! This is a GOOD way to spread this not so fun experience to loved ones.
-Beware that animals/pets can carry Urushiol on their fur after having walked through it. (this can pass to people who pet them) Pets need a good washing post festival.
-Caution with walking through areas containing poison ivy and then walking into your tent with shoes on. (leave your shoes outside your sleeping space and wash your feet before bed if you love being barefooted.
-Scrub under your nails to prevent spreading the oil after itching the skin that has a rash.
-Wear protective clothing. Tops of bare feet are the most susceptible! Wear tall socks in lieu of shoes if you must.
-if you must go barefoot, wash every evening!!! (see above method of washing FOR poison ivy)
Here’s another of my orphaned articles from Yahoo Contributor Network / Associated Content, hope you enjoy!
The best natural treatments for skin blemishes and acne aren’t necessarily the most expensive. Everyone wants a clean, clear face; free of pimples, spots, and uneven skin tone. Here are some products and recipes that have worked for me in the past, are all natural, and are dependable:
Tea tree oil
Tea Tree essential oil (also called Melaleuca oil) is an absolute MUST for acne or problem skin. Tea Tree oil has powerful antibacterial (and even antifungal and antiviral!) properties and is effective against MRSA, which is a strain of bacteria that has developed resistance to some man-made antibiotics. So it’s a natural product that can fight the spread of nasty germs. Its properties also make it crucial in fighting acne.
Best Burt’s Bees ProductsTreatment for Skin Blemishes:
Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick!!! – worked wonders for me! (and I love the ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B (from Yellow Corn), Calendula Flower Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Yarrow Oil, Parsley Seed Extract, Willowbark Extract, Lemon Oil, Fennel Oil, Water, Tea Tree Oil, Juniper Oil, and Eucalyptus Oil.)
Essential Oils Best for Treatment for Skin Blemishes & Acne:
Tea Tree essential oil – may be used directly on the skin without carrier oil, but you may like to add coconut oil for its antibacterial properties, or jojoba oil (healing and nourishing) for added benefits. An absolute must-have in your acne arsenal! Some people have cleared their skin with just this ingredient alone.
Bergamot essential oil (BF or begaptene free) – best to use a carrier such as grapeseed or coconut oil as it is very light and the scent is lovely for both men and women.
Lavender essential oil – lavendula angustifolia – maybe used undiluted directly on skin, as Lavender is a universal essential oil with a multitude of properties, always great for any skin type.
Rosewood essential oil – nice mixed with tea tree for those less sensitive, it also adds a nice moisturizing quality, make sure to mix with coconut, jojoba, grapeseed or similar carrier.
Clove essential oil (only for intense overnight spot treatments)- always use diluted in a carrier such as grapeseed, jojoba, coconut, etc.
Other essential oils that are useful for oily/acne/combination skin:
Geranium, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Juniper, and lemon.
Essential oils are some of my favorite ingredients to use as not only are they all natural, but have many amazing properties to heal all types of skin maladies. The best things you could use in treatment for skin blemishes are natural products. Just make sure to do a patch test to be sure you don’t have allergies.
Also note that essential oils are very potent and less is always more when it comes to using them on the skin. Make sure to dilute them with a carrier oil. One of the lightest carriers is grapeseed oil, but coconut is also a great choice, because of its antibacterial properties, and the jojoba is perfect for when you need extra healing.
My old stand-by remedy for getting rid of blemishes overnight when I was out of all my other treatments, was dabbing a bit of toothpaste mixed with tea tree oil on the pimple, and going to sleep. Most often, it was ready to go by morning. I’d steam my face to open the pores and be rid of it. And follow up with my easy to make Blemish remover toner.
The popping yourself idea probably isn’t thebest advice for everyone, but for me it always worked. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that to anyone, but just had to throw it in there. But the toner is a MUST!! 😀
Recipe for Blemish remover toner:
Use this after cleansing and patting dry lightly.
