Flu Tea

It finally happened. I woke up this morning with a stuffy nose and slightly sore throat. I really don’t have time for a cold so I need to kick this thing to the curb fast! Here’s what I’m doing.

First thing, I grabbed my cold/flu bomb and rolled it on my throat and the bottoms of my feet. The cold/flu bomb is a combination of Shield, oregano, and melaleuca. I have extolled the virtues of Shield before when I used it on Sunshine’s throat last year. You can read that story again here. Oregano has amazing antibiotic properties and melaleuca is known to fight bacteria and viruses. Mix together and you have something powerful.

Once I got the cold/flu bomb on me, I went to the kitchen and started up my diffuser with Shield, White Fir (for cleaning the air), and Oregano. Then I put the kettle on to make flu tea.

Flu tea isn’t really tea. It’s hot water with 3 drops of Shield and a generous teaspoon of honey. But not just any honey. I use Manuka honey in this tea.

Honey has long been known to have antibacterial properties. But the source of the honey determines how much of an antibiotic it is. The antibacterial component in Manuka honey (found in New Zealand and Australia) is called methylglyoxal, or MG. The higher the concentration of MG, the more potent the antibacterial properties of the honey. Manuka honey has a rating scale of UMG for Unique Manuka Factor to measure the amount in the honey. Ideally, you want to 16+ to get the maximum benefits. Manuka honey is used most often in the treatment of wounds. You can read here how I treated Cookie’s infected skin.

While Manuka honey is by no means the sweet honey that we’re used to eating, I’ve come appreciate it’s sharp taste because I know the benefits that will come with it. I won’t eat it on toast but melted in a big mug of hot water, it’s actually quite good. And you can always add some “regular” raw honey to sweeten it up a bit.

If you don’t have Manuka honey on hand, some good local raw honey will be just fine, too.

If you’ve got a cold coming on, here’s the recipe for Flu Tea to make yourself.

1 cup hot water
1 tsp (generous) Manuka honey (or just raw honey if you don’t have Manuka)
2-3 drops Shield
1-2 drops SN’s Lemon Mix together until the honey is melted and enjoy. I usually drink 2-3 cups of this per day when I’m feeling sick.

Use coupon code plainjane for 10% off your Spark Naturals order. This week (November 10-16), Spark Naturals’ Cold/Flu Bomb Kit is on sale. With my coupon code, you’ll get it for 20% off the regular price. Can’t beat that deal!
(Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. I’m simply sharing what works for me.)

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Amazing Shield

On Saturday, Sunshine came crying to me that there were bumps on her uvula. I know, it’s weird that she knows uvula. Anyway, when I looked in her throat with the flashlight, sure enough her tonsils were swollen and had little white spots on them. As usual with probably every child on the planet, this came on late in the day on a weekend when the only options are to go to Urgent Care or wait till Monday. Given that I’d just had Sunshine in the ER a month or so ago and the experience was not good and the fact that she didn’t have an elevated temperature or anything, I decided to wait and see what I could do for her in the meantime.

When I was a kid and had a sore throat, the first thing my mom would do was to make up a little cup of honey and lemon juice. It always felt so good on my throat and tasted good too. (Confession time. There may have been a time or two when I just really wanted the honey/lemon concoction so I’d say that my throat hurt when it really didn’t. Sorry Mom!) So that’s the first thing I did for Sunshine. I knew of a few other things to try but since I know this kid pretty well, I knew there was NO WAY I would ever get her to drink a shot of apple cider vinegar or gargle anything. So I grabbed my Shield essential oil which I have in a roller bottle with some sweet almond oil and rolled it all over her neck, concentrating on her glands, and rolled it on the bottoms of her feet.

Then I went to the store and picked out a bunch of different juices and smoothies to have since it hurt to swallow, too.

This all started at about 4pm on Saturday. I rolled Shield on her then and at bedtime (around 7pm). I rolled it on her first thing in the morning and when I checked her throat around 9am, the white spots were gone from her tonsils and the swelling had gone down a bit. I rolled the oil on again two or three more times during the day and right before bed. When I checked her throat again about 6pm, her tonsils looked completely normal. She felt great and was eating everything in sight.

I am continuing to use the Shield on her neck and feet, just to make sure. But I am amazed, again, at how effective essential oils are at healing.

