Is Your Eczema Caused By Candida?

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YEAST

Candida albicans (C. albicans), yeast, the root of all evil. Okay not exactly, but in the world of disease, too much yeast in the body appears to be at the root of many of the ailments that we deal with today. As a matter of fact, this ties into my previous post about having too much acid (forming foods) in the diet. When you unwrap most of the diseases plaguing us today, skin included, and compare symptoms as well as prescribed treatments, candida is there, hanging out at the root.

It isn’t often presented that way; and while, it may not be the single cause, it is most certainly the genesis of subsequent issues that arise from Candida overload. These issues are treated with various anti-inflammatory drugs and such but it seems we are not realizing that the gaping hole in our healing process, has to do with killing the fungus and flushing it out of the body’s systems. A manageable task albeit a long process. It can be done, and for many, it can be done holistically but you’ll want to consult a naturopathic practitioner; he or she will help you to focus on a solution versus just a treatment. It is understood that sometimes the symptoms are so uncomfortable and life altering that some form of treatment is required in lieu of a solution. I am not suggesting anything less than 1.) comfort, 2) solution. Let’s get back to the issue.

The fungal pathogen Candida albicans (C. albicans), is what causes yeast infections, diaper rashes and oral thrush. It’s part of the gut’s (gastrointestinal tract) normal flora and is well-regulated by the immune system. However, when the immune system is compromised, the fungus can spread beyond the GI tract and cause a life-threatening infection of the blood called disseminated candidiasis. Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections in humans2.

The signs and symptoms of candidiasis can include (but are not limited to):

Brain fog Digestive Issues Blood Sugar Spikes Skin Inflammation
(Acne, Eczema, etc.)
Depression Acid Reflux Sinus infections Recurring UTIs
Memory loss Gut Inflammation Joint Pain Recurring Yeast Infections
Extreme Mood Swings Chronic Fatigue Arthritis Skin, Hair & Nail Infections
Headaches Irritable Bowels Weak Muscles Toenail Fungus
Constipation Food Intolerances Chronic Bloating Ringworm
Eczema* Psoriasis*  Cracked Heels
What is the point?

Many of you are dealing with some form of skin troubles like eczema, psoriasis and other forms of dermatitis and quite possibly some of the above symptoms but you haven’t been able to connect the dots or find relief. As a maker of holistically centered skin care, I am often presented with questions concerning various skin issues. I am not a doctor but people come to me looking for soaps, lotions and butters without fragrance oil and other ingredients that may trigger an inflammatory outbreak. Others are hoping to find some relief, as they are tired of wasting money and they want something that will work.

However, topicals are only a small part of the equation. Typically chronic skin issues are related to an imbalance in the body, that likely began in the gut. What I find works best to address skin issues, is a systematic detox approach; not all at once but a series of steps should be taken to restore the body back to health. It is a process and it will require commitment to the cause.

What I endeavor to do with this blog is get you to think of your skin as a component of the big picture, your body as a whole. Skin is an organ, the largest at that. Usually what is happening at the skin level is an effect of disorder within. I hope to point you all in the direction of whole body health. In that I mean getting to the root of the issue to improve your overall quality of life now and in the future. It goes well beyond skin issues; those are the uncomfortable signs of an even greater problem. Candida is a big deal and Candidiasis is certainly life threatening.

There is a plethora of solid information from trusted sources available all over the web on this topic. My personal favorite is the National Library of Medicine. However, as time is a rare commodity for most of you, I will begin gathering information, organizing it and sharing it with you. In the meantime, please take advantage of the beneficial discussions held by real people with real experiences to share in one of my favorite online forums: https://www.earthclinic.com/. You’ll thank me for it!

I am choosing not to use this post to discuss how to attack candida because it is such an in-depth conversation and best had with a naturopathic practitioner; however, consider this: restoring order to your skin and your body as a whole will most certainly require a regimen to address the following:

  1. Starve it: candida feeds on excess sugars and carbohydrates, cutting back will slow down its growth. There is a safe and natural herb called Gymnema that block sugar absorption and inhibits the growth of Candida1
  2. Kill it: natural anti-fungal foods like raw garlic and cold-pressed coconut oil3 reduce the amount of Candida in the gut. Adding these to the diet will help to kill the fungus. Garlic is a great blood tonic, with anti-fungal properties, but use caution if you are taking blood thinners as garlic itself acts like a blood thinner and too much garlic can increase your risk for bleeding during or after surgery. It may also interact with blood-thinning medications.
  3. Detox & Cleanse: detoxifying the body’s systems is necessary to physically remove some of the Candida colonies and biofilms, in addition to cleaning out the digestive tract.
  4. Diet: you’ll want to develop a new ‘normal’ way of eating to support a diet profile that is lower in sugar and refined carbohydrates. You also need to re-populate your gut with good bacteria Yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented foods help with this in addition to a good probiotic that can survive passage through the gastrointestinal tract for effectiveness.
What Can You Do RIGHT Now?

