One of My Favorite Body Parts

The skin……I’m partial to it, believe in it, and am mighty glad we have it.

As our largest organ, the skin is protected by a natural acid mantle and is our first line of defense against invaders like bacteria.  Working to keep the skin healthy is an admirable goal and when skin problems occur, diagnosis is the first step.  Then finding the correct remedy.  Two products I keep on hand for the ‘what ifs, the mishaps, and the ‘this is pretty bad, I’m really in a pickle now’ situations are –

  1. Propolis extract – made by bees from saps, buds of conifers, and trees.  This resin is rich in bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and has anti-microbial properties (fighting bacteria, fungus, and viruses).  Bees combine it with beeswax to cover their hives, protecting them from contamination.  Propolis is also used as an immune system enhancer, wound healer, and inflammation fighter.  Many brands are good to use topically, though I like the ultra strength ones that are thick and adhere to the skin. Topical uses include any bacteria, fungus, or virus eruptions, and most insect bites.  I’ve used it on minor cuts.  Do Not put on burns.  CAUTION – bee products may cause an allergic reaction in some people.  Please don’t give or use on children and consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before using this product.
  2. Oregano oil – this is my Mercedes of skin infection fighters. I have a favorite – North American Herb & Spice, Oreganol liquid.  It’s a powerful antiseptic, used to treat bacterial, viral, and fungal skin problems, along with psoriasis, and minor cuts and insect bites.  This may be the Strongest natural product to apply to any problem topically.  I’ve heard success stories from people treating toenail fungus, ringworm, and herpes (if not in a very sensitive location).  If your skin is sensitive and you apply this and feel a burn, either wash off or add aloe gel on top of the oregano oil.  Caution – avoid contact with the eyes, and do not use on mucous membranes.  Don’t use on children and if pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using.

THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT.  ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TAKING OR USING TOPICALLY ANY NEW PRODUCTS.  IF YOU’RE PREGNANT OR NURSING, ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE ADDING ANY NATURAL REMEDIES.

8 thoughts on “One of My Favorite Body Parts

  1. We used to swallow a small amount of oil of oregano to try to short-circuit an oncoming cold. It tasted absolutely hideous so we thought maybe it worked. Any thoughts, Barbara?

    • Oil of oregano is very popular taken internally or used topically. And, I believe you hit the nail on the head when you said ‘used a small amount’. I’m very sensitive to my body and when I took it for a while internally, I felt it might ‘stress’ my kidneys if I continued, so I only use it now internally at rare times when facing the flu, or maybe if I had bad infection, and I’ve been fortunate that way. When I take it internally, I put a drop in an empty capsule, because, like you said, it’s a close-to-revolting taste. I will use it topically the moment I cut myself to stop an infection…It’s always good to hear from you…missed you at the library. B. p.s. when I’m talking about taking oil of oregano internally, it’s always the herbal oregano and oil in a bottle and NEVER THE ESSENTIAL OIL.

  2. Thanks Barbara! I love my skin! As I get older (and older, and older) I find that it needs a bit more attention. I appreciate the advice.

    • Hey Mark, I’m glad you like the post. And, I think you’ve got great skin, so you’ve been either good to it or blessed with magic genes. Thanks for reading, and let me know how your vegan diet is coming sometime. B.

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