Friday, August 22, 2008

Shock & Awe!!!!

Of all things my hubby posted about my poison ivy on his site  Go figure.  He sometimes finds me humorous (and I don't even try and don't even mean to be humorous!) and wanted to share my antics with his readers.  Glad I could provide him with some material. :)

Some of you know that I've been battling this nasty rash.  After a horrible experience with prescribed prednisone I took matters into my own hands.  I put on my armor and prepared for war!  Yeah!  I did my research, armed myself with all kinds of remedies and went to battle.  Shock and awe baby... shock and awe!  ;)

Seriously though I do want to share some sites I found and information that has been very helpful.  I have decided, though, that for the most part poison ivy has to run it's course.  It's a matter of finding the right remedy to ease the discomfort.

I've tried lots of stuff.  You should see my kitchen table, but I've narrowed it down to a few favorites.

1.  Witch Hazel w/ Rescue Remedy Flower Essence: This has been a life safer!!  I found a small spray bottle, filled it with the witch hazel and added about 8 drops of Rescue Remedy.  Love that.  It's cooling and calming.

2.  Vitamin C:  I bought C-Plus Citrus Bioflavonoid Caps by Twinlab taking 1,000mg by the hour if necessary.  This really helps take the edge off.  I can tell when it's time to take another dose because the itch intensifies.  FYI - when you're body has had enough Vit. C you'll get diarrhea.  If that happens just back off a bit.  

3.  Aveeno Bath Treatment:  This is an oatmeal bath that I found to be ok.  It did feel pretty nice and made my skin very soft.  

4.  Hot Oatmeal Packs:  Ok so I'm still trying to perfect this (as I'm not out of the woods yet).  This really feels good but it's messy.  Basically make oatmeal and smear it on.  Wrap it with plastic wrap or even gauze.  I don't like to let it dry because removing the dried oatmeal flares the itch up.  Leave it on about 20-30 minutes.  When rinsing it off I like to leave some of the starchy residue.  It feels silky and is very calming. 

5.  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique):  I've been working with this especially this morning and seem to be getting quite a bit of relief.  This will take some studying and/or a practitioner.

If I can say a word about the emotional root of poison ivy, the root emotion is fear that can be expressed through guardedness, caution, vulnerability, defenselessness and open for attack.  I have been going over what was going on in my life at the time I broke out with the rash and using EFT to release the emotions.  It certainly is helping - quite amazing!

Ok so these are my top 5 favorite remedies to date.  I've tried a lot of other things including your typical over the counter meds but so far nothing compares.  

If you have a favorite remedy please do share.  

My research included:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Discovering Wholeness by Cheryl Townsley
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay


Shay said...

Don’t you just Love Louise Hay and “You Can Heal Your Life”? I grew up with this book and it has changed my life. Even though I grew up with this book and the mindset it really didn’t hit me until college when I was having problems with my jaw. I looked it up and it said “anger and resentment towards someone” sure enough I did have anger towards an ex-boyfriend. I said the new thought pattern the rest of the day and the pain left my body.

It is so great to be able to connect with other like minded individuals.

I’m glad I came across your post.

All the Best!

Shay Wheat

Shileen said...

Thank you, Shay, for leaving a comment. Yes, it is nice to connect with like minded people. I often reference this book ... that and Discovering Wholeness. Gives me clues. I had some pretty dramatic results today using EFT on those emotional issues. Way cool.