PART 3. THE REMEDIES
Characterized by itchiness, redness, and perhaps even mild swelling, contact dermatitis occurs when skin is directly exposed to an irritating substance. This can be an immune response to an allergen or the result of minor damage to the skin’s delicate upper layer. One thing to watch out for: Because a hot, itchy rash can be a sign of other issues including underlying illness, visit your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen.
YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: SMALL BOTTLE WITH A SPRAY TOP
TIME: 20 MINUTES
This healing spray protects itchy, red skin from further irritation while infusing it with healing herbs. The recipe calls for prepared goldenseal tincture, but feel free to use a goldenseal tincture or infusion you’ve made at home.
3 ounces purified water
2 teaspoons organic olive oil
1 teaspoon alcohol-free goldenseal tincture
1.Using a funnel, carefully pour the water, olive oil, and goldenseal tincture into a small bottle that can be fitted with a spray top.
2.Screw the top on tightly.
3.Shake well before each use, as the oil will separate from the other ingredients.
4.Spray a light coat of liquid onto the affected area.
5.Apply right after showering, and reapply again before bed for best results. Use as often as needed. Store in a cool, dark place.
Cooling Aloe Vera Gel with Witch Hazel
YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES
This quick gel eases the discomfort of hot, itchy dermatitis faster than it takes to make. For maximum results, take a hot bath or shower right before application to open pores and allow the treatment to penetrate faster.
1 tablespoon alcohol-free aloe vera gel
½ teaspoon alcohol-free witch hazel extract
1.In a small bowl, add the aloe vera gel and the witch hazel extract. Blend with a whisk or fork.
2.Using fingers or a cotton pad, apply the gel to the affected body part and let it penetrate.
3.Wait a few minutes, and then apply a second coat if itching or heat is still present.
4.Reapply every 1 to 2 hours as needed.
Make the treatment more soothing by storing the gel in the refrigerator between uses.
Soothing Calendula Salve with Lavender
YIELD: ABOUT 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: JAR OR TIN
TIME: 10 MINUTES
Make a batch of multipurpose, powerhouse salve as a go-to in your first aid kit. This proven healer is fantastic for treating itchy, irritated skin as well as minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.
7 ounces calendula oil
1 ounce beeswax, grated
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
1.In a double boiler over low heat, add the calendula oil and beeswax. Blend with a whisk or fork, until combined.
2.Remove from the heat as soon as all the beeswax is melted.
3.Add the vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil. Whisk to combine.
4.Pour the salve into a jar or tin.
5.Leave the jar uncovered until the salve cools completely. Once solidified, cover tightly.
6.Apply a thin layer of salve onto the affected area.
7.Use 2 to 3 times daily while recovering from dermatitis. Store in a cool, dark place.