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Moonchild1721
11-07-2010, 23:48
Hello,
Does anyone know of a good herbal remedy for skin irritation? I teach swimming, and all the contact with chlorinated water is wreaking havoc on my skin. I'm hesitant to rely on OTC treatments.
Thanks:)

Amatafrances
14-07-2010, 20:22
Ciao Moonchild, in Italy we have a proverb: "Usa la Malva che da ogni male ti salva", that means: "Mauve saves people from every kind of problem".
You can make a Mauve decoction, and apply it on your skin with a cotton pad. It is soothing and works very quickly.

Sophie
14-07-2010, 20:36
I was thinking mauve (mallow) too :)

Another excellent one is an infusion of lavender flowers, applied in the same way; or you could use the lavender essential oil - either mixed with a carrier oil or directly on the skin (lavender is one of the rare essential oils safe to use directly on skin).

Amatafrances
14-07-2010, 20:57
I agree with you Sophie, lavender is very soothing, and relaxing too, good for quiet sleeping.

Debra
14-07-2010, 21:32
Try smoothing on a film of baby oil before you swim to protect your skin against the chemicals in the water.

The irritation is most likely from the chlorine. Here's a product to neutralize it. http://www.inspiredliving.com/health-wellness-center/index1.html
search for Mediterranean-Blue DeChlorinating Bath Salts 40oz

Chlorine is alkaline. Try wiping your skin with some dilute lemon juice on a sponge.

If I were you, I'd ask at the local chemist's/pharmacy for their advice.

irisa
15-07-2010, 07:25
I'd say Organic Virgin Coconut Oil or Aloe Vera is worth a try :)

irisa :)

Sophie
15-07-2010, 22:51
Baby oil is mineral and very drying - best to stick to vegetable oils or a buttery substance like shea butter. You can make your own mix.

raeanne
16-07-2010, 02:16
Hi Moonchild1721,
I used to live at the swimming pool when I was younger. Coconut oil and cocoa butter were the best. You can find these in Hawaiian Tropic suntan creams and lotions (and other brands as well, I assume). Keep in mind that these do not usually contain any sunscreen so you will need to add a sunscreen product as well. It also smells wonderful!

Ana's Song
22-07-2010, 22:08
Hi Moonchild, noticed that you live in the U.S. so check out this calendula repair cream (http://www.naturesgift.com/Calendula-Creme.htm). Look at all the goodies in the ingredients list! I get chafing and irritation as well from using rosin on my hands and wrists and I use another of their products (which doesn't ship during the summer heat) to help soothe my poor skin... Perhaps you should also change your soap or shower gel to something else to help soothe the irritation? Good luck!

Filipa
22-07-2010, 23:22
I'd say Organic Virgin Coconut Oil or Aloe Vera is worth a try :)

irisa :)

agreed

this is the only things I use nowadays

autumn star
10-08-2010, 15:12
Hi Moonchild, noticed that you live in the U.S. so check out this calendula repair cream (http://www.naturesgift.com/Calendula-Creme.htm). Look at all the goodies in the ingredients list! I get chafing and irritation as well from using rosin on my hands and wrists and I use another of their products (which doesn't ship during the summer heat) to help soothe my poor skin... Perhaps you should also change your soap or shower gel to something else to help soothe the irritation? Good luck!

I also agree about the Calendula for irritated skin especially if it is broken skin, it will help heal it right up.

I use a cocoa butter and vitamin e cream which helps with sensitive dry skin on my legs etc.

My skin often reacts to detergants and cleaning products - if the skin around my hands gets cracked and dry I will use a colodial silver and herbal cream that I get from the local health supplies store. I also use a soap free body wash which helps alot ... I try to be as natural as possible so it has to be organic.

Weleda has lots of good skin products - I use their Skin Food (in a green tube) for my dry skin ... it helps alot and their products are all natural :)

Oein
24-09-2010, 06:17
This is a modern take on a traditional recipe.

The salve base is made from 1 part oil and 4 parts beeswax

1 part comfrey oil
1 part goldenseal oil
1 part calendula oil
1 drop essential oil of lavender
1/8 tsp. tea tree essential oil
800IU vitamin E

This blend is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and promotes quick healing as well as soothing skin and accentuating any natural basal skin tones. I have previously used it to great success.

raeanne
26-09-2010, 08:33
Hi Moonchild1721,
I was just wondering if you have tried any of the suggestions and if so, did any of them work for you?