In a 4 oz bottle add:
Witch hazel 3 oz
Calendula oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil 12 to 20 drops
Tea tree oil 5 drops
Bergamot (bf) 2 drops
Lemon 2 drops
Eucalyptus 3 drops
Juniper 2 drops
*Optional- Frankincense or Sandalwood (either is fine) 2 drops
Shake well before each use, apply to cotton pad and swab skin lightly.
if you just don’t feel like making your own. I highly recommend BURTS BEES (Amazon sale)
“Do you ever wish your toothpaste magically healed your teeth?
here’s a snippet from someone who found out how:
Me too. When my daughter was 2, she had a defective molar. The dentists said the tooth would last six months to a year.
I went home and started doing research on dental health and what teeth are made of.
I discovered your tooth enamel is made up of many different minerals. Over time your teeth can lose these minerals reducing the strength of your enamel. I found that brushing with a blend of 3 organic natural clays, you can get these minerals to absorb into your enamel.
Over time these minerals will begin to strengthen, and remineralize your teeth. All by having her brush with specific minerals, she was able to SAVE that molar.
Dirty Mouth Toothpowder was created to save my daughters teeth. When it worked, I realized I could help a lot of other people out.” -via Primal Life Organics.
This was an ad for selling their products, which sound great!! And probably are. But wouldn’t you love to make them yourself for much less $$$?
I’ve been making my own products for years and believe me, it’s really easy to clean, whiten, detoxify and strengthen your teeth and gums for less money than you can buy in any store. .
Their Toothpowder Ingredients :
Bentonite clay, kaolin clay, French green clay, baking soda, and essential oils or flavorings of either peppermint, spearmint, clove bud etc…
I add coconut oil to mine to make a paste instead of a powder. Plus a little activated charcoal to really whiten those choppers and detoxify your whole mouth. But if you want to use a powder only, just dip your brush in coconut oil before starting.
Some like to use charcoal separately because of the black color. But if you don’t mind it, the properties are truly whitening magic.
ALSO their BOOST serum is great too. It’s a big part of your total dental health.
Their mix of essential oils contains numerous properties beneficial for dental heath, including:
Even a natural Local anesthetic!
here’s a list of their ingredients in the gum serum :
Tea Tree Oil is antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory. Tea Tree Oil can be a powerful dental pain killer and should help kill infective microorganisms (likely even those involved in tooth decay and gum disease).
Peppermint Oil is analgesic, anesthetic (topical), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent. Helps fight mouth infections, gum disease and bad breath.
Spearmint Oil is analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent.
Lemon Oil is stimulating, calming, anti-infection, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-fungal, astringent etc. Enhances gum tissue.
Cypress Oil is astringent, antiseptic, hemostatic (stops bleeding gums), vasoconstrictor, etc.
Eucalyptus Oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial. It helps relieve periodontal disease.
Lavender Oil enhances blood circulation and tissue formation
Myrrh Oil is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent. It can be an effective means to ensure good oral hygiene and help heal mouth sores.
Cinnamon Oil is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic.
Chamomile Oil is antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious. It enhances tissue formation.
Clove Bud Oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, natural fungicide. It acts as a powerful disinfectant and local anesthetic for toothaches, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove Oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. The characteristic smell of Clove Oil helps in removing bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities.
Those are all wonderful, but
I add Frankincense and Helichrysum Italicum essential oils to my recipe for extra healing properties. Even better for those dealing with peridontal disease.
When doing research for the best essential oils to use that will benefit the organ systems of the body, I came across a wonderful site Dr. Fosters Essentials, who, in my humble opinion, is one of the best out there. I wanted to share some important and very helpful information with those of you who may be interested in learning about the awesome powers of flowers, plants, resins, roots, berries, barks, and the amazing miracles essential oils can perform when used correctly.