Add a little apple cider vinegar (ACV) to your day. ACV is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics. It can kill just about every fungus, bacteria, virus and protozoa it comes into contact with. Not only does ACV help to kill the fungus, it also helps to recolonize the intestines with friendly bacteria. How: Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink before every meal. Topical: You can also make a quick solution at a 1:1 ratio of ACV and water. Mix it in a fine mist spray bottle and apply it to dry patches on the skin. It can be used on the scalp as well. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse.

Add some coconut oil to your daily regimen.The caprylic acid in coconut oil is the most effective of the fatty acids in fighting Candida. Caprylic acid inhibits the growth of the yeast cell and eventually destroys it. In fact, it has been shown to work faster than some pharmaceutical anti-fungal drugs.3,4  How: Take 1-2 tablespoons each morning. It can be added to a smoothie, coffee, tea, or just as is. I take it as is with 1/4 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon which possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects. Cinnamon is also considered as an alternative treatment for controlling blood sugar which is befitting if candida is present. Topical: You can also rub virgin coconut oil on the skin. Its antifungal properties can inhibit the fungus on the skin and scalp.

Reduce your intake of yeast containing products (like bread and beer); cut back on carbs, processed and sugar rich foods. Find a way to include more vegetables in your diet. Freshly made green smoothies (not store bought) or fresh pressed vegetable juice will help your body detoxify itself.

Increase your water intake. Some people just don’t get enough plain water, especially if there’s a large intake of alternative beverages. Fresh water helps the body detox by flushing out toxins. I cannot stress this enough. Water is important.

Resources
  1. Kansas State University. “Treat the fungus among us with nontoxic medicinal compound.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130912131803.htm (accessed December 9, 2017).
  2. Raz-Pasteur, A., Ullmann, Y., & Berdicevsky, I. (2011). The Pathogenesis of CandidaInfections in a Human Skin Model: Scanning Electron Microscope Observations. ISRN Dermatology2011, 150642. http://doi.org/10.5402/2011/150642
  3. Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus. “Coconut oil can control overgrowth of a fungal pathogen in GI tract, study in mice suggests.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151118125325.htm (accessed December 9, 2017).
  4. Omura Y, O’Young B, Jones M, Pallos A, Duvvi H, Shimotsuura Y. Caprylic acid in the effective treatment of intractable medical problems of frequent urination, incontinence, chronic upper respiratory infection, root canalled tooth infection, ALS, etc., caused by asbestos & mixed infections of Candida albicans, Helicobacter pylori & cytomegalovirus with or without other microorganisms & mercury. Acupunct Electrother Res. 2011;36(1-2):19-64. Review. PubMed PMID: 21830350.

 

Other resources to consider:

  • https://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-symptoms/
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Is Acid The Cause of Your Eczema?

Where does excess acidity come from?

We’ve been told that the the typical American diet is nutritionally poor. Well it is. That’s because the Western diet is exceptionally high in acid forming foods (meat, grains, dairy, sugar & processed foods). These are also the food groups that are highly subject to hormone treatments, antibiotics and genetic modification as well as synthetic chemicals. Just read the packaging and you’ll see snippets of controversy.

When nutritionists talk about acid- or alkaline-forming foods, they are referring to the effects of the food once ingested and metabolized by the body. You may not know what that means but in a nutshell, the food we consume is what creates an acidic or alkaline body.

High Protein Intake = Increased Acid

Most proteins contain sulphur, as well as phosphorus, within their chemical structures. When metabolized, these substances are broken down into phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid, which must then be neutralized through various chemical reactions in the body. Another by-product of protein metabolism is uric acid. Uric acid has been found to have a major influence on the development of arthritis; in particular, gout.