What is Shield?

ShieldIt’s a “protective” blend of clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary from Spark Naturals. It’s the equivalent of doTerra’s OnGuard or Thieves Oil (either a homemade blend like this one from The Prairie Homestead or Young Living’s). Believe it or not, there’s a legend behind this particular blend that goes back several hundred years to the time of the Black Death in Europe. As a side note, we happen to be studying that time period right now in our homeschool so Sunshine was actually excited to get to use Shield! The story goes that there was a band of thieves who would loot houses and steal from the graves of those who had died from the plague. The thieves never caught the plague. Now if you’ve read anything about this horrific disease, you know that it was extremely contagious and a very fast killer. One of out three Europeans died of the plague. When the thieves were finally caught, the officials only wanted to know how they had managed to escape the catching The Black Death. And this was the blend of herbs and oils that the thieves used.

Among other things, these individual oils are:
Clove – Anti-Infectious, Disinfectant, and Antiseptic
Cinnamon – Antibacterial and Antiseptic
Lemon – Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Microbial and Antiseptic
Eucalyptus – Antiseptic, Astringent and Vasoconstrictor
Rosemary – Analgesic and Anti-Stringent

I have begun to use Shield on everyone in the house now that we’re entering cold/flu season. I plan to put a few drops on our furnace filter as well!

You’ll want some Shield for your family this winter too. Head over to Spark Naturals to Shield or the individual oils to make your own. Also check out their Cold and Flu Bomb kit. I’m expecting mine to arrive today and I can’t wait! Don’t forget to useĀ plainjane as your promotional code to get 10% off your order.

Stiff Neck?

I just had to share another essential oil story. As you know if you read any of my previous posts, my two-year-old Cookie doesn’t sleep very well. For the last five nights, she’s been going to bed 1 – 1 1/2 hours earlier than normal. Night 1 was pretty good and I was encouraged. Nights 2 and 3 were not so great. Night 4 (night before last), she did pretty well but when she woke up at 5:30am, I knew she up for the day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite ready to be awake so I turned on Disney Jr., gave her a sippy cup and her bear and told her to let Mommy take a nap on the couch. She did and when I woke up my other two girls were up too. But I couldn’t move. I had a horribly stiff neck.

I heated my rice pack and wrapped it around my neck. I took Advil. I took hot showers. I had my husband massage my neck/shoulders. Nothing. My neck was stuck to right and I couldn’t really look up (fortunately everyone – except The Big Guy – is shorter than me here at home so I could still see what was going on).

After another rough night last night (mostly due to the literal pain in my neck), my neck was still stiff and painful. Of course I had tried various essential oils yesterday but nothing was working very effectively. So today I determined to research a little more. I found lots of references online to proprietary blends that I don’t own but as I was reading the ingredients in these blends a few oils kept popping up.

I decided to make my own blend just now and I can move my neck – and have no pain (just a little soreness) – for the first time in 24 hours!

Here’s what I did.

Stiff Neck Blend I put about 1 Tbsp of sweet almond oil into my small prep bowl.
5 drops Eucalyptus
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Wintergreen (I actually intended to do 2 drops but it got away from me)

Then I just started massaging it into my neck and shoulders as far as I could reach. I’m confident that as I continue to massage this oil blend throughout the day that soreness will continue to dissipate. I plan to reapply the oils every 3-4 hours.

Why these three oils?

  • Rosemary contains camphor which is great for improving circulation and is often used for aching muscles.
  • While eucalyptus does not contain camphor, the properties are similar and eucalyptus is also often used for achy muscles, migraines, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Wintergreen has a lot of great uses. The reason I chose it for this blend is that it is anodyne which means that is will get rid of pain and induce relaxation. Perfect for stressed and sore muscles!

(Remember you can buy these oils from Spark Naturals and get 10% off using the code plainjane.)

Getting Started with Essential Oils

I feel like I’ve always been late the party – the last one to know about whatever is the latest trend. It seems everywhere I look now people are talking about essential oils. So I assumed that, once again, I was the last person to figure out that essential oils (eos) are amazing and helpful. But as I started to actually talk to friends and family about them, they hadn’t heard of eos and had lots of questions. Perhaps you do too. So I decided to write about a few basics of eos that I have learned.