From all the work, trials and experimentation I’ve done with essential oils, I have also found these to be true, Read on for some great information:
Essential Oils that benefit many organs & organ systems :from Dr. Fosters Essentials
Brain: Frankincense, Migra-Stop (Ingredients: Peppermint, Marjoram, Cajeput, Basil and other essential oils for enhancement.), Grounding oil blend (Cedarwood, Vetiver, Lavender and other supportive herbs) Rosemary, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Lavender, Cedar, Vetiver, Brain Regain Formula
Sinuses: Germ Shield (Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint, Melaleuca alternifolia and other essential oils in Jojoba oil) , Myrtle, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Fir, Clove, Cedarwood, Breathe Again Formula
Essential oils were used in ancient Egypt, Sumeria and in earlier times. In this truly holistic therapy the mind and body are inseparable. Plato is to have said that the source of most illness has its roots in the soul. There may be no better way to influence the mind and spirit, than through a physical medium that includes nature’s essences; essential oils provide this.
Scent has a special impact on living organisms. Scientific research into the human sense of smell finds it to be10,000 times more powerful than taste. Scent travels rapidly to the brain, and is shown to have a direct effect on the limbic system. The limbic system communicates with the autonomic nervous system. This is the known connection in the brain to the hypothalamus, emotion, memory, and some visceral (gut) reactions. Since the 1980’s olfactory research has promoted the psychological benefit of essential oils used in aromatherapy.
“The profound and complete therapeutic effects of essential oils derive from more than their pleasant fragrance. They have vital electromagnetic properties and vibrational energies that invigorate the mind, the soul, the body’s energy, and thus their functioning.” Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
The most common treatment applications using pure essential oils are inhalation and application through the skin.
Certain essential oils, for example, offer different psychological effects:
Citrus, ylang ylang, geranium, jasmine, orange, sandalwood, lemon, lemon verbena, mandarin, and many more
basil, peppermint, rosemary (rosemary shows a positive effect in Alzheimer’s) as well as other essential oils
neroli, petigrain, cedarwood, chamomile, melissa, valerian, just to name a few
Studies dating from the 1920s report the following benefits of selected essential oils:
relaxing, circulation, meditative along with hundreds of other attributes
Strengthening, stabilizing and much more
anorexia, relieving hopelessness, just to name two
fatigue, general nerve tonic, anti-depressant, soporific, confusion, melancholy, mental clarity and concentration, reduces anxiety. (careful use prevents over-stimulation), along with many other things
anti-hysteric, sedative, hypotensive, and more
sedative for anxiety and antidepressant, stimulates appetite, and alot more
calming, hyperactivity, good for use with children, as well as a list of other attributes
sedative and nervine for insomnia, paranoia, panic, and hysteria, along with pms, and much more
anxiety, confusion, cellulite, and many more properties
grounding increases dream activity, heals quickly, this oils has tons of properties for healing and more
apathy, paranoia, confusion, anxiety, nervous trembling and paralysis, diuretic, allergies, etc.
grief, insomnia, alert, and much more
grounding, meditative and so much more
To be truly effective, essential oils must be absolutely pure. Synthetic or adulterated oils, although less expensive, will not give you the effects you desire and may even have adverse effects. To in sure quality, you may want to choose only oils that are guaranteed to be organic or ethically wild crafted, properly distilled or extracted, originating from a reliable source and priced accordingly. It is essential that the oils are species specific.
Caution: certain essential oils are not recommend for use during pregnancy, and may be skin irritants if not properly administered.
8 -10 drops.
10-20 drops in 1 ounce of oil.
2-5 drops on a tissue or cotton ball.
use pure oils only.
15-20 drops in 1 ounce of lotion.
4 ounces of distilled water with 40-60 drops of pure essential oil, shake before using
Note: glass or PET bottles are essential oil safe.
Two blends that have worked well are as follows:
This blend will relax the nervous system, ease tension, and bring emotional equilibrium.
· 10 drops Lavender
· 10 drops Petitgrain
· 4 drops Roman Chamomile
This blend will profoundly relax the individual, induce sleep, and bring calm to an active mind that is preventing the correct emotional balance and total relaxation.
· 10 drops Lavender
· 10 drops Basil
· 3 drops Neroli
The precious oils of plants enable us to use the art of aromatherapy to enhance well being and open a new door to healing the spirit.