Because of these toxic by-products of protein metabolism (phosphoric, sulphuric and uric acids), protein rich foods, and especially animal products, are acid-forming. Most grains and dairy products, also high in protein, are also acid-forming.

The Connection

First off, virtually all diseases including dermatitis, allergies, cancer, candida, heart disease, bowel diseases, arthritis (inflammation), osteoporosis, kidney stones, gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. All forms of inflammation are also associated with excess acidity, including inflammation of the skin and joints.

Did you know that disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment?  

What It Means For Your Health

Since we are constantly supplying acids and alkalis to our bodies through the various foods we eat, it is very important that we consider the balance between these two extremes.

If we consume excessive amounts of acid-forming foods, such as animal and dairy products, the body must dip into its alkaline reserves to maintain the proper pH (alkalinity). The kidneys, lungs and entire physiology is overworked in the process of neutralizing the acids from the body. This strain eventually leads to a depletion of buffer salts and the breakdown in the functions of various organs, including the kidneys.

Any food, drug or beverage that is extremely acidic in nature causes the body to utilize alkaline reserves and this process overworks the various organs. Over a period of time, the body eventually is no longer capable of handling this overload and will slowly begin to break down or malfunction. Various organ malfunctions are referred to as “disease,” while the root cause is “too much acid in the body” (acidosis).

How does this tie into eczema / dermatitis?

The short answer is this, you are dealing with inflammation that likely stems from acidosis or a by-product of. The skin is too a major organ, the largest at that, capable of stress like any other organ. Reducing the acid formation in the body; consuming more alkaline foods; and nurturing the gut all go a long way to reducing the potentiality for outbreaks at the skin level.

What you should do…

The short answer, barring any medications and food allergies that are contradictory, is this: focus on consuming more fresh or freshly prepared (not canned) vegetables and fruits, while reducing the ratio of meats, grains (wheat, corn, oats, white rice), dairy, sugars and other soft drinks.

Add into your diet fresh pressed vegetable juices, salads and plenty of water daily.

Many alternative health experts recommend a diet comprised of more alkaline than acid foods. In the book, Staying Healthy with Nutrition, author Elson Haas, M.D. recommends a diet consisting of 70 – 80 % alkaline foods in spring and summer and 65 to 70% in winter months. If you can do it, great. I feel however, attempting to apply a ratio as such to my diet, as accurate as it may be, just over complicates things. That’s why diets don’t work well for people. If it’s too much work, it’s easily abandoned.

The predominant American diet is that of convenience foods primarily. Our busy schedules have somewhat deprived us of time for food preparation and consumption which is why preparation is so necessary. Consuming a greener diet is the way to go and I can tell you as a single mom of two sons with hearty appetites, it can certainly be done.

What I can tell you that has worked in the space of actual application is this:

  1. PLAN: your meals so that ingredients overlap to save time. If you roast a couple of chickens or buy them already roasted chicken (ok), you can use it for lunch and/or dinner for a couple of days while still pulling off a nutritious meal.  
  2. SHOP: the outer perimeter of the market. It’s where all the fresh foods are located. Buy what you need for the week and get on on to step 3.
  3. PREP: I’ve learned in my experience to prep, prep, prep, especially when my children were young. Wash it, peel it, cut it, chop it and pack it for the next step. This is super helpful if you’re adding salads, stir-frys, frittatas or raw juices to your regular rotation.I’ll admit, I dedicate a good portion of time to kitchen prep because I decided when my sons were young, to make wellness a priority. Twelve years later, we’re still going strong! The point is to create a system that does work! Don’t give up easily, it takes time to get into the rhythm of a lifestyle change. It’s worth it. You’re worth it!

The following chart provides a list of alkaline and acid forming foods that can help you decide how to plan your meals. It is NOT all inclusive but you can use it as a guide. I do hope you find it useful.


Stay tuned for follow up posts on this topic.

 



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Preventing Razor Bumps

How To Prevent Razor Bumps From Ruining Your Shave

Razor Bumps, aka Folliculitis, the enemy of man’s desire for a clean shave. You want to know what causes it and how to abolish the assault on your facial hair follicles! That brings us to the what.

