As someone trying to minimize my environmental impact, I’ve been looking to my kitchen cabinets rather than my medicine cabinet when it comes to treating minor health problems at home.
When I posted about homeopathic remedies for seasonal allergies a few weeks ago, one naysayer, who happens to be a science teacher, appeared on my Facebook feed. She seems to think homeopathic remedies are simply placebos. I’ve personally seen too many homeopathic remedies work to believe such a thing.
For example, about a week ago, when a patch of skin around my nose went from mildly dry and irritated to bright red, flaky, and itchy, I began searching online for a homeopathic cure. I was fairly certain the condition was seborrheic dermatitis, as I had a similar rash above my lip a few years ago. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, inflammatory skin condition that affects areas of the body with many oil (sebaceous) glands and causes causing scaly, itchy, flaky, red skin.
Okay, so what’s an itchy, flaky, red-faced gal to do? While reading through several discussion boards about the condition, I noticed several people wrote about their success using various salts to treat the condition. Apparently the magnesium in salt is the key ingredient in banishing the itchy rash. Some people swore by Dead Sea salt scrubs. Some said Himalayan salt soaks were the answer. I had nothing to lose, so I ransacked the spice cabinet and came away with a tall container of Trader Joe’s sea salt. It isn’t from the Dead Sea, but let me tell you – it worked.
I took a shower and let the warm water run over my face for a few moments before taking about one-fourth of a teaspoon of the sea salt and rubbing it gently into the affected area for about a minute. I let it sit on my face while I finished my shower and rinsed my face with cold water after stepping out of the shower, and pat the area dry. Immediately, I noticed an improvement. The area was still red, but I could tell it was beginning to fade. And the itch had already begun to subside. I repeated the ritual daily, and now, a week later, the once bright red, flaky rash that I couldn’t even hide with makeup is now just ever-so-slightly pink with no flaking or itching. Placebo? Doubt it. But hey, I’m no science teacher.
Seborrheic dermatitis is also the cause of dandruff on the scalp. I haven’t used the salt rub on my scalp, but I have had success with massaging a mixture of oil (coconut, avocado, jojoba, etc.) and tea tree oil into my scalp and letting it sit for 20 minutes – or even overnight – before shampooing as usual.