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Skin Oil

My skin oil is becoming a thing on its own, though I’ve mentioned it in my skincare and bites-and-stings posts.

This, though, is the thorough low-down on my combo.

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I purchase both ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs:
Organic Hazelnut Oil
Helichrysum Essential Oil

Recipe

My base recipe is one ounce bottles [that’s about 30 mL] with 20-25 drops [that’s around 1 mL] of helichrysum and the remainder organic hazelnut oil.  Here are some other breakdowns of that recipe:

4 oz. bottle of hazelnut oil + 4 mL of helichrysum essential oil [if you wanted to make a large batch and then dole it out from there]

5 mL roller bottle starts with 6 drops of helichrysum then top it off with hazelnut oil

10 mL roller bottle starts with 7-8 drops of helichrysum then filled with hazelnut oil

Bottles

SkinOilSetBagI originally made this recipe for my skincare regimen–it’s amazing at reducing blemishes and creating more radiant skin.  So, I always make the one-ounce bottles for the bathroom.  I have used both spritzer and pump styles, though always amber glass, and I typically get mine from Specialty Bottle.

Once I realized the usefulness of the oil, though, I began carrying it with me in a small amber glass roller bottle with stainless steel roller which I bought via Amazon Smile [I support Homeopaths without Borders with my purchases; who do you support?], though I see that Specialty Bottle is now carrying clear glass rollers with plastic rollers.  You can get them in lots of different sizes and other colors via Amazon, too.

Uses

I use it on just about any surface ailment, and almost always with at least some benefit.  The most profound benefits have been on blemishes, spider bite, mild scratches, and other people report benefits from other skin ailments too–especially the mysterious ones!

DISCLAIMER:  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
  • Pamela Lialias has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information on this blog site, but absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Always check with your health care provider.
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Staph Infections

Homeopathic Staphysagria often is used to treat Staph Infections [as are other remedies].

We have used it twice in my home–once for my dog’s stye and once for an itchy affection on my ankle diagnosed as a Staph infection.  At the time of my dog’s stye, the vet simply recommended a protocol of a few weekly doses of Staphysagria 200c.  It did clear the stye up in due time.

For mine, my naturopath recommended Staphysagria 1M as well as topically applied honey.  I did take the few doses of Staphysagria 1M because I felt that the underlying emotional issues [a type of grieving] were present and needed resolving.  It did help.

Dilute a few pillules in unto 8 oz. of water.
Dissolve a dose in 1 oz. of water.

However, for more immediate relief, what helped most was dissolving Staphysagria 200c in water and swabbing the area with it.  I think I had to do two such swabs, maybe 4-6 days apart to get complete resolution, but I did get immediate relief upon even the first application.

Topical use of homeopathic remedies in 200c, dissolved in water, seems to be something unique to me, but it is incredibly successful for everything for which I’ve used it or recommended it.  And, better yet, in our quick-results world, it seems to yield results within 10-15 minutes [except for issues like acne, where results are significant and visible the next morning but require repeat use for complete resolution].

You can get Staphysagria 200c from local stores sometimes, like Pharmaca and sometimes a healthfood store, or you can order it online:

United States:

Hahnemann Labs

Washington Homeopathic Products carries it in pills or in alcohol-preserved liquid.

Europe:

Helios [London] carries it in pills or liquid.

Remedia [Austria] also carries it in pills or liquid — look for C200.

As a reminder, to dissolve pillules in water for topical application, just put one dose in an ounce of purified water and dissolve.

Also, FYI — According to the Mayo Clinic, staph infections typically are mild and simply irritating but can be incredibly dangerous, getting deep into the body.  So take them seriously!

DISCLAIMER:  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
  • Pamela Lialias has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information on this blog site, but absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Always check with your health care provider.
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Topical Homeopathic Treatment

For issues occurring on or near the surface of your body, topical homeopathic treatment can be phenomenal.  They will only work for purely physical issues, though.  If you have an emotional cause for your ailment, a topical won’t help.

That said, I’ve seen topicals helpful for a whole range of issues from bumps to nerve repair, hives, eczema, and more.  I even keep a few already prepared and ready to use.

When you are on a homeopathic constitutional, except if you are exceptionally sensitive, a topical homeopathic can be a great way to get the relief homeopathy provides without the possibility of interfering with the benefits of your constitutional remedy.

For self-care, here are a few decent rules-of-thumb:

Homeopathic remedies made from herbal and medicinal plants that are used for topical benefit are likely to be helpful in topical treatment homeopathically, too.  These include remedies like Arnica [muscles, soft tissue], Calendula [fights infection], Hypericum [heals nerves].

Dilute a few pillules in unto 8 oz. of water.
Dilute a few pillules in unto 8 oz. of water.

Use potencies from the X’s on up to 30c and 200c.

Simply dilute it in water.  If you have a sugar pill form of the remedy, just dilute it in [purified, if possible] water and apply it topically.  If it is an open wound, and you want to make sure that there is no sugar in the water, you could dilute it one time, dump it, then refill with purified water again and use that to apply topically.