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Spring with all it’s glory is in full swing for sure, there’s no better way for me to revel in all of it’s magnificent beauty than to lace up my tennis shoes and enjoy a morning walk. Not only does it do my mind, body and spirit wonders; it really puts a smile on my face and gives me an extra boost that seems to last the rest of the day…
If you’re like me, as much as I enjoy being outside during spring, the pollen can really do a number on my sinuses, and I get terrible headaches, runny eyes, and a stuffy nose that runs from morning till night. These natural remedies really do help.
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that is said to help stabilize mast cells to keep them from releasing histamine. It is also a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. It is best used as a long term remedy and many people start taking it about 4-6 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms.As with any herb, you should check with your doctor before using, especially if you have a liver problem, are pregnant, or are on hormonal contraceptives.
German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, High Altitude Lavender, Blue Tansy, Melissa-Lemon Balm, Ravensara, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Spikenard, Frankincense, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Fir, Niaouli, Pine-Long Leaf, Pine Scotch, Spruce, Douglas Fir, Vetiver, and Wild Black Spruce.
The following essential oils can be used for relief of allergies :
Blue tansy,(Tanacetum annum True Moroccan blue Chamomile) – 25
all Chamomiles,(Roman-15, German-5, and Moroccan-5 – Ormensis multicaulis)
Melissa / lemon balm,-20
Lavender, High Altitude-60
Pine-Long Leaf, – 20 drops
Pine Scotch, – 20 drops
Spruce – 30 drops
Wild Black Spruce- 12 drops
To make your own allergy relief blend, gather essential oils listed above and a pipette for each (unless they have orifice reducers), and a one ounce dark glass sterilized bottle. This blend may be added to a diffuser, a spray, an inhaler, or even a few drops on a handkerchief carried around with you. If you want to add this to the allergen home spray recipe, for a 16 oz bottle (as recipes lists above) use no more than ¼ oz (7.5 ml), and ideally ⅛ oz (a dram, or 3.75 ml).
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Living with allergies is no fun, and can be completely miserable for those who suffer with them. Even the simple act of getting out of bed may be too much for those who have a terrible case of allergies.
And with all the over-the-counter medicines, you never really know what you are putting into your body. Some of the chemicals used may be just as bad as the allergies they are suffering with, and may even worsen some of the symptoms, and almost as bad, mask the problems so they are never really rid of the root causes completely. This is just another reason people are turning to natural remedies.
An Allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system, or an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful.
So, building up your immune system is the best way to deal with the root of your allergies.
Finding the root cause of the allergy is your biggest asset and will eventually help lead you to dealing with the problem once and for all.
Start by giving your immune system a big step up by getting some sunshine, and enough sleep, eat lots of veges, fruits, nuts and seeds, garlic, mushrooms…—>A study in older adults showed that boosting fruit and vegetable intake improved antibody response to the Pneumovax vaccine, which protects against Streptococcus pneumonia.
Natural Immune Boosting Tips:
Consider probiotics.Studies indicate supplements reduce the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Fermented milk products have also been shown to reduce respiratory infections in adults and kids.
Catch some rays. Sunlight triggers the skin’s production of vitamin D. In the summer, a 10-15 minute exposure (minus sunscreen) is enough. However, above 42 degrees latitude (Boston) from November through February, sunlight is too feeble and few foods contain this vitamin. Low vitamin D levels correlate with a greater risk of respiratory infection. A 2010 study in kids showed that 1200 IU a day of supplemental vitamin D reduced the risk of influenza A. However, a 2012 study that involved supplementing adults with colon cancer with 1000 IU a day failed to demonstrate protection against upper respiratory infections.
Go for the garlic.Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and immune booster. Because heat deactivates a key active ingredient, add it to foods just before serving.
Eat medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake (sometimes sold as “hen of the woods”). A recent study showed that a concentrated extract of shiitake enhanced immune function in women with breast cancer.
Essential oils are one great way to give a boost to your immune system.
Essential oils used properly can also help those suffering from allergies get some relief, and for some, even help rid them of the allergy entirely.