Hair Follicles, the sea of tiny sacs that produce individual strands of hair and hopefully a nice, full, shiny coat of man-hair on your face. However, when infected and inflamed, we call that follicu-litis. Now let’s pause for a second because I often hear people complain about the use of medical terms but in some cases it’s necessary. For example, a lot of folk call any and all skin conditions, eczema. But eczema is a form of dermatitis and there are various types with different causes, different effects and require different solutions. See where I’m going here. We cannot lump all skin issues in one box and try to treat them with one solutions. That’s why you hear people say they’ve tried everything and nothing worked! Well, have you tried identifying the actual source of the problem. We call that root cause. Some conditions can be dealt with at the skin level and others must be addressed internally. See. Ok, back to follicu…razor bumps.

Razor Bumps | Folliculitis Classifications

Folliculitis is the group of skin conditions (see how they lump it all together) that identify inflamed hair follicles. It looks a bit like acne or a small boil. The result is a tender red spot, with a surface pustule. It can occur anywhere on the body where there are hairs, including chest, back, buttocks, groin, etc.

Type 1: Folliculitis barbae is a type of folliculitis affecting the beard area due to infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Yep, staph but worry not, there’s all types of staph living on your skin and it occurs whether you shave or not. Deep-seated folliculitis barbae is called sycosis barbae; this type leads to scarring and patchy areas of permanent hair loss. It could be the reason that your beard is thinning out. We’ll come back to this.

Type 2: Pseudofolliculitis barbae is second type of folliculitis. It’s an inflammatory reaction to ingrown facial hairs. This one is also known as shaving rash, barber’s itch, razor bumps and ingrown hair. This type can also occur on any other area of the body where hair is shaved or plucked, including the armpit, pubic area, and legs.

Pseudofolliculitis barbae can be divided into two types of ingrown hairs: (1) hair that has exited the follicle and reentered the skin (extrafollicular) and (2) hair that never exits the follicle (transfollicular), but because of its naturally coarse and curly nature, it grows back into the follicle causing fluid build-up, inflammation and irritation.

Potential Causes of Type 1: Folliculitis barbae

What cause ingrown hair and/or razor bumps?

  • dead skin clogging hair follicles
  • bacteria like Staphylococcus aureuson the skin or tools used to shave (Folliculitis barbae)
  • coarse, dry hair
  • dry shaving
  • reusing disposable razors (hygiene)

Folliculitis Barbae and Pseudofolliculitis can certainly co-exist together. It may not be an either or, you may suffer from both! However, Pseudofolliculitis is most common in individuals with coarse, wiry hair. The reason for this is, coarse hair is often curly and when it grows, it tends to curl into the skin instead of growing straight out the follicle, leading to an inflammatory response. The result is itchy, red and pimpled skin. Acne like pustules can also form if the area becomes infected.

Razor Bump Prevention

Use skin care products that contain bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) fighting essential oil (like ours). I’ve listed a few common oils BODYTRUTH brand essential oilbelow, however, the list is longer for advanced essential oil blenders and users:

  • Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree essential oil)
  • Salvia officinalis (Sage essential oil)
  • Thymus vulgaris (Thyme essential oil)
  • Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli essential oil)
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary essential oil)
  • Foeniculum vulgare dulce (Fennel essential oil)

Exfoliate. Exfoliate your skin by using a gentle organic scrub (sugar does a fine job) or small bristle brush before shaving to help to remove dead skin and loosen coarse hair’s curl pattern. By doing so, both before and between shaves, you can effectively free trapped hair out and away from the skin before the hair has a chance to embed itself.

Consider changing shaving techniques. Since we know that getting too close of a shave can create an ingrown hair problem (sad, I know), you may need to ditch the multi-blade disposable razor. This razor type is designed to lift the hair slightly before cutting, to give a closer, longer lasting shave but for those with coarse hair, it may also be a factor in the ingrown hair problem.

Clean your tools, brushes, rags, razors, especially your electric razor. If you use this type of razor, I’d suggest using drops of tea tree oil on the blades before and after shaving. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) kills a host of staph types. If you’re getting your electric shave at the barbershop, it would be in your best interest to have a conversation with him/her to find out about how he/she maintains the equipment used to shave you. It may seem rude, but your skin is more important than the ‘perceived’ offense of asking.

It may be time to get acquainted with the straight razor! The fact is, if you have coarse curly hair and that hair is cut below the skin’s surface, when that hair begins to grow, it can begin curling slightly before it reaches the surface, missing the original exit point, in an attempt to create a new one. This leads to unsightly hair bumps.

