Over the last month I’ve been on a fitness program with a little help from a website and app called myfitnesspal.com. I’ve been keeping track of every food and drink item consumed and limited to a certain amount of calories per day. This has been great discipline for me – I never kept track before. It was a revelation to learn just how many calories are in certain foods (and drinks) that I love.
So the good news is this: After a month of concentrated effort – I’ve actually lost 8 pounds – and expect to lose about 15 total before going on our cruise to Alaska next month. Yay!
Here’s the bad news: Changes in eating habits can bring changes in your body balance and hormone levels – bringing allergic reactions to your skin. I have started developing eczema on my arms. I’ve always had a little of this on my head (a lovely present inherited from my Dad) but never on any other area of my body. Oh I tried hydrocordisone cream and ointment – neither had any lasting effect. Thinking it might be brought on my too much sun – or by a bug bite – I took Benadryl. Nothing worked.
So I googled it. And I kept coming up with the same answer. Eczema is an internal problem and it needs to be fixed from within. Creams and lotions can only do so much. I also found other people who had suffered with this for years – and learned what they have done to cure it. The common denominator in my findings was this:
There are healing properties in the fermentation process that will actually dry up and heal eczema – among other things that vinegar will do. I found a 22-year-old female in the entertainment business (okay, she’s a stripper) and she said, “I can’t afford to have eczema on my elbows for my job”. So she did months of research and came up with a “cure” for her problem.
Here’s what she did – I’m not making this up.
2. She went home and poured the vinegar into a bowl and soaked her elbows for 10 minutes – let them air dry – then put the Crisco on top. She ate 2 yogurts and drank some aloe vera liquid. Before bed she repeated. By morning her rash was faded – and she repeated the process for 2 more days until rash was gone.
I thought – Wow – could this really work? I googled some more and found out that other people have discovered the same thing about ACV – even bathe their children suffering from eczema in a bath with vinegar. Some suggested putting a 50/50 solution of it in a spray bottle and simply spraying in on the affected areas and letting air dry.
Because this is a problem that is internal – it was also suggested that you drink some of the vinegar every day.
So – like a trooper and “early adopter” that I am – I went to the store and picked up my items to begin my process of healing my red patches. I followed the steps above – instead of dipping elbows – mine was on my arms – I just simply used a cloth – and some cotton balls soaked with vinegar. It stung just a little – but it was okay – and soon the itching went away. I did this a couple of times and then followed up with the Crisco on top. I ate a yogurt – one in the afternoon and one before bed. Then I drank 1/4 cup of aloe vera. That stuff is nasty. Then I drank some APV. Yes I did. Straight up. About 2 Tablespoons. That stuff will take your breath away. Seriously. So I read that someone mixed it in their V-8 juice – and that made it better. It does.
I went to bed last night – all lathered up in Crisco – slept like a baby and woke up this morning with the patches VERY FADED. Yay! I am repeating the process today.
Greg says my night table looks like I’m ready to pickle something or bake a pie – he’s not sure which one 🙂 But I’m very happy about not having to get ANOTHER cream. And both vinegar and Crisco – do wonders for the skin 🙂 I rubbed my cracked heels with some Crisco and my cuticles – they were really soft this morning. Maybe those super models are on to something after all!
I say – go natural. Look it up – do your own research. If you suffer with eczema like me – you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that a little ACV, Activia yogurt, Aloe Vera liquid and Crisco might actually be a cure 🙂
Until I find something better – I’m sticking to drinking my ACV! Below are some related articles for many other uses and benefits for Apple Cider Vinegar. Check it out!
Here’s to you and to good health!
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- Aloe Vera as a Hair loss Treatment (hairaboutthis.wordpress.com)
- Aloe Vera Miracle! (aloehealing.wordpress.com)
- Aloe Vera and it’s Usefulness for Weight Loss! (inewsindia.com)
- 10 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (radiantskinsolutions.wordpress.com)
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