Before attempting to make ANY of these recipes or use essential oils, please do your homework.
Essential oil safety should be first on your list, especially when first starting out on your aromatherapy journey.
Treat essential oils with the same care that you treat medicines. You don’t need to be afraid or avoid essential oils and I’m certainly not trying to scare anyone out of enjoying all the benefits that aromatherapy offers. They can be an amazing blessing within a holistic lifestyle. Do remember, however, that when working with essential oils, less is more.
Dilute your essential oils prior to use on the skin and avoid the oils that are more likely to cause irritation and sensitization. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test. You can learn how to do a skin patch test by reading AromaWeb’s Aromatherapy Safety article.
which is basically, washing soda, salt, and bleach diluted heavily with water!
Washing soda is a highly alkaline chemical compound that can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry. It also has numerous uses around the house, and it is used in a range of industrial applications as well. Washing soda should not be confused with washing powder, which is a powdered soap used as a detergent; it is also not the same thing as baking soda, although the two compounds are closely related.- read more here
It would be simple to make your own large bottle of this home allergen spray, which would save you scads of money.
Here’s how you would make your own—In a 16 oz spray bottle (from the dollar store) you would use mostly purified water (bottle filled almost to the top with hot purified water to dissolve the rest of the ingredients) add a little washing soda (about a TBL.) and salt (about a TBL), and a tiny bit of bleach (about a tsp.), shake well and walla! Homemade allergen spray!
Though, this does not include any essential oils for extra benefits. Which would be where you’d just add about 1/8 oz, or about a dram of E.O.s to it and shake it up! That’s it! Try using my Allergy Relief Blend.
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These nasty little – painful lesions – are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. There may be pain or tingling one to two days before the cold sores appear. Cold sores generally clear in seven to ten days. They’re sometimes confused with canker sores, which are not contagious but produce small, painful ulcers in the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue and the walls of the mouth.
Many essential oils can help with viral infections but need to be in your system soon after you are exposed. Those that suffer from cold sores know there can be many things that ‘trigger’ an outbreak. Stress, whether it be from emotional or physical – being run down so a cold or flu can take hold can easily bring on a cold sore.
Prevention is best done by controlling your exposure to stress and of course others with colds and flus. But once your ‘cold sore’ has attacked, you may get relief by applying a drop of Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has antiviral properties. In a research study conducted in hospitals and dermatology clinics in Germany, lemon balm cream promoted the healing of blisters in five days compared to 10 days in the control group. Used on regularly, lemon balm cream may decrease the frequency of recurrences.
Also Tea tree (one drop neat) on the blisters several times throughout the day. Tea Tree can be applied ‘neatly’ which means undiluted. Lavender may also be applied neatly. Roman chamomile, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Peppermint and Geranium may also stop the blistering in it’s tracks. To apply these other oils first mix them with a small amount of vodka. The best ratio is up to 6 drops in 5 ml of vodka. Mix well and dab on the blister using a cotton-tip applicator.
A study by the University of Heidelberg found that peppermint essential oil was found to penetrate the skin and have a direct virucidal effect againt the herpes simplex virus. Peppermint oil was also found to be active against an acyclovir-resistant strain of the herpes simpex virus. Although it’s promising, peppermint oil shouldn’t be used until studies have established its safety. Peppermint oil is absorbed through the skin so even small amounts could be toxic. Peppermint oil should never be ingested unless it is therapeutic grade.
Remember everyone’s immune system is different and with Aromatherapy we can try different essential oils – what works for one person may not work for the next. Usually you can find one that works best for you. Keep a journal of what you try at each outbreak. Recording things like how much, how applied and what oil(s) were used. Soon you will know what works best for you!
If the blisters open up, mixing any of the above essential oils with a small amount of Sweet Almond oil will help to keep the skin moist and less likely to crack. All essential oils have healing properties and will help your body to heal itself.