Do not dry-shave, no matter how convenient it is; it isn’t pleasant. Not only are razor bumps a potential but razor burn is almost instant. Properly prep and protect skin with a pre shaving cream, foam or a shaving soap to soften skin and hair, making the shave easier.

Establish a good shaving routine using products with ingredients that protect the skin and not just ease the process of shaving.

Our Solution To Razor Bumps

We have teamed up with Master barber and shop owner, Robert Terry of Crisp Cuts (Lenexa, KS) to bring holistic barbering solutions to you. Our soon-to-be released to the public, 4-step shaving line, branded under STYLES, Fine Hair & Beard Care gives you an amazing shaving experience.

razor bumps prevention | STYLES FINE HAIR & BEARD CARE

STYLES PREMIUM HAIR & BEARD CARE 

(1) prepares the skin with a 100% organic, antibacterial pre-shave oil
(2) provides a smooth, bump-free shave with our house-made therapeutic, organic shaving bars
(3) treats and seals the skin with our aftershave h20 which includes aloe and skin smoothing alpha hydroxy
(4) moisturizes and protects with a bacteria fighting balm.

Our product line features organic ingredients to help your skin look its best!

Our brands are designed to soften skin and hair, helping to minimize re-entry of coarse hairs. They contain bacteria fighting essential oils that help keep skin clear; and protected from damage and discoloration.

Skin is the body’s largest organ and we often advise individuals to eliminate the use of products containing synthetic ingredients and fragrance (parfum) as they: (1) contain cancer causing ingredients, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasers and hormone disruptors; (2) are known to cause irritation; (3) create or exacerbate eczema; (4) and can contribute to unsightly discoloration (darkening). Stick with natural products with ingredients that get as close to the source as possible, preferably a plant-source.

Often people aren’t easily convinced so instead of rehashing information that’s already readily available, I challenge you to (1) investigate the ingredients in your products and (2) do a simple search on fragrance oil and skin-health.

Whatever steps you take, remember to treat your skin kindly with chemical-free products as much as you can.

Resources

Modric, J. (n.d.). Folliculitis Pictures. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from http://www.healthhype.com/folliculitis-pictures.html

Oakley, A., MD, & Gomez, J., MD. (2016, July). Folliculitis barbae and pseudofolliculitis barbae. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/folliculitis-barbae/

Swamy, Mallappa Kumara, Mohd Sayeed Akhtar, and Uma Rani Sinniah. “Antimicrobial Properties of Plant Essential Oils against Human Pathogens and Their Mode of Action: An Updated Review.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM 2016 (2016): 3012462. PMC. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

What's Causing Your Heat Rash

What’s Causing Your Heat Rash?

As I have discussed before, I learn a great deal of valuable information from interacting with my skin care community; that in large includes my customers.

Recently when I temporarily discontinued my dark chocolate patchouli soap, it was brought to my attention that it had been a customer’s go to for preventing the onset of heat rash. I decided to research it so that I could better understand what it was about the soap that prevented the outbreak. I’m glad I did.

Heat rash is a most uncomfortable thing to deal with and, according to the New Zealand Dermatological Society¹ , once it’s triggered, an attack of miliaria profunda commonly lasts 5-6 weeks despite the best treatment that can be offered. It is because the plugs formed in the sweat duct openings can only be expelled by the outward growth of the sweat duct cells, which takes several weeks. Therefore, from that standpoint, the best treatment is prevention.

Armed with the information I received from my customer and that uncovered via research, I set out to discover what it is or was in my soap that helped prevent the outbreak. It’s good to know that something works; but it’s better to understand why it or how it works.

G.H. Soaps Ingredient - Patchouli

Patchouli Plant

G.H. Soaps Ingredient - Cacao (Raw Chocolate)

Cacao – Raw Chocolate

What is Heat Rash

miliaria | heat rash

cause Staphylococcus epidermidis (a pathogen); Staphylococci are common bacterial colonizers of the skin and mucous membranes

Heat Rash, caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis), also termed Miliaria, is a common disorder of the eccrine sweat glands that often occurs in conditions of increased heat and humidity. Miliaria is thought to be caused an increase in certain normal Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria which live on the skin. These bacteria produce a sticky substance (biofilm)which blocks the sweat ducts. Leakage of sweat through the walls of the duct behind the block is then responsible for the outbreak. Unlike acne and other forms of folliculitis (razor bumps), miliaria spots do not arise around the hair follicles.

