Tag Archive: Natural Remedies


Well, what I thought was hives isn’t. It’s just a really, really bad rash.
Head to toe.

I was testing out a new organic/natural deodorant for a friend. I’ve never had a reaction to any of the ingredients before.
The deodorant was actually working great. I did a 2-hour workshop with no B.O. When I got home, I stilled smelled great.

I went to the bathroom to clean up, because I was sweaty and all. I first saw the rash on my thighs and thought it was just heat rash from being sweaty and stuff from the workshop. Then I looked at my upper arms… and everywhere in between. I had big red dots. I took a cool shower and washed with my oatmeal bar.

When I first saw it, it was just o my arms, trunk and thighs. It has now spread to my toes, butt cheeks, and neck. I am pretty sure it’s creeping up to my face now.
I’m trying to keep it at bay with Benadryl and California Baby Calendula Cream. This was to only calendula cream I could find in my area.
My biggest concern is that it has aloe in it, but it’s a minor ingredient, so it shouldn’t cause too many issues.

I wasn’t itchy at all yesterday, but today I seem to have some itching; it seems to be relegated to creases (armpit, kneepit, toes and fingers). It looks like it’s going to be cool showers and oatmeal baths for a while.

I’m not 100% sure that the deodorant did it, though, but it is the most likely culprit.
I was in a new studio, surrounded by people I don’t know.
I’ve been on amoxicilin for the last 10 days.
Any of these, or a combination, could be the problem.



Opinicus Soaps: A Review

There’s this really awesome company, Opinicus Soaps, that makes the most wonderful bath and body products. All are natural, some are vegan, EVERYTHING is fantastic.

I first found Opinicus at the Chippewa Valley Rennaissance festival, in the spring of 2011. I usually don’t go near the lotion shops at faires, because most of the time, I end up sick. I have an allergy to crap artificial fragrances and really sensitive skin. Even walking past Bath & Body Works in the malls can turn my lips purple. Trust me, it’s not a pretty sight.

But… I could smell such delicious smells and I didn’t die! Scented lotions, lip blams, soaps… all the things I hadn’t been able to have. Natural. Organic.

A little extra awesome? They’re in my city, only minutes from my house!
That certainly helps when I need last minute Christmas gifts. Not that, um, I would, ah, ever delay purchasing gifts for anyone… or something….

I always get great service, some one-on-one demos, and a heads-up on new stuff.
Like the new Salt Scrubs. Holy crap are those great!
I picked up a lavender scrub, and let me tell you: My hands feel wonderful. My feet, too.

I’m a huge fan of the mint lip balm (chocolate-bacon flavor is in the works, fyi). I need to get more next time I order for myself.

The cold-pressed soaps are great, too. The first I got was an oatmeal/almond. It smelled good, lathered up nicely on hand towels, and kept my skin feeling hydrated. It was also very chunky. I would recommend it for exfoliating, for sure.

The lavender-goat’s milk soap is also pretty fantastic.


I have also tried the unscented lotion. It’s creamy and soft and not too oily.
I buy lavender lotion for my pregnant pals and they seem to really enjoy it.

The new body washes, too, are great. They are frothy and clean and smooth. I haven’t purchased one yet…. but my order is coming soon.



There’s also the anti-crack salve (which I also get for preggos).

Next order, I’ll be getting some Happy Feet intensive lotion. As a dancer, I really should have this -or both – in my bag at all times.




Now, I hear, they’re making a pain-relieving salve. I will need that.

I am a BIG fan of Opinicus. Seriously, if you are looking for lotions, salves, balms, and/or soaps, go there.


Health Update

I finally caved and saw a doctor. It’s not something I like to do often, but apparently I needed this.
I had been trying honeyed-tea, hot showers, salt-water rinses, lots and lots of soup, and rest. But, that didn’t seem to help this:

Tempurature was 101.2

So I get an inhaler, for when I have super-coughing fits and cannot breathe, amoxicillin for the lung infection, a cough supressant, and a liquid “tussin” (like extreme Robitussin) with codein and a go-to-sleep thing.
Hopefully I will get to sleep…. or at least do some crazy stuff while medicated.

Stay healthy my freinds, and wish me luck on my road to recovery!

I’ve been doing my best to lead a fairly “natural” lifestyle.
I eat a lot of locally-grown, natural products. I’m phasing out chemical cleaners. I’ve even begun swapping out my health & beauty products.

Let me tell you – my skin has never looked better!

There’s this great little shop in my neighborhood, Opinicus Soaps, that makes all-natural skin-care products. I bought some lotion and lip balm last summer at a neighboring Renaissance Festival and I LOVE them. I was so excited to hear that they will be at our Fest this year; hooray!

Well… in my quest to find new ways to green up my life, I found this great little blog post via Pinterest. For those of you who can’t see the link, here’s a recap:

“Super Silky Summer Legs

Next time you are feeling down, about to binge, going on a date, or just need to pamper yourself, do this. I just did it and I can not stop rubbing my legs together. It feels like I paid for that over expensive pedicure at the salon.


  • 1 1/4 C Sugar (Yup, plain, good-ol’ white sugar)
  • 1/2 C Oil (I used olive oil, but you can use any oil, coconut oil, baby oil, canola oil)
  • 3 tablespoons Citrus (Lime or lemon)
  • 1-2 Razors
  1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
  2. Soak your legs in the tub for 5 minutes.
  3. Shave your legs.
  4. Rub some of this mixture all over your legs. The sugar will help rub off all dirt and dead skin. Rub, rub. Feels like a mini massage.
  5. Rinse it all off, shave again. I would use one razor per leg if you have two. You will be rinsing this razor a lot. I was GROSSED out by the amount of dead skin I was “shaving” off. It was insane! Trust me, you’ll see.
  6. Rub your legs again! Second coat of wax, oh yeah.
  7. Rinse off! You can use a mild soap to help get some of the oil off.
  8. Lotion your legs up, and feel the silkiness!

Now this isn’t just geared to ladies…. guys, if you want to get lucky, I suggest you offer to rub your ladies’ feet with this mix too. It feels awesome, and when you get lucky, you will be thanking me that her rough grandma feet aren’t cutting your legs, if ya know what I’m saying… hahaha.”

I’m off to go do a little pampering. I feel like my feet would really, really enjoy a mini-massage.
Have a great week, everyone!

~Blessed Be~

It’s a natural remedy, and great for me because I happen to be allergic to Aloe.

The tannic acid in Black Tea helps relieve the pain, as well as the tea itself  helping to soothe and cool the skin. You can apply it, and let it dry and soak  into your skin and you should see results in the morning. Reapply as needed.

To prepare, pour four cups boiling water over two cups of fresh mint leaves and three or four tea bags. Cover, let stand 10 minutes, then strain. Let cool, and transfer to a glass jar. Apply to sunburned skin with a washcloth or cotton balls. The infusion keeps for a few weeks in the refrigerator.