Best prevention for cold sores is to keep stress as low as possible, eat good foods and not processed and fast foods, avoid sugar and chemical sweeteners, and don’t get sunburned. This may exacerbate issue.
here are other natural remedies and natural cures for cold sores:
Lysine is an essential amino acid, meaning that we must get it through food or supplements because the body can’t make it on its own. It’s used to make protein, which we need to produce infection-fighting antibodies, enzymes, hormones, and body tissues. Lysine has been found to inhibit the spread of the herpes simplex virus.
Although we get lysine through food sources such as red meat, milk, eggs, cheese, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and fish, what appears to be most important is the ratio of lysine to another amino acid, arginine. They compete with each other for absorption in the intestines, so the less arginine there is in the diet, the more lysine is absorbed. Foods that are rich in arginine include chocolate, peanuts, and almonds.
In addition to these temporary dietary changes:
Lysine supplements (e.g. 1,000 mg taken three times a day) may help to shorten the duration of cold sores.
Lysine ointment – a pilot study by the Southern California University looked at the effectiveness of a lysine-containing ointment in 30 people. Researchers found that the ointment produced full resolution in 40% of participants by the third day and in 87 percent by the end of the sixth day. No adverse effects were reported.
Reishi and Astragalus
Reishi, also called Ganoderma lucidum is a type of mushroom that has a long history of use in traditional Asian medicine to strengthen the immune system.
Preliminary evidence shows that reishi may inhibit the spread of the herpes virus. A typical dose is 600 milligrams once or twice a day.
Reishi is available in powder or supplement form. Reishi can delay blood clotting, so consult your doctor before taking reishi if you are taking aspirin, warfarin (coumadin), or any other medications or supplements that interfere with clotting.
In traditional Chinese medicine, reishi is often used in conjunction with a herb called astragalus. Astragalus has been found to improve immune function in people with herpes simplex keratitis.
Resveratrol, a compound found naturally in red grapes, has been shown to be active against the herpes simplex virus in laboratory studies.
A study by the Northeastern Ohio University demonstrated that resveratrol cream applied topically two, three, or five times a day effectively suppressed cold sore development if it was applied one or 6 hours after infection with the herpes virus.
Resveratrol cream was also found to be as effective as 5% acyclovir ointment (Zovirax). Resveratrol cream also effectively suppressed cold sore formation in animals with herpes simplex infection that was resistant to acyclovir. No side effects were reported.
Propolis, also called bee propolis, is a brownish, resinous substance. Bees collect it from poplar and conifer buds and use it “cement” their hives and keep them germ-free. It is sold in health food stores.
A study found that propolis was active against herpes simplex 1 virus. It is believed to work by preventing the virus from entering body cells and by blocking the replication and spread of the virus. For more information about propolis, read the Propolis Fact Sheet.
The herb self-heal, also known as Prunella vulgaris is a perennial plant commonly found in China and Europe.
Extracts of this herb have been found to be effective against both herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses. It is also believed to work against acyclovir-resistant strains of the herpes virus.
Echinacea – A study by the University of Ottawa found that echinacea is active against herpes simplex type 1.
Black currant – An extract of black currant, also known as Ribes nigrum or Kurokarin in Japan, was found to fight the herpes virus in laboratory studies.
Rhubarb and sage cream – A German study examined rhubarb-sage cream compared to sage cream and Zovirax in 149 people with oral herpes cold sores. The combined topical sage-rhubarb preparation proved to be as effective as topical aciclovir cream and tended to be more active than the sage cream.
Undaria pinnatifida – known as wakame in Japan, undaria is a type of seaweed that has been found to improve the healing time and reactivation of herpes infections.
People with tuberculosis, leukemia, diabetes, connective tissue disorders, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS, any autoimmune diseases, organ transplant, or possibly, liver disorders should not take herbs or supplements that improve immune function (such as reishi and astragalus) without consulting their doctor first. Taking immune-boosting supplements may reduce the effectiveness of medications that suppress the immune system.
Big thanks to Cathy Wong, ND
About.com Alternative Medicine for helpful information.
