The one I turn to the most is lavender. For twenty years I have used lavender for many purposes... to cure the children's ear infections, in conjunction with other oils for a chest rub, sometimes added to sandalwood and eucalyptus in a vaporiser when the kids had a virus and I often apply it to cuts and grazes. All my children and even my husband will come to me with their injuries and request lavender.
I have used neat lavender directly on burns many times. I often seem to burn myself on the oven. I am always amazed that, not only does the lavender not sting, but the burn heals incredibly fast! Lavender has properties which encourage cell regeneration.
For the last couple of years it has been my threadworm treatment as well. If anyone is showing signs, I rub a couple of drops on all the little tummies just before bed. Within a day or two, all signs are gone. I continue the treatment for seven days. Isn't that a wonderful and gentle solution!
Needless to say, with all these incredible and varied uses, I am a HUGE fan of lavender!
So the reason for my blues? I've been having trouble with a nasty skin condition for the last three months or so. I've never been a sensitive person. In fact, I pride myself on my hardiness. A couple of days ago, the penny dropped on the cause of my rashes. I have become allergic to lavender!
The first rash was on my hand, second on my neck and third on my tummy. It was the stomach rash that helped me work it out. It's such an unusual place for a rash that it wasn't hard to work out that it was from the lavender I had applied to the kids tummies the previous night. When I finished I rubbed the remains on my tummy to be on the safe side!
When the thought occurred, I looked back to realise that the rash on my hand began when I scratched myself with a rose. When it began to look nasty, I applied some lavender to ward off infection. Next thing I knew I had an angry, itchy hand for a month. So then what did I do? I made a hot poultice with calendula and... you guessed it! Lavender.
While I'm glad I discovered the cause, I'm so very, very sad to lose my number one natural remedy! I now need to find new natural cures for my own use.
It seems ironic and incredibly unfair that, while I steer clear of all unnecessary chemicals, I develop a reaction to something I am so happy using. I don't even use shampoo or deodorant for goodness sake! Could it possibly be my own fault through, ummm, overuse?!
I like to know two things from you. Do you have natural cures you turn to again and again? And have you ever developed an allergy to something you have used for years?