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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:
Apple Cider Vinegar
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.
1. She went to the grocery store and bought Apple Cider Vinegar, Activia yogurt, Aloe Vera liquid, Crisco shortening, and Dove unscented soap. (I bought the unscented body wash)
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!
- goodbye shampoo?! (tendingthegarden.wordpress.com)
- Allergies (biosil.wordpress.com)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (biosil.wordpress.com)
- Did You Know? (thelifestylechanger.wordpress.com)
- 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)
- Apple Cider Vinegar, your hair, ..Oh My (mybeautymedia.wordpress.com)