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I’ve been trying to spread the word about the multitude of uses for essential oils over the past 15 years and most of what I’ve heard from the medical community is…
There’s no way an essential oil could work as well as an antibiotic or common western medicine. Well, the scientists that have been conducting tests with all natural essential oils have been proving them wrong.
Essential oils DO work, for a multitude of ailments and only now are being accepted as a “maybe” for a viable replacement.
The widespread use of antibiotics has contributed to the development of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Now we’ve got bacteria that can not be killed by the typical antibiotic and the western medical world is having to look for alternatives.
Bacteria that are resistant to penicillins, vancomycin, and other antibiotics can cause life-threatening wound infections, primarily in hospitalized patients. There is a critical need to develop new antibiotics with new mechanisms of action.
Tea tree oil and manuka oil are natural substances that appear to be good candidates for the development of new antimicrobial products.
This article provides a thorough review of the evidence for a role of these oils in inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
However, the experimental conditions and the mode of administration of the oils are not always described. It is not clear how much of the evidence is based on test tube studies and how much is based on topical application of the oils in animal or human subjects.
Review of Tea Tree Oil and Manuka Oil
-Reichling J, Weseler A, Landvatter U, Saller R.
Bioactive essential oils used in phytomedicine as anti-infective agents: Australian tea tree oil and manuka oil. Acta Phytotherapeuitca. 2002;1:26-32.
Australian tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree that grows in the subtropical coastal regions of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.
New Zealand tea tree oil, better known as manuka oil, is made from the leaves and young branches of the manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium).
Both Manuka and Tea Tree oils are known to have antimicrobial properties and are used in a variety of products applied to the skin.
Australian tea tree oil is widely used in skin creams, body lotions, shampoos, and oral hygiene products. It is also used medicinally to treat skin ulcers and infections.
Manuka oil is used in a skin cream to treat sores on the feet. The purpose of this article was to review the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects of these oils for human and veterinary use.
The essential oils from the Australian tea tree and New Zealand manuka tree contain different compounds and display different antimicrobial activities.
Tea tree oil contains primarily monoterpenes, with terpinen-4-ol as the main component. Tea tree oil contains only small amounts of sesquiterpenes.In contrast, the dominant components of manuka oil are sesquiterpenes. Manuka oil contains only traces of terpinen-4-ol.
Tea tree oil shows activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. These include the human pathogens;
Escherichia coli and various Streptococcus and Staphylococcus species. Tea tree oil inhibits the growth of the fungus Candida albicans, the culprit in common yeast infections, and other fungi that cause athlete’s foot infections.
It also inhibits the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium implicated in acne. A clinical study found that a gel containing 5% tea tree oil was as effective as a 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion, the established treatment of acne vulgaris.
Tea tree oil may be useful against skin and ear infections in dogs and cats, because it inhibits the growth of the common fungus Malassezia pachydermatis (some caution is warranted when treating animals with tea tree and other essential oils as cases of toxicosis have been repeatedly reported by veterinarians when the oil was applied topically to dogs, cats, and birds. In most cases, the oil was used to treat dermatological conditions at inappropriate high doses.
The typical symptoms of toxicosis observed were depression weakness, uncoordination, and muscle tremors. In the majority of cases, treatment of clinical signs and supportive care have been sufficient to achieve recovery free from pathological conditions within several days.1
Manuka oil has antimicrobial activity against a more limited range of organisms than tea tree oil. It is largely ineffectively against Gram-negative bacteria. However, the investigated Gram-positive bacteria were susceptible to manuka oil at lower concentrations than tea tree oil. A â-triketones-enriched manuka oil inhibited the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium implicated in stomach ulcers, more effectively than tea tree oil.
—Heather S. Oliff, Ph.D.
1Refer Villar D. et al., “Toxicity of melaleuca oil and related essential oils applied topically on dogs and cats,” Vet Human Toxicol. 1994;36(2):139-142).
There are numerous tests being done everyday to further enhance the reputation of the natural healing qualities of essential oils to prove once and for all that they really do work, and could benefit us in so many ways.
The natural world is full of wonderful healing medicine……