I talked in my last post about Cookie about how I started with essential oils. Once I saw the difference they made in her, I started reading everything I could about these remarkable oils because I had so many questions. Naturally the first was “what ARE essential oils?” The most basic answer is that essential oils are oils that have been extracted from plants. Whatever characteristics that plant has (e.g. antibacterial or relaxing) are concentrated in that oil. Most oils are extracted through a steam distillation process; some, usually citrus oils, are extracted through cold press. The plants can come from any part of the world but properties of the plants can vary from region to region. So for instance, essential oil companies may prefer to source their lavender from areas in and around the Mediterranean and France rather than locally grown plants. The oils may come from different parts of the plant too. There is an eo made from cinnamon leaf and another made from cinnamon bark. The properties are similar yet they perform different functions when used.

Ok, so now I know in general what they are but how they different from one another? How do you know which to use? Well, I have found several websites and books to help answer these questions. Here are some that I found most informative.

The Essential Oils Handbook by Jennie Harding

This small book organizes the oils by their main function (such as muscles, skin enhancers, mood uplifters, etc).

For each oil she discusses:

  • how the oil is extracted and where the plant is usually sourced
  • the properties of the oil
  • safety concerns
  • how the oil can be used for mental and emotional health
  • how the oil can be used for physical health

Another fantastic book on EOs is The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

This tome really walks you through how to start using EOs. She talks about the extraction process and how oils have been used throughout history. Then she goes into the basics of how to use them with water, carrier oils, etc. Each chapter is really about function. She starts with oils that are just important to have all the time like lavender, peppermint, tea tree, etc. Another chapter talks about using eos for sports, another for skin, another for women, men, animals, children…it’s all covered. She even includes recipes for cooking with eos which is something I haven’t done…yet.

For me, this a great resource to have on hand all the time which is why I bought the Kindle version. Any book written by Valerie Worwood is going to be great. I found ten books on amazon that she has written about oils and aromatherapy. Sometime soon I plan to get her book Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child. (I am not an amazon affiliate.)

There are a plethora of websites out there. Each essential oil company will tell you basically the same thing about the process of extraction, history, etc. There are a number of bloggers who are write just about eos and I have gotten great information from them. So I’m just going to list a few websites that I have visited for information.

Spark Naturals (an EO company with high quality, affordable oils)
Ananda Apothecary (another EO company that I just discovered)
Camp Wander (the one that started it all for me)
Essential Oil Expert (super helpful website whether your new or experienced)
Fresh Picked Beauty (information on EOs and lots of recipes for diy beauty products)
doTerra (another EO company that provides high quality oils)

Google, naturally, is a fine place to start too. It’s how I started and found these resources. I know there’s more about there. Of course, one of my favorite places is to look on Pinterest. And I have found great information and blogs there. I have a board just on EOs and other remedies that I am constantly adding to.

Now that you have some information on what oils are and a few resources, how about a few definitions? Here are two terms that I have been asked about.

Carrier oil – a carrier oil is an oil that is used to carry the EO on your body. Simple enough, right? Some EOs are just too strong to put directly onto your skin. And for anyone with sensitive and delicate skin (like children and the elderly), carrier oils should always be used. Carrier oils can be any vegetable-based oil. When I first started, I had a few EOs that I used for cleaning but I didn’t have any special carrier oils. I literally went to the kitchen and got out my olive oil. And that’s just fine. Most people will have olive oil and/or coconut oil around which can be used as a carrier oil. Now that I use eos more often, I like to use sweet almond oil and jojoba oil. They are pretty easy to find and they are great for your skin. Another carrier oil you’ll see talked about a lot is FCO or fractionated coconut oil. This is coconut oil that has the long chain triglycerides removed – hence it is a fraction of the whole original oil. Because those triglycerides were removed, the oil is more saturated and therefore has a long shelf life. It’s also higher in anti-oxidants for this reason (source: Organic Facts).

Neat – This means that you’re putting the eo directly onto your skin without a carrier oil.

