Well, lucky lucky me, my siblings and I got cold sores from my mom as children when she gave us kisses, and even having that weakens our immune system, and psoriasis from my dad genetically, which weakens it even more. Luckily for most of us, our immune systems are strong and we managed to scrape through adolescence with only a few sore lips and some itchy patches on our legs and arms from the psoriasis time to time. However, as we got older, we started drinking. Alcohol weakens the immune system, which in turn, equals cold sores and eczema/psoriasis cropping up. And to add to the annoyance, many of us in my family also have food allergies. Some people in my family cannot eat certain foods. Others, like one of my brothers and I can eat them usually, but sometimes bad things happen. Some common reactions to wheat, egg, soy and milk allergies are yeast infections (which causes annoying white plaque to form in the mouth), acne and eczema.
So basically they're all related! Now, the cure? Well, for starters, we can all stop eating soy, wheat, milk, and eggs, but since they are in almost everything, that's difficult. And I do love my Irish cream, and my coffee....
Stuck with this revelation, I decided to do some research from my extensive library. As I was reading the same herbs kept appearing in remedies for many of the conditions. These herbs were, tea tree, lavender, olive (oil or leaf), clove, turmeric, cayenne and rosemary.Tea tree, lavender, and rosemary are antibacterial and tea tree is great for fighting against viruses. Olive is known for it's antiviral properties and has been used to treat eczema and also cold sores. Cloves are great antibacterial agents and also supposedy good for numbing pain. Turmeric, is good for something but I forget :-) and cayenne contains capsicum which is great for fighting against viral diseases I'm not exactly sure what it does, my books says but I forgot.
So, I made three different treatments. Treatment #1 is a herbal mouthwash. I've never made one before, so this was my original recipe inspired by a recipe from an old sailor I met who used brandy with cloves and mint steeped in it. I have the feeling that he drank it as often as he gargled, but that's against the point.
1/2 pint water
1/2 pint alcohol, I used super cheap vodka since it isn't drinkable but not extremely poisonous and the only readily available alcohol I have.
10 drops tea tree essential oil (do not ingest this, swish and spit only!)
10 drops of cinnamon essential oil
15 drops of clove essential oil
10 drops of mint (I used wintergreen)
Basically put them all in a bottle and shook it. Upon using it for the first time though, a few things were wrong.
#1 It really doesn't taste that nice. Solution add 1 tbsp honey, which is antibiotic anyways and makes it sweet.
#2 The clove and cinnamon is a little spicy Solution 5 drops of cinnamon and 10 of clove and add 15 drops of mint. Result? Semi-spicy minty fresh mouthwash. If you want it to be more alcoholic to try and kill more yuckies, make it 1/4 pint water and 3/4 pints vodka. Simple! If you want to drink it, remove the tea tree oil, but I doubt it would taste very nice.....
|I decided to actually use those gorgeous cobalt bottes I had|
The final thing I made was an antiviral/antibacterial oil to put on the dry skin patches.
For this, I used 1/3 of a cup of olive oil, 10 drops rosemary essential ol, 10 drops of tea tree, 3 drops of clove essential oil and 10 drops of lavender.
I've been using this on my foot where there is a small dry patch and within 2 days it has gotten smaller, less dry, and happily less itchy. So, overall, I say I've got success!!! Further use will show if it's my remedies or just time that's clearing them up...