I was almost 21 years old when I became afflicted with a skin condition... doctors couldn't identify it. Most of the time it was invisible. Sometimes I would break out in small blisters all over my body, sometimes purple splotches, sometimes pink prickly spots, or a bumpy rash. It became much worse over time... debilitating. Itching and pain are communicated in the brain the same. So, for me, I would itch intensely and alleviate that by scratching.. which made me feel pain... but pain was better than the itching. I felt crazy. I couldn't get dressed because many of my clothes irritated my skin. I couldn't exercise because it made me so uncomfortably itchy. Friends thought I just didn't like to get out, I was a considered a "homebody", I would agree with that because it was easier than explaining my affliction... really, I just couldn't go out much because every day was the same... debilitating. I used to be very outgoing. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't make this go away, I simply kept it a secret from most people... but my family knew. I couldn't let my kids sit on my lap for very long because the heat from their bodies made my skin crawl. I couldn't go swimming with my family, so I would sit on the side. I couldn't sit in the sun because my skin would burn and itch. One drink of wine would seemingly send out a heat wave and cause my skin to burn and itch. Chocolate, tomatoes, and some other foods would do the same. I couldn't go 5 minutes without thinking about how much pain I was feeling. I tried to distract myself, tried to talk myself into thinking it was all in my head. Even in my sleep, I dreamt of itching, pain, fiery sensations in my skin. I never slept well at night, if I even could sleep at all. Sometimes I would take pain medicine or benedryl, just to alleviate some of the itching and pain, so that I could sleep. I would wake up most nights and realize I had scratched til I bled. Many nights my husband would wake me up telling me to stop scratching. Sounds like a nightmare... it was. I felt like I had a plague. I felt so lonely, frequently depressed... like I was involved in an internal war with myself. It sometimes made me feel like I could truly go insane... I felt like the leper in the Bible. I had been to the dermatologist, doctor, and naturopath. I had tests for allergies to food and other things. I was told I had eczema and dermatitis... they prescribed topical medicines, I tried them all. They made my skin feel worse. I had to stop nursing my 3rd child before we were ready so that I could try another medicine. The only thing that helped alleviate the rash was Prednisone. I would go on that for 8 days... my skin would clear... and then it would all start over. I stopped using all of the prescriptions years ago because it is so bad for your body, and what was the point, they didn't help. I tried natural remedies... nothing worked... nothing. I prayed and suffered... for 13 years.
Before we left for family camp in August (summer 2012), I had googled eczema and dermatitis cures once again, as I had many times before. I came across a blog about an essential oil cure... lemon, lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), and peppermint. I was super skeptical... like I said, nothing worked for me. I had tried essential oils a bit in the past with no improvement. It kept coming to remembrance though, and I wondered, what if? We left for family camp... one of my girls got sick while we were there. My good friend brought over a few essential oils from Young Living and rubbed my daughters feet. She left me with lemon and lavender essential oil to continue applying to my daughter to help her with her symptoms. Later that night, as I was once again in agony, I recalled that blog I had read... lemon and lavender... I had those. I applied them and felt an immediate relief... but just slightly... but it was enough to resist scratching. I continued applying them, along with a bit of organic olive oil. Within 3 days, I had been able to make it through an entire day without scratching. That was a huge improvement! My friend brought over peppermint and I added that to my regimen. I ordered some more oils, adding peppermint and melaleuca. I made it one week without scratching... it just kept getting better!
So what is the difference with Young Living Essential Oils? Well, I learned that they are therapeutic grade oils. The oils I had used previously were not pure, and were doing me more harm than good (if any at all). So, I am a true believer in Young Living Essential Oils... because for me, they were my lifesaver. (You can read more about why we chose Young Living HERE.)
If you or someone you love are suffering from a skin condition, you may also find relief with the regimen I am using. Here is exactly what I do...
Open your oils up, it will be easier to do this now than after you have oils in your hand...
Put about 1/4 tsp of Virgin Coconut Oil in the palm of your hand. Add 1 drop of each of the following essential oils: Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca Alternifolia, and Peppermint.
Massage gently into affected area. Repeat process on all areas of affected skin.
A 15mL bottle of YL Essential Oil contains approximately 300 drops. So, you should have plenty for quite a while. I started out applying the oils every time I felt itchy. At first, this was quite often. Within 3 days, I was applying oils about 5 times. I now apply the oils after bathing and sometimes before bed.
I also have found relief with putting Peace & Calming Essential Oil into my YL Diffuser at bedtime. My skin condition, like many others, is aggravated with stress, and being over tired. The diffuser really helps me to relax and fall asleep. You can also run the diffuser with 1 drop of each of the skin care regimen oils. With the affected area of skin exposed and close to the diffuser, the skin is able to soak in the oils being diffused. Very therapeutic and relaxing. (I now have an amazing bedtime routine that I will share here soon!)
If you would like to order Young Living Essential Oils, you can do so here, Roots of Integrity - Young Living (or ask the person who led you to this page or has been helping you so far), and have it shipped right to your door! If you would like to order at wholesale cost (24% off retail), you can also become a member like I did. If you order the "Premium Start Living with Everyday Oils Kit", you will get 11 essential oils, which include the oils you need for your skin, plus the home diffuser, plus a bunch of other stuff you can use & share! The value is incredible, you're saving over 50% off of retail with this kit! Please let me know if I can do anything to help you!