There are four types of Miliaria:

  • Miliaria crystallina or sudamina: caused by obstruction of the sweat ducts close to the surface of the skin and appears as tiny superficial clear blisters that break easily.
  • Miliaria rubra: or prickly heat occurs deeper in the epidermis (outside layer of skin) and results in very itchy red papules (bumps).
  • Miliaria profunda: is the effect of sweat leaking into the dermis (middle layer of skin) causing deep and intensely uncomfortable, prickling, red lumps.
  • Miliaria pustulosa: pustules caused by inflammation and bacterial infection.

The bacterium can cause serious complications. It is one of the many microorganisms that live on the human skin and are either harmless or beneficial – as long they are in balance with other microorganisms. When the balance between the microorganisms is disrupted, they can cause various skin diseases. They can also enter the bloodstream and cause potentially fatal complications, and Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of those microorganisms of the skin flora that can be very dangerous.

Prevention & Treatment

Prevention and treatment seem incomplete. While there is much research regarding S. epidermidis’, there is a lack of knowledge offered to the public in terms of successful prevention and management (outside of its symptoms). And because S. epidermidis is part of the human normal flora, it has developed resistance to many common antibiotics. It seems however, most treatments are aimed at relieving sufferers from the symptoms after the onset as opposed to effective, sustainable prevention.

It is noted that antimicrobial agents are effective in suppressing experimentally induced miliaria, meaining in vitro or in a controlled environment. However, it is obvious that prevention is attainable in human hosts as well. The search led me to several articles in my favorite database, the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Combing through several articles, medical journals and manuscripts helped me to better understand why the soap was effective at preventing miliaria for my customer.

The soap contained a generous amount of patchouli essential oil. Patchouli’s main constituent is Patchoulol: 32.92%. As noted in another post, the antimicrobial impacts of essential oils and their chemical components have been recognized by several researchers for their efficacy against various human pathogens. Essential oils derived from aromatic medicinal plants have been reported to exhibit exceptionally good antimicrobial effects against bacteria, yeasts, filamentous fungi, and viruses. Because of this, essential oils are recognized as having great potential in the field of biomedicine as they effectively destroy several bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. The presence of different types of aldehydes, phenolics, terpenes, and other antimicrobial compounds means that the essential oils are effective against a diverse range of human pathogens. 

I also landed upon another interesting article by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine², which lists various essential oils and their antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity against human pathogens, including Staphylococcus epidermidis. There is much information reported, but in summary, it identified several, common plant oils that could be very effective at preventing miliaria: garlic oil, tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), clove oil (Eugenia caryophyllata), pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) and thyme oil (Thymus kotschyanus). Research in alternative medicine brings hope to those suffering from miliaria. The idea that handmade skin care with powerful essential oils could aid in the fight against outbreaks is even more profound, especially when antibiotics are the only presented alternative.

I was enlightened by this experience as I learned what causes heat rash and why my product worked. I also understand the distress that likely occurs when there is no solution for heat rash at hand, like the temporary discontinuation. Because my customer shared with me her challenge, I was able to learn more about this bacteria. It also helps G.H. Soaps to provide better and continual solutions. This is exactly how our company came to be so thank you for your continued support and for the gift that keeps on giving, knowledge.

Please note that G.H. Soaps does not give medical advice. The information on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. It is public information, researched, collected, gathered, shared and commented on.

Resources

Kalemba D, Kunicka A. Antibacterial and antifungal properties of essential oils. Curr Med Chem. 2003 May;10(10):813-29. Review. PubMed PMID: 12678685.

Mallappa Kumara Swamy, Mohd Sayeed Akhtar, and Uma Rani Sinniah, “Antimicrobial Properties of Plant Essential Oils against Human Pathogens and Their Mode of Action: An Updated Review,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2016, Article ID 3012462, 21 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/3012462

Reichling J, Schnitzler P, Suschke U, Saller R, Essential Oils of Aromatic Plants with Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, and Cytotoxic Properties – an Overview. Complement Med Res 2009;16:79-90

Staphylococcus epidermidis: emerging resistance and need for alternative agents. Raad I, Alrahwan A, Rolston K.
Clin Infect Dis. 1998 May;26(5):1182-7. Review.