Accidents Can Happen Happily

Multi-purpose? Why, yes!

I just recently got over a rash that plagued me for nearly a week before I finally went to Urgent Care because I couldn’t figure out a cause for it and it wasn’t getting any better with topicals or Benadryl.  I was getting increasingly worried that I was experiencing a dermatitis herpetiformis explosion and needed medical intervention whether I wanted prescription medication or not.

I should preface this by mentioning that the last time I took prescription medication was 3 years ago when I was on Synthroid.  In fact, it’s just over 3 years that I discovered the Synthroid was making my symptoms of Hypothyroidism worse and not better.  I’m fairly loathe to take prescriptions now that I take much better care of myself.  I am not myself when it comes to taking prescription medication.  My years of taking Lyrica for idiopathic neuropathy is proof.  I was a walking zombie and friends commented on how I wasn’t myself.

So, before even taking Benadryl and using cortisone creams and all-natural creams, I tried making my own topical.  I made a lot of it because the rash was covering my shins, my arms around my elbows, and my hips/pelvic area.  This was probably the only thing that really helped, but walking around covered in this mix isn’t quite feasible.  I did sit in the tub with it on for about half an hour before washing it off and then throwing some gluten-free oat flour into some bath water.  It oatmeal soak helped, but not as much as I would have liked.

Oatmeal has avenanthramides and beta-glucan that give it the itch relief and anti-inflammatory properties.  Raw honey has anti-inflammatory properties and so does lavender.  Lavender and chamomile are also soothing and relaxing.  I needed that as the rash was stressing me out a bit.

I made a bit too much of this and was staring at the leftovers, wondering what to do with it.  I was thinking, thinking, thinking.  Then I remembered the aspirin mask I love to use is mostly honey.  Why not use this as a mask/exfoliant?  The results I’ve had with using this as a mask is super smooth skin.  Do not leave this on too long if using as a mask.  You will feel a bit drugged if you do because of the amount of essential oils.  I accidentally left it on too long one night while reading and felt like I was in a Benadryl stupor.

Skin Soothing Mask/Exfoliant

4 tablespoons gluten-free oat flour

2 tablespoons raw honey

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops roman chamomile essential oil

filtered water

Place oat flour and honey in a small bowl and mix well.  It will be quite pasty, but you want the honey and flour to be well incorporated.  Add essential oils and mix well.  Add a little water and mix again.  Keep adding water in very small amounts until you have an easily spreadable paste consistency.  Apply to face gently and either wash off right away or allow to dry for about 10 minutes.  No longer than 20 minutes.  You will have leftovers, so do not try to use this all at once.  Store leftovers in an airtight container.

What happened with my rash?  Well, after going over with her that I definitely haven’t changed soaps, laundry detergent, etc. or eaten anything I shouldn’t have, she called it contact dermatitis and put me on Methylprednisone.  I’m still not convinced that she was correct, but if it pops up again, I have a plan.  The meds helped calm everything down that first day and through the course of taking them, but I didn’t feel right (and yes, they were gluten-free) and even had to call off work one day because I was a bit light-headed and unfocused after taking them.

Super Berry Smoothie – Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten-Free

Super Berry Smoothie

Maggie, She Let Them Eat Cake, is hosting this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free event.  I participate in this few and far between since some themes I don’t have time to play with (and wish I did) and some months I miss out on seeing what the theme is completely.  When I read this month’s theme, I knew I didn’t really have to play around in the kitchen.  I was already making something and planning on sharing this recipe anyway.  Score!

This smoothie is full of natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant based foods.  Blueberry, cranberry, açai, raw local honey and raw cacao powder.  This will help your body fight inflammation and oxidative stress (or oxidative rust, as Dr. Mark Hyman calls it).  This is also full of vitamins and minerals.  I normally make smoothies with some kind of greens included, but this one I’ve left them out.  You can add greens if you’d like.  The darker the better for those polyphenols.  You can also use other dark berries if you don’t have one listed available. And if you don’t like cranberries, you can’t even taste them.  Seriously.

If you have nut allergies, you can use raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead.  I would not recommend Sunbutter as it threw the entire flavor profile off when I tested it.  Or, you can use Maggie’s Oh Mega Mix.

I have a tendency to use raw local honey as much as I can.  Not only is it a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps with allergies.  My last chiropractor tried for years to get me to use raw local honey instead of getting allergy shots.  Finally, one day, I was able to remember to have a tablespoon a day and made the transition.  I stopped getting allergy shots several years ago.  One of the best things about moving to Cincinnati is that my raw local honey is so local, I get it from farm just a mile away from us.

Super Berry Smoothie – 16 ounces

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen cranberries

1 tablespoon freeze-dried açai powder (I use Navitas Naturals), or 1/4 cup frozen açai berries

1 – 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (I use Navitas Naturals)

1 tablespoon nut butter

Sweetener of choice (I use 1 tablespoon raw local honey)

1 teaspoon raw maca powder (optional)

Unsweetened dairy-free milk of choice (I use 365 Unsweetened Almond or So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut until I can start making my own)

Add fruit, powders, nut butter and sweetener to your blender.  If you are using a sweetened dairy-free milk, omit or cut back on the added sweetener.  Pour dairy-free milk in just under the 2 cup line.  Blend well.  Serve.

This post is linked to Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert and Dogs. 

This post is linked to Friday Foodie Fix at The WHOLE Gang.