Ok, Plain Jane, now I know what they are, how to find out more about them, and what some of the terms are. Now what do I DO with them? This was my biggest question, too. When I started, I didn’t have empty dropper bottles or roller bottles. So I just dropped the oils into a small prep bowl from the kitchen and guesstimated the carrier oil. Then I scooped it from the bowl with my fingers and smeared it on the bottom of my youngest’s feet. Why there? Well the pores in the bottom of your feet are larger than anywhere else on your body so the oils are absorbed more quickly.

As I used eos more and more, I did buy roller bottles and filled those so I could easily roll the oils on the bottoms of feet. But you can put the oils other places too. Depending on what you need them for, I have put them on the back of the neck (nape-area), over the heart, temples/forehead (for headaches), and directly on the area experiencing pain. My husband uses the oils on his toe for gout and on his shins for shin splints. I use it directly on my back/shoulder for pain in those areas.

Ready to start? I personally have used oils from Aura Cacia, Mountain Rose Herbs, Plant Therapy, Ananda Apothecary, Young Living, doTerra, Wyndmere, and Spark Naturals. Based on the quality, affordability, and access, I pretty much exclusively use Spark Naturals. The oils are high quality and certified pharmagrade (which means you can use some of them internally as well, if you choose). Spark Naturals is not an MLM so you don’t have to purchase a certain amount each year or whatever the requirements may be for MLM companies (I honestly don’t know because that structure is what kept me from joining other eo companies even though they have great oils). They are a relatively new company with fantastic customer service, great prices, and flat-rate shipping ($6.49!). I have used Spark Naturals for a few months now and have been quite impressed. If you’d like to give them a try, you can get a 10% discount by using “plainjane” as a discount code during check-out.

(Disclosure – I am an affiliate with Spark Naturals.)

Change of Plans

A few days ago I was planning out what I would post in the next several days. Today I had planned to post about how we finally turned the corner and got Cookie to sleep through the night. Then the last three night happened and I realized that I couldn’t do that anymore. While my first thought was to just skip over the sleep issue and move on to another subject, I think I’m stick with sleep (or lack thereof) and tell you all the things we’ve tried. Maybe you have some thoughts?

As I said in earlier posts, Cookie stopped sleeping through the night when she was 13 months old. We think it was because of her food allergies and all that her body was dealing with. Once we took her off gluten, her sleep improved somewhat. She was still getting up one, two, three times per night but she’d go back to sleep fairly quickly. Of course when I was used to her getting up and being up for two solid hours, anything less than that seemed quick.

We do have an established bedtime routine. I always have had one since Ladybug was born (Ladybug wasn’t a good sleeper either for the first couple of years). Cookie goes to bed at 8pm after doing the whole bathroom routine, getting her oils on her feet (more on that in a minute), reading a story, and having a drink of milk. The lights go out but there is a nightlight. It’s warm but not hot (we have an extra heater for the winter and a ceiling fan for the summer). We have quiet classical music playing. Honestly I find it hard to stay awake in there for even a few minutes once the lights go out.

Elderberry syrup worked for almost a week (several months ago) when I she had a slightly stuffy nose. I got a kids’ syrup that included chamomile and she slept great for a few nights. But then that stopped. She was still in her scratchy phase then so the itchiness may have overpowered everything else.

As we began to use essential oils, I found a blend that helped. Thanks to Camp Wander (I secretly think of her as one my best friends even though she has no clue who I am – her blog has helped me so very, very much) – she posted a blend called “Slimmer and Sassier #2” that she said was a great sleep aid. I tried it out with Cookie and it did help! She still doesn’t sleep completely through the night but I have noticed that if I forget to put it on her feet, she’s up several times during the night instead of just one. And when she does wake up, she goes back to sleep in less than 10 minutes.

The latest attempt was GaiaKids’ Sleep and Relax syrup. The first three nights were amazing! Cookie slept from 8pm until 6am! I couldn’t believe it. Then it all fell away. Every night she’s up. Last night it was bad dreams. Some nights its loneliness. Some nights…well, some nights I have no idea. The only thing I do know is that she desperately needs more sleep and so do I.

I am open to trying almost anything. How do your kids sleep at night? What has worked for you?