If you have used a cream at the store that is helpful, but you do not have it with you or it is not helping deeply enough or long enough, you could try this:

Looking at the active ingredients on the back of the tube/box/spray, locate the remedy[ies] that seem to have the action you most need.  Make note of the potency and the name of the remedy.

If it works well for you but you cannot take a tube/spray with you etc., try to find the remedy in the closest potency and use that to make your topical.  If you’re really in a pinch, simply ask your Guardian Angel to give you an energetic topical dose of it!

If the topical you normally use works only a little bit [either not well enough or not long enough], try increasing the potency in the topical that you prepare yourself.

DISCLAIMER:  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
  • Pamela Lialias has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information on this blog site, but absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Always check with your health care provider.
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Skin Care for Sensitive Skin

Skin problems pose an extra difficulty for those of us with sensitive skin, because the more typical aggressive treatments just cause more problems!  So, what to do?

My Skin Regimen

The key, which took me years to accept, was to go as simple as possible.  Here is the skin regimen that I have found works best for me:

In the morning I generally only let water run over my face in the shower.  No cleanser or moisturizer, though I have a homeopathic gem essence spray for vibrance that I have been using and I do find that my skin is softer on the days when I use that.  The exception is  if I’ve gotten sweaty and oily overnight [such as can happen during the Summer], in which case I use cleanser, then my homeopathic spray, and finally hazelnut oil.

I do wear sunscreen if I’ll be in the sun.  [The best sunscreen I have found for sensitive skin is a daily moisturizer with SPF 15 by La Roche – Posay.  La Roche Posay also makes some ultra-light sunscreens in higher SPF–I think I read that their Anthelios SX Mexoryl sunscreen was best of sensitive skin.]

Before bed, I cleanse, spray my homeopathic vibrance spray, and moisturize.

Details

The homeopathic gem essence spray is one that I make myself.  [If you are a client of mine and are interested in the spray, let me know …]

Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser — made with all natural ingredients and a truly non-irritating exfoliating ingredient, I am finally able to exfoliate my face without getting it angry!  I have learned, though, that even with the Tata Harper, I must be gentle with my skin — not too much cleanser, and gently swirling, gliding it around on my skin, no rubbing or scrubbing.  It is expensive, but it substitutes for a whole lot of products for me, and I only use a dime-sized amount each day so it lasts for several months.  I have not been able to figure out a DIY substitute, so I indulge in this for my face–it actually saves money over repeatedly trying products that didn’t work, too.  Hear hear!

I currently make myself a moisturizer by combining 2 oils–rose hip oil and hazelnut oils, 1:1.  Hazelnut oil has astringent qualities, and rose hip oil is known for hydrating and repairing while both absorb quickly into the skin.  They make a nice combination of fatty acids, too:  Hazelnut oil is high in oleic acid and rose hip oil is high in linoleic and linolenic acids.

I have found that only Aura Cacia rose hip oil works for my skin, and I am not sure why … I use Mountain Rose Herbs hazelnut oil in combination with the rose hip oil.  If your skin is a little drier, you might be able to use just the rose hip oil [or maybe just in Winter], and if your face is a little oilier, you might opt for just the Hazelnut Oil [or perhaps only in Summer].  In the Pacific Northwest’s rather moderate climate, I’ve ended up using the 50-50 rose hip-hazelnut year ’round.

The pump that comes with the Aura Cacia oils dispenses only a small amount, which also is brilliant–I use 1-1.5 pumps for my neck and face [including upper and lower eyelids].  I rub the oil between my clean hands, gently apply it to my neck [the driest part], then cheeks [next driest], and finally I pat it onto my eyes then forehead and temples.  My forehead and temples barely get any oil–those are my biggest trouble spots.

I am more generous with my décolletage and my back shoulders.

Additional Considerations

I should add that a lot of natural moisturizers and natural moisturizer recipes include a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, or sunflower oil.  I have found that all of these carrier oils cause problems for my skin.  I can only use the pure rose hip and hazelnut oils because of their unique qualities.

I also use only natural make-up, and I use it sparingly, as though it is concealer [under eyes, little spots].

I also use only white washcloths, and I use a fresh one each night; the washcloths get washed in natural free & clear detergent with hot water and no fabric softener or dryer sheets.  I also have to avoid touching my face for long periods [e.g., resting my head on the palms of my hands].  I used to freak-out about consequences to my skin if my husband held my face, rubbed his face on mine, etc.  Although it still might cause a break-out, I’ve decided it’s worth it!

As you likely know already, skin also needs plenty of clean water, healthy foods and fats, rest, and so on.  Skin shows your stress too — it is one place we might manifest ailments that we have ignored on the emotional, mental, or spiritual level.  Constitutional homeopathy can help with a myriad of skin issues [more on those in future blog posts], because it addresses body-mind-spirit.