Food Allergies, Part 3 OR How I Began My EO Journey

During the past year, while sorting out Cookie’s allergies (now wheat/barley/rye, egg, peanuts, some tree nuts, plus sensitivities to dairy and soy), we have been going to our Naturopath Dr. He worked wonders on my girl. Like everyone, I wanted fast results. I wanted to be able to tell some of my family that this natural thing was the way to go – look how fast it’s working! But speed isn’t necessarily the best indicator. Everything that we did was helping. But the body isn’t healed instantly. As our dr. explained to me, the body heals from the inside out (most important organs first) and from the top down. The fact that most of the eczema problems in the last several months were confined to her feet was a good sign! Skin being the outermost and feet being the lowest part of her body – she was healing!

Before I get to what we’re currently doing, I wanted to share one of the crazier things we had to deal with. You never know who might be feeling – like I did – that my child was the only one. If nothing else, I want to give someone else encouragement that it can get better. It’s been exactly two years since the food allergies began and I have shed many tears over my little girl’s situation. I have felt frustrated, scared, lonely. What on earth can I feed her? I’m scared to give her anything or take her anywhere. How can I help her feel better? Believe me, I’ve been there – and sometimes fall back there again. There is hope but there’s also a lot of trial and error which is scary when you’re talking about your child.

We tried many homeopathic remedies. Most of them worked…some didn’t. Here’s one that did.

We went through one weird stretch this summer when Cookie would break out in hives from water. Water! I really thought I was losing my mind – the hives had to be from something else. But every time I put her in the bathtub (no matter the temperature of the water) her skin would be red and covered in hives within a couple of minutes. My only thought was that it had to be a new allergy/sensitivity to the additives in our city water. As it happened, we had an appointment scheduled with our naturopath the week after this started. He didn’t seem to think it had anything to do with the additives in the water but just something else her body was fighting with. He had me get rhus tox, a homeopathic remedy, that’s made from the poison ivy plant. It is used to help with some skin disorders, particularly those that have itchy, red, swollen skin and skin that is prone to scaling. (Another of my disclaimers here! I’m not a doctor – medical or naturopathic – so please check with a dr. before trying these on your own. I’m not giving medical advice – simply sharing my experience. Ok, carry on.) I gave her three of the little dissolving pills right before putting her in the tub. The first time I tried this she still had a few hives after being in the water so I gave her another dose of pills while drying her off. After that, one dose before getting in the water was all she needed to keep from getting hives. That lasted for about three months. I put her in the tub one day and forgot to give her the rhus tox first. No hives! Her body had worked through that little issue and water hasn’t been a problem since.

So we now have her gut working pretty well, her infected skin cleared up (though the eczema persists), and hives outbreaks still occurring but not constantly. She’s still not sleeping well and she’s pretty much living on Benadryl. I know that that can’t be good for her. Diphendyramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl, can cause drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, excitation, agitation, and low blood pressure. I knew I had to get her off of it but because she was still breaking out in hives and itching, I didn’t know what else to do to give her some relief.

I began searching online for natural antihistamines and what I found changed everything for me. Again and again, I was finding essential oils (EOs) in my searches. I had a few already that I had purchased for my homemade cleaning products. As it happened, I had the three that I had been reading about – lavender, lemon, and peppermint.

I mixed them together in a little prep bowl in equal amounts with a bit of olive oil as a carrier (it was all I had). I rubbed it on the bottoms of her feet every time I changed her diaper and right at bedtime. As I said before, I wanted fast results. Well, the results weren’t as fast as Benadryl but after a few days, I noticed that the hives and itching had decreased a lot. After a couple of weeks, I was only putting the oils on her feet at bedtime to keep her from scratching in her sleep (which she did a lot).

The last time Cookie had Benadryl was four months ago! I now use the oil blend only when she needs it. I apply the oil (now in a roller bottle with jojoba oil) directly onto the hives and on the bottoms of her feet if she’s scratching a lot. Within a few minutes – about the same amount of time it takes for Benadryl to start working – her scratching stops and the hives are gone.

Here’s my recipe for the Allergy EO blend:
10 drops lemon
10 drops lavender
10 drops peppermint
Add to a 10mL roller bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil of your choice
(A carrier oil can be any vegetable-based type oil. I personally have used fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil)

Allergy Blend

Here’s a bit of what I have learned about these three oils. Lavender, as you might expect, is calming. But it’s also antiseptic, analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral to name just a few of its properties. Lemon, I knew from making cleaning products, was anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. Peppermint, it turns out, also has analgesic, anesthetic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties. Combined together, these three work together to form an amazing antihistamine.

The discovery of EOs for health benefits has forever changed my life! I’ll talk a lot more about EOs in upcoming posts – my learning process, what they are/how they are made, how I have used them. I’m still learning and loving them!

Food Allergies, Part 2

By now in our story, Cookie is about a year and a half old. We are aware of her wheat/barley/rye, egg, tree nut, and peanut allergies. Her gut seems to be better but her skin is not. Over the next six months, I spent lots of time crying. I hated seeing my sweet little girl like that. She would go through screaming and crying fits too and I knew it was because she didn’t feel good. But I didn’t know why or what else I could do.

Right around her second birthday, my parents suggested I go see their naturopath doctor. I’ll be honest. Up to this point, I knew that the naturopath had helped my mom through some of her health problems but I really thought it was a lot of new age mumbo-jumbo. I didn’t really know what a naturopath was. But I was at my wit’s end and was willing to do anything to help Cookie. So I took her in.

First off, this doctor is the first one EVER who I really felt listened to me. He took a drop of blood from her finger and did a mouth swab. It was amazing what he could tell from those two things. He started Cookie on some supplements to help support her gut (which I found wasn’t really healed) and her overall health. The changes were slow. But she began to be a better eater (not that that was ever really a big problem) and she had fewer crying fits. Her bowels were more regular. And nothing about it was new-agey. We were simply fixing her body with things that it needed – not adding in other medications/chemicals to mask the problems.

As I said, the change was slow. It seemed that almost every week I would find something else that caused her to break out into hives. So I lost faith.

I went to yet another allergist who did the good old skin test (with the same results as the last allergist) but rolled his eyes when I talked about putting her on a gluten-free diet and trying not to use steroid creams. Clearly I’m the crazy person here, right?

I decided that I wasn’t going to get any real help from modern medicine as all I had gotten was increasingly stronger and stronger steroid creams (three levels up so far). The one helpful thing that I learned from the allergists (and interestingly is an old homeopathic technique according to my naturopath) is how to do wet-wraps. So once I found a cream/lotion that Cookie could tolerate, I would dampen her feet (that’s where her skin was the worst), coat them with the lotion, put a pair of wet (not dripping) cotton socks on her and then a pair of warmer dry socks over those. Thank goodness this was February or the poor kid might have overheated. That made an improvement on her skin but didn’t fix it completely. And after a few days of using one cream, I would discover that it would cause problems so I’d have to try another one and another one.

Cookie’s feet by now were feeling softer to the touch but were not healed. In fact the tops of her feet were beginning to get infected. At the urging of some family members, I took her to a dermatologist. Guess what she prescribed? Stronger steroids (another level up now – if you’re playing along at home that’s the fourth steroid prescription and stronger than the rest) and prescription strength lotion that I was foolish enough to try (the lotion not the steroid). The lotion caused her skin to turn bright red instantly.

I started searching online for some sort of natural antibiotic. I found Manuka honey. I plan to devote an entire post to this miraculous honey so I won’t get into it completely now. If you can’t wait, google it and be amazed (but do your research before buying and make sure that you’re getting the real thing). The short version is that this honey is made from the manuka plant found in New Zealand. I knew Cookie wasn’t allergic to honey so I figured it was worth a shot.

The honey doesn’t taste sweet like we’re used to. But I wasn’t having Cookie eat it anyway. I spread it on the tops of her feet and backs of her heels where the skin was red, infected and had open sores from scratching. Then I placed on a non-stick gauze pad and wrapped her feet and ankles with bandages before putting socks on top of it all to keep her from pulling the bandages off. I did this every morning when she got up and every night when she went to bed for at least two weeks.

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(You can see her poor little bandaged feet in this picture – she wanted to play dress up and princesses don’t wear socks apparently.)

One morning I started on the honey routine when I really looked at her feet and realized that her skin was new! No red, irritated, infected, open wounds. Clear beautiful skin! From honey!

Another hurdle down! Cookie was still scratching periodically so, while I was done bandaging her feet, I still had to keep her legs mostly covered (she was leaving her arms alone). She was still randomly breaking out in hives. But I was now convinced that I had to continue to find natural ways to help her heal. More on that journey later.